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State taps VCU to lead Medicaid expansion study

BY: - August 6, 2018

As Virginia prepares to expand its Medicaid program to an estimated 400,000 more people by Jan. 1, it has asked Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine to track and evaluate its progress. The General Assembly voted to expand Medicaid in a special session earlier this year. It is likely to have a monumental effect on […]

Grave-robbing at UVA; Fraudulent crab meat; No separate Metro car for Nazis and other news to know

BY: and - August 6, 2018

Corey Stewart gets the The New York Times treatment in this profile that scrutinizes his campaign’s strong appeal to white nationalists, some of whom have served as security at his campaign events. “While Mr. Stewart has disavowed some on the extreme right, interviews with dozens of his friends, colleagues, supporters and fellow Republicans yielded a […]

Red paint covers the base of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond's Monument Avenue. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 4, 2018)

Someone threw a lot of red paint on the Lee Monument in Richmond

BY: - August 4, 2018

Capitol Police said someone defaced the the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning. It’s easily the largest act of vandalism to target the graffiti-prone statues along Richmond’s Monument Avenue in recent memory. Officials believe whoever did it used a high pressure sprayer — either a fire […]

The deal that brought the Washington Redskins summer training camp to Richmond cost the city more than $11 million. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Redskins say Richmond training camp has been ‘great for the city.’ Does anyone believe them?

BY: - August 3, 2018

Redskins management this week called the agreement that brought the NFL team’s summer training camp to Richmond six years ago a “financial windfall” for the city, The Washington Times reports. At this point, not a single city official appears to agree with the team’s assessment. The deal cost city taxpayers well over $11 million and […]

Dominion files for approval of offshore wind pilot project

BY: - August 3, 2018

Dominion Energy has filed an application with the State Corporation Commission for approval of a long-anticipated pilot offshore wind project. The company, which announced last summer that it would move forward with the project after letting a $40 million federal grant for offshore wind lapse the year before, seeks permission to build a two 6-megawatt […]

NOVA’s last Republican delegate draws a challenger and other news to know

BY: - August 3, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. MAJOR FLOODING IN LYNCHBURG Heavy rain has prompted evacuations in Lynchburg over fears that a dam is about to fail. A flood warning in the Lynchburg area is in effect until 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Follow The News & […]

The enemy of my enemy is my friend in the 2nd District; more headlines

BY: - August 2, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Campaign workers for U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican, helped get an independent candidate facing fraud charges on the ballot, presumably to siphon votes from his Democratic opponent, Elaine Luria. — The Virginian-Pilot. Richmond school officials are recommending that 10 educators, including the principal, involved in a […]

If GRTC doesn’t speed up Pulse, VCU can bail under $1.2M deal

BY: - August 2, 2018

A $1.2 million deal to get VCU students, faculty and staff on city buses in Richmond includes a contractual requirement that GRTC Transit System increase the frequency of its new bus rapid transit line, the Pulse. And under the contract, if GRTC doesn’t pull it off, VCU can walk. As launched on June 24, the […]

Federal court upholds Virginia’s water-quality review for Mountain Valley Pipeline

BY: - August 1, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has upheld Virginia’s much-criticized water quality review for Mountain Valley Pipeline, one of two large natural gas pipeline projects proceeding in the state. The panel of judges rejected arguments from the Sierra Club and other organizations that the State Water Control Board incorrectly found […]

Speaker sets special election for Roanoke-area House seat

BY: - August 1, 2018

The special election to fill a Virginia House of Delegates seat vacated by the resignation of Del. Greg Habeeb, a Republican from Salem, will be Nov. 6, the same day as the general election for U.S. House of Representatives, Senate and local races. The Republican Speaker of the House, Del. Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights, […]

Meth, cocaine overdoses climbing; bringing ‘Dixie’ back and other headlines

BY: - August 1, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Meth and cocaine overdoses are climbing The Roanoke Times reports that 398 people died last year from overdoses related to cocaine and 88 people died after using meth. The numbers started rising in 2016, the paper reports, and fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, figured in […]

Report: More than 150,000 Virginia families don’t claim tax credit

BY: - July 31, 2018

About 150,000 households in the state are missing out on getting thousands of dollars more back during tax season, a new report from The Commonwealth Institute found. The Richmond-based, nonpartisan research organization found only about 80 percent of Virginians who are eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit — for low-to-moderate income taxpayers and […]