Briefs

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 […]

Virginia official says staffers are leaving mental health facilities to work at Chick-fil-A

BY: - May 25, 2022

At a meeting last week, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources John Littel made an eye-opening remark about the state’s understaffed and overstressed mental health facilities. “We’re losing a lot of people to Chick-fil-A,” Littel told the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care. “And hopefully the budget will help with that.” The staffing […]

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, […]

After 11-month wait, Paul Goldman says he isn’t dropping his redistricting suit just yet

BY: - May 23, 2022

On Friday evening, Democratic attorney and activist Paul Goldman pushed out a text message with what he called “breaking news.” After an 11-month legal battle with the state of Virginia over whether the House of Delegates should have new elections this year, Goldman said he was planning to voluntarily drop the case. But in an […]

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 […]

An immigrant mother from Cuba sits with her sons after crossing the border from Mexico

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border.  The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction […]

Feds seize 145 dogs and puppies from Cumberland beagle breeding facility

BY: and - May 20, 2022

Federal agents have seized 145 dogs and puppies found to be “in acute distress” from a controversial Cumberland County beagle breeding facility operated by global biotechnology company Envigo.  “Envigo has employed a paltry number of employees and elected to euthanize beagles or allowed beagles to die from malnutrition, treatable and preventable conditions, and injuries resulting […]

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 […]

Eight Virginia groups join request for Federal Trade Commission to investigate electric utility industry

BY: - May 19, 2022

Eight Virginia organizations have joined more than 230 consumer, environmental and public interest groups in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate electric industry practices that they say “impede renewable energy competition and harm consumer protection.”  “Today, abusive utility practices are leading to increased electricity rates, obstruction of clean energy competitors in the face of […]

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 […]