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A settlement in Liberty sexual misconduct case and more Va. headlines

By: - May 12, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan asked the Justice Department to enforce a federal law that appears to ban protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes. Fairfax County officials also rejected Youngkin’s request for a secure perimeter around the home of Justice Samuel Alito.—Washington Post • Democratic Sen. Joe Morrissey lashed out at a producer […]

DMV hire cancelled after Indiana controversy and more Va. headlines

By: - May 11, 2022

An Indiana official who was in line to be Virginia’s next DMV commissioner had his job offer rescinded by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration after the Indianapolis Star published a story on the official’s “history of allegedly inappropriate behavior.”—IndyStar Youngkin is under fire from some right-wing commentators for not taking more forceful action against abortion rights […]

Protests outside Justice Alito’s home and more Va. headlines

By: - May 10, 2022

• Pro-abortion protesters gathered outside the Northern Virginia home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, prompting Gov. Glenn Youngkin to say state police are “monitoring” the situation.—WTOP • Students at several Virginia schools staged walkouts Monday in support of continued abortion access.—WUSA9, WTOP • Democratic Del. Danica Roem announced a run for a newly drawn state Senate seat […]

Unhappiness over new state telework policy and more Va. headlines

By: - May 9, 2022

• Some government employees and Richmond-area lawmakers aren’t too happy about Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s plan to significantly tighten teleworking policies for the state workforce.—Richmond Times-Dispatch\ • Questions are swirling in Norfolk over whether Police Chief Larry Boone willingly retired or was forced out.—Virginian-Pilot • “A data error triggered during the Virginia Employment Commission’s long-delayed transition to a new […]

Boeing moves headquarters to Arlington and more headlines

By: - May 6, 2022

• Aerospace giant Boeing is planning to move its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, joining other defense contractors in close proximity to D.C.—Washington Post, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal •  The Caesars casino planned for Danville is now expected to open in 2024, not 2023.—Danville Register & Bee • Transfers from community colleges to top […]

Body cam video shows local deputies slamming 77-year-old to ground and other Va. headlines

By: - May 5, 2022

• Body camera video shows Warren County deputies slammed a 77-year-old man to the ground 13 days before he died of an apparent head injury. The local sheriff’s office had originally said the man had fallen over the trailer hitch on his truck and had non-life threatening injuries.—NBC4 Washington • Seven members of Congress, including several from […]

Jamestown historic site is ‘losing its battle with climate change’ and more Va. headlines

By: - May 4, 2022

• Virginia’s Court of Appeals overturned the assault and battery conviction of a Hanover County mom who used a belt to discipline her 12-year-old twins, ruling a lower court had overstepped by finding fault with a “debatable parenting decision.”—WTOP • Experts say the 400-year-old Jamestown historic site is “losing its battle with climate change.”—Washington Post • The U.S. […]

Lawmakers react to potential overturn of Roe v. Wade and more Virginia headlines

By: - May 3, 2022

• Virginia Democrats vowed to fight to protect abortion rights after last night’s leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.—NBC12, Richmond Times-Dispatch • Gov. Glenn Youngkin visited a Richmond-area mosque that was recently vandalized, saying “there is no place for religious persecution.”—WRIC • The office of Attorney General Jason […]

Youngkin’s ‘troubling proposal’ for Loudoun County’s school board and more Va. headlines

By: - May 2, 2022

• A.E. Dick Howard, the law professor who helped draft the latest version of Virginia’s Constitution, called Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s attempt to force accelerated Loudoun County School Board elections “a troubling proposal.”—Washington Post • Virginia Rep. Bob Good told supporters he opposed resettling Afghan refugees in the U.S. because they should go to countries “where […]

Youngkin’s first 100 days and more Virginia headlines

By: - April 29, 2022

• “Despite a mild-mannered persona,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s first 100 days in office have been marked by a series of hardball moves, including a string of vetoes and amendments seemingly designed to punish Democrats.—Washington Post • Henrico-based Altria, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, is criticizing a federal decision to ban menthol cigarettes. “We believe harm […]

Virginia Mercury wins top awards at press competition

By: - April 28, 2022

The Virginia Mercury won nine first-place awards and health and education reporter Kate Masters was recognized as Virginia’s outstanding young journalist in the Virginia Press Association’s contest for 2021. Judges said Masters, 28, “provided readers with insightful, revealing coverage of what remained the story of the year — the COVID-19 pandemic,” using data to hold […]

Persistently low Virginia teacher salaries and more Va. headlines

By: - April 28, 2022

• A new report from the National Education Association shows there’s still a persistent gap between teacher salaries in Virginia and the national average.—WSLS • In a newly released memoir, state Del. Danica Roem describes her journey to becoming the first openly transgender state legislator in the United States.—NPR • “President Joe Biden has nominated Elizabeth Hanes, a […]