Briefs

A truck-load of Amazon news; Hate crimes increase; Cutting the cost of prison health care; InfoWars defends Charlottesville lawsuit; Claire Danes talks up Richmond and more headlines

BY: - November 14, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Amazon announcement news: — Virginia’s direct incentive package to Amazon was less than half of what New York committed — $22,000 per job versus $48,000 per job — stirring “quiet satisfaction in the Old Dominion that Richmond had cut a better deal than […]

Virginia promised Amazon it will withhold as many public records as possible and warn the company when it can’t

BY: - November 13, 2018

Officials in Virginia have promised Amazon they will withhold as much information as they legally can about the retail-giant’s new Virginia headquarters, which will benefit from direct state incentives totaling $550 million. And when information can’t be withheld under state public records laws, state officials have contractually agreed to warn the company so that they […]

Virginia Mercury

Crystal City gets half of new Amazon HQ; Mary Baldwin students reject art as ‘racist;’ Man in fracas with Tucker Carlson weighs legal action and more headlines

BY: - November 13, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Amazon has made its decision Amazon is expected to announce as early as today that it has decided to split its much sought after HQ2 (and the 50,000 jobs that come with it) between New York City and Northern Virginia’s Crystal City. The Associated […]

Election season isn’t over for all Virginians

BY: - November 12, 2018

Midterms are over for Virginia voters, but there will be at least one more election before the end of the year for some. With Republican Del. Ben Cline’s win in the 6th Congressional District and state Sen. Jennifer Wexton’s win in the 10th, there are openings in the General Assembly, which reconvenes Jan. 9. Speaker […]

A Virginia prison first; more Bird scooters seized; veterans honored; downsizing continues at Pilot, Daily Press and more headlines

BY: - November 12, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   — A woman being held in state prison is still nourishing her two-and-a-half-month premature baby in the ICU, sending breast milk pumped behind bars via doctors in a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the state. (Richmond Times-Dispatch) — Democrats are hopeful about benefits to the […]

Virginia Mercury

Republicans postpone Medicaid work requirement application, cite concerns over exemptions

BY: - November 9, 2018

The Department for Medical Assistance Services had been aiming to submit its Medicaid work requirement waiver to the federal government by Nov. 4, as they were directed to do in the state budget. But the deadline came and went, and no request reached the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, […]

Fewer youths behind bars; lawyer asks that a Robert E. Lee portrait be removed from courtroom; mother and daughter team continue pipeline fight, and more headlines

BY: - November 9, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. —Virginia has fewer youths behind bars, according to a Department of Juvenile Justice report. There have also been fewer violent incidents in state juvenile justice systems. (The Daily Press) —A lawyer representing an African-American man in Louisa County has requested the court remove […]

COMMENTARY

Ørsted, Dominion’s partner on Virginia offshore wind project, completes acquisition of U.S. wind firm

BY: - November 8, 2018

The Danish energy giant that is partnering with Dominion Energy on a Virginia offshore wind pilot project has finalized its $510 million acquisition of Deepwater Wind, which built the first — and for the time being the only— offshore wind farm in the U.S. in Block Island Sound. The new entity, Ørsted US Offshore Wind, […]

Virginia Mercury

The domino effect of this week’s midterm elections; pipeline updates; early renderings of a Bristol casino and other headlines

BY: - November 8, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. — After a third loss in a statewide race, it’s unclear where Corey Stewart will end up. Even his position as chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors may not be guaranteed.  (The Washington Post) — Congresswoman-elect Elaine Luria has a […]

It wasn’t just candidates on Tuesday’s ballots: The fate of local bonds, meals taxes and alcohol measures

BY: - November 7, 2018

Virginians voted to pass two constitutional amendments related to property tax relief in this year’s election, a decision that will affect the whole state. But there were also some notable local ballot measures that asked voters to decide on funding for traffic improvements in some of Northern Virginia’s fastest-growing areas and imposing local meals taxes […]

Turnout surged in midterm elections; Poll finds most Va. voters think country is headed in the wrong direction; squirrel tries to foil voting in Blacksburg and other headlines

BY: - November 7, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. There was impressive turnout in yesterday’s midterm elections, with voters swarming polling places and exceeding 2014 voter turnout all over the state, like in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Fredericksburg and Bristol. Take a look at how each of Virginia’s precincts voted through this Virginian Pilot […]

‘Voting is brisk:’ Turnout appears to be on track to outpace 2014 midterms, election official says

BY: - November 6, 2018

Turnout in this year’s midterm elections appears to be on track to be higher than expected, said Chris Piper, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections. The department doesn’t collect data until the polls close at 7 p.m., but reports of longer-than-normal lines suggest there is a “large number of people interested in this election,” […]