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Recent articles by Dave:

Companies struggle to meet state policy in hiring small, diverse businesses, contractors say

A survey of government agencies and private sector businesses “indicate that prime contractors struggle to find qualified certified vendors to utilize as subcontractors,” a working group reported to the General Assembly. → Read More

Newport News shipyard union to keep working after rejecting offer, but begins preparing for strike

Local 8888 members last week rejected a tentative contract agreement by a 1312-684 vote. The rejected contract would have had a 60-month term, with annual pay increases, a $2,500 bonus and improvements to pension plans. → Read More

Huntington Ingalls Industries suspends vaccine mandate; shipyard union rejects contract offer

Petters vows to try other ways to get workers vaccinated → Read More

Delegates Mugler, Askew asking for recounts in tightly contested Virginia House races

Del. Martha Mugler, D-Hampton, lost her race against Republican A.C. Cordoza by 94 votes, with 13,627 to his 13,741. Libertarian Party candidate Charles West received 417 votes. Del. Alex Askew, D-Virginia Beach, lost to Republican Karen S. Greenhalgh by 127 votes, with 14,143 to her 14,270. → Read More

Unvaccinated sailors will be forced out of Navy with general discharge

On Monday, the Navy directed commands to start preparing for administrative separations for any Navy service members refusing the vaccine in their ranks. → Read More

Steelworkers union, Newport News shipyard reach tentative agreement on new contract

The new contract has a 60-month term, the union said. It provides for enhanced wages, with pay increases each year. It also would grant a $2,500 bonus. The union briefed members on terms of the agreement, which is subject to approval by union members. → Read More

Military job-training program connects servicemembers and spouses with robotics, welding and industrial trades

“We want our local military and their spouses to know that we have jobs for them in Hampton Roads,” said Doug Smith, president and chief executive officer of the Hampton Roads Alliance, speaking at a gathering to formally launch the Operation NEXT initiative here. → Read More

Port of Virginia reports record year as it avoids problems that have clogged global supply chain

The Virginia Port Authority’s investments at Norfolk International Terminal and Virginia International Gateway paid off this year. → Read More

Virginia counties vote overwhelmingly to keep Confederate monuments

Mathews and Middlesex voters opposed moving the Confederate monuments. → Read More

Winsome Sears wins Lt. Governor race, will be 1st woman to hold that office

Sears is poised to make history as the first woman as well as the first woman of color to hold the office. → Read More

Air Force prepares for disciplinary action as vaccination deadline nears

Exactly what that discipline will be depends on the advice of the first colonel in an airman’s chain of command who has the authority to convene a special court martial, as well as the judge advocate general staff. → Read More

With help from Vice President Harris, Pharrell, McAuliffe rallies supporters in Norfolk

Terry McAuliffe launched a final sprint in his bid for a return to the governor’s mansion with a hand from Vice President Kamala Harris and Virginia Beach’s own Pharrell Williams. → Read More

Preview: Mike Mullin defends 93rd District House seat against Republican challenger Jordan Gray

Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, is challenged by Republican Jordan Gray in the 93rd House District, which includes northern Newport News, adjacent precincts in York County, the city of Williamsburg and eastern James City County. → Read More

Gone in a zap: Jefferson Lab scientists blast electrons into water to remove toxic chemicals

In the Newport News workshop where the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Lab builds accelerators for other research centers, staff scientist Gianluigi Ciovati found he can remove a cancer-causing pollutant called 1,4-dioxane from groundwater. → Read More

Hala Ayala, Winsome Sears face off in race to be lieutenant governor, make history

Historically, the position has served as springboard: 14 of the 17 lieutenant governors who served since World War II went on to run for governor. → Read More

USS Gettysburg’s 6-year overhaul is finally over; cruiser has brand new combat system

For the Gettysburg, the modernization included new sonar equipment, hull strengthening and preservation, air search radar equipment upgrade, and a new combat systems suite, according to Naval Surface Force Atlantic officials. → Read More

‘Drowning in a sea of goodwill’: Finding the right help is a challenge for veterans

There’s help available for veterans needing jobs, a place to live or mental health services. But the challenge is finding out where to seek it out, veterans, local nonprofits and government officials said at a roundtable hosted by Sentara Healthcare. → Read More

Virginia’s striped bass forecast looks stable as juvenile numbers hold steady

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science said juvenile striped bass populations can vary widely from year to the but that its surveys show populations are relatively stable. → Read More

Veterans to get 5.9% cost-of-living increase for key benefit payments

The increased benefits that include compensation and the dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits paid to family members of military personnel who died in the line of duty or from a service-related injury or disease. → Read More

Navy families with special education needs were left alone. A new program aims to help.

The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program has started a pilot program in Hampton Roads to help families through the maze of securing special education services. → Read More