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By Carol Vaughn — Attorney General Mark Herring announced he has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Herring joins the attorneys general of Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D. C., in the lawsuit. The 26-page lawsuit was filed Thursday, Sept. 10, in the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton supervisors held a public hearing Sept. 8 on the second round of funding the county received from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, more than $1 million. Northampton will again give a portion of the funds to each of its incorporated towns...
By Stefanie Jackson – The “Yes for Northampton Schools” campaign is underway to inform Northampton voters about a proposal to increase the county’s sales tax rate by 1% to help pay for about $35 million in renovations and new construction needed at Northampton High School. The upgrades will improve both...
By Carol Vaughn — Three people were indicted on counts of murder and two others were indicted on counts of attempted murder when a grand jury met in Accomac in August. Rikece Labryan Campbell, 27, of New Church, was indicted on a count of second-degree murder and a related firearm charge...
By Stefanie Jackson and Jim Ritch – Just two weeks ago, Cape Charles was discussing at its town council meeting an $845,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) to help its business community recover from the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week,...
By Carol Vaughn — COVID-19-related restrictions in the Eastern region of Virginia will remain in place at least through the Labor Day weekend, Gov. Ralph Northam said in a press conference Tuesday. “Overall, Virginians are doing a good job of keeping this curve flat,” Northam said, showing reporters charts of case...
By Carol Vaughn and Connie Morrison — A Navy aircraft crashed Monday afternoon in a soybean field off Mason Road in Bloxom, triggering a massive emergency response. The crash was reported around 4:05 p.m. The plane was a Navy E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, the kind that practices touch-and-go operations at NASA Wallops Flight...
This article first appeared in the Virginia Mercury. It is republished here with permission. By Sarah Vogelsong  Virginia Mercury A legislative attempt to force Virginia to reveal more information about COVID-19 outbreaks in the state’s poultry plants and other workplaces, introduced after months of stonewalling from Virginia health officials and their insistence...
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By Carol Vaughn — A fraud investigator at Accomack County Department of Social Services is saving thousands of taxpayer dollars. Of more than 37 applications for air conditioning units people made this year in the cooling assistance program, 28 were denied, saving the department more than $12,200, according to Frances Bailey,...
By Carol Vaughn — Onancock officials approved an infectious disease plan required under Virginia’s temporary emergency standard for workplace safety in the COVID-19 pandemic. The standard went into effect July 27 and Virginia employers are required to do related employee training by Aug. 27, or by Sept. 25 for employers who...