Shootings expose myth of the ‘good guy with a gun’

A Texas state trooper stands in front of crosses placed outside of the Robb Elementary School in remembrance of those killed, in in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.(ALLISON DINNER/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) By Susan Milligan(USN) – From white-hatted cowboys in movie Westerns to cigarette-smoking, trench-coated fictional private detectives, the gun-packing hero has been celebrated in American […]

Free bus rides will continue under newly approved GRTC budget

By Jack Jacobs (RBiz) – GRTC’s pandemic-born policy of free bus rides will continue in fiscal year 2023. The transit company’s board of directors on Tuesday approved a $64.5 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes funding to continue to cover the costs of bus rides. The authority earmarked $5.5 million in […]

Virginia bans private funds for election offices after grants from Zuckerberg-allied group

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW (VM) – Election offices in Virginia will no longer be able to accept private grant money under a new law passed in response to a $3.7 million infusion local election administrators got in 2020 from a nonprofit funded partly by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, which says […]

From embrace to ‘replace’

By Susan Milligan(USN) – No one was harder on Republicans’ lack of outreach to minority communities, and the party’s accompanying losses at the polls, than the GOP itself. In a brutally frank self-examination, the party concluded in a 100-page “autopsy” of the 2012 election that it was focusing too much attention on white, Christian, straight […]

Foster kids are getting swept up in Virginia’s mental health crisis

BY KATE MASTERS (VM) – At the beginning of April, Gov. Glenn Youngkin made a startling announcement: Over the last year, more than 150 foster children in Virginia had spent at least one night in government offices, hotel rooms or local emergency departments due to a lack of available placement options. The governor convened a task force with an […]

Virginia LG joins amicus brief urging end to race-conscious college admissions

By Graham Moomaw(VM) – Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, the first woman of color elected to statewide office in Virginia, has signed onto an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to restrict the use of racial preferences in college admissions by siding with the Asian-American plaintiffs in a pending affirmative action case. Earle-Sears signed the […]

Youngkin denounces Supreme Court leak as Roe casts uncertainty over abortion in Virginia

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW AND KATE MASTERS  (VM) – Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin this week denounced the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade as an attempt to “cause chaos and to put pressure on justices and elected officials,” while reiterating his anti-abortion stance and his belief that abortion issues should be left to […]

Latest Va. economic outlook finds shortage of labor

Ninety percent of CEOs are experiencing a labor shortage impacting their business. That’s the latest from the quarterly CEO Economic Outlook Survey conducted by the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business and the Virginia Council of CEOs. In addition to the labor shortage, 75% of CEOs reported at least a minor impact resulting from […]

Five takeaways from the landmark Virginia Solar Survey

Solar panels on the roof of Powhatan Elementary School. (Sarah Vogelsong/VM) BY SARAH VOGELSONG (VM) – After a slow start, solar has been booming in Virginia.  From having zero large-scale solar farms in 2015, the commonwealth now has 51 in operation, with more than half found in the central and Southside regions. Distributed solar — which […]

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