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Petersburg tightens curfew for minors and more Va. headlines

BY: - May 19, 2022

• An investigation is underway after a police officer allegedly left a minor at the door of a state-run mental health facility in Staunton without waiting for an employee. “Just told the child to stay, like you would do with a dog,” said Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath. “It’s unacceptable.”—WRIC • Norfolk police made an arrest in connection […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee debates abortion in advance of landmark court ruling

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The national debate over abortion rights raged in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as Democrats warned of the dangers of a potential end to the constitutional right and Republicans argued that legislatures should determine abortion laws. The hearing came just weeks after a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito […]

Virginia receives a big boost in federal funds for brownfields work

BY: - May 19, 2022

Virginia has been awarded a record amount of federal dollars to lay the groundwork for the cleanup of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites known as brownfields in the cities of Emporia and Newport News and the towns of Appalachia and Blackstone.  This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality […]

Senators reach deal on care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

BY: - May 18, 2022

The two leaders of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Montana Democrat Jon Tester and Kansas Republican Jerry Moran, have reached a deal with House leaders to pass a bill to extend health care access to veterans for conditions related to exposure to toxic chemicals during their service, the pair announced Wednesday. The consensus bill […]

Tight used car market driving up personal property taxes and more Va. headlines

BY: - May 18, 2022

• The tight supply of used cars is causing some Virginians to take a hit on personal property taxes due to big increases in vehicles’ assessed value.—VPM • Gov. Glenn Youngkin is trying to make it easier for people with disabilities to join the state workforce.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • After the district seemed to go solidly blue, 11 […]

Biden condemns racist White supremacy theory in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]

Virginia lawmakers dodge questions on whether budget might include new policy on skill games

BY: - May 17, 2022

Budget leaders in the Virginia General Assembly won’t say if they’re considering changing the state’s contested ban on slots-like skill machines through the budget, despite that possibility already convincing a judge to order a lengthy delay in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban. Last month, lawyers challenging the ban as unconstitutional pointed to the […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. Food […]

A sharp reversal in Montpelier conflict and more Va. headlines

BY: - May 17, 2022

• In a sharp reversal after months of conflict, the board that oversees James Madison’s Montpelier chose 11 new members recommended by a group of descendants of enslaved workers at the estate.—Washington Post • The chairman of the Spotsylvania County School Board approved members’ funding requests to attend a conference sponsored by a conservative political group but […]

New federal programs offer Virginia households a subsidy for affordable high-speed internet  

BY: - May 17, 2022

Federal and state officials are rolling out a fleet of new programs in an expansive effort to bring faster and less expensive internet to all Virginians, especially those who have had trouble connecting in the past. The Biden administration announced last week an agreement with internet providers that will effectively offer free internet access to […]

Youngkin announces slate of environmental board appointments

BY: - May 16, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a slate of appointments to Virginia’s citizen environmental boards Friday, including four picks for the seven-person Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board that will be charged with approving the administration’s efforts to pull Virginia out of a regional carbon market.  Youngkin’s air board appointments include:  James Patrick Guy II, general counsel […]

Virginia gas prices hit new records as budget impasse continues

BY: - May 16, 2022

The average price of gas in Virginia hit a new record of $4.319 per gallon Monday as state lawmakers continue to debate relief for people struggling to afford higher fuel costs, according to data from AAA. Gov. Glenn Youngkin and his Republican allies have pressed for an emergency suspension of the state’s 26-cent per gallon […]