Chesapeake Bay clean-up: Pennsylvania lagging in reducing pollution

BY: - July 27, 2018

The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a largely positive assessment Friday of efforts to stem the flow of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution into the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.  Cutting those pollutants from farms, sewage treatment plants and municipal and suburban stormwater systems has been key to the recovery of the […]

Richmond’s yearly reminder that hosting the Redskins is a bad deal and other headlines

BY: - July 27, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The Redskins returned to summer training camp in Richmond, prompting a fresh round of agonizing about how terrible the agreement with the team has been for the city. Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council Members marked the occasion by reiterating they would rather […]

State lawmakers again urge Northam to act on pipelines

BY: - July 27, 2018

With a crucial meeting of the State Water Control Board looming next month on water-quality reviews for a pair of contentious natural gas pipelines, Democratic state lawmakers again urged Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday to halt the projects and insist on a stream-by-stream review of the hundreds of spots where they will cross Virginia waterways. “We […]

Blocked by-law proposals at Virginia’s largest electric cooperative prompt complaint to state regulators

BY: - July 27, 2018

Members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia’s largest co-op, have filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission in an effort to force a vote on more transparency at the organization, which provides electricity to more than 160,000 member owners in parts of 22 Virginia counties. Behind the petition —which seeks an injunction from regulators at […]

Report: Virginia’s Medicaid work requirement could mean thousands lose coverage

BY: - July 26, 2018

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond-based, nonpartisan research organization, estimates that thousands of Virginians would lose coverage if the state successfully implements a work requirement as part of Medicaid expansion. The General Assembly passed Medicaid expansion during its last session after four years of failed attempts. To earn Republican support, the legislature added […]

Wild ponies, rising health insurance costs and arming teachers a ‘bad idea’

BY: - July 26, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ACA rates keep climbing Insurance companies told state regulators that individual premiums are expected to rise again in 2019, though not as dramatically at the 68 percent increases seen this year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. They told the state to expect rates to go up […]

Virginia businesses that rely on foreign workers wrestle with uncertainty over federal cap

BY: - July 26, 2018

Graham and Rollins in Hampton is one of the state’s oldest remaining crab houses, but its owner, Johnny Graham, says finding workers to do the tough, seasonal job of actually picking the sweet meat out of the sharp, crusty shells has gotten harder and harder. “You can imagine what a nasty, monotonous, crab-smelling job this […]

State picks firm to help guide offshore wind development

BY: - July 25, 2018

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has picked a London-based renewable energy consulting firm to help position Virginia to become a hub for the “offshore wind supply chain and service industry,” Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced. BVG Associates will “build on Virginia’s advantages and opportunities as well as provide recommendations to further enhance the commonwealth’s […]

No Unite the Right reunion in Charlottesville? A round-up of Virginia headlines.

BY: - July 25, 2018

Subscribe to our newsletter to get this news round-up delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The organizer of last August’s deadly white nationalist rally had been seeking a federal court order allowing him to mark the anniversary of the event with a second rally – a prospect city leaders and residents have vehemently opposed. […]

Only one more state needs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Will it be Virginia?

BY: - July 25, 2018

In May, Illinois became the 37th state to sign off on the federal Equal Rights Amendment, leaving the decades-long effort to guarantee men and women equal stature in the U.S. Constitution just one state shy of ratification. Now advocates are looking to Virginia as the most likely candidate to tip the effort over the edge. […]

How we feel about federal agencies now depends on party affiliation

BY: - July 25, 2018

Americans’ feelings about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that enforces laws on border control, customs, trade and immigration, are split almost evenly down the middle, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. But when factoring in respondents’ political affiliations, the difference in opinion is more stark. Seventy-two percent of the […]

UVA Center for Politics: These Virginia congressional races could be Democratic victories

BY: - July 24, 2018

The University of Virginia Center for Politics says the odds that chambers of Congress will be split between parties after the November election are getting better. Democrats now have a slightly better than 50-50 chance of winning a majority in the U.S. House, analyst Kyle Kondik wrote in a newsletter this week. And although Democrats […]