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Petersen says he’s lost confidence in Commanders and more Va. headlines

By: - May 26, 2022

• Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, says he won’t support the Washington Commanders stadium bill partly because he’s lost confidence in the team as a “viable NFL franchise.”—Washington Post • Data on the incoming class of 2026 for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology shows racial demographics about the same as the first year under […]

Va. officials react to Texas school massacre and more headlines

By: - May 25, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as he and other Virginia political figures reacted to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex. that left at least 19 children and two adults dead.—WSLS • In Richmond, schools Superintendent Jason Kamras announced increased security measures.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A state […]

Federal commission recommends new names for military bases named for Confederates

By: - May 24, 2022

A commission tasked with coming up with new names for military bases christened for Confederate leaders, including three in Virginia, has released its recommendations. The commission, created by the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 and made up of eight volunteers selected by the U.S. secretary of defense and Congress, recommends new names for Fort […]

Commanders’ land deal in Woodbridge; Walmart drone service and more headlines

By: - May 24, 2022

• The Washington Commanders reportedly acquired rights to land near Woodbridge that could be a site for a new football stadium. Renderings of what the stadium might look like also surfaced publicly for the first time Monday.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post • General Assembly members are officially returning June 1 to vote on the state budget, […]

GOP congressional primaries; potential budget deal and more headlines

By: - May 23, 2022

• Hard-right U.S. Rep. Bob Good easily defeated a Republican challenger to again win the GOP nomination for his 5th District seat in Central Virginia.—Cardinal News • Republican Hung Cao, a Vietnamese refugee and Navy veteran, beat a big GOP field to win the party’s nomination to try to flip Northern Virginia’s blue-leaning 10th District.—Washington […]

Shenandoah considers restoring Confederate school names and more Va. headlines

By: - May 20, 2022

• The Shenandoah County School Board is considering restoring Confederate school names it dropped in 2020.—NBC News • Attorney General Jason Miyares is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to unseal records related to a judge who formerly led the Virginia Parole Board. Miyares says the Virginia State Police are assisting in his investigation of the board.—Richmond […]

Petersburg tightens curfew for minors and more Va. headlines

By: - May 19, 2022

• An investigation is underway after a police officer allegedly left a minor at the door of a state-run mental health facility in Staunton without waiting for an employee. “Just told the child to stay, like you would do with a dog,” said Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath. “It’s unacceptable.”—WRIC • Norfolk police made an arrest in connection […]

Tight used car market driving up personal property taxes and more Va. headlines

By: - May 18, 2022

• The tight supply of used cars is causing some Virginians to take a hit on personal property taxes due to big increases in vehicles’ assessed value.—VPM • Gov. Glenn Youngkin is trying to make it easier for people with disabilities to join the state workforce.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • After the district seemed to go solidly blue, 11 […]

A sharp reversal in Montpelier conflict and more Va. headlines

By: - May 17, 2022

• In a sharp reversal after months of conflict, the board that oversees James Madison’s Montpelier chose 11 new members recommended by a group of descendants of enslaved workers at the estate.—Washington Post • The chairman of the Spotsylvania County School Board approved members’ funding requests to attend a conference sponsored by a conservative political group but […]

A mysterious Air Board document and more Virginia headlines

By: - May 16, 2022

• A mysterious Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board document reportedly undercuts Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s assertion he has the power to pull out of a multi-state greenhouse gas reduction program.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Former Gov. Doug Wilder accused a VCU provost of racism for not taking disciplinary action against a university employee who sent Wilder a crude text […]

Cville’s Bodo’s Bagels workers want to unionize and more Va. headlines

By: - May 13, 2022

• State agencies are still trying to sort out the ramifications of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s new policy scaling back telework.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia ABC is sticking with a more lenient telework policy than the one Youngkin outlined.—Virginia Business • Youngkin told higher ed leaders he wants them to hire faculty with “diverse political perspectives.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A study that […]

Wildlife officials: Leave the fawns alone

By: - May 12, 2022

Spring is in full swing, and that means Virginians might be tempted to aid white-tailed deer fawns that appear to have been abandoned. Don’t do it, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources says. “Concerned people sometimes pick up animals that they think are orphaned. Most such ‘orphans’ that good-intentioned citizens ‘rescue’ every spring should have […]