The Bulletin

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

By: - July 27, 2022 7:58 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

•​​​​ 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 Democratic leadership, and he is not taking a stance on statues that remain in Capitol Square.” He also said he disagrees with controversial comments on the Civil War made by one of his appointees to the state Board of Historic Resources, and the administration is “having a discussion about whether she can represent us well.”—WRIC

•​​​​ “An exodus of high-tech talent isn’t limited to executive leadership at the Virginia Information Technology Agency, which also has lost key employees in cloud services and cybersecurity operations that are critical to operating state government and protecting computer networks from attacks.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•​​​​ Youngkin’s planned withdrawal from the regional carbon market known as RGGI “complicates the state’s effort to establish a permanent fund supporting victims of disasters like the Buchanan County flood.”—Cardinal News

•​​​​ A former National Guard member admitted in court that he had planned an attack on Virginia Beach police and been in touch with violent white supremacist and anti-government group The Base.—Washington Post

•​​​​ “Fifty-three seconds. That’s all it took for Virginia State University President Makola Abdullah to storm the internet and land on ESPN.”—Richmond Magazine

•​​​​ The city of Richmond wants to remove a statue of A.P. Hill, one of its last remaining Confederate monuments, and give it to a museum, but a group that says they’re indirect descendants of Hill are fighting to claim it.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•​​​​ Another big fish spill linked to Omega Protein menhaden boats washed up on Eastern Shore beaches. It’s the second time in three weeks after a July 5 net break.—WAVY

•​​​​ The Fredericksburg area is getting millions in American Rescue Plan Act funds for water and wastewater projects, including a wastewater treatment plant upgrade expected to be the biggest public works project in city history.—Free Lance-Star

•​​​​ An indoor vertical farming company under development in Pittsylvania is adding dozens of new jobs even before it opens.—Cardinal News

•​​​​ Virginia Beach officials are questioning whether it’s worth half a million taxpayer dollars to stay in a regional economic development group. “It costs us a lot of money to belong to that, and we just want to make sure we get the bang for the buck.”—Virginian-Pilot

•​​​​ Old Dominion University is starting a school dedicated to supply chain logistics and maritime operations.—WHRO

•​​​​ A 172-year-old family-owned flour and feed mill in Montgomery County is winding down operations.—Roanoke Times

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