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Prosecutor requests investigation into signatures gathered by U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor’s staff

BY: - August 7, 2018

The Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney is requesting a special prosecutor oversee an investigation into possible violations of election laws and forgery in U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor’s re-election campaign. Taylor, a Republican from Virginia Beach representing the 2nd District, came under fire this week after it was revealed his paid staff members circulated a last-minute petition […]

Roanoke Times sues former sports reporter to get Twitter account back

BY: - August 7, 2018

The Roanoke Times wants the keys back to a Twitter account its former Virginia Tech beat writer has controlled for about seven years. The Warren Buffett-owned paper sued Andy Bitter in federal court in Roanoke on Tuesday, asking a judge for a preliminary injunction and restraining order immediately barring Bitter from the account. The suit […]

Dead voter on Shaun Brown petition; Richmond educators resign amid scandal; Central State patient wins judgment

BY: - August 7, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere Dead voter appears on petition Reports last week that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor’s staff helped gather signatures to get an opponent on the ballot were strange enough. Now, several of those signatures have been called into question: One belongs to someone who moved, another […]

What to expect in Charlottesville: Lots of police, an anti-racist rally and few white supremacists

BY: - August 7, 2018

The city will be on lockdown. Hundreds of state police officers are pouring in from around Virginia. One source says the governor has already decided to declare a state of emergency. But are any of the white supremacist groups that made Aug. 12 in Charlottesville such a disaster last year planning to return this weekend? […]

Fourth Circuit strikes again: Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit vacated

BY: - August 6, 2018

In the latest in a string of decisions that have struck down key approvals for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has thrown out Atlantic’s permit to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway. The court ruled that the National Park Service’s decision to allow the […]

State taps VCU to lead Medicaid expansion study

BY: - August 6, 2018

As Virginia prepares to expand its Medicaid program to an estimated 400,000 more people by Jan. 1, it has asked Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine to track and evaluate its progress. The General Assembly voted to expand Medicaid in a special session earlier this year. It is likely to have a monumental effect on […]

Grave-robbing at UVA; Fraudulent crab meat; No separate Metro car for Nazis and other news to know

BY: and - August 6, 2018

Corey Stewart gets the The New York Times treatment in this profile that scrutinizes his campaign’s strong appeal to white nationalists, some of whom have served as security at his campaign events. “While Mr. Stewart has disavowed some on the extreme right, interviews with dozens of his friends, colleagues, supporters and fellow Republicans yielded a […]

Nurse practitioners and doctors clash as Virginia sets up autonomous practice rules

BY: - August 6, 2018

Virginia’s medical turf war appeared to come to an end earlier this year when nurse practitioners won the right to practice autonomously without physician supervision, despite objections from many of the state’s doctors. But the battle still rages on quietly behind the scenes as the state works to create the regulations that would govern the […]

Red paint covers the base of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond's Monument Avenue. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 4, 2018)

Someone threw a lot of red paint on the Lee Monument in Richmond

BY: - August 4, 2018

Capitol Police said someone defaced the the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning. It’s easily the largest act of vandalism to target the graffiti-prone statues along Richmond’s Monument Avenue in recent memory. Officials believe whoever did it used a high pressure sprayer — either a fire […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline construction halted

BY: - August 3, 2018

A week after a federal appeals court in Richmond struck down a permit that allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross U.S. Forest Service land, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered a halt to work on the entire project. “MVP is hereby notified that construction activity along all portions of the project and in […]

The deal that brought the Washington Redskins summer training camp to Richmond cost the city more than $11 million. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Redskins say Richmond training camp has been ‘great for the city.’ Does anyone believe them?

BY: - August 3, 2018

Redskins management this week called the agreement that brought the NFL team’s summer training camp to Richmond six years ago a “financial windfall” for the city, The Washington Times reports. At this point, not a single city official appears to agree with the team’s assessment. The deal cost city taxpayers well over $11 million and […]

Dominion files for approval of offshore wind pilot project

BY: - August 3, 2018

Dominion Energy has filed an application with the State Corporation Commission for approval of a long-anticipated pilot offshore wind project. The company, which announced last summer that it would move forward with the project after letting a $40 million federal grant for offshore wind lapse the year before, seeks permission to build a two 6-megawatt […]