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‘Forever chemicals’ in Roanoke Co. reservoir and more Va. headlines

By: - August 30, 2022 7:33 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, wrote Gov. Glenn Youngkin a letter asking him to ensure that a repeat of the I-95 snowstorm shutdown, which happened prior to Youngkin taking office, doesn’t happen again. “Preventing a repeat of these horrible circumstances requires intense oversight by your administration.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• While stumping for Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, Youngkin said “his Virginia campaign blazed a path that Republicans can follow to prevail in this fall’s congressional contests.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Tests have detected a so-called ‘forever chemical,’ a class of hazardous substances that can remain in the environment for generations, in the water of Spring Hollow reservoir in Roanoke County.”—Roanoke Times

• Legislation and legal settlements in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have led utility companies, including Dominion, to agree to excavate hundreds of millions of tons of coal ash and place it in safer lined landfills.—Energy News Network

• A year after catastrophic flooding in Hurley killed one and left dozens homeless, the Buchanan County community is still struggling to get flood relief.—Cardinal News

• Richmond’s bus ridership has exceeded pre-pandemic levels despite national trends. Officials say that could be because the bus system went fare-free and redesigned its routes to better connect people to jobs.—Axios Richmond

• Washington & Lee has halted its sale of bottled water in an effort to cut down on plastic waste.—WVTF

• A free clinic in Richmond is offering self-defense kits for transgender and non-binary clients.—VPM

• After 20 years, Virginia Beach has canceled a half-marathon it held every Labor Day weekend.—Virginian-Pilot

• A look at some of the license plates the Virginia DMV has rejected over the past few years, including “DMNGRL,” “FARTCAR” and “WTH2020.”—VPM

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