What Virginia wants to do with $100 million in electric vehicle charging money

BY: - September 21, 2022

As efforts to speed up the transition to electric vehicles intensify, Virginia is expected to receive $100 million from the federal government over the next five years to install public electric vehicle charging stations.  The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act puts $7.5 billion toward building out a network of electric vehicle charging stations nationwide. Of […]

Va. Rep. Good joins GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to commit to bringing legislation to the floor that would make it a felony to perform gender-affirming care on transgender youth, should the GOP take control of the U.S. House following the November midterm elections. “How on earth can this be happening in America? […]

Virginia prison agency discriminated against female employee in tampon case, jury rules

BY: - September 20, 2022

A jury found Monday that the Virginia Department of Corrections discriminated against a former employee who was fired after a body scanner detected a tampon she was wearing and officials suspected she was carrying contraband into the prison.  The jury, which heard the case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, […]

A politically connected Portsmouth HOA and more Va. headlines

BY: - September 20, 2022

• Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, said she expects lawsuits against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to change how transgender students are treated in public schools. “There’s a world of legal issues with this.”—WTOP • The governor is traveling to Arizona next month to campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, “the highest-profile, most MAGA-aligned candidate Youngkin has […]

An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-22 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

Former Virginia ABC employee pleads guilty in liquor leak case

BY: - September 19, 2022

A former Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority employee pleaded guilty to a felony computer trespassing charge after he was implicated in an unusual scheme to sell agency inventory data to buyers looking for early intel on which stores would have hard-to-find bottles of bourbon, ABC officials announced Monday. Edgar Smith Garcia, 28, of Manassas, received […]

Virginia is sending out millions of $250 tax rebates. Here’s how to find out if you’ll get one.

BY: - September 19, 2022

Over the last few days, the Virginia Department of Taxation began the process of sending out roughly 3.2 million tax rebate payments of up to $250 per person. But not everybody is getting one. Eligibility for the one-time rebates, a result of huge revenue surpluses filling up state coffers, depends on how much a filer […]

LGBTQ students push back on new transgender policy and more Va. headlines

BY: - September 19, 2022

• A judge threw out a lawsuit claiming Virginia’s reliance on fossil fuels violates the rights of young people by contributing to climate change.—Virginian-Pilot • Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s out-of-state trips on personal business have led to more than $18,300 in travel costs for his Virginia State Police bodyguards. The number does not include costs related to political […]

New state funding could help freshwater mussels make a comeback

BY: - September 19, 2022

The Cumberland monkeyface, Pistol-grip and Rayed bean may be some of the most unsung heroes of Virginia’s waterways.  All three are types of freshwater mussels, one of the planet’s most unique and underappreciated creatures. But these species have also been vanishing from waterways in alarming numbers for decades. In Virginia, more freshwater mussels than any […]

Regulators approve Dominion bill increase for rising fuel costs; Appalachian Power also seeking hike

BY: - September 19, 2022

Dominion customers will see their monthly electricity bills increase as a result of rising fuel costs, with Appalachian Power Company seeking similar hikes on the same grounds. On Friday, the State Corporation Commission approved the increase for Dominion, which went into effect provisionally on July 1. According to estimates, the average residential customer, defined as […]

Youngkin administration overhauls Virginia transgender student policies

BY: and - September 16, 2022

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration quietly released a document Friday overhauling Virginia’s policy on the treatment of transgender students, citing “parental rights.”  The “Model Policies on the Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for all Students and Parents in Virginia’s Public Schools” published by the Virginia Department of Education will direct local school boards to adopt a […]

A UVA rebate for undergrads and more Va. headlines

BY: - September 16, 2022

• To meet Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s request to keep tuition level, the University of Virginia is expected to approve a rebate for in-state undergraduates worth $690 per student.—Washington Post • In a split vote, the Virginia Board of Education approved licensure for a man hired to run Spotsylvania County’s schools despite having no background in education and […]