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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, made waves when he called himself a Democratic Socialist. He knows most of his bills won’t pass in Virginia but thinks it’s important to try. “One of the biggest things has been trying to...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• With the federal government still shut down, 550 federal workers in Virginia have filed for unemployment benefits. The number is expected to rise. (The Virginian-Pilot)• Republicans say Gov. Ralph Northam’s tax plan, which would provide $216 million in relief...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Gov. Ralph Northam’s first year in office saw a string of big victories: Medicaid expansion, Metro funding, Amazon, high state revenues and low unemployment. “A lot of it is timing,” he says, crediting the power shift in the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.In the most recent court hearing on Virginia’s redistricting case, federal judges said they could be ready to pick a new map in the next month or two. Republicans, who took their challenge to the Supreme Court, expect...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov. Ralph Northam addressed lawmakers last night in the annual State of the Commonwealth address. He talked about his budget amendment proposals and made some special announcements, like a data center expansion in Mecklenburg County. He also reminded lawmakers...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A federal appeals court ruled the chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors violated the First Amendment when she temporarily blocked a constituent on Facebook. President Donald Trump is facing similar lawsuits. The judges ruled the ban...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Lawmakers in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. will again consider legislative proposals intended to head off a potential incentive bidding war for a new Redskins’ stadium. (The Washington Post)• Officials in Lee County remain hopeful they’ll get permission to arm local...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ Norfolk Southern promised Virginia it would keep its headquarters in downtown Norfolk until 2026 in exchange for about $4 million in incentives. Now that the company is moving its to Atlanta, it has to pay the state and...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.♦ The U.S. Department of Justice said in a report that the Hampton Roads Regional Jail’s treatment of inmates is cruel and unusual punishment. The report said the jail doesn’t have adequate medical staff, relies on isolation too often...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A group of developers in Bristol could soon be operating a medical cannabis dispensary and casino resort under the same roof. “We’ll figure it out,” said City Manager Randall Eads. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)• A local history museum in Lynchburg...