The Bulletin

Big corporate donations to Youngkin and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 21, 2022 7:51 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• 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 making them optional.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, WTOP, Virginian-Pilot

• Miyares pulled Virginia out of a pending federal lawsuit pitting coal companies against environmental regulators. “Virginia is no longer anti-coal,” he declared.—E&E News

• Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears will be absent from the Senate chamber for at least two work days after coming into contact with someone who had COVID-19, according to a spokesman.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• After running as an outsider, Youngkin got big checks from corporate interests with business before the state.—Associated Press

• A federal judge threw out a parent-driven lawsuit challenging diversity initiatives in Loudoun County schools.—Washington Post

• Republicans are looking to increase police presence in Virginia schools.—VPM

• Advocates are asking state lawmakers to provide funding for the Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail, a 48.5-mile recreational trail they hope to see built by 2030.—Winchester Star

• Virginia ABC stores are reducing their hours because too many workers have been exposed to COVID-19.—WTOP

• Cavers in Southwest Virginia found an “absolutely gorgeous” skeleton of an Ice Age-era cat. They named it Petra.—Cardinal News

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