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Gov. Northam calls a special session to redraw House districts

BY: - August 20, 2018

The General Assembly will reconvene Aug. 30 under an order from Gov. Ralph Northam to redraw 11 House of Delegates districts that were deemed unconstitutional. Virginia has been in court over the 11 disputed districts since 2013. Twelve voters claimed the state packed black voters into the district during the regular redistricting process in 2011. […]

Regulators getting cozy with gambling interests? Also Nic Cage, poop and a Roanoke riverwalk

BY: - August 20, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. How cozy are state regulators with the company hoping to bring casino gambling to Virginia? So cozy that, when accused of being too cozy, the chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission let the company’s representatives ghost write the first draft of a letter […]

BETTER KNOW A BOARD: Wigs, barbering theory and the Koch brothers

BY: - August 20, 2018

This is the first in an occasional series exploring some of Virginia’s more obscure state boards and commissions. Name: Board for Barbers and Cosmetology. Purpose: To regulate the practice of cosmetology and related professions in the state of Virginia. Meeting location: An office park in Henrico County. Stephen Kirschner has some bad news for the […]

About 323,000 will remain uninsured after Medicaid expansion. Will Virginia’s free clinics still be able to meet the need?

BY: - August 20, 2018

A massive shift is on the horizon for Virginia’s health care landscape as the state prepares to expand its Medicaid program in January, broadening the eligibility and welcoming an estimated 400,000 people into its ranks. But more than 300,000 uninsured Virginians will likely remain, many relying on the state’s free clinics. And as each of […]

Scooter share says it’s operating legally in Richmond, plans meeting with city

BY: - August 17, 2018

The company behind a dockless, electric scooter rental business that popped up in Richmond without warning Thursday says it believes it’s operating legally in the city. Bird, a well funded California tech company, dropped a fresh batch of scooters around the city Friday, less than 12 hours after city officials began impounding the first wave […]

New potential source of money for schools; a moon over Roanoke County and other headlines

BY: - August 17, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.Internet sales tax for schools?State Sen. Bill Stanley is pitching a plan to direct a coming windfall in state internet sales tax collections to repairing and replacing public school buildings.A 2013 study found more than three out of five of Virginia’s 2,030 school buildings […]

How much will redistricting legal battle cost Virginians?

BY: - August 17, 2018

There’s one thing about Virginia’s redistricting saga that all sides know: It’s going to be expensive. But it’s possible the legal bill won’t be as high as Democrats have claimed or as low as Republicans have said. Attorney General Mark Herring filed suit last week in U.S. District Court to reduce the amount of money […]

GRTC director’s resignation followed tense board meetings, spat with state over Pulse buses

BY: - August 17, 2018

GRTC Transit System CEO David Green left the bus company last week after overseeing the biggest transformation of public transit in Richmond since 1948, when the city torched its old trolley cars in a grand pyre and switched to buses. The company launched its new flagship service, the Pulse, a bus rapid transit line that’s […]

Richmond is impounding electric scooters that popped up overnight

BY: - August 16, 2018

That didn’t last long. This morning, about 100 electric scooters that people can rent using a smartphone app had been dropped on sidewalks around downtown Richmond and VCU. By close of business, city officials said they were rounding up the scooters because the company hadn’t gotten permission to roll out the system. “The company been advised […]

New Atlantic Coast Pipeline suit takes aim at FERC approval, which underpins the whole project

BY: - August 16, 2018

A federal court in Richmond that has served as a major legal battlefield this summer over federal and state permits for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines got a new case added to its docket Thursday. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s […]

Dockless electric rental scooters dropped onto Richmond sidewalks overnight. They may not be here for long

BY: - August 16, 2018

Update: A Bird spokeswoman says the company’s entry into Richmond is only temporary. She described it in an email this afternoon as a “pop up” timed to coincide with the beginning of fall classes at VCU. But she didn’t respond to questions about what exactly the company means by pop up and how long they plan […]

Was Blackbeard’s killing extrajudicial? Also: Dominion seeks a way around pipeline stop-work order

BY: - August 16, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. A defense attorney is trying to get an MS-13 murder trial moved out of Bedford County, arguing local news coverage combined with national debate over the gang and immigration have prejudiced potential jurors. – The News & Advance A Charlottesville couple is suing the […]