Legislative Showdown Looms Over Guns   By Rachel Beatrice and Matt Chaney, Capital News Service The political battle over guns in Virginia is shifting to the state Capitol as the General Assembly convenes Wednesday for its 2016 session. The state’s leading Democrats fired the latest shots: In October, Gov. Terry... Read more
The Virginia Senate this week has decided to move the public’s business farther from the public. The Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Virginia Press Association, and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government are disappointed by Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment’s action to refuse... Read more
By Grant Smith, Capital News Service RICHMOND – A procession of more than 100 disappointed citizens filed out of a Virginia State Water Control Board meeting late Thursday afternoon after the agency approved permits for Dominion Virginia Power to begin draining water from coal ash ponds on sites in Fluvanna... Read more
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is now registering customers for the commonwealth’s Emergency Contact Program. The Emergency Contact Program, which was authorized by the General Assembly in 2015, gives law enforcement a way to notify a participant’s family or friends in the event of a... Read more
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