Youngkin asks colleges to reverse tuition hikes and more Va. headlines

BY: - June 20, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration is asking Virginia’s colleges and universities to reverse tuition hikes.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Lego, which announced last week it was opening a major new factory in Chesterfield, “briefly made public a frequently-asked-questions document that seemed to distance the company from Youngkin’s conservative stance on race and the environment.”—Washington Post • “Approximately two-thirds of Virginia […]

With Trump on sidelines, Virginia GOP set to pick midterm nominees in swing districts

BY: - June 20, 2022

Virginia electing a Republican governor in 2021 for the first time in more than a decade was one of the first major signs of how bad the political vibes were getting for Democrats.  This year, the Virginia GOP is trying to build on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s upset victory by flipping a handful of Democratic-controlled congressional […]

General Assembly hands Youngkin wins, losses on budget amendments

BY: , and - June 17, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s budget proposals drew a mixed response Friday in the General Assembly, where Democrats blocked some of his most contentious proposals but allowed others to pass thanks to a handful of defections on important votes. In one of the day’s biggest surprises, three Democratic senators sided with Republicans to approve a significant rollback […]

Beagle breeding facility shutting down over violations will be allowed to sell 500 dogs

BY: and - June 17, 2022

A federal judge will allow Envigo — which is shutting down a controversial dog-breeding facility in Cumberland County under pressure from federal regulators because of a string of animal welfare violations— to sell more than 500 dogs to labs over the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal attorneys seeking an injunction to enforce […]

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized emergency use of two COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, moving the country one step closer to having shots for all age groups. The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before parents can begin getting babies […]

General Assembly back in town, VDH diverges from CDC on COVID and more headlines

BY: - June 17, 2022

• Democratic candidates in Virginia’s swing districts are standing firm on their support for gun restrictions.—Washington Post • Virginia’s General Assembly will return to Richmond to take up 38 budget amendments proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, less than two weeks before their June 30 deadline to finalize the state’s two-year spending plan.—Washington Post • One of those proposed […]

Maryland’s plan to build Fairfax toll lanes is an unwelcome surprise to some Virginians

BY: - June 17, 2022

Maryland’s plans to undertake major construction work along the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County aren’t sitting well with some Northern Virginia residents and elected leaders, who are questioning why another state is involved in transportation projects outside its borders. The critics say key details of the projects have only come to light recently — and […]

electric vehicle charging station Henrico

Under new law, some of Virginia’s government fleet is poised to go electric

BY: - June 17, 2022

A new state law could jump-start the conversion of much of Virginia’s government vehicle fleet from gas-powered to electric cars by asking state officials to look at a vehicle’s lifetime costs rather than just its sticker price before buying.  “We believe this will drive more electric vehicles out there,” Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg and the […]

Pence was within 40 feet of mob inflamed by Trump, Jan. 6 committee reveals

BY: - June 16, 2022

The private and public conflict between Donald Trump and Mike Pence over certifying the 2020 election results put the vice president within steps of the Jan. 6 attackers, the U.S. House committee investigating the insurrection said Thursday. As the mob approached the U.S. Senate chamber in the Capitol, the vice president’s Secret Service retinue hustled […]

U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange

BY: - June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. soldiers deployed to bases in Afghanistan and Iraq often lived and worked alongside large pits where batteries, plastics, rubber, chemicals and other garbage would be lit on fire with jet fuel. The legacy of those burn pits followed thousands of military members back to the United States, where they have suffered from […]

Environmental group sues to protect species of mussel found in Virginia

BY: - June 16, 2022

Federal courts will again put a species of freshwater mussel native to Southwest Virginia under the microscope.  On Tuesday, the national environmental nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in an Oregon federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to determine or finalize protections for four species that have […]

Massive Lego plant coming to Chesterfield and more Virginia headlines

BY: - June 16, 2022

• Dr. Colin Greene, Virginia’s new health commissioner, has repeatedly downplayed the role of racism in health disparities, leaving some staff at the state’s Department of Health fearful for their jobs. “If you say racism, you’re blaming White people,” he said.— Washington Post • “Lego plans to invest at least $1 billion to construct its only […]