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State tuition increasing; rent-to-own contracts under fire; and the power of a Board of Pharmacy ID

By: - August 8, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. State college tuition will go up an average of five percent this year, which works out to about $612 more for an in-state student. – Richmond Times-Dispatch The state booted a Board of Pharmacy member, accusing her of using her board ID to gain access to a […]

Dead voter on Shaun Brown petition; Richmond educators resign amid scandal; Central State patient wins judgment

By: - August 7, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere Dead voter appears on petition Reports last week that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor’s staff helped gather signatures to get an opponent on the ballot were strange enough. Now, several of those signatures have been called into question: One belongs to someone who moved, another […]

Grave-robbing at UVA; Fraudulent crab meat; No separate Metro car for Nazis and other news to know

By: - August 6, 2018

Corey Stewart gets the The New York Times treatment in this profile that scrutinizes his campaign’s strong appeal to white nationalists, some of whom have served as security at his campaign events. “While Mr. Stewart has disavowed some on the extreme right, interviews with dozens of his friends, colleagues, supporters and fellow Republicans yielded a […]

Meth, cocaine overdoses climbing; bringing ‘Dixie’ back and other headlines

By: - August 1, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Meth and cocaine overdoses are climbing The Roanoke Times reports that 398 people died last year from overdoses related to cocaine and 88 people died after using meth. The numbers started rising in 2016, the paper reports, and fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, figured in […]

Stiffer marijuana penalties for black residents; Habeeb to step down; RIP Butterfly Kisses

By: - July 30, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Black Virginia residents face stiffer marijuana penalties They’re also more likely to be charged in the first place, making up 50 percent of all first-time arrests, reports Dave Ress at the Daily Press. That’s despite black residents representing just a fifth of the population […]

Richmond’s yearly reminder that hosting the Redskins is a bad deal and other headlines

By: - July 27, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The Redskins returned to summer training camp in Richmond, prompting a fresh round of agonizing about how terrible the agreement with the team has been for the city. Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council Members marked the occasion by reiterating they would rather […]

Wild ponies, rising health insurance costs and arming teachers a ‘bad idea’

By: - July 26, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ACA rates keep climbing Insurance companies told state regulators that individual premiums are expected to rise again in 2019, though not as dramatically at the 68 percent increases seen this year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. They told the state to expect rates to go up […]

No Unite the Right reunion in Charlottesville? A round-up of Virginia headlines.

By: - July 25, 2018

Subscribe to our newsletter to get this news round-up delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The organizer of last August’s deadly white nationalist rally had been seeking a federal court order allowing him to mark the anniversary of the event with a second rally – a prospect city leaders and residents have vehemently opposed. […]

Lobbyists dodge disclosure, Charlottesville considers an elected mayor and more headlines

By: - July 24, 2018

Our round-up of headlines from around the state and elsewhere. Sign up for our newsletter for direct delivery to your inbox every weekday morning. Lobbyists dodge disclosure Recently unmuzzled veteran lobbyist and former journalist Steve Haner, who is now a contributing editor to the public policy blog Bacon’s Rebellion, has a column in the Times-Dispatch about a […]

Bad week in court for two Virginia public officials and other news from around the state

By: - July 19, 2018

The trials of two public officials, one current, one former, wrapped up this week. —In Portsmouth, a jury found Councilman Mark Whitaker guilty of falsifying signatures on financial documents but recommended he serve no jail time, the Virginian Pilot reports. —In Danville, former School Board Chairwoman Sharon Jones was sentenced to serve 60 days in […]