Virginia

Employers in D.C. Region Expect Some Remote Work Into Mid-2021, Survey Finds

About 60% of respondents anticipated less than a third of workers would return to the office by early September because of coronavirus risks. Some are planning for a portion of staff to still be working remotely even next summer.

States Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plans

A group of states say New York and Pennsylvania are not doing enough to reduce water pollution and arguing the federal government is letting them get away with it.

Licensed to Work: How Licensing Reform Can Contribute to Economic Recovery

COMMENTARY | Licensure reform will be critical to stimulating future job growth.

Seven States Band Together to Purchase Rapid-Result Covid Tests

The compact, negotiated by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, aims to increase production of the tests, which can deliver results in less than a half hour.

Goodbye, Confederate Statues. Hello, Dolly Parton and Chef Boyardee?

There's little consensus on what to put up in place of Confederate monuments and other controversial political statues.

Virginia Strives to Weave Health Equity Into Its Coronavirus Response

The state’s Health Equity Leadership Task Force is pursuing partnerships with local governments in order to get protective gear and information about the virus to minority communities.

Virginia, New York Declare Juneteenth a State Holiday

Governors in both states are giving state workers a paid day off as they propose legislation to commemorate the emancipation of slaves.

From Jacksonville to Louisville, Confederate Statues Are Coming Down

Calls to remove the statues, denounced as symbols of white supremacy, were reignited in the wake of national protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

Virginia Plots Fall School Reopening, With Some Students Likely Back in Classrooms

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Louisville police release nearly blank incident report in Breonna Taylor shooting … New Jersey freezes lead pipe plans … Georgia election problems to be investigated.

Black Lawmakers Are Getting Pepper Sprayed at Protests

A county commissioner, a city councilman and a U.S. congresswoman attended a protest in Columbus to support demonstrators and encourage peaceful tactics. Then police showed up.

Virginia and Richmond Leaders Plan to Move on Confederate Statue Removal

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Hawaii opens up to interisland travel this month … Tropical storm projected to be headed to Gulf Coast … Nebraska governor apologizes for saying ‘you people’ to black pastors.

How Virginia Juked Its COVID-19 Statistics

The state is combining results from viral and antibody tests in the same statistic. This threatens to confound America’s understanding of the pandemic.

Justice Department Wades into Second Legal Fight Over State Restrictions on Church Services

The federal agency argues Virginia’s limits on public gatherings could violate the Constitution.

Cities and Towns are Abandoning Glass Recycling. Can It Be Saved?

Glass is highly recyclable, but collection of the material through single-stream recycling programs is falling out of favor in many cities because of contamination problems and high costs.

Equal Rights Amendment Clears First Step in Virginia, as Trump Administration Declares Effort Dead

A Justice Department opinion issued this week says the deadline for ratification has passed. Advocates say otherwise.

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control

After winning control of the Virginia statehouse, Democrats in 2020 are poised to pass gun control measures. It’s already set up a battle with local leaders in conservative parts of the state.

With New Democratic Majority, Virginia Sees a Push for Denser Housing

Facing an affordability crisis, the state is floating an “upzoning” bill that would legalize duplex housing in any place that currently bans it.

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations

Cities that have experienced flooding in recent years are trying new strategies to ensure that existing and new developments are prepared for the floods to come.

Offering a Place for City Workers to Heal After a Mass Shooting

Virginia Beach has opened a resiliency center to provide mental health resources to all victims impacted by the May 31 attack.

Virginia’s Flood Mitigation Program Needs Funding

COMMENTARY | Communities lack resources to prepare for more common and costly flood events.