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State details jammed equipment, missing volunteers and possibly uncounted votes in November elections

BY: - December 21, 2018

Problems on Election Day this November ranged from humidity-induced paper jams to potentially incorrect final tallies being reported to the state from one locality, according to a report issued by the Department of Elections Friday. Some election officials characterized the problems as typical hiccups. Others saw them as serious deficiencies. “There are issues in every […]

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Norfolk Southern owes Virginia; school safety reports differ on guns; protests on black lung medical benefits and more headlines

BY: - December 21, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ Norfolk Southern promised Virginia it would keep its headquarters in downtown Norfolk until 2026 in exchange for about $4 million in incentives. Now that the company is moving its to Atlanta, it has to pay the state and city back. (The Virginian-Pilot) […]

Virginia signs on to lawsuit challenging seismic testing decision

BY: - December 20, 2018

Virginia has signed on to a lawsuit with eight other states and several environmental groups to fight President Donald Trump’s decision to open the East Coast up to seismic airgun testing, according to The Baltimore Sun. The testing is a precursor to offshore oil drilling. Before drilling can begin, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

As Virginia gears up for gambling debate, thousands of slot-like games have already slipped in the back door

BY: - December 20, 2018

They look like slot machines. Symbols spin around the screen like slot machines. And when everything lines up just right, they pay out $1,000-plus jackpots like slot machines. But the manufacturers of these games – thousands of which have popped up in bars and convenience stores around Virginia despite a strict prohibition on most kinds […]

The state’s first casino could be coming to Norfolk; a new increase for Dominion customers; an intersection overrun by cats in Danville and more headlines

BY: - December 20, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ The U.S. Department of Justice said in a report that the Hampton Roads Regional Jail’s treatment of inmates is cruel and unusual punishment. The report said the jail doesn’t have adequate medical staff, relies on isolation too often and doesn’t keep good […]

After federal judge’s ruling against Affordable Care Act, Virginia plows forward with Medicaid expansion enrollment

BY: - December 20, 2018

More than 182,000 people have signed up for Medicaid since the eligibility rules changed under expansion on Nov. 1, and the state has high hopes that number will continue to rise — even after a federal judge in Texas issued a ruling declaring every part of the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, unconstitutional. The […]

Air Board delays decision on Buckingham permit and plans new public comment period

BY: - December 19, 2018

The State Air Pollution Control Board approved a number of changes to Dominion Energy’s proposed permit for a compressor station in Buckingham County, but again delayed making a decision on the contentious project. Instead, the board will hold another public hearing on documents related to the demographic makeup of Union Hill, a historically black community that […]

Photos from pipeline protests at the State Air Pollution Control Board

BY: - December 19, 2018

The State Air Pollution Control Board delayed action Wednesday on a critical compressor station permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in order to allow for additional public comment. The meeting drew a large crowd of protesters and generated tense confrontation, with board members twice recessing the meeting amid chanting and shouts from the crowd. Toward […]

Cannabis dispensary and casino could operate under same roof in Bristol; Goodlatte leaves Congress after 26 years; Preschool moves because of pipeline and more headlines

BY: - December 19, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A group of developers in Bristol could soon be operating a medical cannabis dispensary and casino resort under the same roof. “We’ll figure it out,” said City Manager Randall Eads. (Richmond Times-Dispatch) • A local history museum in Lynchburg cancelled plans to […]

Virginia joins coalition designing carbon-capping transportation policy

BY: - December 18, 2018

Nine states, including Virginia, and Washington, D.C. have signed on to a plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from transportation and investing in a low-carbon transportation infrastructure. The group, collaborating through the Transportation and Climate Initiative, has committed to developing a regional, low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would “cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion […]

Looming budget battle: Northam’s spending plan relies on tax changes Republicans say hurt the middle class

BY: - December 18, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a $2.1 billion increase to Virginia’s $117 billion budget passed earlier this year to support new education funding, broadband investment, cleaner waterways and making the earned income tax credit refundable for some taxpayers, among other spending hikes. “We’re taking this opportunity to make investments that we’ve discussed for years,” Northam said […]

Coal ash costs come into focus; Newport News shipbuilding offers buyouts; Commission to review Richmond Coliseum proposal; Another Chincoteague pony dies and more headlines

BY: - December 18, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ Gov. Northam’s budget roadshow continues. Yesterday he announced proposals to dedicate $20 million for student financial aid and grants, $19 million for affordable housing and $2.6 million for legal aid lawyers to represent people facing eviction. Today he’ll present his spending plan to […]