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Griffith: Bill to cap insulin prices will ultimately result in ‘higher costs’
By Alexa Shockley, Bristol Herald Courier
Congressman Morgan Griffith was one of 193 House Republicans to vote against the Affordable Insulin Now Act despite campaigning to lower drug costs.

Youngkin promotes recycling but discards program to ban plastics
By Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) issued an executive order Thursday laying out a recycling plan for state agencies but drew criticism from environmental groups for something he discarded: an order by former governor Ralph Northam (D) that required executive branch state agencies to give up single-use plastics by the end of 2025.

In U.S. Capitol riot trial, Ex-Rocky Mount officer Thomas Robertson doesn’t testify in his own defense
By Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times
In the days before and after Jan. 6, 2021, Thomas “T.J.” Robertson spent a lot of time on Facebook talking about what he called “the next revolution.” On trial for his role in the insurrection, he kept his silence. After three days of prosecution evidence detailing what the former Rocky Mount police officer did, the defense presented two witnesses in less than 15 minutes Thursday afternoon and rested its case without calling Robertson to the stand. A verdict in Washington, D.C., federal court could come as early as Friday in what is just the second jury trial for one of the more than 750 people from coast to coast who stormed the U.S. Capitol to redress what they believed was a stolen election.

Ex-officer testifies against mentor at Capitol riot trial
By MichaelL Kunzelman, Associated Press
A former Virginia police officer who pleaded guilty to storming the U.S. Capitol with another off-duty officer testified on Thursday that he had hoped the mob could overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election that day.

Diversification of Virginia, 1990-2020
In 1990, three out of four Virginia residents identified as white. Three decades later, the number was down to less than 60 percent. This interactive map and chart show the dramatic changes in population.

Governor signs 45 bills into law
By Caitlyn Burchett, Virginian-Pilot
Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 45 bills into law Friday, making sweeping changes to education, public safety, and fees for veteran fishing and hunting. The bills, he said, include bipartisan legislation that aims to strengthen school safety audits, cut fees for veteran sportsmen and establish new training for law enforcement to recognize signs of human trafficking.

Inside the budget battle
By Markus Schmidt, Cardinal News
When lawmakers adjourned after a short work day at the state Capitol that rang in the special session Monday, they went home to their districts without doing what they came to do – vote on the state’s biennial budget.

Sens. Warner, Kaine announce largest-ever federal investment in Virginia’s bridges
By Gary Boyer, WFXR-TV

House Republicans tout infrastructure funding they voted against
By Benjamin Siegel, ABC News

Voters Rest Easy Knowing Senate Democrats Stood Up Once Again to Protect Our Progress, Reject Voter Suppression Bills

Youngkin urges parents to report ‘divisive’ teaching methods
By Katie King, Virginian-Pilot
Visit our Armchair Activist page to see how you can take action to make a positive difference on this topic. 

Take Action: Be an Armchair Activist

If stories in the news get your blood boiling or inspire you, visit our Armchair Activist page to see different ways you might want to make your voice heard. Current topics:

  • Turn the Governor’s Teacher Tip Line into something positive
  • Tell our legislators to protect our environmental progress
  • Let your county school boards know how you feel about book banning, lesson plans, “learning loss” caused by the pandemic and more

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