Briefs

Virginia higher ed’s plans for lab schools and more state headlines

BY: - June 22, 2022

• The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond says the central bank’s interest rate hike will curb inflation without “a calamitous decline in activity.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia’s former chief information officer has been hired by the company he recruited “as a vendor for state IT services at the Virginia Information Technology Agency.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • An appointee […]

Greene ‘very capable’ to lead Virginia Department of Health, Youngkin says

BY: - June 21, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin described Virginia’s top health official as “very capable” to lead the state’s Department of Health while distancing himself from the latter’s comments on the role of racism in health disparities. The governor’s comments, made Tuesday after a ceremonial budget signing, come on the heels of a June 15 article in the Washington Post […]

A new cold case database and more Virginia headlines

BY: - June 21, 2022

• An appointee by Gov. Glenn Youngkin to the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board “publicly disparaged people on Twitter and trolled accounts with obscenities,” including making lewd remarks about Vice President Kamala Harris.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A new cold-case database is intended to bring new attention to unsolved killings in Virginia.—Virginian-Pilot • One of the four inmates who escaped from […]

Youngkin asks colleges to reverse tuition hikes and more Va. headlines

BY: - June 20, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration is asking Virginia’s colleges and universities to reverse tuition hikes.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Lego, which announced last week it was opening a major new factory in Chesterfield, “briefly made public a frequently-asked-questions document that seemed to distance the company from Youngkin’s conservative stance on race and the environment.”—Washington Post • “Approximately two-thirds of Virginia […]

Beagle breeding facility shutting down over violations will be allowed to sell 500 dogs

BY: and - June 17, 2022

A federal judge will allow Envigo — which is shutting down a controversial dog-breeding facility in Cumberland County under pressure from federal regulators because of a string of animal welfare violations— to sell more than 500 dogs to labs over the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal attorneys seeking an injunction to enforce […]

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized emergency use of two COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, moving the country one step closer to having shots for all age groups. The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before parents can begin getting babies […]

General Assembly back in town, VDH diverges from CDC on COVID and more headlines

BY: - June 17, 2022

• Democratic candidates in Virginia’s swing districts are standing firm on their support for gun restrictions.—Washington Post • Virginia’s General Assembly will return to Richmond to take up 38 budget amendments proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, less than two weeks before their June 30 deadline to finalize the state’s two-year spending plan.—Washington Post • One of those proposed […]

Massive Lego plant coming to Chesterfield and more Virginia headlines

BY: - June 16, 2022

• Dr. Colin Greene, Virginia’s new health commissioner, has repeatedly downplayed the role of racism in health disparities, leaving some staff at the state’s Department of Health fearful for their jobs. “If you say racism, you’re blaming White people,” he said.— Washington Post • “Lego plans to invest at least $1 billion to construct its only […]

Notorious beagle breeding center shutting down and more headlines

BY: - June 15, 2022

• A beagle breeding facility in Cumberland is closing amid a federal investigation that uncovered hundreds of animal rights violations.—WRIC • Rep. Don Beyer, D-Alexandria, introduced new Congressional legislation that would impose a 1,000 percent tax on assault-style weapons.—Washington Post • Virginia’s community college board is restarting its search for a new chancellor after Gov. Glenn Youngkin criticized […]

Unsuccessful state science and tech incentives and more Va. headlines

BY: - June 14, 2022

• Authorities say a Virginia man has been identified as a “central” conspirator in the Jan. 6 insurrection after video showed him meeting with top leaders of two far-right extremist groups the day before the attack on the Capitol.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia home-schooling advocates have been leaders in a national movement to strengthen “parental rights” in state […]

County decides against reinstating Confederate names and more headlines

BY: - June 13, 2022

 The U.S. Justice Department announced it will not reopen a federal investigation of the 2017 shooting death of Virginia resident Bijan Ghaisar by two U.S. Park Police officers in Fairfax County.—Washington Post • Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, who ousted former Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn as Virginia’s top Democrat, had a turbocharged rise to power after spending seven […]

Faulting state’s ‘stall tactics,’ judge orders speedy schedule in new Va. redistricting suit

BY: - June 13, 2022

A federal judge set an expedited schedule Monday for a just-filed lawsuit seeking new Virginia House of Delegates elections this year, while again blaming state lawyers for trying to run out the clock to potentially avoid that outcome. Anticipating the Virginia attorney general’s office would raise timing issues to try to beat the suit filed […]