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Mercury reporter wins prestigious environmental reporting award

BY: - August 5, 2021

The Mercury’s Sarah Vogelsong took first-place honors in a prestigious contest that recognizes outstanding environmental journalism. Vogelsong won first-place in the “Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Small” category in the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Awards for Reporting on the Environment contest. The winning entry was “Virginia’s Clean Energy Transition,” a five-part series on the landmark Virginia Clean […]

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Va. Senate ends hopes for fast-tracked budget bill, Wegmans opposition, sneaky foxes, and more headlines

BY: - August 5, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Virginia Senate insisted on making some changes to the budget bill the General Assembly is considering to allocate billions in federal COVID-19 relief, which will mean a reconciliation process with the House.—Washington Post • “None of the other businesses that have been here for […]

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Pentagon police officer killed, colonial LGBTQ people, Valley Health vax mandate protests, and more headlines

BY: - August 4, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Pentagon police officer was attacked and killed on a bus platform outside the facility. Officials say there’s no sign terrorism was a motive but have offered few details.—Washington Post • Colonial Williamsburg is making an effort to research and incorporate information on the […]

The Va. House GOP came up with a spending plan. It lasted 2 minutes.

BY: and - August 3, 2021

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates offered their own proposal Tuesday for how to spend billions in federal rescue funds, floating a plan they said would ban door-to-door vaccination campaigns, give $5,000 bonuses to every police officer in the state and limit how students are taught about race and discrimination. After a two-minute floor […]

Libertarian vs. Liberation creates third-party conundrum on Virginia ballots

BY: - August 3, 2021

Most Virginia voters go for candidates with a “D” or “R” next to their name, but who should have dibs on the “L?” This year, election officials preparing November’s ballots were faced with the dilemma of how to differentiate the Libertarian Party from the Liberation Party, the newly formed initiative from gubernatorial candidate and social […]

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Special session begins, Youngkin’s Carlyle background, Prince William breakthrough cases, and more headlines

BY: - August 3, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere • The General Assembly’s special session began with a pair of bipartisan committee votes to advance the Democrat-crafted plan for coronavirus relief funding.—Associated Press • Tucked into the bill is a highly anticipated proposal allowing college athletes to profit from sponsorships and endorsement deals, a […]

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Spike in meth deaths, new Virginia-specific COVID modeling, Coalfields Expressway, and more headlines

BY: - August 2, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Republican House of Delegates candidate in Northern Virginia is under fire for comparing conservative-leaning teachers to Jewish people in Nazi Germany.—Washington Post • Methamphetamine-related deaths spiked last year in Virginia as part of a broader surge in drug overdoses.—Roanoke Times • Some Hampton Roads […]

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Va. Dems could save $1 billion in federal relief funds, some schools keep masks mandatory, disappearing criminal charges, and more

BY: - July 30, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Democratic leaders are planning to save up to $1 billion of the $4.3 billion Virginia received in federal ARPA relief funds. Leaving some of the money uncommitted, they say, will allow the state to adapt as pandemic recovery efforts continue.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]

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Virginia hits 1,000 new COVID cases, state port rebounds, Roanoke woman enters ‘Miss Wheelchair America,’ and more

BY: - July 29, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia saw its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since April.—WVTF • The head of Virginia’s port says business has rebounded since the start of the pandemic.—Virginian-Pilot  • Nearly a decade after Bon Secours struck a deal with Richmond to expand health […]

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Fairfax employee vaccines, Newport News mental health responders, ‘election integrity’ rally, and more headlines

BY: - July 28, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Fairfax County, Virginia’s most populous locality, could require vaccines for all employees.—Washington Post • Gov. Ralph Northam dropped two more proposals for spending federal relief money: funding for water quality projects and replenishing the fund that pays unemployment benefits.—Associated Press • Newport News is one […]

Some Virginia nursing homes join the call for employee vaccine mandates

BY: - July 27, 2021

Amid growing concerns over the more-infectious Delta variant, some of Virginia’s long-term care facilities are joining the push for employee vaccine mandates. In a statement on Tuesday, LeadingAge Virginia, an association representing nonprofit aging services across the commonwealth, called on facilities to require immunization for all staff working in the long-term care industry. While the […]

Democratic leaders’ limits on special session debate draw GOP pushback

BY: - July 27, 2021

A decision by Democratic leaders to impose broad restrictions on the Virginia General Assembly’s upcoming special session is drawing criticism from Republicans who say the rules will sharply limit meaningful debate on how the state should spend $4.3 billion in federal pandemic relief money. In a memo earlier this month, House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, […]