GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Virginia's foster care system is failing to meet the basic health and safety needs of the children under its care, according to state auditors, who released a scathing report Monday that found 98 cases in which basic safety protocols weren't met.In one, a child was placed in a home...
Today's much-anticipated meeting of the State Air Pollution Control Board, which saw two members replaced by Gov. Ralph Northam as it weighed a crucial permit for a compressor station that is part of Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline, has been postponed because of the snow.The Virginia Department of Environmental...
Virginia's most politically contentious fishery — Omega Protein's Reedville menhaden reduction operation — is up for a Marine Stewardship Council certification, which recognizes sustainable fishing practices, but an environmental group argues that the recommendation is misplaced.Omega Protein harvests thousands of tons a year of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay,...
Two contentious Virginia pipeline projects hit more snags Friday, with Dominion Energy voluntarily agreeing to stop construction on its Atlantic Coast Pipeline after another permit was vacated and the separate Mountain Valley Pipeline smacked with a state lawsuit over environmental violations.Attorney General Mark Herring and the Department of Environmental...
A panel of federal judges in Richmond denied a second request to delay work on a remedial redistricting plan by the Republican majority in the House of Delegates.The case is pending a review by the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear an appeal last month.In a terse order published Friday...
Evidently, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring hates robocalls just as much as you.Herring's office said in a news release Thursday that he has joined a group of 40 state attorneys general who are reviewing available technology "to stop or reduce annoying and dangerous robocalls."“Robocalls have become a daily occurrence...
Billy Baldwin has owned his restaurant along Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront strip for 16 years.He’s added entertainment to attract wandering tourists and offers deals like $2 tacos to draw people in.Still, there are some years Baldwin says he takes a loss because of Virginia's liquor ratio requirement, which requires that...
A new poll from Christopher Newport University's Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy shows most Virginians support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, the creation of an independent redistricting commission and legalizing casinos.The poll asked 841 registered voters about several issues that will likely be ironed out...
Northern Virginia may have won half of Amazon’s HQ2, but Hampton Roads and the Richmond region made their own pitches to the corporate giant, touting cheap labor and housing prices and site plans that included corporate rallies at a new baseball stadium and massive transportation improvements like light rail lines.The...
A group of lawmakers made a series of recommendations Tuesday aimed at tackling a variety of problems within Virginia’s mental health system, which is marred by overcrowded hospitals and jails full of people with serious mental illness.Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, chairman of the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services...