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Investigation into I-95 fiasco finds flaws in Va.’s emergency response and more headlines

Jan 28, 2022 | 8:04 am ET
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Investigation into I-95 fiasco finds flaws in Va.’s emergency response and more headlines
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The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• An investigation into the snowstorm fiasco on I-95 found “internal miscommunications, botched public messaging and holes in the state’s emergency response added to the confusion, raising questions about Virginia’s preparedness for this and future disasters.”—Washington Post

• University leaders appeared alongside Gov. Glenn Youngkin to support his pitch for new K-12 charter schools run by their institutions.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• National Democrats added Northern Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton to their list of “Frontline” members facing tough elections in the midterms.—NBC News

• In response to Democrats’ vows to block Andrew Wheeler, Youngkin’s top environmental appointee, House Republicans are holding up the reappointment of a State Corporation Commission judge Democrats support.—Washington Post

• A bill to make Virginia Parole Board members’ votes public cleared an initial vote in the Senate.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Ballad Health says it’s going into “crisis staffing” mode, asking hospital workers who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic to stay on the job.—WVTF

• Ballad also says it might have to fire up to 1,000 employees to comply with a federal vaccine mandate, an outcome its CEO called “catastrophic.”—Bristol Herald Courier

• School leaders in Chesterfield County, which has made masks optional, instructed staff not to separate students into masked and unmasked groups.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• It’s been two years since Virginia ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. But it’s “caught up in complex questions of how, exactly, an amendment is added to the Constitution.”—The 19th

• Reversing an earlier decision, a Loudoun County judge ruled a teen convicted of two school sexual assaults won’t have to register as a sex offender.—WTOP

• Art created by Guantanamo Bay detainees will be featured in a new exhibit at Old Dominion University.—Virginian-Pilot