Virginia hospitals oppose plan to stop some surprise medical bills

BY: - September 13, 2019

At this point, most people have either gotten stuck with a surprise medical bill they thought would be covered by their health insurance or know someone who has. And during a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on the issue before the State Corporation Commission on Thursday, Judge Mark Christie made clear he falls firmly within the latter category. […]

U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation; Fla. GOP rep. calls it ‘impeachment in drag’

BY: - September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats edged closer to Thursday to launching formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 along party lines to adopt a resolution laying out procedures for an impeachment investigation in the committee.  The vote came after two hours of heated debate over Democrats’ motivations. The committee’s […]

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Virginia joins lawsuit against Purdue Pharma owners; U.S. Rep. Riggleman faces party censure over work visa idea; Bristol gives Pizza Hut a tax break and more headlines

BY: - September 12, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia joined at least 20 other states in suing members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma. “While the Sackler family has lived a life of unimaginable wealth and comfort, families across Virginia and around the country have been devastated by an opioid […]

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DEQ calls for stricter pollution controls at Enviva wood pellet plant, but some environmentalists say enforcement is overdue

BY: - September 12, 2019

FRANKLIN — In the old mill town of Franklin, the streets smell of gasoline and fast food, peanuts by the millions and wood — mostly wood. To some, it’s the smell of money, an indicator of the industry that keeps the local economy going. To others, it’s a reminder of the hazardous air pollution that […]

Should foundations established by public universities be allowed to keep donor records secret? Va. Supreme Court hears arguments

BY: - September 12, 2019

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a closely-watched dispute over fundraising foundations established by public universities and whether they should be subject to freedom of information laws that govern the schools themselves. The case hails from George Mason University, where a student group called Transparent GMU sued after the university’s foundation refused […]

U.S. House votes to block offshore drilling expansion; White House threatens veto

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the nation’s coast, including Virginia, despite pushback from many Republicans. The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, barring drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on […]

Groups want a passenger train route from the ‘Blue Ridge to the beach’

BY: - September 11, 2019

As a long-awaited higher-speed passenger rail project between Richmond and Washington gets a key federal approval, a coalition of business, higher education, transportation and environmental groups wants the state to study the possibility of connecting the state via east-west passenger rail service. On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Rail and Transportation announced that the lengthy […]

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A million people likely won’t get state tax refund checks, report says

BY: - September 11, 2019

A liberal think tank estimates that more than a million Virginia taxpayers won’t receive tax refund checks lawmakers approved as part of a major tax policy change earlier this year. Most of those will be lower-income Virginians, according to a new analysis by The Commonwealth Institute, a Richmond policy nonprofit.  “Although this group of taxpayers […]

Alexandria seminary creates reparations fund; Jerry Falwell Jr. asks the FBI to investigate “attempted coup” and more headlines

BY: - September 11, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. •  Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria announced a $1.7 million fund for reparations that, among other things, will provide for “the particular needs of any descendants of enslaved persons that worked at the Seminary.”  – The Washington Post • “Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said […]

Va. Rep. Cline joins GOP lawmakers in opposing gun control bills 

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday over unified Republican opposition.  The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would […]

Virginia’s poverty rate drops to 10.1%, new data show

BY: - September 11, 2019

By Sravan Gannavarapu/ Capital News Service Virginia’s poverty rate has fallen by a full percentage point, to about 10%, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The proportion of Virginians living in poverty dropped from 11.1% in 2015-16 to 10.1% in 2017-18, the data showed. The state’s poverty rate remained well below the […]

Ex-labor reporter: Trump hasn’t made America great for workers

BY: - September 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has “not made America great again for American workers,” a former longtime New York Times labor reporter told an audience here on Monday. Steven Greenhouse | Twitter Steven Greenhouse, who covered the labor movement for the Times for almost two decades, recently released a book titled, “Beaten Down, Worked Up: […]