Briefs

Today’s headlines: Redistricting goes back to the courts, Hampton Roads wants a hashtag and donkey awareness

BY: - October 8, 2018

Virginia lawmakers appear to have formally given up on efforts to redraw 11 racially gerrymandered House of Delegates districts themselves, instead leaving the process to the federal courts. After Gov. Ralph Northam said he would veto a Republican plan that maintained the party’s existing partisan advantage, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox cancelled a planned floor session, […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline loses permission to cross Virginia waterways

BY: - October 5, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a permit allowing the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross hundreds of Virginia streams and wetlands, The Roanoke Times reports. The action comes three days after a similar permit for West Virginia water crossings was vacated by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Advocates are calling for […]

Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, stands in the chamber. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

GOP leader cancels redistricting floor session

BY: - October 5, 2018

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, canceled a floor session scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22 after Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, announced plans to veto a Republican-drafted map to fix 11 House districts a court has ruled were racially gerrymandered. Cox filed a status report with the Eastern District Court “noting […]

Virginia sees surge in West Nile virus

BY: - October 5, 2018

So far this year there have been 38 cases of West Nile virus in Virginia, a new record for the state. On average, Virginia reports only about nine cases per year, according to the Department of Health. The cases have been spotted in 17 health districts across the state, with Fairfax seeing the most at […]

Banning the Confederate flag in schools; free camping in the pipeline’s path; a record-setting watermelon and more

BY: - October 5, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. School board considers changing dress code to ban Confederate flag images  The Charlottesville School Board has shown some support for a resolution that would change the dress code to ban images of the Confederate battle flag, Nazi swastikas and any “images associated with […]

Report estimates Medicaid work requirement will cost state $25 million

BY: - October 4, 2018

The price tag attached to the proposed Medicaid work requirement that is making its way through a public comment period now could be as high as $25 million, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. And meanwhile, the institute, a liberal-leaning nonprofit that performs fiscal and policy analysis, estimates that 21,600 people could be […]

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A dream of a new bridge to Maryland; Norfolk Southern’s possible new headquarters; a man lost in a landfill and more

BY: - October 4, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Local Virginia leaders are ready for a new bridge into Maryland Loudon County leaders are ready to find another way across the Potomac River into Montgomery County, Md. Loudoun leaders picked two future crossing locations out on Tuesday, but will hold off making […]

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State awards $6 million to organizations to increase contraception access

BY: - October 3, 2018

In an effort to improve access to family-planning options, the state has awarded $6 million to 12 health care organizations across Virginia so they can provide long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to their patients through May 2020. The program, dubbed the Virginia LARC initiative, is meant to help reduce unintended pregnancies, according to a Virginia Department […]

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Stewart goes all-in on unsubstantiated claims; slot machines coming; Liberty’s assets top $3 billion; cattle rustling in Augusta and other news

BY: - October 3, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. In last debate, Stewart goes all-in on unsubstantiated sexual assault claim Corey Stewart really wants you to know that Congress has paid $17.2 million to federal employees to settle violations for employment rules, in some cases for sexual harassment. He repeated the figure […]

House of Delegates will take up new voting maps nine days before court deadline

BY: - October 2, 2018

Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, R- Colonial Heights, announced he would reconvene the House of Delegates on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. to work on a remedial redistricting map that’s supposed to be approved by Oct. 30. “I am reconvening the House of Delegates on Oct. 21 to fulfill our constitutional duty to […]

Forest Service’s pipeline decision under fire; Danville leaders walk out on Corey Stewart; Richmond’s graduation rate is the worst and more

BY: - October 2, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Did regulators direct Dominion or did Dominion direct regulators? One of the federal judges hearing an appeal of permits issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipelines pressed the U.S. Forest Service last week about why it changed its position on the project. Emails show […]

Virginia’s public university officials are the highest paid state employees, according to new database

BY: - October 1, 2018

Virginia Tech’s first vice president for advancement, Charles Phlegar, earns $661,700 — the highest state salary for any employee, according to a new database compiled by the Washington Business Journal. Phlegar is Tech’s “chief fundraiser,” according to the Business Journal. The Washington Business Journal included data for state employees who make more than $50,000 a […]