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Seventeen signatures is just ‘the tip of the iceberg’ in 2nd District petition controversy, attorney says

BY: - August 10, 2018

The math is in candidate Shaun Brown’s favor, for now. On Wednesday, Marc Elias, an attorney representing the Virginia Democratic Party, sent 17 affidavits to Attorney General Mark Herring from people who said they or their relatives didn’t sign petitions to get Brown on the ballot in the 2nd District congressional race. And there’s likely […]

On Aug. 12 last year white supremacist groups entered Emancipation Park holding Nazi, Confederate, and Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flags. (Anthony Crider/Creative Commons)

Was last year’s rally in Charlottesville really protected speech? City may yet get an answer

BY: - August 10, 2018

The crowd hissed as a man with a full white beard and red MAGA hat approached the lectern to address Charlottesville City Council this week. He said he condemned the hateful views expressed last year, but urged tolerance of opposing viewpoints, which he said people should be able to share without fear of violence or […]

State awards contract for electric-vehicle charging network

BY: - August 9, 2018

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has picked a Los Angeles company to build a $14 million electric vehicle charging network in the state. The money comes from Virginia’s nearly $94 million share of a $10 billion settlement with Volkswagen, which admitted to secretly installing devices to cheat emissions tests. EVgo, which says it operates […]

County supervisor and Radford administrator will compete for Roanoke-area House seat

BY: - August 9, 2018

A Roanoke County supervisor and Radford University administrator will compete for the 8th House of Delegates district seat in November. Joe McNamara, a Republican businessman who was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1998, first announced his candidacy a few days after Del. Greg Habeeb said he would be leaving the legislature. “My […]

Norfolk treasurer’s corruption conviction upheld; fighting solar panels; flood damage in Lynchburg

BY: - August 9, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Carter Turner, a Roanoke County Democrat and administrator at Radford University, filed to run for the House of Delegates seat vacated by Del. Greg Habeeb. – The Roanoke Times A three-judge panel upheld former Norfolk treasurer and councilman Anthony Burfoot’s public corruption convictions. He was found guilty […]

As opioid epidemic drags on, meth deaths also start to rise

BY: - August 9, 2018

The drugs helped Stephanie Hague stay numb to the pain. If she left her brain alone for too long without any substances to distract it, she’d start to remember the abuse and trauma in her past. All she wanted to do was forget. “I just did not want to feel,” she said. Hague’s story is […]

A parking lot outside a UVA dorm was filled with hundreds of state police cruisers on Wednesday afternoon. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 8, 2018)

Police from around the state pouring into Charlottesville

BY: - August 8, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A dive team. A giant emergency management trailer. Vans and SUVs tagged with the insignia of every major locality in central Virginia. And squad cars — hundreds and hundreds of State Police squad cars. They’re all already on the ground in Charlottesville as of Wednesday afternoon. Their arrival isn’t exactly a surprise. Police […]

Candidate at center of 2nd District petition mess appears to have enough signatures to stay on ballot

BY: - August 8, 2018

Shaun Brown, a Hampton businesswoman running as an independent in the tightly contested race for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, will remain on the ballot despite an investigation into the validity of some signatures collected for her by the incumbent Republican congressman’s campaign staff. The Virginia Department of Elections reviewed […]

Who should redraw voting districts? About a quarter of Virginians favor an independent panel, survey says

BY: - August 8, 2018

In a regular redistricting process, 24 percent of Virginians would prefer a panel of local and state experts to redraw electoral boundaries, according to a new survey by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. VCU asked 802 Virginians about the best way for the state to tackle drawing new electoral boundaries […]

State tuition increasing; rent-to-own contracts under fire; and the power of a Board of Pharmacy ID

BY: - August 8, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. State college tuition will go up an average of five percent this year, which works out to about $612 more for an in-state student. – Richmond Times-Dispatch The state booted a Board of Pharmacy member, accusing her of using her board ID to gain access to a […]

From the emergency room to the courtroom: Va. medical providers sued patients for nearly $590 million over past five years

BY: and - August 8, 2018

Annie Washington is 60 years old, has diabetes and no insurance. If she needs to see a doctor, she winds up in the emergency room. But while hospitals can’t turn indigent patients away, they can still bill them. And when patients can’t afford those bills, collection lawsuits often follow. “I work at McDonald’s,” the Henrico […]

Another federal permit struck down? No big deal, Dominion says

BY: - August 7, 2018

Dominion Energy, the lead partner in the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, says Monday’s decision by a federal appeals court stripping its authority to drill under the Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t that big a deal. The company expects that the National Park Service “will promptly re-issue the permit.” “Ample evidence to support the requisite finding that […]