ForVirginia.org Podcast E16: Courts and elections; 2017 updates

This week: Updates on Del. Rick Morris's felony trial for child cruelty, election laws and gerrymandering in the courts, and updates on 2017 special and statewide elections. We've also got important environmental news and the rest of the Virginia news you need to know on the ForVirginia.org podcast.

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Culpeper 

FEDERAL CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CULPEPER COUNTY

JUSTICE DEPT. SUES VIRGINIA COUNTY OVER DENIAL OF PERMIT TO BUILD MOSQUE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES CULPEPER OVER DENIAL OF MOSQUE PERMIT

Franklin

ONE MONTH AFTER ALL ITS MEMBERS RESIGNED, CITY OF FRANKLIN HAS A SCHOOL BOARD AGAIN

Petersburg

CITY CONSIDERS SALE OF WATER SYSTEM

Wes Bellamy

WHO'S A RACIST? WES BELLAMY AND JASON KESSLER SPEAK OUT AT CITY COUNCIL

AFFILIATIONS OF SOME SEEKING UNSEATING OF BELLAMY AT ISSUE

Richmond Mayor Race

HOW A TEAM OF MILLENNIALS HELPED ELECT RVA'S YOUNGEST MAYOR

Del. Rick Morris

JUDGE BARS REPORTERS FROM CRIMINAL HEARING FOR STATE DEL. RICK MORRIS

JUDGE DISMISSES 6 OF 7 FELONIES AGAINST STATE DEL. RICK MORRIS IN DOMESTIC ABUSE CASE

Environment

DUPONT AGREES TO $50 MILLION DEAL TO CLEAN UP MERCURY POLLUTION FROM VA. PLANT

DUPONT AGREES TO PAY $50M IN RECORD-SETTING SETTLEMENT FOR RIVER CONTAMINATION NEAR WAYNESBORO

DUPONT TO PAY $50 MILLION OVER MERCURY DUMPED IN SHENANDOAH RIVER

DuPont agreed Thursday to pay about $50 million to settle claims stemming from the release of mercury from a Shenandoah Valley plant in the 1930s and ’40s.

DOMINION WILL PAY TO CONNECT HOMES NEAR ASH PONDS TO PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM

Dominion Virginia Power is offering to pay the costs of connecting residents who live near its Possum Point power plant to Prince William County’s public water system, after tests in nearby wells showed elevated levels of nickel, boron and other contaminants.

WESTMORELAND PLANNERS RECOMMEND STRICT REGULATION OF FRACKING

John Felt, chairman of the Westmoreland Planning Commission, said after the meeting he believes a ban “puts a specific target on your back” and could subject the county to legal action from the gas and oil industry. That’s why he and other commissioners favored putting restrictions in place “so as to render it more challenging to do fracking here,” he said.

THE 2,000-FOOT HOLE IN THE GROUND THAT'S IMPORTANT IN THE BATTLE AGAINST SEA LEVEL RISE

It’s a project known as SWIFT – Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow. By 2030, the plants could together be pumping as much as 120 million gallons a day into the Potomac aquifer, all of it treated to drinking-water-quality standards.

VIRGINIA TRYING TO PRESERVE ITS WORKING WATERFRONTS

Home and property owners are increasingly at odds with watermen over use of waterways.

VIMS, DEQ GET $1.1 MILLION FROM EPA FOR WETLANDS WORK

Elections

APPEALS COURT SKEPTICAL OF CHALLENGE TO VIRGINIA LAW ON PARTISANSHIP IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

Voter ID

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS VA. VOTER ID LAW

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS VIRGINIA VOTER ID

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS VIRGINIA VOTER ID LAW

SUPREME COURT TACKLES THE POLITICAL RIDDLE OF RACE-BASED GERRYMANDERING

WILL THE SUPREME COURT LIMIT GERRYMANDERING?

Special Elections

SENATE 22 SPECIAL ELECTION CANDIDATES CROSS DISTRICT TO ROUND UP SUPPORT

PEAKE, WASHINGTON WIN NOMINATIONS TO RUN FOR GARRETT'S STATE SENATE SEAT

After a more than a 3 1/2-hour convention, Republicans chose Lynchburg attorney Mark Peake by acclimation to be their candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant State Senate District Seat 22.

5 QUESTIONS WITH VIRGINIA BEACH HOUSE DISTRICT 85 CANDIDATES

2017 Elections

NEW POLL: MOST VIRGINIANS DON'T REALLY KNOW WHO'S RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR

POLL: GILLESPIE LEADS GOP FIELD, BUT TRAILS NORTHAM IN 2017 GOVERNOR'S RACE

WITTMAN DROPS BID FOR GOVERNOR, CITING NEED FOR VIRGINIA PRESENCE ON MILITARY COMMITTEE

GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFULS STRUT THEIR STUFF FOR THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

THREE - MAYBE FOUR - REPUBLICANS WANT TO BE VIRGINIA'S NEXT GOVERNOR

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOCUS ON ECONOMY, REGULATIONS

A VA. POLITICIAN IS GIVING AWAY AN AR-15 RIFLE AS A SECOND AMENDMENT STATEMENT

AS TRUMP ERA DAWNS, 2017 VIRGINIA GOP HOPEFULS COURT SUPPORTERS AT GATHERING IN RICHMOND

VA. DELEGATE KICKS OFF BID FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BY COMPARING HIMSELF TO TRUMP

DAVID BOWERS, MIKE HAMLAR CONSIDERING BIDS FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

LOCAL DEMOCRATS HAVE POTENTIAL CANDIDATES

EMILY BREWER OF SUFFOLK ANNOUNCES 2017 RUN FOR STATE HOUSE SEAT HELD BY RICK MORRIS

Emily Brewer, a small business owner and Republican activist from Suffolk, issued a press release Friday announcing her candidacy for the state House of Delegates in the 64th district.

ARLINGTON DEMOCRATS LOOK BEYOND TRUMP VICTORY TO 2017 RACES

AS TRUMP ERA DAWNS, 2017 VIRGINIA GOP HOPEFULS COURT SUPPORTERS AT GATHERING IN RICHMOND

Shame

VIRGINIA NIGHTCLUB THREATENED AFTER REFUSING TO HOST PRO-TRUMP 'DEPLORABALL'

DETAILS OF SEX ABUSE EMERGE AS INVESTIGATION OF ROCKBRIDGE SOCIAL SERVICES CONTINUES

DETECTIVE DESCRIBES CHAOTIC SCENE AT UNLICENSED DAY CARE WHERE INFANT DIED

RADFORD FRATERNITIES SUSPENDED AMID CLAIMS OF GOAT ABUSE

Fame

IN THE BIBLE BELT, ROANOKE HAS BECOME A HUB OF SORTS FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE