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GOP cements House majority and more headlines

BY: - December 6, 2021

• “A three-judge panel overseeing a recount in a close Virginia Beach state House race upheld the Republican candidate’s victory on Friday, a decision that also reaffirms the GOP’s takeover of the chamber and completes the party’s sweep of last month’s elections.”—Associated Press • Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s victory cost him $20 million in personal […]

Virginia teacher shortages spiked during the pandemic. Experts are worried about what’s to come.

BY: - December 6, 2021

John Reaves works as a high school English teacher in Henrico County but commutes 30 miles to work from his home in Louisa. The drive takes time away from his kids, including his young daughter, and the current school year has been tough on him. Henrico, like every division across Virginia, is back to in-person […]

Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

BY: - December 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the Senate works to finalize a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans — including women — for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to cleaning […]

Youngkin promises to ‘slash regulations’ on day one for business growth

BY: - December 3, 2021

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin promised business leaders Friday he would slash “job-killing regulations” and implement policies to “start winning big time” in the race to lure businesses and jobs to the region — laying out educational choice, diverse energy investments and lower taxes as top agenda items in his early days in office.  Youngkin’s remarks […]

Virginia regulatory board denies Mountain Valley Pipeline compressor station permit

BY: - December 3, 2021

In a 6-1 vote, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board on Friday voted to deny an air permit for a proposed compressor station in Pittsylvania that would be a key part of the Southgate extension of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline.  “I have concluded that when we equitably consider — not just consider, but […]

Ballad Health suspends employee vaccine mandate and more Virginia headlines

BY: - December 3, 2021

• Ballad Health System, a major provider in Southwest Virginia, suspended its vaccine mandate for employees after a judge issued an injunction on the federal mandate. The health system had worried it could lose as much as a third of its workforce.—Bristol Herald Courier • Recount results are still underway from the race between Del. […]

Virginia health officials race to shift their sequencing strategy as omicron cases emerge

BY: - December 3, 2021

For months, whenever a lab in Virginia sequences a sample of the virus that causes COVID-19, it’s almost unfailingly been linked to the delta variant.  “It’s been really hard to see anything but delta,” said Dr. Amy Mathers, director of the clinical laboratory at UVA Health. Nationally, it accounts for 99 percent of new coronavirus […]

A ferry passes the General Dynamic shipyard in Norfolk. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Gas pipeline upgrades planned to increase capacity to Hampton Roads 

BY: - December 3, 2021

Columbia Gas Transmission announced plans Wednesday to replace almost 50 miles of pipeline south of Petersburg and upgrade existing compressor stations to increase gas supply to the Hampton Roads region.  “The community has outlined the need for the replacement of an existing line built in the 1950s in order to bring greater natural gas reliability […]

Virginia air board adopts clean car regulations 

BY: - December 3, 2021

The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approved regulations Thursday that set up the framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles as part of a California program the General Assembly embraced during its winter 2021 session.  “That is a very significant regulation. It will have a very positive impact on Virginia’s environment,” Mike Dowd, […]

Open records advocate urges Va. Supreme Court to change system for redistricting comments

BY: - December 3, 2021

Since the Supreme Court of Virginia took over the redistricting process, all public comments been compiled on a single document more than 400 pages long that’s tough to navigate and infrequently updated, the Virginia Coalition for Open Government says. Megan Rhyne, the executive director of the nonprofit group that promotes expanded access to public information, […]

At-home COVID tests to be covered by insurance—but details still to come

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — State health officials on Thursday welcomed the Biden administration’s plan to require private health insurers to reimburse Americans for the cost of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests — though the officials also raised questions about whether the process will be burdensome. Making those tests more accessible will allow Americans to get results quickly and […]

Recount underway in contested Va. House district and more state headlines

BY: - December 2, 2021

• “One of the two outstanding vote recounts that will settle whether Virginia Republicans have reclaimed the majority in the House of Delegates is set to get underway Thursday in Virginia Beach.”—Associated Press • The family of Donovon Lynch, shot and killed by police responding to a shooting on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, is calling […]