Archive for June, 2021
Virginia should see a budget surplus as high as $2 billion, the Secretary of Finance told the House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee Wednesday, but much of the money would have to be deposited into legally required funds. Jahd Khalil reports.
Starting July 1st thousands of more Virginians will be eligible for food assistance.
Jahd Khalil has this report on the new requirements and who can qualify.
Birth rates are declining in Virginia, a trend that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. That could have dramatic consequences for decades to come. Michael Pope reports.
Thousands of Virginians with unpaid medical bills are having those debts wiped out. And people in several Virginia counties are being asked not to feed wild birds.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
More now from Fred Echols.
Virginia is on the cusp of reaching President Biden’s goal for Covid-19 vaccinations.
69.6% of adults in the state have gotten at least one dose. Biden wanted 70% to have one by the Fourth of July.
Jahd Khalil reports on the shots that come after this goal.
The expiration of the federal Farm Bill is coming. And since the bill includes millions in scholarships for students at historically black land grant universities, Virginia State University’s president headed to DC this week.
Jahd Khalil reports on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s plans for the scholarship money.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin won’t be the only names on the ballot for governor. Michael Pope reports about another choice for voters.
Fewer people are attending religious services across the country. But new data from the University of Virginia shows a surprising amount of diversity in rural parts of the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports.
A new report shows disturbing trends in traffic fatalities in 2020, despite less driving. A Virginia Tech professor says the pandemic brought the perfect storm of conditions for high-risk behavior. Jeff Bossert reports.
The federal government is about to spend millions of dollars to rescue Virginia schools. So how will all that money be spent? Michael Pope reports.
First it was toilet paper, then yeast, garden gnomes, and gas.
Now, as society reopens, it’s pallets that are in short supply, a behind-the-scenes commodity used to transport goods from factories and farms to distributors, retailers, and us.
Christine Kueter has that story.
Now that Republicans and Democrats have chosen their candidates for attorney general, voters are already seeing a bit of what the fall campaign season will look.
Michael Pope reports.
Charlottesville is home to this country’s only museum of art created by indigenous Australians.
The Kluge-Ruhe has more than 2,100 paintings, ornaments and tools, but some of those objects are going home after decades in America.
Sandy Hausman has that story.
Although no one interfered with an Office of the State Inspector General investigation of the Virginia Parole Board, its lead investigator on a contentious parole decision displayed bias and OSIG’s investigation was not adequately thorough, a law firm tasked with looking into OSIG’s investigation said in a report Monday. Jahd Khalil has details.
Now that candidates in the race for governor have been determined, a couple of new polls show it’s already a tight race. Michael Pope reports.
Debates over legislation governing the Virginia Military Institute are probably on the horizon, spurred by a report by the State Council of Higher Education For Virginia. Jahd Khalil reports.
A pandemic-related funding cut is affecting some victims of domestic abuse in Virginia. And Petersburg has had -no- success in trying to get rid of an abandoned hotel.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link.
More now from Fred Echols.
State regulators are working on new standards to protect workers from heat stress. Michael Pope reports.
The low turnout in this week’s Democratic primary is causing some Democrats to worry about a lack of enthusiasm. Michael Pope reports.
Democrats are heading into the fall campaign cycle with a ticket full of northern Virginia candidates. Michael Pope reports that might shape the election dynamics.
Tuesday’s primaries for House of Delegates were unusually competitive for incumbents.
Five lost the nomination for their current seats.
Jahd Khalil has more.
With Tuesday’s primaries now decided, the general election is already in high gear.
Michael Pope reports on the race for governor.
The Supreme Court of Virginia heard arguments Tuesday from people hoping to block the removal of the Lee Monument from the former Capital of the Confederacy.
Brad Kutner has more from Richmond.
Virginia Democrats find out tonight who will be their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Both Democratic and Republican voters in today’s primary are also picking several nominees for state delegate, and some local races. Election officials say turnout has been light. Joe Staniunas caught up with a few people who made it to the polls earlier today.
Citizen members that were selected by Democrats broke away from the rest of Virginia’s Redistricting Commission in two votes over the character of legal counsel the commission would hire in a meeting Monday. Jahd Khalil reports.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission recommended that legislators make changes to Virginia’s new marijuana policies such as adding penalties and reconsidering eligibility for social equity licenses ahead of July 1st in a briefing Monday. Jahd Khalil reports.
For voters having a hard time casting a ballot in Tuesday’s primary, help is just a phone call away. Michael Pope has details.
If you’re having problems at your polling place, dial 866-OUR VOTE for the Election Protection Hotline. Help is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and several other languages.
The Virginia Theological Seminary has begun paying annual reparations to the descendants of slaves who built it. And public water in a Northern Virginia neighborhood is so discolored people are afraid to use it.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A news link.
More now from Fred Echols.
Students are flocking to Virginia schools. But, those schools are not adding staff to support all those new students. Michael Pope has details.
We know that being outside is one of the safest activities during Covid-19. But last year, restrictions forced most long-distance hikers off the Appalachian Trail.
This year though, they are back probably above pre-pandemic levels.
Jahd Khalil hiked parts of the AT to find out why so many people are on the trail this year.
Candidates are often forced to work the phones raising money. But, one wealthy candidate doesn’t have to worry about that. Michael Pope reports.
Every decade, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases a new analysis of average temperature and precipitation values across the country. The data is used to compile 30-year normals. Nick Gilmore reports on the latest findings and what exactly “normal” is.
In recent years, many Democrats have started taking a pledge to resist money from one particular controversial source. Now, that is becoming an issue in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. Michael Pope reports.
The five Democrats running for governor in next week’s primary met for one final debate Tuesday night.
Michael Pope has a recap.
A state-ordered investigation into Virginia Military Institute found institutional racism and sexism are “present, tolerated, and left unaddressed.”
David Seidel says the report’s authors also accuse school administrators of trying to derail the investigation.
Governor Northam backed a bill granting some home healthcare workers paid sick leave in March. Jahd Khalil was in Richmond Tuesday for a ceremonial signing of the legislation.
Black women continue to die in childbirth at much higher rates than white women. And now, Senator Tim Kaine is hoping to get the United States Senate to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.