Archives: 2016 capital news service

A shameful chapter in Virginia history: Lynchings

A recent report has shed light on how common lynchings were in the South. Between 1877 and 1950, there were 4,075 “racial terror lynchings” in the region, including about 90 in Virginia, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Tangier Island may vanish under rising seas

Tangier Island represents a way of life that has otherwise disappeared. Scientists say that soon, the island itself will disappear as sea levels rise.

“It’s Time to Act,” says co-founder of Black Lives Matter

A co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement agrees that all lives matter—but she says it’s important to recognize that African-Americans in particular have been marginalized by American society.

JRA and Dominion reach a coal ash settlement!

The two sides have each decided to do a thing, and maybe everybody wins?

Bill to defund Planned Parenthood passes House and Senate

In an 21–19 vote along party lines, the Senate approved a bill yesterday to prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from funding Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions.

McAuliffe vetoes legislation that would have thwarted Clean Power Plan

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and 166 other business organizations are supporting a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s Clean Power Plan. Tuesday, Gov. McAuliffe vetoed legislation that would have made it really hard for federal emissions rules to be implemented.

8 arrested in protest against Dominion

Eight people were arrested for trespassing on the Capitol steps Saturday, following a rowdy march of environmental activists against Dominion Power’s plans to release treated water from coal ash ponds into the James River.

Senate kills bill legalizing fireworks sales in Virginia

It was just a pipe dream for some (possibly reckless) fireworks fans.

Crossing over: What’s still alive as bills switch from House to Senate

Wednesday marked the midpoint of the General Assembly’s session – colloquially referred to as “crossover day.” It’s a good time to take stock of what bills are still alive and what measures are dead for the session.

Patient First no longer accepting new Anthem patients

Virginia’s largest provider of primary and urgent health care, Patient First, has stopped accepting new patients insured by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, citing Anthem’s “reduction in the reimbursement rates paid.”