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House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, is flanked by Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, and Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, as he introduces Democrats redistricting proposal. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 29, 2018)

House Democrats’ proposed redistricting plan targets five vulnerable Republicans

BY: - August 29, 2018

A redistricting plan floated by Democrats in the House of Delegates this afternoon would move 55,000 black voters out of majority-minority districts that a court has ruled are unconstitutional. Most of them would instead be placed in the districts of five vulnerable Republicans. The plan cuts another two Republicans out of the districts they currently […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline work allowed to resume

BY: - August 29, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has allowed work to resume on nearly the entire length of the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline. The natural gas pipeline was being built between West Virginia and Pittsylvania County before a federal court invalidated key approvals for the project and FERC ordered a halt to construction. The project still does […]

Bird moves into Norfolk, gets its scooters impounded in a whole new Va. city

BY: - August 29, 2018

Fresh from getting run out of Richmond by the city’s aggressive towing contractor, an electric scooter rental company popped up in Norfolk on Thursday, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Authorities in Norfolk appear to be acting even quicker than Richmond to get the scooters, which people can rent for $1 with a smartphone app, off city […]

Candidate says PAC illegally got her security clearance; Restraints in public schools; Vikings batted climate change and other headlines

BY: - August 29, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Spangberger says PAC illegally obtained her federal security clearance application The former CIA officer running for Congress against Dave Brat, Abigail Spanberger, says there’s no way the Republican group could have gotten the document legally, The New York Times reports. The PAC, meanwhile, insists […]

Department of Health announces 12 cases of West Nile so far this year

BY: - August 28, 2018

Virginia has seen 12 human cases of West Nile virus so far this year, the state’s Department of Health reported Tuesday. Last year, Virginia had 13 West Nile cases, up from only eight in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of West Nile cases vary widely from year to […]

Virginia will use $10 million to turn old coal mines into tourist sites, broadband infrastructure

BY: - August 28, 2018

Virginia will use $10 million to turn projects in its Abandoned Mine Land program into economic development initiatives, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced. The state will award grants to groups who want to reclaim old mining sites and turn them into tourist attractions, sites that support rural broadband infrastructure or clean energy initiatives. Northam said […]

Large electric users continue push for more clean energy options beyond utilities

BY: - August 28, 2018

A letter signed by a dozen large electric users — from hospital systems and colleges to major companies — calls for more clean energy options in Virginia, where attempts to loosen policies governing competition have been mightily opposed by the state’s dominant electric utilities. “A key ingredient for increasing renewable energy deployment in the commonwealth […]

A police-shooting jury award; more money for opioid treatment; 5th district race sinks deeper into mud

BY: - August 28, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. After four hours of deliberation, a jury found two Virginia Beach police officers acted with gross negligence when they shot and killed a Navy veteran in 2015. The jury cleared two other officers. They recommended $800,000 in compensation be paid to her estate. – The […]

Judge issues injunction on posting plans for 3-D printing of guns, but they may still be online

BY: - August 27, 2018

Twenty-one attorneys general, including Virginia’s Mark Herring, won a preliminary injunction Monday against a company that wanted to distribute plans to print plastic guns from 3-D printers online. “The Trump administration’s reckless plan to make 3D-printed guns widely available and easily accessible was one of the most dangerous ideas I have ever heard,” Herring said […]

UVA law professor: Just one GOP senator could start inquiry into Trump’s tax returns

BY: - August 27, 2018

Writing in Politico, University of Virginia law and taxation professor George K. Yin explores how a single Republican senator could initiate an investigation into President Donald Trump’s tax returns to shed light on what, if anything, therein explains his extraordinary deference to Russia. For the past two years, Trump has refused to release his tax […]

Low expectations for special session; A new tally on fraudulent signatures and Confederate imagery in Albemarle schools

BY: - August 27, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The special session of the General Assembly called by Gov. Northam this week to redraw House districts in response to a federal court ruling isn’t expected to yield new maps or much of anything else. – WVTF Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart appeared together at a Virginia […]

Documenting hundreds of mentally ill people who died in jail; more long prison sentences for white supremacist rally attendees

BY: - August 24, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Hundreds of deaths, brutal treatment The Virginian-Pilot’s Gary A Harki is out with a massive and beautifully presented investigation into the terrible treatment mentally ill receive in the nation’s jails, no doubt prompted by a string of deaths in Hampton Roads Regional Jail. As […]