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Amid mask confusion, Youngkin rolls out new COVID-19 guidance for schools

BY: - January 21, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued new state guidelines late Friday afternoon for how COVID-19 should be handled in Virginia schools, asking parents to “listen to their principal” while his new mask order is pending in court. On the day of his inauguration, Youngkin signed an executive order meant to allow families to opt out of school […]

Big corporate donations to Youngkin and more Virginia headlines

BY: - January 21, 2022

• New Attorney General Jason Miyares is going to bat in court to try to defend Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order making masks optional in public schools.—Richmond Times-Dispach • School systems are still wrestling with how to respond to the mask order. Chesterfield County, Stafford County and Portsmouth are keeping their mask mandates. Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are […]

Virginia State Capitol

Bi-partisan bill would make it easier to cancel subscriptions online

BY: - January 20, 2022

It’s a tale as old as the free trial subscription. You sign up for an enticing offer online, but when it comes time to cancel, an unsubscribe button is nowhere to be found. No more, say Dels. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, and Sally Hudson, D-Charlottesville. The two lawmakers both introduced legislation that would require companies […]

New Virginia diversity officer will serve as ‘ambassador for the unborn’ and more headlines

BY: - January 20, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin is overhauling the role of the state’s diversity, equity and inclusion officer, naming a critical race theory critic to the job who will also serve as an “ambassador for the unborn.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • More than 750 workers at Ballad Health, which serves Southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, missed work Wednesday after […]

A ferry passes the General Dynamic shipyard in Norfolk. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

$320 million headed to Norfolk Harbor, flood protection projects

BY: - January 20, 2022

Norfolk will receive $320 million in federal funds to deepen and widen its harbor as well as construct a major flood protection system to shield the city’s downtown from recurrent flooding linked to sea level rise.  “Typically the way we get money for projects of this scale and magnitude is after a disaster,” said Norfolk […]

Senate panel shoots down bill that would make mask and vaccine mandates illegal

BY: - January 19, 2022

Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted down GOP legislation Monday that would have classified mask mandates and vaccine requirements as illegal discrimination. The measures, proposed by Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, drew unanimous support from Republicans on the Senate’s General Laws Committee. “It’s time to give people the freedom to breathe and the freedom of choice,” […]

Senators reject campaign donation caps and more Va. headlines

BY: - January 19, 2022

• At least four of Virginia’s colleges and universities have scrapped COVID-19 vaccine mandates for their employees following Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive action.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A group of Chesapeake parents suing over Youngkin’s order weakening school mask mandates say their families will suffer “irreparable harm” if the action is allowed to stand.—Virginian-Pilot • The conservative-leaning Spotsylvania County School […]

Schools with mask mandates could lose state funds and more Va. headlines

BY: - January 18, 2022

• In his first joint address to the General Assembly, Gov. Glenn Youngkin asked lawmakers to work with him on a “sweeping vision of change.”—Associated Press, Washington Post • In a Fox News appearance, Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears said Youngkin might withhold state funds from school systems that insist on mask mandates.—Fox News • The Virginia chapter of the […]

Youngkin launches fight over school mask rules and more Va. headlines

BY: - January 17, 2022

• School systems in Northern Virginia and elsewhere said they’re keeping their mask mandates, despite Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that seems to make masks optional.—WTOP, Washington Post • Identifying herself as an Arlington County parent, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki publicly pushed back on Youngkin’s mask order.—The Hill • Youngkin said he will “consider all options” […]

Youngkin’s new parole board includes sheriff who confronted McAuliffe on campaign trail

BY: - January 17, 2022

On the campaign trail, Gov. Glenn Youngkin promised to fire his Democratic predecessor’s Parole Board on the first day he took office. And a few hours after he was sworn in on Saturday, that’s exactly what he did. The reconfigured board — a decidedly more conservative group than the body that approved a series of […]

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

BY: - January 15, 2022

The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. He specifically mentioned the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s […]