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Carilion Health fights insurance provider and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 20, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • National Democrats see the Virginia governor’s race as a test of whether new abortion restrictions in states like Texas will energize the party’s base.—Associated Press • GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has cast himself as a “political outsider,” but he and his wife have […]

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Dominion’s anti-Youngkin PAC donation and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 19, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Trust broke down further on the bipartisan Virginia Redistricting Commission on Monday after one member revealed the National Republican Redistricting Trust had been working behind the scenes to help a former Virginia congressman submit his own congressional map proposal — one that now […]

Lawmaker wants to reinstate parole and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 18, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised $12.6 million last month for his gubernatorial campaign, compared to about $7 million raised by Republican Glenn Youngkin. Both candidates’ top donors were national party groups.—Associated Press • Dominion Energy is backing McAuliffe in this year’s election through donations to […]

Johnson & Johnson booster shot recommended by FDA panel

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Friday endorsed a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, meaning millions more Americans are expected to soon join the line for booster shots. Anyone who received a J&J shot at least two months ago will be eligible for an additional dose, under the committee’s […]

A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

$880 million pitch to General Assembly aims to match students and careers

BY: - October 15, 2021

A group of business and higher education leaders are pushing an $880 million proposal to make Virginia public colleges and universities more affordable and help industries facing worker shortages fill jobs. The $880 million Growth4VA proposal, developed by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, is split into two different categories: $300 million for career development […]

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Parent group calls for Loudoun superintendent to step down and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 15, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A parent advocacy group wants the Loudoun superintendent to resign amid a growing furor over the district’s handling of sexual assault cases.—Loudoun Times-Mirror • Virginia Democrats are blasting the conservative rally conducted Wednesday in Henrico which featured President Donald Trump, his one-time […]

Virginia seals 64,000 marijuana distribution charges

BY: - October 15, 2021

Virginia has sealed records documenting more than 64,000 misdemeanor marijuana distribution charges since the state legalized the drug in July. The figure came out Thursday during a meeting of the legislature’s Cannabis Oversight Commission. Officials said the records were scrubbed from the state’s criminal record database, which is used by employers like school boards, state […]

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

Virginia Mercury

Attorney General candidates square off in debate and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 14, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and his GOP challenger, Del. Jason Miyares, squared off in a debate Wednesday, tangling over crime, parole, guns and social issues.—Richmond Times-Dispatch; Loudoun Now; Washington Post • Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe urged Democrats in Washington to “get their act […]

In remote address to GOP grassroots organizing event, Trump stumps for Youngkin

BY: - October 13, 2021

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered his most fulsome backing yet of Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Glenn Youngkin, in a virtual address to a GOP grassroots rally in Henrico. “I’ll tell you what, Glenn Youngkin is a great gentleman. He loves his state. We’ve got to get him in,” Trump told a gathering of […]

Virginia moves to immediately sever ties with prison health care contractor. ‘The relationship has degraded significantly.’

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Virginia Department of Corrections appears headed toward a messy breakup with the company that provides medical care in about half of the state’s prisons. DOC director Harold Clarke announced in July he intended to bring all health care services in-house, ending its $90-million annual contract with Miami-based Armor Correctional Health. But rather than let […]

Charlottesville city manager resigns and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 13, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The family of slain journalist Alison Parker wants the Federal Trade Commission to take action against Facebook for failing to remove footage of the 2015 on-camera shooting that killed her and a cameraman, Adam Ward.—Associated Press • Virginia’s governor’s race “has it all: A nationalized race […]