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Afghan evacuees flood NoVa hospitals and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 8, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Crews begin work this morning removing Richmond’s Lee statue, one of the country’s largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy. The work will be live-streamed by VPM beginning at 8 a.m.—Associated Press, VPM • Workers will also replace a Confederate time capsule with an array of […]

Bay states seek new federal funding initiative for farm cleanup

BY: and - September 8, 2021

Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Bettina Ring and her counterparts from the five other Chesapeake Bay states are seeking a sit-down with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss a proposal to pump extra federal funding into a concerted effort to clean up the Bay. Ring and the other state  agriculture officials are embracing a […]

Natural gas developer asks SCC to rule it doesn’t need state approval to build Chickahominy Pipeline

BY: - September 8, 2021

A pipeline company linked to a planned natural gas plant in Charles City County is asking state regulators to rule that it doesn’t need their approval to build a pipeline to channel gas from existing lines to the facility.  Chickahominy Pipeline, LLC “has determined that it is impracticable and unfeasible to procure an adequate supply […]

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Richmond Lee statue to come down Wednesday and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 7, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • State officials plan to remove the Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Wednesday. They say they will live-stream the process and provide in-person viewing on a first-come, first-served basis.—Associated Press • A surge of COVID-19 cases in the Danville area appears to […]

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Turmoil over Charlottesville police chief firing and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 3, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Four days before the start of freshman year, a Virginia teen was trapped in Kabul.”—Washington Post • Thomas Nelson Community College, named for a former governor who owned slaves, is on track to be renamed Virginia Peninsula Community College.—Daily Press • Amherst County is closing […]

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Opposing economic visions from gubernatorial candidates and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 2, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • In an appearance on the John Fredericks Radio Show, former President Donald Trump warned Virginia Democrats would “cheat” in this year’s elections. Democrats said he was “peddling the exact rhetoric that led to the deadly insurrection on January 6th.”—Washington Post • Democrat Terry McAuliffe […]

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Hurricane Ida brings destruction to Buchanan and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 1, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • More than twenty homes were destroyed in Southwest Virginia’s Buchanan County as the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused flooding and mudslides.—WJHL • The storm also led to tornado warnings near Blacksburg, but didn’t appear to cause severe damage in the area.—Roanoke Times • Gov. Ralph […]

Virginia no longer ranked ‘worst for workers’

BY: - September 1, 2021

For years, Virginia has been ranked as one of the “best states for business.” And for years, Virginia has also been ranked one of the worst states for workers. This year, however, the state managed to hold onto the best-for-business claim while shedding the unflattering assessment of its labor policies, rising from dead last to […]

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Candidate plans for budget surplus and more Virginia headlines

BY: - August 31, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Republican Glenn Youngkin released a “day one game plan” outlining tax cuts, spending plans and other policies he’ll prioritize if elected governor.—Washington Post • Youngkin and his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, both have ideas for how they want to spend Virginia’s $2.6 […]

Judge declines to dismiss lawsuit over slow processing of unemployment benefits

BY: - August 31, 2021

A federal judge says he’s not ready to dismiss a lawsuit over Virginia’s slow processing of unemployment claims, citing among other things ongoing complaints that have been arriving in his own office. “The Court continues to frequently receive telephone calls from individuals reporting difficulties processing their claims and communicating with the VEC,” wrote U.S. District […]

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Uneven vaccine mandate enforcement at colleges and more Virginia headlines

BY: - August 30, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Vaccine mandates at Virginia colleges are being enforced unevenly, with some schools treating the rules they announced “more like recommendations.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • “U.S. health officials have begun offering coronavirus vaccines to Afghan evacuees arriving to Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday.”—Washington Post • Inside Bristol […]

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Campus-wide quarantine at Liberty and more Virginia headlines

BY: - August 27, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • More than 1,400 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Virginia as of Thursday. It marks the third highest total for a day since the pandemic began, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.—Virginian-Pilot • “Liberty University announced Thursday it will enact […]