Proposed rollback of federal water protection rules would leave wetlands along Chesapeake Bay at risk, report says

BY: - December 12, 2018

President Donald Trump’s administration’s proposed rollbacks to federal clean water regulations would strip some wetlands, as well as headwater streams, in Virginia of federal protections and leave them vulnerable to pollution and real estate development, a report says. The new rules would redefine which “waters of the U.S.” are protected under the Clean Water Act […]

Jury recommends life sentence for Fields; Methane caused Louisa water scare; Culpeper wants to cap solar farms and more headlines

BY: - December 12, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ A jury recommended James Fields serve life in prison plus 419 years for murdering Heather Heyer and injuring and maiming dozens of bystanders during a car attack last year. Heyer’s mother called the recommendation appropriate. “The bottom line is justice has him […]

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Republican House majority leader calls on Herring to resign AG post, citing 2013 campaign promise

BY: - December 11, 2018

House of Delegates Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, is calling on Attorney General Mark Herring to resign from his position now that Herring has said he will run for governor in 2021. Gilbert cited a 2013 Virginian-Pilot article in which Herring is quoted saying he would step down from his post as attorney general should he ever […]

With a positive economic outlook, Northam proposes teacher pay raise, more money for school construction

BY: - December 11, 2018

Gov. Ralph Northam wants to give teachers a 5 percent pay raise starting next July, an increase from a previously approved 3 percent raise. It would be the largest, single-year raise for educators in the state in more than 15 years, Northam said Tuesday while presenting parts of his proposed education budget. He’ll formally share […]

Jury recommends life sentence for Fields in ‘Unite the Right’ attack

BY: - December 11, 2018

Our news partners at NBC 12 report that a jury has recommended a life sentence for James Fields for the first-degree murder of Heather Heyer plus more than 400 years for other counts stemming from the Aug. 12, 2017 attack at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally. Last week, a jury found Fields, who expressed neo-Nazi […]

Groups sue over seismic testing decision that could pave the way for Atlantic oil drilling

BY: - December 11, 2018

A coalition of environmental groups sued the federal government today over its decision late last month to permit seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean, a potential precursor to oil drilling. “This extremely loud and dangerous process, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, is the first step […]

Sentence expected in Fields trial; Toll lanes changing commuter behavior; Stafford considers bathroom policy; More snow news and other headlines

BY: - December 11, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ A jury is expected to hand down a sentence today in the James Fields trial. Psychologists told the jury yesterday Fields has a history of mental illness and bipolar disorder, for which he was twice hospitalized. Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, testified […]

‘Devastating’ state report highlights major health and safety problems in Virginia’s foster care system

BY: and - December 11, 2018

Virginia’s foster care system is failing to meet the basic health and safety needs of the children under its care, according to state auditors, who released a scathing report Monday that found 98 cases in which basic safety protocols weren’t met. In one, a child was placed in a home for nearly three weeks even […]

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After fraudulent sleep study clinic operation, Sterling woman sentenced to seven years

BY: - December 10, 2018

Federal investigators say a Sterling woman ran a massive health care fraud operation in which she defrauded Medicare, Tricare, private insurance and the IRS out of more than $10 million by billing for medically unnecessary sleep studies. Young Yi, 44, was sentenced to seven years in prison for the conspiracy, according to a U.S. Department […]

Compressor station permit meeting postponed

BY: - December 10, 2018

Today’s much-anticipated meeting of the State Air Pollution Control Board, which saw two members replaced by Gov. Ralph Northam as it weighed a crucial permit for a compressor station that is part of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, has been postponed because of the snow. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says the meeting will […]

Omega Protein is up for a sustainable fishing certification, but an environmental group is not having it

BY: - December 10, 2018

Virginia’s most politically contentious fishery — Omega Protein’s Reedville menhaden reduction operation — is up for a Marine Stewardship Council certification, which recognizes sustainable fishing practices, but an environmental group argues that the recommendation is misplaced. Omega Protein harvests thousands of tons a year of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay, turning them into oil and […]

Pipeline problems: State sues over MVP environmental violations and another permit vacated for ACP, which suspends construction

BY: - December 7, 2018

Two contentious Virginia pipeline projects hit more snags Friday, with Dominion Energy voluntarily agreeing to stop construction on its Atlantic Coast Pipeline after another permit was vacated and the separate Mountain Valley Pipeline smacked with a state lawsuit over environmental violations. Attorney General Mark Herring and the Department of Environmental Quality filed a lawsuit in […]