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New poll gives Youngkin slight edge among likely voters and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 23, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A University of Mary Washington poll gives Republican Glenn Youngkin an edge over McAuliffe among likely voters. McAuliffe retains a slight lead among all registered voters surveyed, which could signal GOP voters are more enthusiastic about the race than Democrats.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]

Tennessee lawmaker says Virginia needs to do more to fix Bristol landfill’s malodorous emissions

BY: - September 23, 2021

Not satisfied with how Virginia officials are handling the complaints, a Tennessee state senator wants his state agencies to investigate a Bristol, Virginia, landfill linked to air pollution and foul odors plaguing residents on both sides of the border. “In addition to the landfill causing odor nuisance issues, I believe it presents a health and […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is affecting kids

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

‘Resilience in the face of horror and pain’: Emancipation and Freedom Monument unveiled in Richmond

BY: - September 22, 2021

Just weeks after the last Confederate statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue was removed, a long-anticipated monument to emancipation was unveiled Wednesday on Brown’s Island. “Resilience in the face of horror and pain is what this day is all about, which is why a little rain and a train are not gonna stop us,” State Sen. […]

Strickler to step down as natural resources secretary

BY: - September 22, 2021

Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler is stepping down from his post in the waning months of Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration.  A release from the governor’s office said Strickler, a former Democratic congressional policy adviser on natural resources and legislative assistant to then-Sen. Northam, will be “pursuing new opportunities.”  He will be replaced by […]

Winchester judge rules against anti-vax nurses and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 22, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Beekeepers are divided over a state lottery that aims to boost pollinator population by giving away free hives, with some worrying that giving the equipment to inexperienced keepers doesn’t do much good. “If you’re going to get bees and let them die off, […]

Many state employees remain unvaccinated despite mandate

BY: - September 22, 2021

Last month, Gov. Ralph Northam gave state employees a choice: get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing for COVID-19. Many, it appears, have chosen testing. While comprehensive figures aren’t available yet, a survey of some of the largest state agencies reveals employee vaccination rates range from just over 50 percent at the Department of Corrections […]

U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

Newport News school shooting and more Virginia headlines

BY: - September 21, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Dominion Energy earned more than $1.1 billion above a fair profit from its Virginia customers in four years, according to State Corporation Commission staff testimony filed in an ongoing review of the monopoly utility’s books.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Maps drawn by the Democratic advisor to […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]

Dominion accelerates solar and storage buildout plans 

BY: - September 21, 2021

A plan filed by Dominion Energy with state regulators last week for how it intends to comply with the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a 2020 law that will require the electric utility to be carbon-free by 2045, calls for an acceleration of the company’s deployment of solar and storage.  The company is proposing the development […]

In numbers: Virginia’s struggle to distribute unemployment benefits

BY: - September 20, 2021

Lawmakers on Monday got their second report from legislative auditors on the Virginia Employment Commission’s struggle to meet the massive demand for unemployment benefits amid the pandemic. Here’s a look at some of the statistics and figures presented in the interim update by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which plans to wrap up […]