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Va. Senate ends hopes for fast-tracked budget bill, Wegmans opposition, sneaky foxes, and more headlines

By: - August 5, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Virginia Senate insisted on making some changes to the budget bill the General Assembly is considering to allocate billions in federal COVID-19 relief, which will mean a reconciliation process with the House.—Washington Post • “None of the other businesses that have been here for […]

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Pentagon police officer killed, colonial LGBTQ people, Valley Health vax mandate protests, and more headlines

By: - August 4, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Pentagon police officer was attacked and killed on a bus platform outside the facility. Officials say there’s no sign terrorism was a motive but have offered few details.—Washington Post • Colonial Williamsburg is making an effort to research and incorporate information on the […]

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Special session begins, Youngkin’s Carlyle background, Prince William breakthrough cases, and more headlines

By: - August 3, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere • The General Assembly’s special session began with a pair of bipartisan committee votes to advance the Democrat-crafted plan for coronavirus relief funding.—Associated Press • Tucked into the bill is a highly anticipated proposal allowing college athletes to profit from sponsorships and endorsement deals, a […]

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Spike in meth deaths, new Virginia-specific COVID modeling, Coalfields Expressway, and more headlines

By: - August 2, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Republican House of Delegates candidate in Northern Virginia is under fire for comparing conservative-leaning teachers to Jewish people in Nazi Germany.—Washington Post • Methamphetamine-related deaths spiked last year in Virginia as part of a broader surge in drug overdoses.—Roanoke Times • Some Hampton Roads […]

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Va. Dems could save $1 billion in federal relief funds, some schools keep masks mandatory, disappearing criminal charges, and more

By: - July 30, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Democratic leaders are planning to save up to $1 billion of the $4.3 billion Virginia received in federal ARPA relief funds. Leaving some of the money uncommitted, they say, will allow the state to adapt as pandemic recovery efforts continue.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]

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Virginia hits 1,000 new COVID cases, state port rebounds, Roanoke woman enters ‘Miss Wheelchair America,’ and more

By: - July 29, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia saw its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since April.—WVTF • The head of Virginia’s port says business has rebounded since the start of the pandemic.—Virginian-Pilot  • Nearly a decade after Bon Secours struck a deal with Richmond to expand health […]

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Fairfax employee vaccines, Newport News mental health responders, ‘election integrity’ rally, and more headlines

By: - July 28, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Fairfax County, Virginia’s most populous locality, could require vaccines for all employees.—Washington Post • Gov. Ralph Northam dropped two more proposals for spending federal relief money: funding for water quality projects and replenishing the fund that pays unemployment benefits.—Associated Press • Newport News is one […]

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No more outbreak details, Lynchburg sewage overflows, jail and prison visitation, and more headlines

By: - July 27, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Because of the expiration of Virginia’s declaration of emergency, the state Department of Health is no longer providing details on outbreaks in congregate settings. “During the emergency declaration there was more transparency; as that has expired we are no longer allowed to share any […]

Company pulls plug on proposed Charles City gas power plant

By: - July 10, 2021

The company that had been pushing to build an 1,100-megawatt natural gas power plant in Charles City has announced it will abandon the project. “NOVI Energy cares deeply about the communities it serves and the affordable, reliable power facilities it helps build,” a communications firm representing the company told The Richmond Times-Dispatch, which reported the […]

Virginia is among 36 states accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

By: - July 8, 2021

Virginia is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the lawsuit, Utah v. Google, the states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store on Android phones and Google Billing. “Google has really become […]

Virginia Mercury wins honors in press competition

By: - April 30, 2021

The Virginia Mercury took nine first-place awards and one of its journalists earned a top individual honor in the 2020 Virginia Press Association competition. Mercury reporter Ned Oliver was named the year’s outstanding journalist for his work covering how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Virginia’s most vulnerable people. That included stories about prisoners, workers who lost […]

After the insurrection, America’s far-right groups get more extreme, scholars say

By: - March 16, 2021

As the U.S. grapples with domestic extremism in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, warnings about more violence are coming from the FBI Director Chris Wray and others. The Conversation asked Matthew Valasik, a sociologist at Louisiana State University, and Shannon E. Reid, a criminologist at the University of North […]