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Miyares sues feds over new school nutrition assistance guidelines and more Va. headlines

By: - July 28, 2022 8:41 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• “Attorney General Jason Miyares is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its policy of withdrawing school nutrition assistance from schools that refuse to protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination.”—VPM

• A federal court ruled in favor of Virginia Beach in a case over whether the city’s former electoral system, which was based on at-large voting, diluted minority votes. Virginia legislators have since passed a law altering the system.—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia leaders weigh in on recession fears as the Federal Reserve increases interest rates for the fourth time this year to cool inflation.—WRIC

• “Virginia increased police spending in 2020 despite defunding calls.”—Axios Richmond

• “The University of Virginia’s Student Council is calling for the resignation of Bert Ellis, an outspoken UVa alumnus and recently appointed member of the Board of Visitors who is a vocal critic of the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts.”—Daily Progress

• A last-minute deal with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin on federal climate legislation could have major implications for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline, with Democratic leaders indicating they will approve separate legislation to address energy permitting.—New York Times

• The Blue Ridge Poison Center at UVA Health is seeing an influx of calls over adverse reactions to delta-8, a substance similar to the active active ingredient in marijuana.—WVTF

• “Preliminary damage assessments, which will determine the potential for federal assistance, are occurring this week in Buchanan County, two weeks after raging floodwaters tore through portions of the county.”—Bristol Herald-Courier

• A member of the Hanover School Board has drawn backlash for comments he made to the Richmond Times-Dispatch calling Hanover NAACP President Patricia Hunter-Jordan “an angry African American lady.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Lynchburg City Council rejected a resolution condemning vandalism at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.—News & Advance

• Richmond’s mayor said he’s following state code by not releasing certain documents related to an alleged July 4 mass shooting plot. State law, however, doesn’t forbid officials from releasing such documents but gives them discretion to do so.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Former Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. bonded out of jail late Wednesday afternoon, four and a half months after criminal convictions that cost him his office and put him in jeopardy of going to prison later this year.”—Roanoke Times

• Chincoteague’s famous pony swim resumed for the first time since the pandemic began.—Virginian-Pilot

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