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Dominion, attorney general and SCC staff reach deal in contentious rate case - Virginia Mercury

Dominion Energy announced Monday evening that it has reached a settlement with Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General and public utility commission staff to resolve disputes in its ongoing rate review, the first since 2015. The commission staff and the attorney general have alleged the utility, Virginia’s largest, raked in almost $1 billion in excess […]

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Virginia's private guardianship program fails to protect the state's most vulnerable residents - Virginia Mercury

Some of Virginia’s most at-risk adults aren’t sufficiently protected by the state’s private guardianship system, according to a new report from a legislative watchdog agency. The findings, detailed in a Monday hearing by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, largely affirm years of concerns from many advocates and family members. A 2019 investigation by […]

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Children now account for more than 20 percent of new COVID-19 cases in Virginia - Virginia Mercury

Children account for a growing share of COVID-19 cases

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Evaluating Virginia’s redistricting reforms - Virginia Mercury

By Alex Keena Last year, Virginia voters approved a sweeping set of changes to the redistricting process in the form of a constitutional amendment proposed by the General Assembly. The centerpiece of these reforms is a bipartisan redistricting commission comprised of eight legislators and eight citizens tasked with drawing state legislative and congressional election maps. Despite […]

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Resilience planning — and a few innovative ideas — top state’s first Flood Fund grants - Virginia Mercury

Carbon auctions have given Virginia officials millions of dollars to play with. But as the state begins pushing large amounts of that money toward local flood preparedness, the focus is largely on a staid and sober goal: resiliency planning. “It’s such a big, vast need, and it’s going to take an incredible amount of money […]

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A Southwest Virginia utility is seeking another rate hike - Virginia Mercury

If approved, the utility said the average residential customer would see their monthly bill rise by between $24 and $28.

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Stretched thin, nurses bore COVID-19’s brunt. So why couldn't the governor give them a break? - Virginia Mercury

All things considered, the request didn’t seem unreasonable. Understaffed and overworked in some places to the point of collapse, hospitals struggling with a summer surge of delta variant COVID-19 infections reached out to the state for some relief. As reported by the Virginia Mercury’s Kate Masters on Oct. 5, they sought an emergency waiver of state […]

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$880 million pitch to General Assembly aims to match students and careers - Virginia Mercury

A group of business and higher education leaders are pushing an $880 million proposal to make Virginia public colleges and universities more affordable and help industries facing worker shortages fill jobs. The $880 million Growth4VA proposal, developed by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, is split into two different categories: $300 million for career development […]

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Federal judge presses AG to weigh in on election calendar. ‘I want him to do his job.’ - Virginia Mercury

A federal judge is urging Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to issue a formal opinion on the state’s election calendar after U.S. census delays forced members of the General Assembly to run in outdated districts this year. Herring has steadfastly declined to weigh in despite receiving a formal request for an opinion five months ago […]

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Lieutenant governor candidate questioned over vaccine status and more Virginia headlines - Virginia Mercury

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • In the lieutenant governor’s race, Democrat Hala Ayala went on the attack against Republican Winsome Sears after Sears refused to disclose her vaccination status.—Washington Post • Though the suburbs remain Virginia’s main political battleground, Republicans are targeting a pair of House Democrats […]