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Congress gives up on attempt to make women register for the draft after GOP outcry

BY: - December 8, 2021

A bipartisan provision in an annual defense measure that would have required all young Americans to register for the military draft has been cut following a Republican backlash. Lawmakers tried to include the provision in the $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, to require all Americans — including women — ages 18 […]

Youngkin pledges to pull Virginia from carbon market by executive order

BY: - December 8, 2021

Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin is pledging to use executive action to pull Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Alliance, a carbon market involving 10 other Mid-Atlantic and New England states.  “RGGI describes itself as a regional market for carbon, but it is really a carbon tax that is fully passed on to ratepayers. It’s a […]

EPA urges states to route water infrastructure funds to underserved communities

BY: - December 8, 2021

As Virginia prepares to receive more than $126 million in infrastructure funding for water projects next year, the Environmental Protection Agency is calling on governors, including Virginia’s, to prioritize the use of funds for underserved communities. “We know that economically stressed communities — small, large, rural, urban and suburban — often lack the financial, technical […]

Details on Youngkin inauguration, troopers sue over overtime and more headlines

BY: - December 8, 2021

• “Incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is planning a celebratory inaugural weekend that will include a mix of high-dollar ticketed events and other functions open to the public, according to a program that also touts an appearance by an unspecified Grammy-winning musical artist.”—Associated Press • As Gov. Ralph Northam continues his farewell tour of the […]

House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Four House Republicans held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But a District of Columbia advocate for prison reform in an interview said that jail and another […]

Virginia lawmakers endorse staffing requirements for nursing homes

BY: - December 8, 2021

In a major shift, a Virginia legislative commission is recommending minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes, part of a push to improve the quality of care across the industry. Members of the Joint Commission on Health Care on Monday approved a proposal to base minimum staffing standards on the needs and conditions of residents living […]

Search warrant issued over Mattaponi Council recordings will be dropped, prosecutor says

BY: - December 8, 2021

A search warrant King William County authorities obtained in August for records from online giant Google relating to covert recordings of closed Mattaponi Tribal Council meetings will be voluntarily rescinded, an official said Tuesday. “We’re not pursuing it,” said King William Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Kite. The warrant, issued by a magistrate in James City County […]

‘We can adapt’: Virginia releases coastal master plan

BY: - December 8, 2021

Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration released Virginia’s inaugural Coastal Resilience Master Plan Tuesday, meeting a pledge earlier this year to complete the initiative before his term ends.  Developed over the past year with what the governor’s office said was input from 2,000 people, including residents, local government representatives, environmental groups, business leaders and others, the master […]

Skill game ban injunction, a teacher raise proposal and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 7, 2021

• A federal judge temporarily halted enforcement of the state’s ban on skill games until a trial scheduled for May.—Associated Press • Gov. Ralph Northam will propose a 10 percent raise for teachers over the next two years as part of his outgoing budget proposal.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • “Virginia’s tax code is likely to dominate the […]

Bob Dole championed ‘lives of greater dignity’ for Americans with disabilities

BY: - December 7, 2021

By Noah Taborda, Kansas Reflector TOPEKA — In 1969, during his maiden speech on the Senate floor, Bob Dole focused his remarks on the rights and opportunities of individuals with disabilities, a subject with which he was intimately familiar. Dole’s passion for disability rights stemmed from his service as a soldier in World War II, […]

Environmental groups sue Henrico County over chronic sewage violations

BY: - December 6, 2021

Three environmental groups are suing Henrico County over what they say is a failure to fix chronic problems with its sewage collection system and treatment plant that has led to more than 66 million gallons of raw sewage being dumped into the James River and its tributaries since 2016.  In a suit filed in federal […]

The Virginia Department of Health won’t mandate COVID-19 vaccines in schools

BY: - December 6, 2021

A petition to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for school employees and all eligible students failed this week when the Virginia Department of Health opted to take no action on the request. In a decision posted Monday, the agency stated that it lacked the “clear statutory authority” to mandate the shots for employees. Under state law, the […]