Briefs

Portsmouth weighing return of city properties and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 23, 2022

• Nine consultants used by the Youngkin administration to review controversial draft history and social sciences standards represent a range of conservative perspectives such as dissatisfaction with the 1619 Project and concerns about “minimiz(ing) the experiences and contributions of white men during the Revolutionary War.”—VPM • After Portsmouth took control of almost all of the predominantly Black […]

McClellan wins Democratic primary in landslide to replace McEachin in Congress

BY: - December 22, 2022

Virginia Sen. Jennifer McClellan won the Democratic nomination to fill the Richmond-area congressional seat left vacant after the death of former congressman Donald McEachin, putting her on track to become the first Black woman to represent Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. McClellan, an accomplished state legislator and lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for governor […]

Bath County reopens famous Warm Springs pools and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 22, 2022

• Bath County is celebrating the reopening of the storied Warm Springs pools after the 19th-century bath houses were shut down for an extensive restoration project.—Cardinal News • A former police chief of Buena Vista was arrested and charged with misusing public money.—Roanoke Times • The Virginia Department of Education is expected to release a new draft of […]

A Dolly Parton hay bale and more Virginia headlines

BY: - December 21, 2022

• Richmond-area Democrats went to party-run polling places Tuesday to pick a nominee to replace the late congressman Donald McEachin in the 4th Congressional District. Votes in the matchup between state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and state Sen. Joe Morrissey will be hand-counted later today.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The city of Richmond received an $11 million grant from the […]

A Black cemetery erased by authorities and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 20, 2022

• “Developers found graves in the Virginia woods. Authorities then helped erase the historic Black cemetery.”—ProPublica • A Republican restaurant owner and Virginia Senate candidate who’s been feuding with state authorities over COVID-19 restrictions celebrated a settlement agreement with Virginia ABC after Gov. Glenn Youngkin appeared to rebuke the agency for executing a search warrant against the […]

Abortion measures in Youngkin’s budget and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 19, 2022

• Richmond prosecutor Colette McEachin, the widow of the late congressman Donald McEachin, endorsed Virginia Sen. Jennifer McClellan for the vacant 4th District congressional seat. She said the Richmond-based district “deserves better” than McClellan’s Democratic primary opponent, Sen Joe Morrissey.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • On Saturday, Republicans nominated Richmond-area pastor Leon Benjamin in the 4th District special election. Benjamin […]

Virginia launches platform to make environmental permit info public

BY: - December 16, 2022

A Virginia agency is giving the public a peep at the state’s environmental permitting process through a new online platform, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office announced Friday. The Permitting Enhancement and Evaluation Platform, or PEEP, is an online resource that shows where permit applications and other Department of Environmental Quality approvals are in the review process. […]

Bagby drops out of 4th District race and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 16, 2022

• State Del. Lamont Bagby dropped out of the fast-moving Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District. Bagby and numerous other top Democratic figures are now backing Sen. Jennifer McClellan for the seat, prompting Sen. Joe Morrissey to accuse the party of conspiring to stop him.—Axios • The investment bank hired by Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder […]

Va. Beach Mass Shooting Commission dysfunction and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 15, 2022

• Virginia State Police remained silent after a private investigator who previously worked in law enforcement came forward with documents suggesting the agency hadn’t been forthcoming about the hiring process for Austin Lee Edwards, the former state trooper who killed three people in California last month. Edwards was admitted to the State Police training academy […]

Virginia parents, Youngkin administration settle lawsuit over masks and students with disabilities

BY: - December 14, 2022

The commonwealth of Virginia acknowledged in a settlement with parents of 12 students with disabilities that peer masking in K-12 schools is a reasonable modification under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The settlement followed an appeal by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration of a March decision by U.S. District Court […]

A 4th District firehouse primary and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 14, 2022

• Pushing back against a report by the Los Angeles Times, Washington County Sheriff Blake Andis said his deputies went to the home of former law enforcement officer Austin Lee Edwards only to retrieve department-issued weapons and check for other victims. Edwards killed three people in California last month and died by suicide during a shootout […]

Kaine takes up the fight to resurrect Northern Neck Ginger Ale

BY: - December 13, 2022

Sen. Tim Kaine is wading into the battle to resurrect Northern Neck Ginger Ale, a soft drink produced in Montross for almost 75 years that has maintained a cult following in Virginia despite being discontinued in 2020.  In a letter to Coca-Cola, which produced the beverage and owns its recipe, Kaine urged the company “to […]