In the last decade, Virginia’s coal industry has gone into a freefall. Michael Pope has details.
LGBTQ advocates Judy and Dennis Shepard, whose son Matthew was fatally tortured in Wyoming for his sexual orientation twenty years ago, recently joined Sixth District Democratic Congressional candidate Jennifer Lewis at a fundraiser in Staunton.
Jessie Knadler has more.
One person has been killed following a likely tornado touchdown south of Richmond Monday evening.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, much of the Richmond area was under tornado watch Monday night, as the remnants of Florence moved through the area.
Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is no fan of marijuana but he’s being applauded by the nation’s marijuana advocates.
Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.
Virginia has spent almost $60 million in the past two weeks on prep and response for tropical storm Florence. That figure was delivered to lawmakers in Richmond Monday during a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Hurricane season comes as no surprise to Virginians. We know when it’s coming, and we know what the consequences might be.
So how good are we at preparing?
A professor at the University of Virginia analyzed records from thousands of grocery stores and reached some surprising conclusions as Sandy Hausman reports.
While parts of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk, Virginia are under mandatory evacuation orders, prisoners at jails in those cities are staying put.
That’s upset one national non-profit which is crusading to get inmates out.
Sandy Hausman has that story.
When a hurricane is on the way, people are told to prepare for the worst.
But when it’s over, if the effects were not as bad as expected, what happens next time around?
Robbie Harris has more.
All this week people who live along the Chesapeake Bay have been preparing for whatever Hurricane Florence may bring.
Pamela D’Angelo reports.
About 40% of the U. S. House of Representatives has asked President Trump to rescind his plan for a pay freeze for the federal work force next year and instead give them a pay raise.
Correspondent Matt Laslo has the details from the Capitol.
As the vote nears for Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both of Virginia’s senators are now announcing their intention to vote no. Michael Pope has the story.
People all across Virginia stopped today to recall the events of September 11th, 2001. But nowhere were the memories as raw as Arlington, where one of the hijacked planes slammed into the Pentagon. Michael Pope has the story.
State officials announced a new partnership today/Monday, aimed at getting breathalyzer technology ready for wider commercial use in vehicles around the Commonwealth.
Mallory Noe-Payne has detail.
Southern Virginia’s economy has been devastated by the loss of the tobacco and textile industries that sustained it through much of its history.
Now with the help of a corporate giant, local innovators are trying to remake part of Southside in the image of the digital age.
Fred Echols reports.
The fierce debate about filling the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court is likely to have an immediate impact here in Virginia. Michael Pope has this preview of a case headed to the court this fall.
Women make up 15% of Virginia’s jail and prison population, but the number of female inmates is rising rapidly.
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a report on why that’s happening and what should be done.
Sandy Hausman has details.
As the U. S. Open men’s tennis final gets underway this weekend, many will mark Arthur Ashe’s barrier-breaking victory 50 years ago this Sunday.
Jason Fuller follows Ashe’s path from his hometown of Richmond to the championship.
Virginia is adding jobs, and that growth is happening across all parts of the commonwealth. But some parts are growing much faster than others. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.
Amidst findings of fraud, a judge in Richmond is ordering the independent candidate in a competitive Congressional race off the ballot this November.
Shaun Brown, a former Democrat running as an Independent in the 2nd District, says she will appeal the ruling.
But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports there’s still an ongoing criminal investigation, examining whether Republican Congressman Scott Taylor was involved.
It’s back to school time in Virginia, and students are headed back to classrooms across the commonwealth. But those schools are not being funded at the same levels. Michael Pope has this look at the funding gap.
A first of its kind study finds even a small rise in sea level could lead to more coastal flooding worldwide.
A team of scientists including experts from Virginia Tech predicts a warming planet will see more ‘worst case scenarios’ more often, if nothing is done to prevent it.
Robbie Harris reports.
What do Virginians think about the state of the economy? According to one new poll, that depends on what they think of the party in power. Michael Pope has more.
For people who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, recent years have seen some massive premium hikes. But now lawmakers in Virginia may be on the verge of stabilizing the marketplace for the individual market. Michael Pope reports.
Next year Virginia will mark the 400th anniversaries of the beginnings of English-style legislatures and African slavery in Britain’s American colonies……and a report on slavery’s role at the University of Virginia finds grave robbing was once common at black cemeteries.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
More now from Fred Echols.
Climate change is more than a theory. Now it’s an economic reality. And, it’s already taking a toll on property values across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
You can access the tool here.
Lawmakers were in Richmond Thursday to try to fix district maps for the state legislature.
The maps have been deemed unconstitutional by a federal court.
But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, they managed to get little done.
Some varsity football programs are struggling across Virginia because students aren’t showing up to play the game.
Michael Pope takes a look at the issue with high school football.
As lawmakers in Richmond battle over district lines, a heavy-hitting bipartisan group of former lawmakers want to change the way the entire process works.
The group includes Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Ward Armstrong. Along with legal experts, they plan to write and propose a new way to redistrict.
Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week for a special session on redistricting.
And, for one lawmaker, it’s the last hurrah.
Michael Pope has the story.
Virginia is adding jobs, and wages are going up.
But, as Michael Pope reports, that’s not true all over the Commonwealth.
Ahead of Thursday’s special legislative session, state Democrats have redrawn eleven legislative districts to comply with a court order. Democrats say their proposed map is constitutional, and that they did not rely on racial demographics. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Virginia is preparing to mark a painful anniversary—the first Africans brought to English America as slaves.
Last week in Hampton, Governor Ralph Northam gathered with the descendants of William Tucker, the first African to be born in what would become the United States.
Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Virginia is one of more than a dozen states working to prevent schematics for 3D printed guns from being posted online. Michael Pope reports.
President Trump’s new proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan has sparked a debate in the Commonwealth about the state’s energy future.
Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.
State lawmakers will head back to Richmond August 30th for yet another special session.
But, as Michael Pope reports, don’t expect anything groundbreaking to happen anytime soon.
The race for one of Virginia’s seats in the U. S. Senate made stop at Virginia Tech Friday.
David Seidel was there as Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart took questions from an audience of hundreds.
As students are going back to school, administrators are faced with the difficult choice: how to make sure the classrooms are safe. And, as Michael Pope reports, opinions are divided about the best approach.
You can find the entire poll here.
Women in Virginia are choosing to give birth later and later in life. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.
The latest standardized test scores are out. According to a release today from the Department of Education, Virginia students’ performance on the SOL’s have dropped very slightly from last year. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
What does it take to become an engaged citizen? Opinions are divided along party lines. Michael Pope reports.
Usually it’s a lack of money that creates friction at the state capitol. But now it’s an abundance of it that is causing disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Richmond. Michael Pope has the story.
Virginia’s Water Control Board will meet Tuesday to consider the question of whether the state should be inspecting every point on a river or stream where pipeline builders propose to cross.
The Department of Environmental Quality had concluded it was enough to let the Army Corps of Engineers do that, but more than 9,000 people wrote to DEQ to protest that decision.
Sandy Hausman has more on where things stand with the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.
State transportation officials expect to have plans by late this year on how to free up congestion on Interstate 81.
Jeff Bossert reports there’s a chance for public input over the next few days.
Much of recycled cardboard in the U.S. used to head straight to China.
But in March, the government there decided to raise standards for importing recycled material.
And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, that’s had an impact right here in Virginia.
Virginia emerged from the recession with a low unemployment rate and higher wages. But that success is not shared across all of Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.
Lawmakers will be back in Richmond this week, which will allow Democrats to go behind closed doors and fight over who is leading their party in the House of Delegates.
Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s system of sales taxes hits everyone with the same percentage on items they purchase. But it has a heavier burden for people with low incomes. Michael Pope explains.
Remember that tax cut the president signed into law late last year? It cut many federal taxes. But, it may have also increased state taxes here in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Our electronic devices have made communicating quick and easy.
But social scientists say there’s a downside to our ‘always on’ work culture that is hurting employees, and their families.
Robbie Harris reports.
The recession ended nearly a decade ago, and jobs are returning to Virginia. But, the recovery from this last recession is unlike what happened after previous recessions. Michael Pope reports.