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Gov. Ralph Northam

Northam administration says it will move to regulate methane leaks, unveils other new climate initiatives

BY: - September 12, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced Wednesday that it would seek to regulate methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure and join a regional group of northeastern and mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles as well as an alliance to fight ocean acidification. “More than one third of all carbon pollution comes from transportation,” Northam’s […]

‘As if we don’t exist:’ Opponents call on air board to reject pipeline compressor station permit

BY: - September 12, 2018

BUCKINGHAM — Scores of people came out Tuesday night against a proposed compressor station in rural Buckingham County for Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The public hearing, held by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, was intended to solicit input on a draft air quality permit to construct and operate a 54,000-horsepower natural gas compressor […]

A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

Republicans say they’ll put forward redistricting plan that protects incumbents

BY: - September 12, 2018

House Republicans said in a court filing Wednesday that they’re in the “advanced stages” of preparing a redistricting plan, rebuffing Democratic leaders who have said lawmakers had reached an impasse and called for the courts to take over the process. In the filing, they write that their goal in any redistricting plan is to avoid […]

Virginia officials relieved by new Florence track and other hurricane news; Stormy Daniels coming to Richmond club; Kaine, Stewart hold town halls

BY: - September 12, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Florence now tracking south of Virginia The storm is expected to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina late Thursday or early Friday. Emergency officials in Virginia sound relieved. “It appears to significantly lower our concern about 10 to 20 inches of rain, which is where we […]

State school safety panel recommends bullet-resistant whiteboards, more guidance counselors, more police

BY: - September 11, 2018

A special House of Delegates committee floated 54 ways the state could make schools safer from the threat of shootings and violence. Among them: Bullet-resistant whiteboards, more guidance counselors, more school resource officers. The long list – which lawmakers say they still need to price out and winnow down – had something for everyone, with […]

Virginia planning to spend $55 million on hurricane preparation

BY: - September 11, 2018

The state is planning to spend about $55 million preparing for Hurricane Florence, said Del. Chris Jones, the House Appropriations Committee chairman. Jones, a Republican from Suffolk, dropped the figure Tuesday as an aside during a meeting of the House’s school safety committee, citing a conversation earlier today with Secretary of Finance Aubrey Lane. “I was […]

Virginia’s senators will vote no on Kavanaugh’s confirmation

BY: - September 11, 2018

Virginia Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner will vote to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. A full Senate vote is likely to take place by the end of this month. Kavanaugh is a Washington D.C.-based Circuit Court judge who was nominated by President Donald Trump. Democrats have been concerned about his […]

Hurricane evacuation is first test of system; Rocky tech breakup continues; Thumb drive could exonerate murder suspect and other headlines

BY: - September 11, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Order is first test of evacuation system  As expected, Hurricane Florence is dominating the news today. Northam’s evacuation order is the state’s first test of a zone-based evacuation protocol rolled out last year. But officials stress the storm’s impact won’t be limited to the […]

Virginia Beach sues drug companies over opioid crisis

BY: - September 11, 2018

Joining a growing list of counties and cities in Virginia, the city of Virginia Beach filed a lawsuit today against the drug companies it claims are responsible for the opioid epidemic gripping the state. The city follows in the footsteps of more than a dozen other Virginia localities, mostly in the southwestern part of the […]

Handcuffed and in crisis: With a shortage of nearby beds, police drive mental patients across the state for treatment

BY: - September 11, 2018

In late July, two police officers in Abingdon helped two children into the back of a cruiser. The kids, 11 and 14 years old, hadn’t committed any crimes, and they weren’t on their way to the police station or to a juvenile detention center. They were going to mental health treatment facilities in Petersburg and […]

Governor issues evacuation order in advance of Hurricane Florence

BY: - September 10, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore Monday night. The order is effective Tuesday. “Hurricane Florence has the potential to cause catastrophic flooding, especially in our coastal areas,” Northam said in a statement. “This evacuation is for the safety of thousands of Virginians living […]

Independent congressional candidate Shaun Brown outside the John Marshall Courthouse in Richmond on Sept. 5, 2018. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Shaun Brown files an appeal to stay on ballot

BY: - September 10, 2018

Shaun Brown, an independent candidate running for Congress in the Second District, is taking her bid to stay on the ballot to the Virginia Supreme Court. The Democratic Party filed last month to remove Brown, saying her candidacy petitions, which incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Taylor’s staff helped circulate in a scheme to pull voters from […]