Sexually-transmitted diseases make a comeback in Virginia, with a dangerous antibiotic-resistant twist

BY: - September 14, 2018

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have been rising in Virginia and across the country, with data showing sharp increases in these sexually-transmitted diseases year-over-year since 2013. And so far this year, that trend has yet to stop, according to Virginia’s preliminary 2018 data. Already the state has more gonorrhea cases this year than compared […]

NYT poll gives Brat slight edge over Spanberger, illustrates difficulty of polling

BY: - September 13, 2018

A New York Times-Siena College poll of the state’s 7th Congressional District says Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat has a slight edge over his Democratic challenger, former CIA operative Abigail Spanberger. The poll of 501 people puts Brat’s likely share of the vote at 47 percent and Spanberger’s at 43 percent. Of the respondents, 9 […]

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Medicaid expansion will continue downward trend in Virginia’s uninsured rate

BY: - September 13, 2018

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows Virginia’s uninsured rate held steady in 2017 at 8.8 percent, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond nonprofit policy research group. The figures represent a total 3.5 percent reduction in the uninsured rate since 2013, just before the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014. Meanwhile, […]

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

After Virginia Supreme Court dismisses appeal, Brown says she will run a write-in campaign

BY: - September 13, 2018

Shaun Brown, an independent candidate running for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat, won’t be on the ballot after the state Supreme Court dismissed her appeal. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Gregory Rupe decided Sept. 5 that Brown’s name couldn’t be printed on ballots alongside U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican, and Democrat Elaine Luria for the election […]

The latest on Florence; Roanoke schools stock up on Narcan; Grapes stolen from winery; When casino opens ‘you won’t need drugs to be happy’ and other headlines

BY: - September 13, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Governor maintains mandatory evacuations; local officials say wait and see Everyone seems pretty confident at this point that the Florence has veered far enough away from Virginia to no longer pose a major public safety hazard. But, citing the storm’s unpredictability, Gov. Ralph Northam said […]

Dominion's power station in Chesterfield in Sept 2017.

Appeals court overturns ruling, sides with Dominion over coal ash ponds

BY: - September 13, 2018

A federal appeals court sided with Dominion Energy over environmental groups Wednesday, reversing a lower court’s decision that arsenic seeping into the Elizabeth River from the company’s coal ash ponds in Chesapeake is a violation of the Clean Water Act. The Chesapeake Energy Center operated from 1953 to 2014, creating about 3.4 million tons of […]

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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 […]