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Schapiro: Investor Bills goes long on Virginia politics

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

Michael Bills is going long on Virginia politics. “There are voices that deserve to be heard,” said Bills, the Charlottesville hedge fund guy. He, his political action committee (PAC) and his wife, lawyer Sonjia Smith, collectively have given $6.7 million this campaign season to Democratic candidates who share their left-of-center, bright-green agenda, which includes shackling Dominion Energy.

VaNews May 8, 2021


Virginia Beach police find weapons in Oceanfront parking lots after landscapers trim bushes

By STACY PARKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Eight weapons have been found “in and around” the 19th Street municipal parking lots at the Oceanfront in the past two weeks, the police confirmed on Friday afternoon after The Virginian-Pilot inquired about it. “As a matter of protecting the public, any weapons found abandoned in public are taken into evidence,” Virginia Beach Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Cragg wrote in an email.

VaNews May 8, 2021


This weekend, 4 Republicans compete to be Virginia’s next attorney general

By ANA LEY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Virginia Republicans this weekend will choose a candidate to represent their party in this year’s race for attorney general, a job held by a Democratic incumbent who is seeking a third term in office. Among the Republican contenders, Virginia Beach state Del. Jason Miyares leads in fundraising, followed by Virginia Beach attorney Chuck Smith, Northern Virginia lawyer Jack White and Leslie Haley, an elected county supervisor in Chesterfield County, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

VaNews May 8, 2021


A Gloucester woman died after being vaccinated. A state investigation ruled she had COVID-19, but the family disagrees.

By ELISHA SAUERS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The state’s investigation into a woman’s death shortly after receiving a coronavirus vaccine ruled that the shot did not contribute to the fatality but she had COVID-19 and suffered other medical complications. The family of Drene Keyes, a 58-year-old Gloucester resident who died in January, disputes that determination. They paid for an independent medical examination that Keyes’ daughter, Lisa Jones, says conflicts with the state’s findings.

VaNews May 8, 2021


James City County leading Historic Triangle with 41% of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19

By EM HOLTER, Virginia Gazette (Metered Paywall - 4 Articles per Month)

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration set to authorize Pfizer vaccines to children ages 12 to 15, health professionals in the Historic Triangle are gearing up to administer those life-saving shots. Williamsburg Drug Co. has already begun planning to administer Pfizer vaccines to folks 16 and older as well as folks in low-income areas and home-bound residents. With walk-in clinics scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the company’s on-site location at 240 McLaws Circle, folks are steadily pouring in to receive their vaccinations and they are not alone.

VaNews May 8, 2021


Biden's goal is to have 70% of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose. Can Virginia reach it?

By SABRINA MORENO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

In its newest vaccination target to reduce coronavirus case counts even further, the Biden administration is aiming to vaccinate 70% of adults with at least one dose in the U.S. by July 4. Is that goal likely to happen in Virginia within the same time frame? The short answer: maybe. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 61.6% of Virginians in the 18-and-up age group, or 4.1 million people, have already received a shot.

VaNews May 8, 2021


As Virginia GOP readies for nominating convention, Trump looms large

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

Republicans will pick their nominees for Virginia governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general Saturday at a novel and unpredictable convention with just one certainty: former president Donald Trump still dominates the GOP in a state where he got walloped. Seven candidates — a modern record — are vying for the gubernatorial nomination in an ­“unassembled” convention, in which party delegates will cast ranked-choice ballots in 39 polling places around the state. The untested format was borne out of coronavirus pandemic restrictions and a protracted game of chicken between rival factions of the state party’s governing board.

VaNews May 8, 2021


Miles of George Washington Parkway will see lane reduction as part of plan to boost safety

By JUSTIN WM. MOYER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The National Park Service is planning to put parts of Northern Virginia’s George Washington Memorial Parkway on a “road diet,” the agency says, reducing the number of travel lanes on the southern part of the route. Opened in 1932, the parkway was built by the federal government, designed as a “commemorative pilgrimage route to Mount Vernon as a memorial to George Washington,” the Park Service said in an April report outlining its latest plan. The report, which focused on a six-mile span between Alexandria and Mount Vernon, said the Park Service is seeking to improve the road while “maintaining the Parkway scenic and historic character.”

VaNews May 8, 2021


NFL will allow off-site training camps this year, but no decision yet on if Washington will come to Richmond

By MICHAEL PHILLIPS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

In a memo to teams on Friday, the NFL relaxed its restriction from 2020 on teams holding training camp at a remote facility. That opens the door for the Washington Football Team to return to Richmond, though an appearance this August is by no means a certainty, and the team said it hasn’t yet made any decisions.

VaNews May 8, 2021


Chesapeake school board chairwoman under police investigation regarding unemployment benefits, court records show

By GORDON RAGO AND MARGARET MATRAY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Chesapeake police are investigating School Board Chairwoman Victoria Proffitt’s collection of unemployment benefits while serving in her elected role, a search warrant affidavit filed in court shows. In February, a Chesapeake detective obtained a search warrant for Proffitt’s contracts, documents and pay records from Tidewater Community College, where she had worked as an adjunct math professor since 2015.

VaNews May 8, 2021