Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

ACLU of Virginia sues Department of Corrections over earned sentence credits

BY: - August 16, 2022

The ACLU of Virginia is suing the director of the Virginia Department of Corrections and a state prison warden to try to force the release of an inmate, arguing the agency incorrectly blocked him from being let out early for good behavior in response to a last-minute change in the state budget that rolled back […]

OneVirginia2021 relaunches as UpVote Virginia with new focus on ranked-choice voting

BY: - August 16, 2022

The nonpartisan group that led the charge to reform Virginia’s redistricting process is relaunching with a broader “democracy reform” focus and a push for more ranked-choice voting. The next iteration of OneVirginia2021, which spent years advocating to take redistricting power away from the General Assembly and give it to a more politically neutral map-drawing commission, […]

ACA health plan costs to drop sharply in Virginia and more headlines

BY: - August 16, 2022

• The cost of individual Affordable Care Act health insurance plans is set to decline sharply in Virginia due to changes in state and federal policy.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Uber driver whose car plowed into an Arlington bar didn’t intentionally crash and alcohol wasn’t a factor, according to authorities.—Washington Post • A dispute over a historical exhibit on […]

Prince William could steal Loudoun’s title of Data Center Alley. But land use battles are raging.

BY: - August 16, 2022

PRINCE WILLIAM — Prince William County may be on its way to taking the “Data Center Alley” title from neighboring Loudoun County after initiating a plan to allow the development of data centers across 800 acres previously intended for agricultural use. The idea originated from dozens of property owners along Pageland Lane in Gainesville who […]

Abortion is just the latest dividing line between the twin cities of Bristol and Bristol

BY: and - August 16, 2022

BRISTOL, Tenn. and BRISTOL, Va. — The community of Bristol is proud to straddle the border between two states. Tennessee flags fly on the south side of State Street, Virginia flags on the north. A series of plaques down the middle of the main downtown thoroughfare mark the twin cities’ divide. A large sign at […]

A review of Virginia’s I-95 snowstorm debacle and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 15, 2022

• An audit of Virginia’s response to a January snowstorm that left drivers stranded on I-95 found the state failed to adapt and learn from a similar incident on I-81 a few years ago.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Episcopal Diocese voted to spend $10 million on reparations. Now its leaders have to figure out what that means.—Washington […]

Demand for mental health services outpaces expectations

BY: - August 15, 2022

At the start of December, Virginia significantly expanded its mental health coverage under Medicaid, adding six new services and boosting payments for providers as part of a multi-year effort to reduce the state’s reliance on its own struggling psychiatric hospitals. Six months into the rollout, the demand for at least one treatment option already vastly […]

Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?

BY: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate agriculture committees will draft a new federal farm bill that will shape food, farm, conservation and nutrition programs across the country for the next five years. The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop support legislation now […]

U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

Ex-cop sentenced over Jan. 6 and more Va. headlines

BY: - August 12, 2022

• A former Rocky Mount police officer who participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced to more than seven years in prison, one of the harshest punishments yet for a Jan. 6 defendant.—Roanoke Times • An author who set out to write a book about former Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal was […]

Coal miners urge passage of permanent funding for federal black lung benefits 

BY: - August 12, 2022

With the Inflation Reduction Act poised to pass the U.S. House, coal miners, including those in Virginia, could finally secure permanent funding for a federal trust fund that pays for medical treatment of miners suffering from black lung if the responsible coal company doesn’t pay.  “This is real important to us and to every coal […]