New potential source of money for schools; a moon over Roanoke County and other headlines

BY: - August 17, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.Internet sales tax for schools?State Sen. Bill Stanley is pitching a plan to direct a coming windfall in state internet sales tax collections to repairing and replacing public school buildings.A 2013 study found more than three out of five of Virginia’s 2,030 school buildings […]

How much will redistricting legal battle cost Virginians?

BY: - August 17, 2018

There’s one thing about Virginia’s redistricting saga that all sides know: It’s going to be expensive. But it’s possible the legal bill won’t be as high as Democrats have claimed or as low as Republicans have said. Attorney General Mark Herring filed suit last week in U.S. District Court to reduce the amount of money […]

GRTC director’s resignation followed tense board meetings, spat with state over Pulse buses

BY: - August 17, 2018

GRTC Transit System CEO David Green left the bus company last week after overseeing the biggest transformation of public transit in Richmond since 1948, when the city torched its old trolley cars in a grand pyre and switched to buses. The company launched its new flagship service, the Pulse, a bus rapid transit line that’s […]

Richmond is impounding electric scooters that popped up overnight

BY: - August 16, 2018

That didn’t last long. This morning, about 100 electric scooters that people can rent using a smartphone app had been dropped on sidewalks around downtown Richmond and VCU. By close of business, city officials said they were rounding up the scooters because the company hadn’t gotten permission to roll out the system. “The company been advised […]

New Atlantic Coast Pipeline suit takes aim at FERC approval, which underpins the whole project

BY: - August 16, 2018

A federal court in Richmond that has served as a major legal battlefield this summer over federal and state permits for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines got a new case added to its docket Thursday. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s […]

Dockless electric rental scooters dropped onto Richmond sidewalks overnight. They may not be here for long

BY: - August 16, 2018

Update: A Bird spokeswoman says the company’s entry into Richmond is only temporary. She described it in an email this afternoon as a “pop up” timed to coincide with the beginning of fall classes at VCU. But she didn’t respond to questions about what exactly the company means by pop up and how long they plan […]

Was Blackbeard’s killing extrajudicial? Also: Dominion seeks a way around pipeline stop-work order

BY: - August 16, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. A defense attorney is trying to get an MS-13 murder trial moved out of Bedford County, arguing local news coverage combined with national debate over the gang and immigration have prejudiced potential jurors. – The News & Advance A Charlottesville couple is suing the […]

Elections board clarifies stand-by-your-ad policies

BY: - August 15, 2018

The Virginia Board of Elections has approved a new policy to clarify how candidates who had incorrect disclosure statements were to be notified of violations, how the board would determine how many times a candidate broke the law and how to continue a hearing, among other changes to how the board enforces Virginia’s stand-by-your-ad law. […]

D.C. spent at least $2.6 million policing rally; A tree falls at Mount Vernon and other headlines

BY: - August 15, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Washington D.C. estimates it spent at least $2.6 million policing the white nationalist rally Sunday, which drew about 20 attendees and thousands of counterprotesters. – The Washington Post The Roanoke School Board is trying to raise $185,000 to cover the cost of renaming Stonewall Jackson […]

Watchdog group says more investigation needed at Staunton-area jail where immigrant teens alleged abuse

BY: - August 15, 2018

A watchdog group with federal investigative authority says it is continuing to probe allegations of abuse made by immigrant teens held in a juvenile jail outside of Staunton. A report released Monday by state officials failed to substantiate the claims. “Based on what we know so far, we believe further investigation may be needed,” said […]

‘It was a real tragedy:’ A push to better understand childhood trauma’s role in addiction, abuse and mental health

BY: - August 15, 2018

When she was a child, Kristen Garland spent a lot of time alone in her room with the door locked. Maybe the lock could keep away the men who abused her. Maybe the lock could stop her flashbacks, or her nightmares of a strange man entering her room. When the lock wasn’t enough, she’d run […]

Blast freezing chickens; Officers allegedly assaulted in Charlottesville and other news

BY: - August 14, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Norfolk Public Schools accidentally posted detailed school security plans online that included teacher cellphones and identified students with medical needs who might require special help. – The Virginian-Pilot A new cold storage facility planned for Rockingham County is expected to create 88 new jobs and […]