Norfolk treasurer’s corruption conviction upheld; fighting solar panels; flood damage in Lynchburg

BY: - August 9, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Carter Turner, a Roanoke County Democrat and administrator at Radford University, filed to run for the House of Delegates seat vacated by Del. Greg Habeeb. – The Roanoke Times A three-judge panel upheld former Norfolk treasurer and councilman Anthony Burfoot’s public corruption convictions. He was found guilty […]

A parking lot outside a UVA dorm was filled with hundreds of state police cruisers on Wednesday afternoon. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 8, 2018)

Police from around the state pouring into Charlottesville

BY: - August 8, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A dive team. A giant emergency management trailer. Vans and SUVs tagged with the insignia of every major locality in central Virginia. And squad cars — hundreds and hundreds of State Police squad cars. They’re all already on the ground in Charlottesville as of Wednesday afternoon. Their arrival isn’t exactly a surprise. Police […]

Who should redraw voting districts? About a quarter of Virginians favor an independent panel, survey says

BY: - August 8, 2018

In a regular redistricting process, 24 percent of Virginians would prefer a panel of local and state experts to redraw electoral boundaries, according to a new survey by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. VCU asked 802 Virginians about the best way for the state to tackle drawing new electoral boundaries […]

State tuition increasing; rent-to-own contracts under fire; and the power of a Board of Pharmacy ID

BY: - August 8, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. State college tuition will go up an average of five percent this year, which works out to about $612 more for an in-state student. – Richmond Times-Dispatch The state booted a Board of Pharmacy member, accusing her of using her board ID to gain access to a […]

Another federal permit struck down? No big deal, Dominion says

BY: - August 7, 2018

Dominion Energy, the lead partner in the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, says Monday’s decision by a federal appeals court stripping its authority to drill under the Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t that big a deal. The company expects that the National Park Service “will promptly re-issue the permit.” “Ample evidence to support the requisite finding that […]

Roanoke Times sues former sports reporter to get Twitter account back

BY: - August 7, 2018

The Roanoke Times wants the keys back to a Twitter account its former Virginia Tech beat writer has controlled for about seven years. The Warren Buffett-owned paper sued Andy Bitter in federal court in Roanoke on Tuesday, asking a judge for a preliminary injunction and restraining order immediately barring Bitter from the account. The suit […]

Dead voter on Shaun Brown petition; Richmond educators resign amid scandal; Central State patient wins judgment

BY: - August 7, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere Dead voter appears on petition Reports last week that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor’s staff helped gather signatures to get an opponent on the ballot were strange enough. Now, several of those signatures have been called into question: One belongs to someone who moved, another […]

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: - 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 […]