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House Democrats urge Biden to protect paid leave in Build Back Better Act

House Democrats are urging President Biden to defend paid family and medical leave provisions in the ongoing negotiations over the Build Back Better Act.

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Poll: Republicans, Democrats live in two different Americas

Republicans don’t list COVID among their top three concerns. Healthcare isn’t even among their top three concerns.

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Mental Health America releases State of Mental Health in America report

Mental Health America has released its annual State of Mental Health in America report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 15 mental health access and prevalence measures.

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Virginia DEQ: More than $10 million available for clean school buses

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that more than $10 million in funding opportunities are available through the Clean School Bus Program.

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Warner, Kaine seek updates from DOJ Elections Threats Task Force

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined colleagues in a letter to the Department of Justice seeking an update on the actions of the Department’s Election Threats Task Force.

virginia politics

Northam announces $2 billion public-private broadband investment

Virginia has received a record number of local and private sector applications to match state broadband investments, putting the Commonwealth on track to become one of the first states to achieve universal broadband access by 2024. 

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Vote with Confidence website addresses voting facts, fallacies

The Virginia Department of Elections has launched a Vote with Confidence website.

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Improvements in Virginia commercial market driven by drive towards quality

According to the Q3 2021 Commercial Market Report released by Virginia REALTORS®, while the Delta variant has slowed economic growth in Virginia, the state’s commercial real estate market showed signs of strength in the third quarter. 

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Update: Second fatality in Cumberland County horse-drawn buggy accident

The investigation continues into a crash in Cumberland County that has now claimed two lives. 

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SCC reminds drivers that deer present one of autumn’s greatest hazards

November is the peak month for insurance claims related to vehicle collisions with deer. Virginia is among the states with the highest risk of these types of incidents.

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Virginia banks encourage consumers to be careful when banking online

Cyberattacks are becoming more and more sophisticated and common. The FTC estimates that consumers lost $3.3 billion to phishing schemes and other fraud in 2020, nearly double the losses in 2019.

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Pamplin Historical Park closes for four days of filming

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is closing to the public for four days, Oct. 24-27, for filming with the Travel Channel.

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State AGs urge Supreme Court to overturn Texas abortion ban

A coalition of 24 state attorneys general has filed an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to prevent Texas from keeping an across-the-board ban on abortions in place.

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Herring files housing discrimination suits, alleging source of income bias

Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s Office of Civil Rights has filed 13 separate lawsuits against 29 real estate companies that own and operate rental housing, for alleged illegal housing discrimination in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico.

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Gas prices continue to skyrocket with no end in sight

Virginia gas prices have risen 7.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.

virginia economy

Richmond National Group will create 70 new jobs in Henrico County

Richmond National Group, a start-up specialty property and casualty insurance holding company, will invest at least $175,000 to establish its headquarters in Henrico County.

virginia politics

Warner, Kaine announce $8.6M in funding for water improvement projects

Sen. Mark R. Warner and Sen. Tim Kaine announced $8,615,000 in federal funding for water improvement projects in Virginia.

Virginia Tech

Molecular Sciences Software Institute receives $15M grant from NSF

The Molecular Sciences Software Institute, based in Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center, has received a $15 million renewal grant from the National Science Foundation. 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

NEH grant fuels reinterpretation of National Trust Historic Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has won a second grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help sustain its historic sites after the drastic economic impacts of the pandemic.

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JLARC staff to review Virginia Adult Guardian and Conservator System

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission will meet Monday to hear staff present findings and recommendations of their review of Virginia’s adult guardian and conservator system.

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Virginia Tech working to eliminate distracted driving fatalities

In 2019, distracted driving led to 3,142 fatalities, an estimated 424,000 injuries, and 15 percent of all police-reported vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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Co-conspirator of former Norfolk sheriff pleads guilty to bribery scheme

A Franklin, Tenn., man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud by paying bribes to secure medical services contracts for the Norfolk City Jail.

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Merrill Milani: Empower employees with financial wellness education

People are leaving their current jobs in record numbers in search of better compensation and a more flexible work/life balance.

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities

VPBD grant to study information accessibility for people with disabilities

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities has awarded a $100,000 grant to Management Support Solutions to study the availability of information that helps people with developmental disabilities and their families access community services.