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, 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. 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
    By Matt Chaney Two Democratic members of the Virginia General Assembly said Monday they plan to sponsor legislation to address what they described as a “student debt crisis.” Marcus Simon and Sen. Janet Howell, both of Northern Virginia, said the state needs new laws to regulate... Read more
By Shuran Huang Xiaomin Wu, who is from Wuhan, China, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May with a master’s degree in information systems. But she hasn’t left VCU. Instead, she now works in the provost’s office as a business intelligence analyst. “When I was doing the job hunting,... Read more