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Yancey: There aren’t enough songs about Virginia

By DWAYNE YANCEY, Cardinal News

Jason Aldean has been on my mind, although not for any reasons dealing with what you can or cannot try in a small town. Steve Martin has been on my mind, too, but not for any reasons dealing with his comedy. Georgia’s been on my mind, too, and I’ll explain why — and how all these things are connected.

VaNews September 29, 2023

Developer Sues Front Royal Town Council for $6 Million in Damages on Amendment Denial

By ROGER BIANCHINI, Royal Examiner

According to documents in the Warren County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, on Monday, September 25, legal counsel for HEPTAD LLC (Heptad) filed a civil action against the Front Royal Town Council for its August 28 rejection of Heptad’s Proffer Amendment proposal to facilitate the long-floundering Swan Estates residential development. That development on a total of 98.25 acres to the west of Leach Run Parkway is for a now-reduced number of homes on “approximately 86 acres” — 335 units, down from 450 with all multi-family units eliminated, was cited in the civil complaint. The Heptad/Swan Estates residential development project was broached in 2011, with initial proffers offered and placed in 2012, according to references in the civil complaint.

VaNews September 29, 2023

New Prince William County schools delayed until 2027

By ANYA SCZERZENIE, Prince William Times

Two new Prince William County schools — a high school in Woodbridge and an elementary school in Potomac Shores — that are coincidentally planned near sites once considered by the Washington Commanders for a new stadium, will be delayed by more than a year and are now slated to open in 2027. But the possible future stadium was not a factor in the delays, according to School Board Chairman Babur Lateef and a school division spokeswoman.

VaNews September 29, 2023

Jury deliberating in ex-Loudoun superintendent trial

By EVAN GOODENOW, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The legal fate of ex-Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Alan Ziegler is expected to be decided Friday, Sept 29. After deliberating nearly 90 minutes in Loudoun Circuit Court on Sept. 28, the one-man, six-woman jury broke for the night at 8:30 p.m.

VaNews September 29, 2023

Fairfax County ties parking to density with first regulatory overhaul in 35 years


Fairfax County has officially updated its parking standards for the age of telework and transit-oriented development. After a public hearing on Tuesday (Sept. 26) that drew dozens of speakers, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a slate of off-street parking regulations intended to steer away from the car-centric impulses that governed the suburb as it grew post-World War II.

VaNews September 29, 2023

Youngkin: Virginia districts ‘really don’t have a choice’ in school transgender policy


Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Thursday that local school districts “don’t really have a choice” in adopting his administration’s new model policies for the treatment of transgender students, warning that remaining holdouts are putting themselves in legal jeopardy. “There’s no decision to be made here,” Youngkin said Thursday during an appearance on Fox News’s “America Reports.” “Our law is crystal clear.”

VaNews September 29, 2023

DEQ proposes fine for eastern Henrico landfill after stream was contaminated in 2019

By SEAN JONES, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

A state agency is proposing fines and corrective action for a Henrico County landfill that contaminated a nearby stream, Almond Creek, and stormwater system in 2019. The BFI Old Dominion Landfill at 2001 Charles City Road has been cited for the leak of an unknown volume of industrial stormwater. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is proposing a fine of nearly $10,000 in addition to a corrective action plan to address safety.

VaNews September 29, 2023

Ex-detective running for Virginia Senate resigned amid investigation

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Republican state Senate candidate Bill Woolf, who is running in Virginia’s Nov. 7 election on his record as a former Fairfax County Police detective and human-trafficking foe, would have been fired had he not resigned in 2017 during an ongoing internal affairs investigation into hours he reported on duty while at another job, according to police records. Investigators concluded that Woolf, a 15-year veteran of the department, had repeatedly lied, disobeyed orders and received police pay at least twice while moonlighting out of state.

VaNews September 29, 2023

Hashmi: The GOP wants to block access to contraception. It’s up to us to stop them

By GHAZALA HASHMI, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

As Virginians cast their ballots for our crucial state legislative elections in the coming weeks, voters find themselves in a unique position to demand transparency from candidates on a critical issue: contraception. In a nation where 90% of Americans support contraception, many within the Republican Party seek to limit our ability to exercise this basic health care right.

Sen. Hashmi, D-Chesterfield, currently represents the 10th district in the Senate and is running for re-election to the 15th district.

VaNews September 29, 2023

Leading Senate Democrat says Petersburg will be in running for casino if Richmond vote fails

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 10 articles a month)

The reason Sen. Louise Lucas said she pushed to kill Petersburg’s chances of hosting a casino earlier this year can be summed up in two words: Joe Morrissey. Now with Morrissey out of the political picture and Richmond on the precipice of voting again on hosting the fifth casino, the Portsmouth Democrat and current president pro tempore of the Virginia Senate said she feels like the second time will be the charm for Virginia’s capital. If not, she said, then Petersburg jumps right back into the gambling picture.

VaNews September 29, 2023