Candidate says PAC illegally got her security clearance; Restraints in public schools; Vikings batted climate change and other headlines

BY: - August 29, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Spangberger says PAC illegally obtained her federal security clearance application The former CIA officer running for Congress against Dave Brat, Abigail Spanberger, says there’s no way the Republican group could have gotten the document legally, The New York Times reports. The PAC, meanwhile, insists […]

Virginia State Capitol

During special redistricting session, will Republicans stall, play ball or both?

BY: and - August 29, 2018

The General Assembly will reconvene at noon on Thursday, called back to Richmond by Gov. Ralph Northam to address a federal court order requiring lawmakers to redraw 11 House of Delegates districts. The court ruled in June that the districts were racially gerrymandered to contain a set threshold of black voters, diluting their political influence […]

Department of Health announces 12 cases of West Nile so far this year

BY: - August 28, 2018

Virginia has seen 12 human cases of West Nile virus so far this year, the state’s Department of Health reported Tuesday. Last year, Virginia had 13 West Nile cases, up from only eight in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of West Nile cases vary widely from year to […]

Attorney general says plan to arm teachers in Lee County is unlawful

BY: - August 28, 2018

Attorney General Mark Herring said in an opinion Tuesday that a plan approved last month by the Lee County School Board to arm teachers is unlawful. “For five years in a row the General Assembly rejected specific proposals to arm teachers, so there’s really no ambiguity,” Herring said in a statement. In an effort to get […]

Virginia will use $10 million to turn old coal mines into tourist sites, broadband infrastructure

BY: - August 28, 2018

Virginia will use $10 million to turn projects in its Abandoned Mine Land program into economic development initiatives, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced. The state will award grants to groups who want to reclaim old mining sites and turn them into tourist attractions, sites that support rural broadband infrastructure or clean energy initiatives. Northam said […]

Large electric users continue push for more clean energy options beyond utilities

BY: - August 28, 2018

A letter signed by a dozen large electric users — from hospital systems and colleges to major companies — calls for more clean energy options in Virginia, where attempts to loosen policies governing competition have been mightily opposed by the state’s dominant electric utilities. “A key ingredient for increasing renewable energy deployment in the commonwealth […]

A police-shooting jury award; more money for opioid treatment; 5th district race sinks deeper into mud

BY: - August 28, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. After four hours of deliberation, a jury found two Virginia Beach police officers acted with gross negligence when they shot and killed a Navy veteran in 2015. The jury cleared two other officers. They recommended $800,000 in compensation be paid to her estate. – The […]

A ferry passes the General Dynamic shipyard in Norfolk. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Some lawmakers see economic potential in responding to sea-level rise

BY: - August 28, 2018

In Gloucester County, if residents don’t leave the county every day, the Riverside hospital system or Walmart are probably where the majority spend their workdays. There’s not much else for work in the county limits, said Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna, who represents the area. But he’s hoping that, with the creation of a new state […]

Judge issues injunction on posting plans for 3-D printing of guns, but they may still be online

BY: - August 27, 2018

Twenty-one attorneys general, including Virginia’s Mark Herring, won a preliminary injunction Monday against a company that wanted to distribute plans to print plastic guns from 3-D printers online. “The Trump administration’s reckless plan to make 3D-printed guns widely available and easily accessible was one of the most dangerous ideas I have ever heard,” Herring said […]

UVA law professor: Just one GOP senator could start inquiry into Trump’s tax returns

BY: - August 27, 2018

Writing in Politico, University of Virginia law and taxation professor George K. Yin explores how a single Republican senator could initiate an investigation into President Donald Trump’s tax returns to shed light on what, if anything, therein explains his extraordinary deference to Russia. For the past two years, Trump has refused to release his tax […]

Low expectations for special session; A new tally on fraudulent signatures and Confederate imagery in Albemarle schools

BY: - August 27, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The special session of the General Assembly called by Gov. Northam this week to redraw House districts in response to a federal court ruling isn’t expected to yield new maps or much of anything else. – WVTF Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart appeared together at a Virginia […]

Long hours, low pay and constant turnover: Social services agencies in Virginia struggle to keep staff

BY: - August 27, 2018

It takes two years to train a social worker at one of Virginia’s local social services departments so they can confidently help families, handle an interview with a recently traumatized child or recognize red flags that could suggest abuse or neglect. But Virginia’s child welfare workers — those whose duties range from meeting with foster […]