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VMI awards highest honor to leader who resigned and more Va. headlines

By: - October 5, 2022

• Virginia Military Institute is awarding its highest honor to Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, the former leader who resigned in 2020 amid accusations the school had done little to address racism and sexism on campus.—Inside Higher Ed • Former coal mining sites in Southwest Virginia would be turned into an “energy technology testbed” under an initiative […]

COVID’s effect on the nursing crisis and more Va. headlines

By: - October 4, 2022

• Releasing a new energy plan for the state, Gov. Glenn Youngkin repudiated Democrats’ clean-energy targets and said he wants an “all of the above approach” that heavily emphasizes nuclear power.—Washington Post, News & Advance • Pressed on Fox News for a response to former President Donald Trump’s recent post calling Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell’s Asian […]

Spanberger calls for new U.S. House leadership and more Va. headlines

By: - October 3, 2022

• Parts of coastal Virginia were preparing Sunday for serious flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ian.—Associated Press, Virginian-Pilot • Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger called for new leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives over the lack of action on her proposal to ban stock trading by members of Congress. Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the criticism.—Washington […]

Ian remnants to arrive in Virginia today and more state headlines

By: - September 30, 2022

• The rain from what’s left of Hurricane Ian will arrive in Virginia today. Forecasters say the storm could also bring some flooding and strong winds.—Cardinal News, Virginian-Pilot, Washington Post • Gov. Glenn Youngkin seemed to commit to serving his full four-year term in an appearance on CNBC, but his office clarified that’s not what he meant.—Richmond […]

State of emergency ahead of Ian and more Va. headlines

By: - September 29, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency to prepare for heavy rain from Hurricane Ian.—Virginian-Pilot • Roanoke’s Democratic mayor says the state got “soft on crime” under Democratic control and wants his city to consider tougher policies like stop-and-frisk to reduce gun violence. “We’ve got to get more punitive.”—Roanoke Rambler • “Youngkin and his national ambitions […]

More than 90 school walkouts against transgender policies and more Va. headlines

By: - September 28, 2022

• It remains unclear how the Virginia High School League, which currently allows transgender students to play on sports teams that match their gender identity under certain conditions, will react to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to overturn that rule.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Students at more than 90 Virginia schools walked out in protest of Youngkin’s proposed policies on […]

Student walkouts to protest new transgender policies and more Va. headlines

By: - September 27, 2022

• Students across Virginia are planning to walk out of class today to protest Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed rollback of transgender-inclusive K-12 policies.—WUSA9, Washington Post • Surveillance video from a Republican fundraiser doesn’t show a clear view of the altercation that led Del. Marie March to pursue an assault charge against Del. Wren Williams, her likely opponent […]

Big Bon Secours profits from a bare-bones Richmond hospital and more Va. headlines

By: - September 26, 2022

• A bare-bones community hospital in one of Richmond’s poorest neighborhoods has the highest profit margin of any hospital in Virginia. Its profitability comes from a drug program aimed at helping impoverished communities, but nonprofit health system Bon Secours isn’t reinvesting the money back into the facility.—New York Times • An election fight between two Republican lawmakers […]

Repeated fake threats to Roanoke schools and more Va. headlines

By: - September 23, 2022

• A fiery exchange between Virginia Reps. Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat, and Bob Good, a Republican, reportedly started during a discussion of suicides by transgender teenagers.—Washington Post • Gov. Glenn Youngkin told Kansans to “pick up the surf board” and ride the red wave during a campaign appearance for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.—Kansas City Star • The […]

Spanberger and Good clash over transgender kids and more Va. headlines

By: - September 22, 2022

• A meeting between Virginia’s congressional delegation and Gov. Glenn Youngkin turned heated over the topic of transgender kids. Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger reportedly cursed at  Rep. Bob Good, a hard-right Republican who’s co-sponsoring a bill to ban “gender affirming care” for minors.—Punchbowl News • Experts and advocates say some aspects of Youngkin’s new policies on transgender […]

Three NoVa school districts say they’ll resist new transgender policies and more Va. headlines

By: - September 21, 2022

• Three Northern Virginia school districts indicated they’ll resist Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed policies for transgender students.—Washington Post • Georgia is the next announced stop on Youngkin’s out-of-state political tour to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidates. Kansas, New Mexico and Oregon are also on the schedule, according to aides.—CBS News • A decertified Hanover County sheriff’s deputy is […]

A politically connected Portsmouth HOA and more Va. headlines

By: - September 20, 2022

• Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, said she expects lawsuits against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to change how transgender students are treated in public schools. “There’s a world of legal issues with this.”—WTOP • The governor is traveling to Arizona next month to campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, “the highest-profile, most MAGA-aligned candidate Youngkin has […]