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business employment disability

Youngkin announces alternative hiring process for individuals with disabilities

Virginia state government has implemented an alternative hiring process for individuals with disabilities, serving as a model for inclusive employment practices.

food desert

Spanberger bill to combat agriculture supply chain challenges, lower food costs

Abigail Spanberger and Anthony Gonzalez have introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen supply chains across the American agriculture industry and lower food costs for U.S. consumers.

school lunch

Virginia receives $982K grant to build nutritious school lunches

The Virginia Department of Education has received a $982,827 USDA grant to build and retain a knowledgeable workforce to ensure school lunches are nutritious and meet students’ needs.

us politics

Biden, Congress taking additional steps to alleviate baby formula shortage

President Biden is invoking the Defense Production Act to require suppliers to direct needed resources to infant formula manufacturers, the administration announced on Wednesday.

constitution politics

America was built on white supremacy: But we can rebuild on a new foundation

“White supremacy has no place in America,” President Biden said Tuesday in Buffalo. Except that it does, and it’s what America was founded on.

infant formula

Update: What’s the latest on the nationwide baby formula shortage?

Politicians are going out of their way to let people know that they’re doing something about the baby formula shortage.

white house politics

White House press secretary: Mass shootings are not about mental health

The right and its enablers in the news media prefer to shift the focus after mass shootings from the need for gun safety reform to mental health.

Virginia Department of Corrections

Inmate job training leads to gainful employment, low recidivism

Inmates who complete job training with Virginia Correctional Enterprises have a low recidivism rate, and nearly three-quarters are gainfully employed following their release.

us politics

Moore, Beyer, Bernice Johnson introduce bill to fight human trafficking

Reps. Gwen Moore, Don Beyer and Eddie Bernice Johnson have introduced the Counter Human Trafficking Research and Development Act.

us politics

Spanberger, Rice urge House leaders to bring bill to increase police pay to floor

Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Tom Rice (R-SC-07) are urging U.S. House leaders in both parties to advance their bill to help increase officer pay and help police departments hire more officers.

virginia politics

Youngkin, Miyares announce creation of task force to address violent crime

Gov. Glenn Youngkin today announced the creation of a task force of executive branch and Office of the Attorney General officials to better align strategies to reduce violent crime in cities and communities across the Commonwealth.

airplane

Earth Talk: Carbon-saving travel in innovation

You hear a lot about electric cars and trucks these days, but has there been any carbon-saving innovation lately in trains and even planes?

roe v. wade abortion rights

Eve’s choice: Patriarchy no longer rules

Some people are able to liberate the creation story from its theological misogyny, but for most believers (especially the male ones), it’s pretty clear.

supreme court

Bill commemorating Virginia site in Brown v. Board signed into law

A bipartisan bill to commemorate historic sites that catalyzed litigation leading to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was signed into law by President Biden.

Artificial intelligence

You’ve been flagged: Predictive AI technology puts a target on your back

It’s just a matter of time before you find yourself wrongly accused, investigated and confronted by police based on a data-driven algorithm.

russia ukraine

Kevin Martin: To end the horror in Ukraine, go big, and go broad

The tragic, illegal war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine should end now, with a ceasefire and then a comprehensive peace agreement.

affordable housing crisis

Staunton, Waynesboro get $500K in federal funding for affordable housing

Staunton has been awarded $317,340 in federal funding for affordable housing, and Waynesboro stands to get $187,537 in affordable housing funds from monies coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Gov. Youngkin announces administration appointments made this week

Gov. Glenn Youngkin today announced he has chosen additional key administration appointments.

infant formula

Lawmakers call on infant formula manufacturers to address shortages

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Democratic colleagues in calling on infant formula manufacturers to make every effort possible to get parents and families the formula they need to feed their kids.

virginia politics

Youngkin announces $1.2 million in Growth and Opportunity Virginia grants

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced more than $1,261,859 in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia grant awards for eight projects focused on creating critical talent pipelines.

Virginia DEQ

Virginia DEQ awarded $2 million brownfield grant by EPA

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was awarded $2 million in brownfield grant money by the EPA, the most funding of its kind ever received by the agency.

nuclear war

Winslow Myers: Beyond our nuclear march of folly

The planet and its national and international institutions are not even close to facing the realities that confront us. Instead, we live in a fantasy la-la land, or what Greta Thunberg might call blah-blah land.

president biden

Mel Gurtov: Loose lips can sink ships, and peace

During World War II, US sailors were warned: Loose lips sink ships. A similar warning should have gone out to all US officials in recent days—and the President should have been the first to acknowledge that the warning included him.

Abigail Spanberger

Spanberger calls on FDA to addressing ‘nightmare’ baby formula shortage

Seventh District Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger released a statement Thursday on the ongoing formula shortage in Virginia and across the country.

virginia politics economy

Virginia state revenues up sharply: Youngkin continues push for tax cuts

April Virginia revenue collections exceeded forecasts, pushing state revenues $1.9 billion higher year-to-date than the mid-session revised forecast issued in February.