Briefs

Virginia’s air quality improving, DEQ reports

BY: - November 28, 2018

New monitoring data shows that air quality is improving in Virginia. The Department of Environmental Quality’s ozone monitoring results for 2018 shows that levels of fine particulate pollution have decreased by more than 40 percent, while nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide levels have similarly, “dropped significantly,” according to a DEQ news release. Though necessary in […]

Culpeper sheriff faces second immigration suit; Hopewell meeting erupts; Taylor dissects loss and more headlines

BY: - November 28, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. — The Culpeper County Sheriff is facing a second lawsuit in two months over his decision to enter into a cooperation agreement with ICE. The latest challenge filed by the ACLU questions whether local authorities can legally enforce federal immigration laws in Virginia […]

Gov. Ralph Northam

Air board members won’t be seated before compressor vote; Fields to claim self-defense in Charlottesville attack and more headlines

BY: - November 27, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW: Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. New members won’t vote on compressor permit Gov. Ralph Northam announced he will not seat two new members of the state Air Pollution Control Board until after a Dec. 10 vote on a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Patrick […]

Jury selection starts in Charlottesville car-attack trial; GOP tries to stave off losses; A jail ‘God pod;’ Va. congressmen take leadership spots and more headlines

BY: - November 26, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   — Jury selection begins today in the trial of James Fields, the man charged with first-degree murder in the car attack in Charlottesville last year that killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens more. The process of winnowing down a pool 360 residents […]

Major permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline suspended

BY: - November 21, 2018

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline hit another permitting snag Tuesday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended the 600-mile project’s authorization to cross hundreds of waterways and wetlands. “Following requests from Appalachian Mountain Advocates (Appalmad) attorneys, the Norfolk, Huntington, and Pittsburgh districts of the Army Corps of Engineers have each suspended its authorization of the […]

A move from the FBI to Dominion; VCU studying the effects of withdrawal treatment; using leftover tax money for rural broadband and more headlines

BY: - November 21, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. — Gov. Ralph Northam framed his decision to replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board ahead of a key pipeline vote as a routine matter that naturally followed the expiration of their terms in June, but a review found 235 other […]

COMMENTARY

Atlantic Coast Pipeline cost estimates surge to $7 billion

BY: - November 20, 2018

Steve Haner at Bacon’s Rebellion has a good breakdown of a recent Dominion Energy earnings call in which CEO Tom Farrell said the company’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s cost estimates had ballooned to $6.5 to $7 billion. Per the transcript, Farrell blamed a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission stop-work order and delays in obtaining permits for the […]

Virginia lawmakers announce proposals to legalize sports betting

BY: - November 20, 2018

State Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, said Tuesday he’ll introduce legislation to legalize sports betting in Virginia as part of a plan he says would reduce tuition at the state’s community colleges. A few hours later, Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, announced his own sports betting proposal, floating a 15 percent tax on revenue that he […]

Northam defends air board move; Charlottesville braces for trial; Embracing the ‘zipper merge;’ Elk plan draws opposition and more headlines

BY: - November 20, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   — Gov. Ralph Northam defended his decision to dismiss two members of the air board ahead of a crucial vote on a compressor station for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline — a move that’s drawn criticism from environmentalists, including former Vice President Al […]

Was Election Day a ‘lot of mess’ or ‘relatively smooth?’ Depends who you ask.

BY: - November 19, 2018

At a State Board of Elections meeting Monday, Chris Piper, commissioner of the Department of Elections said this year’s midterm elections had “unprecedented” turnout and went “relatively smooth.” “We had a strong day,” Piper told the Board of Elections on Monday. “It was a huge turnout for a midterm election.” Early estimates have voter turnout […]

Firehouse primary winners; Deeds pushes for mental health reform; A rocket launch at Wallops; Two-headed snake dies

BY: - November 19, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   — A federal judge sounded sympathetic after hearing arguments that the state’s practice of suspending drivers licenses for unpaid court fines places an undue burden on the poor and amounts to a modern-day debtors prison. “They shouldn’t be punished if they cannot […]

House Democratic leader says he will step down in the “near future”

BY: - November 16, 2018

Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, plans to leave his post as leader of the House Democratic Caucus sometime “in the near future,” party staff said. Toscano has been House Democratic Caucus Leader for seven years and served as delegate for the 57th District, which includes Charlottesville and part of Albemarle County, since 2006. He led the […]