Virginia looks unlikely to hit 2024 target for retail marijuana sales

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

When Virginia lawmakers voted almost two years ago to legalize marijuana, their 2024 target date to begin retail sales struck many as a long time to wait.

What's happening: It's starting to look like it might not even happen in 2024.

Karri Peifer
Sep 29, 2022 - News

Richmond doesn’t 🤬 swear

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

An online tutoring company, called Preply, ranked the cities that curse the most, and Richmond isn't mentioned a single 🤬 time.

The intrigue: People who live in Columbus 🤬 Ohio, it says, curse the most, at 36 🤬 times a day, more than the national average of 21.

Karri Peifer
Sep 28, 2022 - News

Child care help coming to Virginia

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The pandemic may be over, at least via presidential declaration, but the child care issues that predated COVID-19 and were exacerbated by it are still very much here. Two new statewide initiatives — one of which goes into effect this weekend — seek to help address the issue.

What’s happening: On Oct. 1, a new state methodology for reimbursing child care costs to providers in the state’s child care subsidy program begins its two-year pilot phase.

NYT: Bon Secours used Richmond's East End to turn a profit

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Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

Bon Secours Mercy Health turned millions in profit from Richmond Community Hospital while slashing services and staff, a New York Times investigation found.

What's happening: The Cincinnati-based chain of nonprofit Catholic hospitals used Community in the city's East End to tap into a federal program intended to help low-income patients.

Karri Peifer
Sep 21, 2022 - News

Envigo beagles have been rescued, and many found homes in Virginia

Three beagle puppies in a kennel
Some of the beagles when they were with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team in Maryland. Photo: Kevin Wolf/AP Images for the HSUS

The last of the nearly 4,000 beagles rescued from a Cumberland County breeding facility will soon be in their forever homes.

Driving the news: The final 312 of the thousands of beagles being bred for medical research were removed Sept. 1 from the Envigo RMS LLC's facility about 50 miles west of Richmond, according to the Humane Society.

Karri Peifer
Sep 20, 2022 - News

Richmond’s fall allergy season is getting worse

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

It's not your imagination — fall allergy season is getting worse.

Driving the news: Fall allergy season is in full swing, and it's been longer and more intense in recent years, Times-Dispatch meteorologist Sean Sublette reports.

Karri Peifer
Sep 20, 2022 - News

Virginia college grads leave

Data: National Bureau of Economic Research; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Virginia exports more college graduates than it attracts from other states, a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research found.

Why it matters: The state is high on the brain drain chart — meaning 41% more of the college-educated workforce leaves after graduation than stays.

Ned Oliver
Sep 20, 2022 - News

Weigh in: Confederate monument survey is now live

Night time scene as the letters for "Black Lives Matter" are projected onto the Robert E. Lee Statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA on June 18, 2020
Night scene as the letters for "Black Lives Matter" are projected onto the Robert E. Lee statue in 2020. Photo: John McDonnell/Washington Post via Getty Images

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is asking for community feedback as it makes plans for Confederate monuments removed by the city in 2020.

Context: The city and state donated nine Confederate memorials to the Richmond museum last year, including all five of the statues that stood on Monument Avenue.


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