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Over 180 CEOs speak out against recent abortion bans, but none from Virginia

More than 180 CEOs, including leaders from H&M, Yelp, Warby Parker, and Bloomberg LP published a letter in a full-page ad in Monday’s New York Times, criticizing the recent string of abortion bans across the United States. The signers of the letter, whose companies employ more than 108,000 workers, wrote that the “future of gender...

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Health officials warn of possible exposure to measles in NoVA

If you were at Terminal A in Dulles International Airport on Sunday June 2 between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., you might have been exposed to measles. Northern Virginia health districts are informing people who were at several locations on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday that they may have been exposed to a measles-infected child. According to...

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Virginia aims to eliminate racial disparity in maternal mortality by 2025

Black women are more than two times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related death in Virginia than white women, a disparity that Gov. Ralph Northam is determined to eliminate by 2025. Northam announced the 2025 goal on Wednesday, during the ceremonial signing of a bill that establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Team in Virginia....

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Most new Medicaid enrollees live in places Trump won

Most of the roughly 280,000 Virginians who now have health insurance thanks to Virginia’s Medicaid expansion live in cities and counties won by President Trump, according to a new analysis by the Virginia Mercury. The analysis shows that Trump won 42 of the 60 cities and counties where more than 5% of residents have gained...

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Republican candidate Tina Freitas wants to ban abortion, compares herself to abolitionists

Tina Freitas, a Republican challenging incumbent state Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) in Virginia’s 24th district, said that she wants to ban abortion, calling it an “abhorrent, barbaric act,” and comparing her efforts to those of the abolitionist movement. She also claimed that abortion providers were covering up for rapists and domestic abusers. Freitas made...

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Virginia autism bill removes age limit for private insurance coverage

In a move that will help tens of thousands of Virginia families, Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation Tuesday that massively expands insurance coverage for children with autism. Previously, insurers were able to opt out of ongoing coverage for children with autism after they turned 11, but after years of advocacy, that cap has been eliminated. The...

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Industry group forms to push for cannabis commercialization

As public support for the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis grows in Virginia and across the country, an industry group has been created to advance the commercialization of cannabis in the Commonwealth. According to a story in the Roanoke Times, the Cannabis Business Association of Virginia (CannaBizVa) is not fighting to decriminalize or legalize marijuana,...