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Report estimates Medicaid work requirement will cost state $25 million

BY: - October 4, 2018

The price tag attached to the proposed Medicaid work requirement that is making its way through a public comment period now could be as high as $25 million, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. And meanwhile, the institute, a liberal-leaning nonprofit that performs fiscal and policy analysis, estimates that 21,600 people could be […]

Virginia Mercury

A dream of a new bridge to Maryland; Norfolk Southern’s possible new headquarters; a man lost in a landfill and more

BY: - October 4, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Local Virginia leaders are ready for a new bridge into Maryland Loudon County leaders are ready to find another way across the Potomac River into Montgomery County, Md. Loudoun leaders picked two future crossing locations out on Tuesday, but will hold off making […]

Professional wrestler Ric Flair in 2010. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

Meet the state regulators who keep the blood out of pro wrestling

BY: - October 4, 2018

Better Know a Board is an occasional series exploring some of Virginia’s more obscure state boards and commissions. Name: Boxing, Martial Arts and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board. Purpose: To provide guidance on the regulations of fighting sports, both real and scripted. Meeting location: An office park in Henrico County. Regulating boxing and martial arts make […]

The Virginia House of Delegates met Thursday to discuss redistricting, but didn't get far. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)

GMU professor relaunches 41-year-old almanac with focus on women in Virginia politics

BY: - October 4, 2018

A George Mason University professor is reviving a 41-year-old record book of state government information, this time online and with a focus on women in Virginia politics. Toni-Michelle Travis, along with seven GMU students in the Schar School of Policy, is working on a new and improved digital version of the Almanac of Virginia Politics that she […]

Virginia Mercury

State awards $6 million to organizations to increase contraception access

BY: - October 3, 2018

In an effort to improve access to family-planning options, the state has awarded $6 million to 12 health care organizations across Virginia so they can provide long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to their patients through May 2020. The program, dubbed the Virginia LARC initiative, is meant to help reduce unintended pregnancies, according to a Virginia Department […]

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Stewart goes all-in on unsubstantiated claims; slot machines coming; Liberty’s assets top $3 billion; cattle rustling in Augusta and other news

BY: - October 3, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. In last debate, Stewart goes all-in on unsubstantiated sexual assault claim Corey Stewart really wants you to know that Congress has paid $17.2 million to federal employees to settle violations for employment rules, in some cases for sexual harassment. He repeated the figure […]

Most teens who age out of foster care have trouble getting a driver’s license and it affects everything they do

BY: - October 3, 2018

When Allison Gilbreath held a work group in 2016 on youth aging out of foster care without a driver’s license, every single person — all young adults who had turned 18 while still in the foster care system — showed up 30 or 45 minutes late because they were relying on someone else for a […]

Gov. Ralph Northam

As House GOP prepares to vote on new map, Northam pledges veto, support for constitutional amendment for nonpartisan process

BY: and - October 2, 2018

As Republicans appeared poised to push forward a vote this month on new maps to fix 11 House districts a court has ruled were racially gerrymandered, Gov. Ralph Northam vowed a veto. And the governor, a Democrat, says he will support a push to “enshrine nonpartisan redistricting in the Virginia Constitution” via an amendment in the […]

White supremacist groups massed in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. (Jackie Kruszewski/Contributed photo)

Why the FBI targeted four men out of the sea of white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville

BY: - October 2, 2018

Federal authorities say the four men arrested Tuesday in connection with white supremacist violence in Charlottesville last year were targeted for investigation because they “committed particularly violent acts,” had a history of attacks at other rallies and are members to a racist and anti-Semitic organization. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen told reporters during a press conference: […]

House of Delegates will take up new voting maps nine days before court deadline

BY: - October 2, 2018

Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, R- Colonial Heights, announced he would reconvene the House of Delegates on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. to work on a remedial redistricting map that’s supposed to be approved by Oct. 30. “I am reconvening the House of Delegates on Oct. 21 to fulfill our constitutional duty to […]

Forest Service’s pipeline decision under fire; Danville leaders walk out on Corey Stewart; Richmond’s graduation rate is the worst and more

BY: - October 2, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Did regulators direct Dominion or did Dominion direct regulators? One of the federal judges hearing an appeal of permits issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipelines pressed the U.S. Forest Service last week about why it changed its position on the project. Emails show […]

In the former Confederate capital, there’s no longer a Museum of the Confederacy

BY: - October 2, 2018

What’s in a name? In the case of the Museum of the Confederacy, about 40 percent of its membership base. That’s the chunk of long-term supporters the institution, which opened in 1896 as more of a shrine than a museum, lost after it announced in 2013 that it would merge with the American Civil War […]