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After restaurant raid, Youngkin says state should stop enforcing COVID-19 violations

BY: - December 6, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order Tuesday instructing state agencies to report any punishments they might have handed out during the COVID-19 pandemic and indicated he wants the state to reimburse individuals and businesses who paid “unjust COVID-19 fines and fees.” The order comes a few days after Gourmeltz, a Fredericksburg-area restaurant, was raided […]

Scathing grand jury report on Loudoun schools assaults and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 6, 2022

• A former political consultant for ex-congressman Scott Taylor avoided prison time by pleading no contest to three misdemeanor charges tied to a petition fraud scandal from Taylor’s 2018 election campaign.—Virginian-Pilot • A grand jury report released Monday blasted the Loudoun County school system’s handling of a pair of sexual assaults by the same student last year […]

At this Virginia agency, bones of the dead are people in need of homes

BY: - December 6, 2022

Elizabeth Moore and Joanna Wilson Green are kind to their guests – even though these companions are very old and very dead.  Moore and Green, state-employed archaeologists, tend to Virginia’s homeless human remains, typically bones and pieces of bones.  To Moore and Green, these bones aren’t artifacts. They are human beings. Guests. People who need […]

Virginia Elections Board certifies midterm results with no drama

BY: - December 5, 2022

Virginia’s Republican-controlled State Board of Elections certified the midterm election results in a drama-free, unanimous vote Monday. The vote, which occurred with little discussion and no public comments objecting to the procedure, finalizes a disappointing election cycle for the state GOP. The party gained one additional seat in the state’s congressional delegation after state Sen. […]

Lawsuit challenging Virginia’s skill game ban will continue into 2023

BY: - December 5, 2022

EMPORIA — A judge on Monday declined to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Virginia’s ban on slots-like skill machines violates free speech and indicated a state senator’s involvement in the case means it won’t go to trial until after the 2023 General Assembly session is over. At a hearing Monday morning in Greensville County Circuit Court, […]

Who helped draft Virginia’s new history standards and more headlines

BY: - December 5, 2022

• Former Reagan education secretary William Bennett and several conservative-leaning groups were involved in drafting the new history and social science standards proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration, according to a newly released list.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Tourism Corporation, which stoked controversy by awarding a tourism ad contract to Youngkin’s political ad firm, authorized more than […]

Will Virginia make a bipartisan move to get rid of its antiquated same-sex marriage ban?

BY: - December 5, 2022

When a Democratic proposal to undo Virginia’s legally moot ban on same-sex marriage failed this year in a Republican-led subcommittee, some conservatives said they could potentially get behind a more stripped-down version of an idea Democrats pitched as correcting a moral wrong from 2006. Instead of replacing the constitutional ban with pro-equality language declaring marriage […]

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: - December 5, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country.  In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, […]

Write-in candidates span the spectrum in midterm elections

BY: - December 2, 2022

By Darlene Johnson / Capital News Service RICHMOND, Va. – How exactly would Wile E. Coyote or SpongeBob SquarePants represent their 7th District constituents in Congress if they had garnered enough write-in votes to best the official candidates? And who would run it better — Jesus Christ or Yeezy? Those were just a few of […]

Inadequate education for Fairfax disabled students and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 2, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin bucked tradition by becoming the first governor in almost three decades not to take an overseas trade trip during his first year in the job, a period when he took 19 out-of-state trips for political purposes. A Youngkin spokesman defended the lack of trade missions, saying Youngkin’s extensive business connections made travel […]

Virginia hemp panel suggests tougher rules on unregulated THC products

BY: - December 2, 2022

A state task force studying the rise of unregulated cannabis products in Virginia is recommending stricter rules for businesses selling hemp-based delta-8 THC products that technically aren’t marijuana but produce a similar high when eaten or smoked. Virginia’s piecemeal approach to legalizing marijuana has led to major enforcement gaps, with convenience stores and smoke shops […]

Around Virginia, transit agencies navigate the transition to electric buses

BY: - December 2, 2022

As more transit agencies in Virginia roll out electric buses to reduce environmental impacts, the need to recharge those buses throughout the day remains a chief concern. To address that challenge, officials from DASH in Alexandria and Blacksburg Transit, both early adopters of electric buses, said they are experimenting with solutions like overhead chargers and […]