Altria reacts to FDA order pulling Juul from shelves and more Va. headlines

BY: - June 24, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin told a national television audience that Virginians aren’t talking about Jan. 6. “What they’re talking about is runaway inflation.”—CBS News • Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner say the gun deal the U.S. Senate just passed will save lives.—NBC12 • Altria, the Henrico-based tobacco giant, said it was disappointed with the FDA’s decision […]

U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that made it illegal to carry a firearm in public without showing a special need for protection. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — a major decision that expands the Second […]

Intense storms sweep central Virginia and more state headlines

BY: - June 23, 2022

• A fast-moving storm packing winds of up to 80 mph tore through central Virginia Wednesday, leaving downed trees and powerlines and other damage.—NBC12; Free Lance-Star; Inside Nova; WRIC • Nearly 30 Virginia lawmakers are urging the U.S. government to suspend beagle breeder Envigo’s license to thwart the company’s sale of 500 dogs to fulfill existing contracts before it shuts […]

Virginia higher ed’s plans for lab schools and more state headlines

BY: - June 22, 2022

• The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond says the central bank’s interest rate hike will curb inflation without “a calamitous decline in activity.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia’s former chief information officer has been hired by the company he recruited “as a vendor for state IT services at the Virginia Information Technology Agency.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • An appointee […]

Youngkin ceremonially signs Virginia budget while calling for more tax relief

BY: - June 21, 2022

Throughout a ceremonial bill signing with the pomp of a campaign event, Gov. Glenn Youngkin touted Virginia’s latest budget as a win for his administration, even as he criticized Senate Democrats for blocking key priorities including a gas tax suspension. “We’ve taken the important steps to eliminate the state’s portion of the grocery tax, increase […]

A new cold case database and more Virginia headlines

BY: - June 21, 2022

• An appointee by Gov. Glenn Youngkin to the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board “publicly disparaged people on Twitter and trolled accounts with obscenities,” including making lewd remarks about Vice President Kamala Harris.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A new cold-case database is intended to bring new attention to unsolved killings in Virginia.—Virginian-Pilot • One of the four inmates who escaped from […]

Youngkin asks colleges to reverse tuition hikes and more Va. headlines

BY: - June 20, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration is asking Virginia’s colleges and universities to reverse tuition hikes.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Lego, which announced last week it was opening a major new factory in Chesterfield, “briefly made public a frequently-asked-questions document that seemed to distance the company from Youngkin’s conservative stance on race and the environment.”—Washington Post • “Approximately two-thirds of Virginia […]

General Assembly back in town, VDH diverges from CDC on COVID and more headlines

BY: - June 17, 2022

• Democratic candidates in Virginia’s swing districts are standing firm on their support for gun restrictions.—Washington Post • Virginia’s General Assembly will return to Richmond to take up 38 budget amendments proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, less than two weeks before their June 30 deadline to finalize the state’s two-year spending plan.—Washington Post • One of those proposed […]

Massive Lego plant coming to Chesterfield and more Virginia headlines

BY: - June 16, 2022

• Dr. Colin Greene, Virginia’s new health commissioner, has repeatedly downplayed the role of racism in health disparities, leaving some staff at the state’s Department of Health fearful for their jobs. “If you say racism, you’re blaming White people,” he said.— Washington Post • “Lego plans to invest at least $1 billion to construct its only […]

Notorious beagle breeding center shutting down and more headlines

BY: - June 15, 2022

• A beagle breeding facility in Cumberland is closing amid a federal investigation that uncovered hundreds of animal rights violations.—WRIC • Rep. Don Beyer, D-Alexandria, introduced new Congressional legislation that would impose a 1,000 percent tax on assault-style weapons.—Washington Post • Virginia’s community college board is restarting its search for a new chancellor after Gov. Glenn Youngkin criticized […]

Unsuccessful state science and tech incentives and more Va. headlines

BY: - June 14, 2022

• Authorities say a Virginia man has been identified as a “central” conspirator in the Jan. 6 insurrection after video showed him meeting with top leaders of two far-right extremist groups the day before the attack on the Capitol.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia home-schooling advocates have been leaders in a national movement to strengthen “parental rights” in state […]

County decides against reinstating Confederate names and more headlines

BY: - June 13, 2022

 The U.S. Justice Department announced it will not reopen a federal investigation of the 2017 shooting death of Virginia resident Bijan Ghaisar by two U.S. Park Police officers in Fairfax County.—Washington Post • Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, who ousted former Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn as Virginia’s top Democrat, had a turbocharged rise to power after spending seven […]