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Schools with mask mandates could lose state funds and more Va. headlines

By: - January 18, 2022 8:04 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• In his first joint address to the General Assembly, Gov. Glenn Youngkin asked lawmakers to work with him on a “sweeping vision of change.”—Associated PressWashington Post

• In a Fox News appearance, Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears said Youngkin might withhold state funds from school systems that insist on mask mandates.—Fox News

• The Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics said children should still wear masks in schools, despite Youngkin’s efforts to make masks optional statewide.—NBC12

• The chairman of the Prince William County School Board says he hopes Youngkin’s health team “will be able to provide a road map toward getting rid of masks.”—WTOP

• Former Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Mansion pranks, a bipartisan tradition, included a blue fleece vest and a cardboard Trump cutout.—Washington Post

• Northam is back to being a doctor.—WAVY

• Senate Democrats blocked a Republican bill that would’ve stopped scheduled increases to Virginia’s minimum wage.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s proposal to ban congressional members from trading individual stocks is picking up steam.—Washington Post

• Virginia Republicans have filed several bills taking aim at Northam’s COVID-19 response, including proposals to limit a governor’s emergency powers.—Daily Press

• Scientists at ODU are trying to figure out just how old Cape Henry’s ancient sand dunes are.—Virginian-Pilot

• Opponents of a Sheetz planned near a Virginia Civil War site are planning to blanket the company’s hometown in Pennsylvania with mailers.—PennLive

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