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Q&A: Dreamer discusses life under DACA on its ninth anniversary - Virginia Mercury

Angel Romero arrived in Virginia when he was two years old, completely unaware of his parents’ status as undocumented migrants from Mexico. Under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy enacted by former President Barack Obama’s administration in 2012, he’s been allowed to live and work legally in the U.S. But the protections are […]

For Virginia, adapting to sea level rise starts with choosing a curve - Virginia Mercury

In a warming world of rapidly rising waters, there are at least nine possibilities for what tomorrow will look like at Sewells Point in Norfolk. All agree that by 2050 the sea will have overtaken more of the land than today. But by how much — half a foot, more than three feet or somewhere […]

More fallout from sexual harassment allegations against former ODU professor, Supreme Court leaves Unite the Right convictions in place, Richmond voters to weigh in on casino, and more headlines - Virginia Mercury

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Old Dominion University’s president apologized after 110 faculty members signed a letter denouncing the university’s pushback against women who have made sexual harassment allegations against former ODU professor and author Blake Bailey.—Virginian-Pilot A Northern Virginia couple became the first defendants charged in the […]

What will it take to modernize Virginia’s public transit systems? - Virginia Mercury

A bus stop in a bucket is by no means representative of the average amenities provided by transit systems across the commonwealth, but the all-too-common sight is far from befitting 21st century public transportation. In a way, it’s as much a testament to the resourcefulness of Virginia’s transit providers as it is to the decades […]

Law firm's review finds Va. investigator was 'most likely biased' in Parole Board probe - Virginia Mercury

A 65-page report on how Virginia’s watchdog agency investigated a high-profile parole case last year concluded that the lead investigator was “most likely biased” and Gov. Ralph Northam’s office did not interfere with the probe. The law firm that conducted the outside review also found Attorney General Mark Herring’s office helped edit the investigator’s draft […]

New federal push to accelerate offshore wind development to focus on Virginia project - Virginia Mercury

A new federal agreement that aims to speed up review of offshore wind projects in federal waters will initially focus on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project being developed by Dominion Energy off the coast of Virginia Beach and the Kitty Hawk project off North Carolina. In a release from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office, Virginia […]

Trump has been a gift to Va. Democrats for years. Now can they win without him in the White House? - Virginia Mercury

Winning elections for the past five years has been low-hanging fruit for Democrats in Virginia, and the reason can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump. The divisive former president’s unpopularity in the commonwealth has had the net effect of turning Virginia – where no Republican has won a statewide race since 2009 – […]

Major staffing shortages beset Virginia's child care providers - Virginia Mercury

After more than a year of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosalind Cutchins is braced for a busy June as she prepares to reopen two Head Start programs at her child care centers across the Hampton Roads region. But she’s been confronted by a staffing shortfall — 22 unfilled positions across eight different locations. It’s a […]

Half of Virginia school buildings 50 or more years old, a $1 billion state budget surplus, Times-Dispatch columnist Williams wins Pulitzer, and more headlines - Virginia Mercury

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The blackface scandal almost took down Gov. Ralph Northam. But to many Black leaders in Virginia, Northam will leave office as “the most racially progressive governor in the state’s history.”—New York Times • A new state report shows about half of Virginia’s […]

Troubled Maryland plant told to toss part of the J&J vaccine ingredient it manufactured - Virginia Mercury

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators have instructed Maryland’s Emergent BioSolutions to scrap some batches of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substance manufactured at the company’s troubled Baltimore plant, while clearing a small portion to be used in the U.S. or sent abroad. Two batches of the J&J vaccine substance made in Baltimore were deemed “suitable […]