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Equal Rights vote faces tough committee; Casino bills survive; Descendants of Confederate generals say its time to stop tributes and other headlines

BY: - January 22, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment say they expect a House of Delegates subcommittee to vote down the resolution this morning, but are hopeful the full committee will nonetheless take it up later in the week and send it to the floor, where […]

Gambling bills face their fate today; Fairfax again sits out Lee tribute; Bills takes on Dominion; The shutdown and Virginia beer and more headlines

BY: - January 21, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ The Senate’s General Laws committee is set to vote on the big casino and sports betting bills today. Based on lawmakers’ comments during hearings Friday, it doesn’t sound likely they’ll pass this year. “There’s too many opportunities to screw up on something […]

Virginia Mercury

Raising the minimum tobacco-buying age to 21; legislation to prohibit the death penalty for seriously mentally ill passes; a surprise casualty of the government shutdown and other headlines

BY: - January 18, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ A new bi-partisan effort has launched in the General Assembly to raise the minimum age required to purchase tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21. – The Daily Press ♦ Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe started using his state PAC in the second […]

Another idea near proposed Norfolk casino; New campaign finance reports show Republicans with advantage and other headlines

BY: - January 17, 2019

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 keep in mind that by […]

Furloughed Virginia federal workers file for unemployment; GOP says Northam’s tax plan ‘dead on arrival;’ One last push to eliminate daylight savings and more headlines

BY: - January 15, 2019

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 to low-income earners, […]

Tribe faces casino challenge; ‘Puppy pistol’ in halls of General Assembly; Virginia loggers hit a record and more headlines

BY: - January 14, 2019

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 House of Delegates for […]

New voting maps could be done soon; former delegate is charged for business dealings; shutdown threatens home purchases in Southwest Virginia and more headlines

BY: - January 11, 2019

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 the case to be picked […]

Northam kicks off General Assembly session with State of the Commonwealth; Hampton Roads feels the squeeze of the federal shutdown

BY: - January 10, 2019

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 that they didn’t have […]

McDonnell files for divorce; Air board got inaccurate information, former members say; Prison time for Charlottesville beating; Spy gear feared on Chinese Metro cars and more headlines

BY: - January 8, 2019

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 “amounted to an effort […]

Lee County intent on arming teachers; ‘Southside’s Amazon;’ After snake-hunting trip, State Sen. Dick Black decides not to run again and more headlines

BY: - January 7, 2019

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 school teachers with […]

Virginia Mercury

Norfolk Southern owes Virginia; school safety reports differ on guns; protests on black lung medical benefits and more headlines

BY: - December 21, 2018

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 city back. (The Virginian-Pilot) […]

The state’s first casino could be coming to Norfolk; a new increase for Dominion customers; an intersection overrun by cats in Danville and more headlines

BY: - December 20, 2018

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 and doesn’t keep good […]