Government/Politics

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Page County drug treatment court to launch with boost from JMU professors, grad students

JMU political science professor Amanda Teye has dedicated two years to launching a new jail diversion program in Page County.

Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy donates $1.3M to environmental education, stewardship initiatives

This year’s Dominion Energy environmental stewardship grants will support a variety of initiatives benefitting communities across eight states.

virginia

Gov. Northam announces administration appointments

Gov. Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his administration on Friday.

us politics

Connolly, Chabot reintroduce Global Health Security Act

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) reintroduced the Global Health Security Act. 

Don Beyer

Beyer hails Biden executive orders on economy, federal workforce

Eighth District Democrat Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the largest number of federal workers of any U.S. representative, issued a statement on President Biden’s executive actions on the economy and the federal workforce.

Jennifer McClellan

Jennifer McClellan statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, released a statement on the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. 

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Farmers, lawmakers support amendment calling for increased ag research spending

A proposed amendment to the Virginia state budget requesting additional funding for critical agricultural research has gained bipartisan support in the 2021 Virginia General Assembly.

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Virginia NRCS announces deadline for FY2021 easement program applications

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening new doors for landowners and partner groups to protect the state’s open spaces.

congress

Bipartisan coalition reintroducing House legislation to prevent insider trading

Seventh District Democrat Abigail Spanberger is reintroducing legislation to prevent insider trading by members of Congress.

Lashrecse Aird

Resolution declaring racism a public health crisis heads to House of Delegates floor

The House Rules Committee voted 13-5 Friday to send House Resolution 537, which declare racism a public health crisis in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to the floor for a full vote.

Jay Jones

Jones bill directing removal of Byrd statue from Capitol Square passes House committee

Norfolk Del. Jay Jones’ bill to direct the state to remove the statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr. from Capitol Square, a measure he first proposed in June of last year, reported out of the House Rules Committee Friday morning on a 13-5 vote and now heads to the full House of Delegates for passage.

covid-19 news

Valley Republicans push Gov. Northam on COVID-19 vaccinations

A group of Valley Republicans – Dels. Chris Runion, John Avoli, Ronnie Campbell and Tony Wilt, and State Sen. Mark Obenshain – sent a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday pressing him on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

virginia chamber of commerce

Alan Witt elected chair of Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce elected Alan Witt to serve as the 2021 chair of its Board of Directors during the Chamber’s annual meeting held virtually today.

save our planet earth

Can Biden undo Trump’s 11th hour environmental rule changes?

President Joe Biden has ambitious plans to make up for lost time with climate remediation and encouragement of the clean energy sector—including rejoining the Paris Climate Accord that Trump withdrew the U.S from in 2017.

virginia state capitol

AG: General Assembly has the power to expel legislators

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion Friday confirming that the Virginia General Assembly “possesses broad power to discipline and, where it judges appropriate, expel member legislators.”

Jennifer Carroll Foy

Jennifer Carroll Foy statement on anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Jennifer Carroll Foy released a statement on the importance of expanding abortion access and protecting reproductive freedom Friday on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

Terry McAuliffe

Hurst, Nophlin, Cranwell back Terry McAuliffe for governor

Del. Chris Hurst, former House Majority Leader C. Richard “Dickie” Cranwell, Montgomery County Supervisor Mary Biggs, and Bristol community leader Rev. Jackie Nophlin are endorsing Terry McAuliffe for the Democratic Party nomination for governor.

Donald McEachin

McEachin announces $491M grant for Virginia Department of Health

Congressman A. Donald McEachin announced a federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Virginia Department of Health for $491,290,671 for expanding lab capacity to address infectious diseases.

Abigail Spanberger

Spanberger congratulates Congressional App Challenge winner from Godwin High School

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger announced Mills E. Godwin High School student Arvind Rajesh as the Seventh District winner of the annual Congressional App Challenge.

virginia economy

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Civica Inc. to create 186 jobs in Petersburg

Civica Inc. will invest $124.5 million to establish its first in-house pharmaceutical manufacturing operation in the City of Petersburg.

covid-19 vaccine

Virginia Department of Corrections encourages inmates to take COVID-19 vaccine

The Virginia Department of Corrections is trying to incentivize inmates to get their COVID-19 vaccine – offering free email stamps and telephone credits as well as a care package filled with commissary items, including snacks.

virginia economy

New Virginia unemployment claims appear to be leveling off

New unemployment claims filed with the Virginia Employment Commission were down 25.3 percent last week, according to data released on Thursday.

usda

USDA, dairy farmers work together to mitigate risk for 2021

USDA staff and dairy producers across the country worked together to protect dairy operations for the 2021 production year under USDA’s risk management program options.

Donald McEachin

McEachin on Biden-Harris inauguration, Day 1 executive orders

Fourth District Congressman A. Donald McEachin released a statement regarding the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and the slate of Day 1 executive orders announced by the Biden-Harris administration.

dmv virginia

Virginia DMV offering more convenient service options

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering more convenient service options for customers.