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Governor Ralph Northam said he was going to stick with encouraging vaccination and other safeguards rather than mandating them in a variety of contexts Thursday, despite accelerating new cases. Jahd Khalil reports.
Lawmakers will be back in Richmond next week to figure out how to spend $4 billion of federal stimulus money. One agenda item they’ll be debating is affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s Redistricting Commission chose a new member Monday, leaving the commission without a member from Southwest Virginia. Jahd Khalil reports.
Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a special session to determine how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money. Some advocates want them to take action to protect people against evictions. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to figure out how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money. Michael Pope has this preview.
It’s been 25 years since two women were found dead at their Shenandoah National Park campsite. Now, the FBI has put up posters, hoping to generate new leads, but the Innocence Project in Charlottesville has another idea. Sandy Hausman reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 19, 2021
Local governments across Virginia are considering entering into collective bargaining agreements with their employees. Michael Pope reports.
The Virginia Clean Economy Act has been law in Virginia for a year now. However, many environmental groups are still fighting against natural gas projects. Michael Pope reports.
Governor Ralph Northam proposed a historic investment in the state’s continued efforts to get Virginians connected to broadband Friday. Nick Gilmore has details.
A state health official updated lawmakers on the dire situation at Virginia’s mental hospitals Thursday, after she she told five of eight state-run hospitals to stop admitting new patients last week. Jahd Khalil reports.
The lack of broadband connection across parts of Virginia has been a source of concern for years. Now, a new book explores why. Michael Pope reports.
In a Wednesday meeting the Board of Forensic Science made regulatory changes in light of Marijuana legalization and was briefed on a backlog of firearms and toxicology cases. Jahd Khalil reprots.
Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin is on the campaign trail talking to voters. But, he’s not answering questions about one hot-button issue. Michael Pope reports.
In a win for Second Amendment advocates, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided this week with two Central Virginians in their quest to purchase a handgun despite being under the federally required age limit. Brad Kutner reports.
As Virginia’s redistricting commission prepares for its first public hearings, one the commission’s most pressing issues is replacing one of its members and considering geographic representation on the body in the process. Jahd Khalil reports.
Governor Ralph Northam is hoping a grant program for small businesses will help them stay open and reorient themselves coming out of the pandemic. Michael Pope reports.
Central Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger held a round table in her district office Tuesday to discuss a new expanded child tax credit championed by the Biden administration. The mothers and child care providers in attendance were excited about the new benefit, but after a year and a half in a pandemic some are hoping for more support. Brad Kutner has more.
Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday that he wanted $353 million in American Rescue Plan funding to go towards small business recovery, in the first look into the budget proposal that will set the debate over how billions will be spent. Jahd Khalil reports.
The divide between urban and rural parts of Virginia is a frequent source of tension at the General Assembly. Now, a group of academics and business leaders is taking a look at that divide and what we can learn from it. Michael Pope reports.
Two Virginia researchers say they’ve found evidence that associates frequent flooding with a higher incidence of asthma. And barbers at Fort Lee have walked off the job claiming their pay has been reduced. 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.
The pandemic is hitting racial and ethnic minorities harder in Virginia, according to a new poll. Michael Pope reports.
37,790 Virginians applied for unemployment again in a continuing claim, and 6,825 made an initial claim in the week ending July 3rd, according to numbers released by the Virginia Employment Commission Thursday. Jahd Khalil has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 8, 2021
The politics of abortion are taking center stage in the race for governor. Michael Pope reports.
The Virginia Retirement System’s trust fund has reached an all-time high after large investment returns over the past year, representatives told the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission Tuesday. Jahd Khalil reports.
The declining birth rate is having an influence over planning in school divisions across Virginia. It’s a discussion that’s playing out while lawmakers are trying to figure out what to do with stimulus money. Michael Pope reports.
A resignation from the Virginia Redistricting Commission announced at a meeting Tuesday will upset the partisan balance of the body until a replacement is voted on. Jahd Khalil reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 6, 2021
Across Virginia, a rapidly growing number of people are in deportation proceedings. Michael Pope looks at the numbers.
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Employers in Virginia now have new requirements for paying overtime. And, lawmakers are already considering ways to improve the new law. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s redistricting commission will meet in person for the first time Tuesday. The meeting in Richmond comes after months of virtual meetings. Jahd Khalil reports on how the commissioners and the public will be learning about the process.
Virginia has taken steps to help wild reptiles and amphibians remain wild in the state. And a new way of making housing more affordable is getting a trial run in Richmond.
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.
A court filing provided insight into the Virginia Employment Commission’s progress towards resolving tens of thousands of backlogged cases. In a status report released Thursday, legal groups said the pace is not quick enough. Jahd Khalil reports.
Data released by the Virginia State Police shows a wide disparity in the rate at which Black drivers are involved in traffic stops when compared to their share of Virginia’s population, while data analysts with VSP and the Department of Criminal Justice Services say there may be other benchmarks to compare the data with. Jahd Khalil reports.
A new poll reveals racial disparity among people who are reluctant to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Michael Pope has details.
Time was about to run out for Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality to gauge the impact of the Mountain Valley Pipeline on sensitive wetlands in its path. Now, that deadline is being extended until next year. Robbie Harris has details.
Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond to figure out how to spend billions of dollars in stimulus cash from the federal government. Michael Pope reports every interest group in Virginia is making a case for a piece of the pie.
Robbery will have a more nuanced definition after a bill reforming the state’s definition becomes law on July 1st. Jahd Khalil reports.
The prohibition against marijuana is drawing to a close. As of Thursday, pot will be legal in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
After going online because of the pandemic, zoning decisions and regulatory hearings on Zoom are coming to an end, for the most part. Boards and commissions across the state are having to adjust how they do business. Jahd Khalil reports.
One member of Virginia’s congressional delegation is working across party lines to help head off the next pandemic. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s thriving oyster farming industry means the shellfish can be eaten year-round. But wild oysters in the Chesapeake Bay region remain in a struggle to survive. Now, scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have discovered the oysters are evolving to resist a deadly parasite variant outbreak that began 35 years ago. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
June 30th is the last day a key tenant protection will be in force, even as a federal moratorium on evictions for non-payment continues and new state protections go into effect. Jahd Khalil reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 28, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Gloucester County School Board Monday. The decision comes after the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit sided with transgender student Gavin Grimm in a fight over his right to use the men’s restroom. Brad Kutner has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 27, 2021
New laws in Virginia have expanded the grounds for decertifying police officers.
And, Virginia places included in the historic Green Book that guided minority travelers in the mid-20th Century are being remembered thanks to new research. More now from Fred Echols.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
Few firms are expressing interest in necessary contracts for Virginia’s redistricting commission. Jahd Khalil reports.
750,000 Virginians who use Medicaid are set to gain more comprehensive dental coverage July 1st, in a policy that experts say could improve public health outcomes and costs to the healthcare system. 3.2 million Virginians have no dental insurance, according to the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Jahd Khalil reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 24, 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.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 23, 2021
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 18, 2021
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.