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Virginia’s rural communities are struggling with an aging population and stagnant job growth. And there’s another trend behind bars. Michael Pope reports.
Contractors began removing Confederate monuments located on city-owned land in Richmond Wednesday afternoon. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
This week, a number of new laws will go into effect, including an increase to Virginia’s felony larceny threshold. Michael Pope has this preview.
Wednesday, Virginia will decriminalize marijuana possession. But, that does not mean that enforcement of the law won’t fall disproportionately on Black people. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia is considering strict new workplace safety requirements for businesses that are now reopening. And, the proposed standard is controversial in the business community. Michael Pope reports.
For the only two African American members of the Commonwealth’s delegation in Congress, the House passage of policing reform last evening was personal. Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.
Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond in August to write a new budget and consider a host of criminal justice reforms. And, they’ll also be considering paid leave. Michael Pope reports.
It’s been almost a month since protests began on Monument Avenue in Richmond. In the time since, police have declared these gatherings to be “unlawful assemblies” on multiple occasions, leaving many to wonder what that really means.
Cat Modlin-Jackson spoke with a Constitutional law specialist and has this report.
Now that the primary is over, the fall campaign season is underway. Michael Pope has this preview of the race for United States Senate.
The Supreme Court of Virginia is ending the eviction moratorium, a move that could spell trouble for people caught up in the economic crisis. Michael Pope reports.
Calls to defund the police are echoing across the country, but where should the money go? Cat Modlin-Jackson has this report about what it will take to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.
After years of deliberation over Confederate icons, Richmond city council members voted last night to set the wheels in motion for the process of renaming the Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney outlined a plan to revise public safety Tuesday afternoon. His presentation came after weeks of demonstrations and repeated clashes between police and protestors. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.
Voters across Virginia will vote in primary elections Tuesday – casting ballots during a pandemic. Michael Pope reports.
A Virginia sheriff has apologized for the arrest of a black pastor who says he was defending himself when he pulled a handgun on four white men. And counties with low numbers of COVID-19 cases want to open their schools without following statewide guidelines. Fred Echols reports.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link.
Republicans across Virginia will head to the polls Tuesday to select a candidate to go up against Senator Mark Warner. Michael Pope has this preview.
Should local law enforcement officials carry out federal immigration enforcement? Fewer local governments in Virginia are willing to enter into agreements with the federal government. Michael Pope reports.
The race for Virginia’s governor is heating up, and now yet another Democrat is jumping into the race: Senator Jennifer McClellan of Richmond. Michael Pope has details.
New numbers from the federal government show how the pandemic is influencing consumer choices in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Governor Ralph Northam wants to add a state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery. Nick Gilmore has details.
Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a special session, and they’ll be looking for ways to fund criminal justice reform during an economic crisis. Michael Pope has this report about one possible new source of money.
When the General Assembly returns to Richmond in August to address a budget shortfall tied to the COVID pandemic, lawmakers will also be looking at reforms and possible cuts to policing. Sandy Hausman reports.
Undocumented immigrants are being hit hard by the COVID-19 health crisis, and access to health care is a major stumbling block for many. But, Virginia could take action to increase availability of testing and treatment. Michael Pope reports.
In August, lawmakers will return to Richmond for a special session, and money for schools will be one of the key areas they’ll focus on. Michael Pope reports.
State officials outlined a plan Tuesday to reopen Virginia’s public and private schools this fall amid the ongoing pandemic. Nick Gilmore has details.
Later this month, Republicans will go to the polls in a statewide primary to determine a U.S. Senate candidate. That election might end up being heavily influenced by what happens in two congressional districts. Michael Pope reports.
The Virginia Supreme Court halted evictions Monday while state leaders work on a rent-relief program.
Meanwhile, new data from the Legal Aid Justice Center shows just how tenuous the situation is for many families struggling with the ongoing health and economic crisis.
Michael Pope reports.
**Editor’s note: this story has been updated to include the eviction order from the Virginia Supreme Court.
Democrats campaigned on the issue of criminal justice reform last year. But advocates say when they took power in the House and Senate, a lot of reform still got left behind. Michael Pope reports.
Confederate statues across the country have long been targets for protesters. But, one Confederate monument in Alexandria is no longer a problem… because it’s not there. Michael Pope reports.
Hundreds gathered on the steps of Richmond City Hall Tuesday to hear the apology of Mayor Levar Stoney. That’s after the city’s police force fired tear gas into a peaceful rally Monday evening. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests across the country has lawmakers in Virginia considering criminal justice reform. And, there’s already some bipartisan agreement emerging during this time of crisis. Michael Pope reports.
Unemployment in Virginia hit a new record this week. Michael Pope reports.
The election for governor is still 18 months away. But, as Michael Pope reports, candidates are already coming out of the woodwork.
The pandemic is changing many aspects of life as we now know it, and that’s a trend that will only continue for the rest of the year. Michael Pope has this preview for the fall semester of higher education.
State officials expect to have an online COVID-19 self-check tool up and running within the next few days. Virginians will be able to record symptoms and get referred to testing. It’s just one aspect of the digital effort to control the pandemic. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Should state and local governments in Virginia be helping undocumented immigrants who are being left behind in federal recovery programs? Michael Pope reports.
Should local governments be involved in federal immigration enforcement? It’s an issue that’s once again in the spotlight in Prince William County. Michael Pope reports.
Nursing homes in Virginia continue to have difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment. That’s according to new data published this week by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Most of Virginia is about to start opening back up for business, and groups representing Virginia workers are hoping the governor adopts some emergency regulations first. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia is seeing massive amount of unemployment, and massive amount of claims for unemployment insurance. But, some groups are being hit harder than others. Michael Pope reports.
Here’s more information from the Commonwealth Institute.
Virginia may be on the verge of opening back up for business, at least most of Virginia. The governor is now moving toward a regional approach. Michael Pope reports.
Congress is about to put together another coronavirus relief package, and one member of the Virginia delegation has a suggestion on helping businesses. Michael Pope reports.
Unemployment insurance is temporary, and it’ll eventually run out. That’s why one Virginia congressman is trying to expand it, although not everywhere all in the same way. Michael Pope explains.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been watching for certain symptoms – fever, for example, or cough. But for anyone touched by this crisis there may also be psychological symptoms. Sandy Hausman reports.
Congress is now considering the next round of economic relief prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. And, it might have a provision aimed at helping restore water to dozens of homes in Petersburg. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia may be on the verge of opening up again soon. But for now, churches across the Commonwealth are closed. And, that’s led to a legal challenge. Michael Pope reports.
How many cases of Coronavirus are in your neighborhood? Localized data on the pandemic has been difficult to come by. Michael Pope reports.
Did your inspection sticker expire at the end of April? There is some good news: You don’t have to worry about it – for the most part. Michael Pope reports.
In his Wednesday afternoon briefing, Governor Northam said medical, dental and veterinary facilities will be allowed to resume non-emergency procedures on Friday. Nick Gilmore has details.