We are happy to announce that the Virginia Housing Coalition (VHC) and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) have officially merged and launched the Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA). VHA will focus on expanding affordable housing opportunities and ending homelessness through advocacy, education, and collaboration. By merging, VHC and... Read more
  By Sarah King, Capital News Service RICHMOND – More than two-thirds of Virginians think public schools aren’t adequately funded, and most residents of the commonwealth would support paying more in taxes to enhance student performance, according to a statewide poll released Monday. The Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute released the... Read more
By Diana DiGangi, Capital News Service RICHMOND – Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates vowed Monday to fight for prison and health-care reforms, more education funding and better job training during the General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session, which starts Wednesday. At a press conference, 18 of the 33 Democratic... Read more
~ Interested parties may attend one of seven meetings around the state or submit comments in writing ~ The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has announced the meeting schedule for the Agency’s State Managed Pollinator Protection Plan. VDACS will hold seven meetings around the Commonwealth to... Read more
~ More than 1.4 million pounds have been disposed since the program’s inception in 1990 ~ The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today the results of the 2015 Pesticide Disposal Program. Through this program, VDACS removed 62,261 pounds of unwanted pesticides. Participants included agricultural producers,... Read more
By Peter Mason and Maureen McNabb – Before leaving Virginia Commonwealth University for the University of Texas after last season, Shaka Smart, head coach of the men’s basketball team, received a base salary of $450,000 and supplemental income of $1 million per year. He was one of many men’s... Read more
Due to unprecedented demand, HealthCare.gov announced last night that it would be extending the first deadline to Thursday, December 17 at 11:59pm PSTfor people looking to enroll in coverage effective January 1. The days leading up to the December 15 deadline saw a surge in consumer demand. HealthCare.gov CEO... Read more
  For the fifth year, visitors of all ages are encouraged to start the New Year on the right foot with a First Day Hike Jan. 1 in a Virginia State Park. Parking is free, and all 36 parks will offer at least one guided hike in addition to... Read more
  According to the Associated Press on Dec. 9, Fredericksburg authorities plan a gun give-back event. Fredericksburg’s police department and its sheriff’s office will sponsor their second gun give-back initiative Saturday. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at police headquarters, gun owners can turn in any unwanted firearms for... Read more
  2016 High School Essay Contest Explores a School’s Right to Access Students’ Secrets Is it OK for school administrators to go undercover or use false identities to dig out secret information from students’ social media pages? What if that information includes a test stolen from the school? A... Read more