‘Devastating’ state report highlights major health and safety problems in Virginia’s foster care system

BY: and - December 11, 2018

Virginia’s foster care system is failing to meet the basic health and safety needs of the children under its care, according to state auditors, who released a scathing report Monday that found 98 cases in which basic safety protocols weren’t met. In one, a child was placed in a home for nearly three weeks even […]

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After fraudulent sleep study clinic operation, Sterling woman sentenced to seven years

BY: - December 10, 2018

Federal investigators say a Sterling woman ran a massive health care fraud operation in which she defrauded Medicare, Tricare, private insurance and the IRS out of more than $10 million by billing for medically unnecessary sleep studies. Young Yi, 44, was sentenced to seven years in prison for the conspiracy, according to a U.S. Department […]

Compressor station permit meeting postponed

BY: - December 10, 2018

Today’s much-anticipated meeting of the State Air Pollution Control Board, which saw two members replaced by Gov. Ralph Northam as it weighed a crucial permit for a compressor station that is part of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, has been postponed because of the snow. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says the meeting will […]

Omega Protein is up for a sustainable fishing certification, but an environmental group is not having it

BY: - December 10, 2018

Virginia’s most politically contentious fishery — Omega Protein’s Reedville menhaden reduction operation — is up for a Marine Stewardship Council certification, which recognizes sustainable fishing practices, but an environmental group argues that the recommendation is misplaced. Omega Protein harvests thousands of tons a year of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay, turning them into oil and […]

Pipeline problems: State sues over MVP environmental violations and another permit vacated for ACP, which suspends construction

BY: - December 7, 2018

Two contentious Virginia pipeline projects hit more snags Friday, with Dominion Energy voluntarily agreeing to stop construction on its Atlantic Coast Pipeline after another permit was vacated and the separate Mountain Valley Pipeline smacked with a state lawsuit over environmental violations. Attorney General Mark Herring and the Department of Environmental Quality filed a lawsuit in […]

The Virginia House of Delegates met Thursday to discuss redistricting, but didn't get far. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)

Republicans’ request to pause redistricting process denied

BY: - December 7, 2018

A panel of federal judges in Richmond denied a second request to delay work on a remedial redistricting plan by the Republican majority in the House of Delegates. The case is pending a review by the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear an appeal last month. In a terse order published Friday afternoon, the judges cited […]

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Possible incentive repayments from Norfolk Southern; French teacher fired for refusing to use student’s preferred pronouns; Virginians already prepping for big snow storm and other news

BY: - December 7, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ Though Norfolk Southern hasn’t made any official announcements that it will move its headquarters to Atlanta, the city continues to plan for it, most recently by approving a $600 million bond. But should it happen, Virginia and Norfolk could be due for […]

Herring takes aim at robocalls

BY: - December 7, 2018

Evidently, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring hates robocalls just as much as you. Herring’s office said in a news release Thursday that he has joined a group of 40 state attorneys general who are reviewing available technology “to stop or reduce annoying and dangerous robocalls.” “Robocalls have become a daily occurrence for many Virginians, including […]

Environmental group receives $1 million to reduce stormwater pollution in Richmond’s waters

BY: - December 6, 2018

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Richmond received a $1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to speed up a plan meant to reduce stormwater pollution in Richmond’s waterways and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The grant funds the Green Infrastructure Master Plan, which focuses “on identifying green infrastructure projects on public […]

Elections officials push back on request to move primary season; medical marijuana in Portsmouth; disorderly conduct over free cheesecake in Arlington & more headlines

BY: - December 6, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ James Fields’ car was going 28 miles per hour when it rammed into a group of counter-protestors at last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. The crash killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens of other people. – The Daily Progress ♦ […]

New proposed food-sales threshold for Virginia’s liquor-ratio rule won’t help small businesses, owners say

BY: - December 6, 2018

Billy Baldwin has owned his restaurant along Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront strip for 16 years. He’s added entertainment to attract wandering tourists and offers deals like $2 tacos to draw people in. Still, there are some years Baldwin says he takes a loss because of Virginia’s liquor ratio requirement, which requires that a minimum of 45 […]

New polls find broad support from Virginians on some key issues in upcoming General Assembly session

BY: - December 5, 2018

A new poll from Christopher Newport University’s Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy shows most Virginians support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, the creation of an independent redistricting commission and legalizing casinos. The poll asked 841 registered voters about several issues that will likely be ironed out in the upcoming General Assembly […]