‘Mr. Speaker’ Cox takes helm of state assembly where he has served 27 years
Kirk Cox enjoys his job, and as the 55th speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, he hopes to continue in that post for several more years. Cox, R-Colonial Heights, became speaker in January when he began serving his 28th year in the state Assembly. He was elected to... Read more
RICHMOND – Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox announced March 8 the formation of the House Select Committee on School Safety to make recommendations for consideration by the General Assembly during the 2019 Session. This is the first select committee formed in the House in 155 years. Select... Read more
RICHMOND – A bill that instructs the director of the Department of Environmental Quality to suspend the issuance of any permit to close coal ash ponds until July 1, 2019, other than those state permits where the ash has been removed, is being removed, or is already being recycled... Read more
By Sophia Belletti Capital News Service RICHMOND – Manassas resident Greg Ballou was charged with a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana when he was 19, and he didn’t have enough money to pay the fine. As a result, his driver’s license was suspended. Nine years later, Ballou, now 28... Read more
By Ryan Persaud Capital News Service One of Virginia’s first Latina lawmakers delivered the Democrats’ Spanish-language response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, saying he “has pushed a dark and extremist agenda that damages our national values and endangers national security.” Del. Elizabeth Guzmán, a... Read more
Panel Kills Bill Giving Puerto Ricans In-State College Tuition   
By Zach Joachim Capital News Service RICHMOND – A House subcommittee has killed a bill that would have made residents of any U.S. territory hit by a major disaster – like Puerto Rico – eligible for in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. The Higher Education Subcommittee of... Read more
 By Sean Boyce Capital News Service As the college basketball season gets underway, VCU fans are looking forward to the Rams putting up big numbers against opponents in the Atlantic 10 Conference. But off the court, VCU’s student-athletes are far behind on an important statistic – the “graduation success... Read more
New children’s musical to be  performed at Hickory Hill
The Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company is excited to announce its premiere of “The Dream Seller and the Forest Dwellers.” The production is scheduled to run Nov. 29 – Dec. 9 at Hickory Hill Community Center, located at 3000 E. Belt Boulevard. General admission is $15 for adults and $12... Read more
By Will Thomas VCU Capital News Service Alycia Wright, a Short Pump resident, used to have her own classroom where each day she taught dozens of middle-school students. That all changed after Wright had her fourth child and decided to begin home-schooling her children. “We tried it for a... Read more
By Charlotte Rene Woods Capital News Service Four years ago, Democrat Mark Herring squeaked by Republican Mark Obenshain by just 165 votes to win the race for Virginia attorney general. But on Nov.7, Herring cruised to re-election against GOP nominee John Adams, winning by more than 176,000 votes while... Read more