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COVID-19 in Virginia


Virginia schools will be able to keep millions in federal money

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Virginia schools will now be able to keep millions in federal education money they would have had to give back with schools closed for the rest of the academic year. The change was granted under flexibility given to the state by the U.S. Department of Education.

VaNews April 8, 2020

Virginians offered little relief this tax season

By JAMES SCOTT BARON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia taxpayers will not get much relief in filing their taxes during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, they’re expected to file on time, and in some instances, pay interest on payments they owe. Virginia, Idaho and Mississippi are the only three states in the U.S. that are not matching the Internal Revenue Services’ extended federal tax filing and payment deadline of July 15.

VaNews April 8, 2020

Democrat Carroll Foy files to run for Virginia governor

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

Democratic state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy has filed paperwork to run what could be a history-making campaign to become Virginia’s first woman governor and the first African-American female governor in the United States.

VaNews April 8, 2020

Virginia Senate plans to convene at Science Museum conference hall during April veto session

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

To protect members and staff from COVID-19, the Virginia Senate will trade its clubby confines at the state Capitol for an airy conference hall at the Science Museum of Virginia when the legislature returns to Richmond for its spring session April 22. Unlike the House of Delegates, which announced last week it would convene outdoors, possibly on the Capitol grounds, the Senate will meet indoors.

VaNews April 8, 2020

Peninsula localities adjust as they face unknowns with budget season approaching

By LISA VERNON SPARKS, DAVE RESS, JOSH REYES AND STEVE ROBERTS JR, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

For Peninsula localities and their budget cycles, the coronavirus pandemic has created a new level of unknown. City councils, county boards of supervisors and school boards must complete their spending plans in time for the July 1 start of their next fiscal year. Whether the virus and the hefty economic cost it imposes on some communities will be over by then is far from certain.

VaNews April 8, 2020

West Virginia poised to become first state to allow political gambling


West Virginia appears poised to become the first state in the U.S. to allow gambling on politics, a move that would let people turn their Trump-versus-Biden predictions into cash. The West Virginia Lottery, which oversees betting in the state, said Tuesday that officials approved a plan to let FanDuel Inc. and other sportsbooks offer political wagers, but needed time "to fully work through the implications and research it further."

VaNews April 8, 2020

Virginia Attorney General asks state to extend suspension of utility disconnection through June 10

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

Attorney General Mark Herring has asked the State Corporation Commission to extend its mandated suspension of utility disconnections for non-payment and suspended late charges through June 10.

VaNews April 8, 2020

Torian and Cox: Expanding online offerings at our colleges

By DELS. LUKE TORIAN AND KIRK COX, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

As the coronavirus — and the devastating disease it causes — sweeps across the commonwealth, the lives of Virginians have been dramatically disrupted. It is and will continue to be painful and heartbreaking to lose fellow citizens to this disease, but it also is inspiring to watch people put their ingenuity to work saving lives and solving problems. State leaders will have to use that same innovative thinking to tackle the large-scale policy challenges this outbreak is causing ...

Luke Torian, D-Prince William, represents the 52nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, represents the 66th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

VaNews April 8, 2020

Restructured Redskins deal is welcome news

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

When the Washington Redskins chose Richmond as their new training camp location for 2013, a stated goal of the eight-year agreement was to expand their presence in the commonwealth. In a June 2012 RTD report, former Mayor Dwight Jones was “giddy excited” about the move.

VaNews April 8, 2020

The Commonwealth has a moral obligation to protect prisoners from coronavirus

Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Virginia officials are keeping a close watch on developments in New York, where the coronavirus outbreak has claimed hundreds of lives and sickened thousands more. The data emerging from the Empire State is as instructive as it is deeply frightening, and it underscores the need for the commonwealth to empty out its prisons, as much as safely possible, to prevent a mass-casualty scenario unfolding in those facilities.

VaNews April 8, 2020