Politics

alon ben meir

Alon Ben-Meir: Palestinian refugees-right vs. reality

Given the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its psychological, political, and demographic dimensions, there is simply no other viable solution.


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Report: Jailing families in detention obstructs a fair court process

A new report on family detention released by the American Immigration Council examines more than 15 years of data on the United States’ practice of detaining asylum-seeking families.


jonathan petters

Controversial EPA rule comment period closing: Expert offers tips for implementation

A Virginia Tech data management expert says the EPA’s controversial proposed rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, raises concerns that regulations could be nullified.


donald trump

Federal judge strikes down Trump administration’s Clean Water Act attack

A federal judge in South Carolina today struck down the administration’s effort to strip away crucial clean water protections from rivers, lakes, streams and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for nearly 20 million people in the South and 117 million people across the country.


business

Faith delegation recommends urgent action on pipelines

In light of recent setbacks for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light released a report today entitled Our Air, Our Lives: Religious Fact-Finding Delegation to Buckingham County.


virginia

Northam announces marketing grants to support 57 local tourism programs

Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $890,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 57 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program.


atlantic coast pipeline

FERC faces Fourth Circuit Court challenge on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates on behalf of a group of 13 conservation organizations filed suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.


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Secretary of Natural Resources convenes work group to promote Virginia clam, oyster economy

Today, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler convened the Oyster Aquaculture Work Group to develop consensus-based recommendations to promote the sustainable growth of Virginia’s clam and oyster aquaculture industries.


ralph northam

Northam to discuss combating drug addiction from practice to policy at VCU

Gov. Ralph Northam will address VCU and VCU Health students, faculty and staff on the issue of the opioid epidemic during a Grand Rounds lecture next week.


Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Unvaccinated horse tests positive for West Nile Virus

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year.


virginia

Northam announces $4.2 million in GO Virginia grants

Governor Northam today announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $4,217,500.


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VCU poll: Virginians see schools as safe, look increasingly to mental health approaches to school safety

A new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU finds that Virginians increasingly see mental health approaches as important for school safety.


Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin announces two grant awards for Chesterfield County

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced two grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded to Chesterfield County.


Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin announces $30+ million in housing grants

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced numerous grants for localities throughout the Fourth Congressional District awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


ralph northam

Pressure mounts on Northam to oppose Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline

Today, 54 Virginia organizations and businesses sent a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam asking him to visit the land and communities at risk from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for fracked gas, and to oppose the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.


morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: 2018 healthcare checkup

On August 7, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $500,000 grant to the Health Wagon for construction of a healthcare clinic in Clintwood.


ralph northam

Northam, Richmond Road Runners Club to host 5K race, kids run

Registration is open for the inaugural Governor’s Race 5K and First Lady’s Kids Run. The event is a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the OnTheSquareVA employee engagement initiative, and the Richmond Road Runners Club.


virginia

Northam launches Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI enforcement campaign to combat drunk driving

Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia DMV joined with local and state police to preview the upcoming period of increased enforcement to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend.


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Warner, Kaine announce $750K for drug courts in Harrisonburg, Richmond

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $400,000 in federal funding for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Drug Court Program and $350,000 in federal funding for the Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court (RADTC) Program.


tim kaine

Kaine legislation to support military spouses becomes law

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine comments on President Trump signing into law the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a majority of Kaine’s military spouse employment provisions.


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine urge VA Secretary to review political influence at Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) joined Senate colleagues urging the recently confirmed VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to review the actions taken by unconfirmed appointees in advance of Secretary Wilkie’s arrival.


david toscano

House Democratic Leader renews call for redistricting in second letter to House Speaker

On Monday, Virginia House Democratic Leader David Toscano sent a letter to Speaker Kirk Cox requesting a special session to redraw 11 districts deemed by the courts to be racially gerrymandered.


bob goodlatte

Bobby Goodlatte backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis for father’s seat

Bobby Goodlatte, son of retiring Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, is backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis in the midterm election, tweeting that 2018 is the “year to flip districts.”


virginia

Northam issues report reviewing Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center allegations

Governor Ralph Northam released the results of a review conducted by the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice into allegations of abuse at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Augusta County.


mark obenshain

Mark Obenshain on EVgo: ‘Social(ist) engineering’

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham) released the following statement today in response to the Governor’s recent announcement for EVgo to set up electric vehicle charging stations.