Carilion Health fights insurance provider and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 20, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • National Democrats see the Virginia governor’s race as a test of whether new abortion restrictions in states like Texas will energize the party’s base.—Associated Press • GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has cast himself as a “political outsider,” but he and his wife have […]

Scientists work to catch up with Va.’s endangered and threatened species before it’s too late

BY: - October 20, 2021

Following an announcement in September from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that 23 species should be declared extinct, Virginia’s environmental scientists are feeling the pressure to learn more about the commonwealth’s endangered and threatened species so they can be protected.  “That list really highlights that extinction is not just a down-the-road possibility; it’s a […]

Panelists voice doubt about Texas-style grid failures in Virginia

BY: - October 20, 2021

Panelists at a conference on clean energy in Virginia Tuesday voiced doubts about whether Virginia could see the same kind of electrical grid failures Texas experienced during an unexpected deep freeze last February.  Virginia is in a “unique position” in that it has a regulated electricity market with vertically integrated utilities that own the plants […]

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Dominion’s anti-Youngkin PAC donation and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 19, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Trust broke down further on the bipartisan Virginia Redistricting Commission on Monday after one member revealed the National Republican Redistricting Trust had been working behind the scenes to help a former Virginia congressman submit his own congressional map proposal — one that now […]

Virginia’s private guardianship program fails to protect the state’s most vulnerable residents

BY: - October 19, 2021

Some of Virginia’s most at-risk adults aren’t sufficiently protected by the state’s private guardianship system, according to a new report from a legislative watchdog agency. The findings, detailed in a Monday hearing by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, largely affirm years of concerns from many advocates and family members. A 2019 investigation by […]

Children now account for more than 20 percent of new COVID-19 cases in Virginia

BY: - October 19, 2021

Even as Virginia reports a gradual decline in COVID-19 cases, the virus is continuing to infect children at much higher rates than it was last summer, according to a new dashboard from the Virginia Department of Health. The data, released Monday, comes amid continuing debate over the risk of COVID-19 to children and the prospect […]

The State Corporation Commission

Dominion, attorney general and SCC staff reach deal in contentious rate case

BY: - October 18, 2021

Dominion Energy announced Monday evening that it has reached a settlement with Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General and public utility commission staff to resolve disputes in its ongoing rate review, the first since 2015.  The commission staff and the attorney general have alleged the utility, Virginia’s largest, raked in almost $1 billion in excess […]

Big-name Richmond landlords sued for refusing Section 8 vouchers

BY: - October 18, 2021

Twenty-nine real estate companies in the Richmond area are facing allegations they categorically refused potential tenants who planned to pay using government vouchers. The companies, named in 13 lawsuits filed by Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday, own and operate some of the city’s more recognizable apartment complexes. “Every single Virginian has the right to […]

Lawmaker wants to reinstate parole and more Virginia headlines

BY: - October 18, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised $12.6 million last month for his gubernatorial campaign, compared to about $7 million raised by Republican Glenn Youngkin. Both candidates’ top donors were national party groups.—Associated Press • Dominion Energy is backing McAuliffe in this year’s election through donations to […]

What’s next for COVID-19 in Virginia?

BY: - October 18, 2021

Nearly 18 months after Virginia’s first recorded case of COVID-19 — a period that’s seen the virus surge and retreat four different times — new infections are once again on the decline. Once again, many researchers are cautiously optimistic that we’re leaving behind the latest wave, driven by the highly infectious delta variant, which raised […]

McAuliffe v. Youngkin: the numbers beneath candidates’ job, economy claims

BY: - October 18, 2021

In a hotly contested gubernatorial race, few issues have been depicted in such stark contrast by the campaigns as jobs creation and Virginia’s business climate. Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who was governor from 2014 to 2018,  paints himself as the jobs guy. He claims that during his term he helped create 200,000 jobs, raised personal income […]

Jill Biden headlines Democratic rally in Henrico

BY: - October 15, 2021

With polls showing a tight race between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP challenger Glenn Youngkin, first lady Jill Biden stumped for McAuliffe in Henrico, one of several high profile Democrats scheduled to campaign in Virginia between now and Election Day.   At Dorey Park Friday night, Biden vouched for McAuliffe’s ability to lead in […]