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Evaluating Youngkin's first week in office and more Virginia headlines - Virginia Mercury

Evaluating Youngkin's first week, Miyares changes Va.'s stance in major abortion case, and a Washington Football Team stadium in NoVa

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$320 million headed to Norfolk Harbor, flood protection projects - Virginia Mercury

Norfolk will receive $320 million in federal funds to deepen and widen its harbor as well as construct a major flood protection system.

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'Make it more environmentally sound': Citizen group takes on popular Southwest Va. trail network - Virginia Mercury

A network of popular off-roading trails through Southwest Virginia has been wracked by two years of contentious fights over drainage problems between state regulators, trail officials and citizen activists. The Spearhead Trails are four months into new leadership, and a little more than half a year into a binding agreement that outlines its responsibilities to […]

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House Republicans begin retail marijuana debate with focus on lower taxes and school funding - Virginia Mercury

GOP lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates are taking their first stab at legislation to open the retail marijuana market, introducing bills that would lower the tax rate on sales and redirect proposed social equity funding to school infrastructure. But leadership in the chamber stressed that the effort remains very much a work in […]

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Youngkin steps into the D.C. swamp with Wheeler pick - Virginia Mercury

Andrew Wheeler is unfit to lead Virginia's environmental and conservation agencies, columnist says.

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New Virginia diversity officer will serve as 'ambassador for the unborn' and more headlines - Virginia Mercury

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin is overhauling the role of the state’s diversity, equity and inclusion officer, naming a critical race theory critic to the job who will also serve as an “ambassador for the unborn.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • More than 750 workers at Ballad Health, which serves Southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, missed work Wednesday after […]

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The GOP offensive against climate action begins - Virginia Mercury

Even before taking office, Gov. Glenn Youngkin made two rookie mistakes: he declared his intention to pull Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by executive order, not realizing it can only be done by legislation; and he nominated the much-reviled Trump-era EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to be his secretary of natural resources, apparently […]

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Youngkin quickly embraces culture wars, telegraphing a worrisome four years - Virginia Mercury

Youngkins telegraphs a troubling four years ahead.

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Amid mask confusion, Youngkin rolls out new COVID-19 guidance for schools - Virginia Mercury

Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued new state guidelines late Friday afternoon for how COVID-19 should be handled in Virginia schools, asking parents to “listen to their principal” while his new mask order is pending in court. On the day of his inauguration, Youngkin signed an executive order meant to allow families to opt out of school […]

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Governor should reconsider policy decisions that will hurt the environment - Virginia Mercury

Gov. Glenn Youngkin should reverse decisions that will hurt Virginia's environment.