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Body camera footage of Fairfax police shooting and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 5, 2022

• Body camera footage shows Fairfax County police shooting a man suffering a mental health crisis after he rushed toward officers with a wine bottle. “We believe that the three police officers … could have, and should have, handled this far differently,” the man’s parents said.—Washington Post • State Police are investigating a potential scheme to use […]

Holes in alleged Richmond mass shooting plot claims and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 4, 2022

• Under questioning from a judge, a Richmond prosecutor said he had no evidence two Guatemalan men charged with gun crimes were planning a mass shooting at a Fourth of July celebration held in a city park, contradicting earlier claims from city officials that made national news.—Axios Richmond • At a news conference, Richmond Police Chief Gerald […]

Feds sharply criticize organ sharing nonprofit and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 2, 2022

• A special prosecutor concluded a town of Windsor police officer involved in a controversial 2020 traffic stop didn’t break any state laws but should be investigated by federal authorities for possible civil rights violations.—Virginian-Pilot • A federal review found the Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that oversees organ donations across the country, “relies […]

Rep. Good calls for cameras in classrooms and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 1, 2022

• “Facing tough political head winds and inflation,” Democrats in Virginia are “advocating for abortion rights, and for others, same-sex marriage and contraception, as a key message in a midterm election cycle expected to favor Republicans.”—Washington Post • “Thirty Virginia legislators called on the Biden administration Saturday to take action on behalf of Asim Ghafoor, a friend […]

White supremacist propaganda incidents and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 29, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed onto a letter accusing the Biden administration of holding money for school meals hostage to leverage protections for LGBTQ+ students.—WRIC • “Virginia had the second-highest number of incidents involving white supremacist propaganda in the nation last year. And it has steadily increased in the last few years.”—Virginian-Pilot • Torrential rains have caused flooding […]

Miyares sues feds over new school nutrition assistance guidelines and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 28, 2022

• “Attorney General Jason Miyares is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its policy of withdrawing school nutrition assistance from schools that refuse to protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination.”—VPM • A federal court ruled in favor of Virginia Beach in a case over whether the city’s former electoral system, which was based on at-large […]

A 49% approval rating for Youngkin and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 27, 2022

•​​​​ A new poll by the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University found a 49% approval rating for Gov. Glenn Youngkin as well as 58% support for a gas tax holiday Youngkin proposed but Democrats blocked in the General Assembly.—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch •​​​​ “Youngkin said he will not try to restore Confederate monuments taken down under […]

A federal investigation of Justin Fairfax allegations and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 26, 2022

•​​​​ “Federal investigators are probing the origin of twin allegations against then-Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, according to five sources who’ve been interviewed by the FBI.”—The Intercept •​​​​ Antisemitic flyers claiming leading Jewish figures at Disney are responsible for “child grooming” were distributed around a Virginia Beach neighborhood over the weekend.—Newsweek •​​​​ The Virginia Employment Commission mistakenly sent […]

Hospital price transparency in Virginia and more state headlines

BY: - July 25, 2022

•​​​​ U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met with a group of Democratic Virginia legislators Saturday in Henrico, urging them to protect abortion rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, VPM •​​​​ Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%, the lowest it’s been since before the pandemic, but staffing problems persist.—Richmond Times-Dispatch •​​​​ The Novavax COVID-19 […]

State ends fiscal year with a fat surplus and more headlines

BY: - July 22, 2022

•​​​​ Virginia state government ended the fiscal year with a nearly $2 billion surplus.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to force new House of Delegates elections this year.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • About half of the traffic fatalities Virginia saw in 2021 involved unrestrained passengers or drivers— meaning […]

Mercury reporting prods change in Norfolk and more headlines

BY: - July 21, 2022

• Following an investigative series by the Virginia Mercury, a subsidiary of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will be required to use its “best efforts” to pursue projects in Norfolk instead of elsewhere and will be required to better share profits.—Virginian-Pilot • It’s gonna get hot in most of Eastern Virginia. —NBC12; Virginian-Pilot • […]

Former Gov. Wilder sues VCU prez and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 19, 2022

• A judge tossed a defamation lawsuit filed by the former Virginia Parole Board chairwoman (now Portsmouth’s new city manager) against a Richmond TV station.—Associated Press • Former Gov. Doug Wilder filed a $5 million lawsuit against the president of VCU, which named its school of government after him and where he works as a professor. The […]