Briefs

Body camera footage of Fairfax police shooting and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 5, 2022

• Body camera footage shows Fairfax County police shooting a man suffering a mental health crisis after he rushed toward officers with a wine bottle. “We believe that the three police officers … could have, and should have, handled this far differently,” the man’s parents said.—Washington Post • State Police are investigating a potential scheme to use […]

Holes in alleged Richmond mass shooting plot claims and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 4, 2022

• Under questioning from a judge, a Richmond prosecutor said he had no evidence two Guatemalan men charged with gun crimes were planning a mass shooting at a Fourth of July celebration held in a city park, contradicting earlier claims from city officials that made national news.—Axios Richmond • At a news conference, Richmond Police Chief Gerald […]

Virginia can now apply for $22.8 million in federal mine cleanup funds

BY: - August 3, 2022

The U.S. Interior Department asked states Wednesday to apply for $725 million made available this year to clean up abandoned mine sites as part of the 2021 infrastructure bill. The department officially opened a notice of funding opportunity, which gives states the avenue to request federal grants to close mine shafts, prevent the release of […]

Virginia Rep. Scott argues for Supreme Court to uphold college affirmative action policies

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as one criterion — out […]

Feds sharply criticize organ sharing nonprofit and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 2, 2022

• A special prosecutor concluded a town of Windsor police officer involved in a controversial 2020 traffic stop didn’t break any state laws but should be investigated by federal authorities for possible civil rights violations.—Virginian-Pilot • A federal review found the Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that oversees organ donations across the country, “relies […]

Virginia gas prices fall below $4 per gallon for first time since April

BY: - August 1, 2022

The average gas price in Virginia recently fell below $4 per gallon for the first time since late April, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The $3.99 average price reported Monday is 14 cents lower than a week ago, 66 cents lower than a month ago and 87 cents lower than the all-time high of $4.86 recorded […]

Rep. Good calls for cameras in classrooms and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 1, 2022

• “Facing tough political head winds and inflation,” Democrats in Virginia are “advocating for abortion rights, and for others, same-sex marriage and contraception, as a key message in a midterm election cycle expected to favor Republicans.”—Washington Post • “Thirty Virginia legislators called on the Biden administration Saturday to take action on behalf of Asim Ghafoor, a friend […]

White supremacist propaganda incidents and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 29, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed onto a letter accusing the Biden administration of holding money for school meals hostage to leverage protections for LGBTQ+ students.—WRIC • “Virginia had the second-highest number of incidents involving white supremacist propaganda in the nation last year. And it has steadily increased in the last few years.”—Virginian-Pilot • Torrential rains have caused flooding […]

Miyares sues feds over new school nutrition assistance guidelines and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 28, 2022

• “Attorney General Jason Miyares is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its policy of withdrawing school nutrition assistance from schools that refuse to protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination.”—VPM • A federal court ruled in favor of Virginia Beach in a case over whether the city’s former electoral system, which was based on at-large […]

A 49% approval rating for Youngkin and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 27, 2022

•​​​​ A new poll by the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University found a 49% approval rating for Gov. Glenn Youngkin as well as 58% support for a gas tax holiday Youngkin proposed but Democrats blocked in the General Assembly.—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch •​​​​ “Youngkin said he will not try to restore Confederate monuments taken down under […]

A federal investigation of Justin Fairfax allegations and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 26, 2022

•​​​​ “Federal investigators are probing the origin of twin allegations against then-Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, according to five sources who’ve been interviewed by the FBI.”—The Intercept •​​​​ Antisemitic flyers claiming leading Jewish figures at Disney are responsible for “child grooming” were distributed around a Virginia Beach neighborhood over the weekend.—Newsweek •​​​​ The Virginia Employment Commission mistakenly sent […]

COMMENTARY

Estimates from government officials are no more, no less than that

BY: - July 26, 2022

Another embarrassing result has befallen the government officials who tried for decades, unsuccessfully, to erect a mammoth reservoir in King William County. The project ultimately disintegrated in 2009. The city of Newport News has begun selling off the nearly 1,500 acres it acquired, but at just a fraction of the $8.3 million it paid for […]