By Mary Lee Clark Capital News Service RICHMOND – Attorney General Mark Herring, backed by Democratic legislators and interfaith leaders, said Friday he will seek to broaden the state’s definition of “hate crime” to cover gender identity, sexual orientation and disability. “Too many Virginians and folks all around the... Read more
  By Jessica Nolte Capital News Service RICHMOND – As Virginia faces an estimated $1.26 billion budget shortfall, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus announced that its top priority during the General Assembly’s session is to protect funding for K-12 education. Additionally, the VLBC will focus on criminal justice reform,... Read more
By Jesse Adcock and Mary Lee Clark Capital News Service Democrat Jennifer McClellan of Richmond easily won a seat in the Virginia Senate in a special election Tuesday, but Republicans retained control of the chamber by holding on to a district west of the capital city. As expected, McClellan... Read more
August sales soar on year, rebound from restrained July According to the August 2016 Home Sales Report released by the Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR), residential real estate sales have rebounded strongly from a lagging July and are markedly higher than at this time last year. Year-to-date measures continue... Read more
  From:  Editor & Publisher Virginia Press Association By: Sharon Knolle Small, community newspapers across the country are not just surviving, but-in many cases-actually thriving. Many of them have managed to dodge the layoffs and downsizing that larger papers have had to face. Chip Hutcheson, president of the National... Read more
A meeting is set tonight, at Thomas Dale High School at 6:30 to discuss water quality of fly ash holding ponds at Dominion Virginia Power in Chester. A report from Duke U tested the water outflow into  the James River as having carcinogens. Dominion has responded with a lawsuit stating... Read more
By Diana DiGangi and Margaret Carmel – Capital News Service TANGIER ISLAND – A teenager wanders at dusk, playing pop hits from 2010 on his phone at top volume. Old men speak a dialect similar to Cornish. The mayor has an office in town, but spends his days crabbing on... Read more
By Editorial Board House Majority Leader Kirk Cox used a few minutes of Wednesday’s veto session to offer his critique of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s job performance. He heaped his indignation on the chief executive’s eagerness to exercise veto power in recent weeks. Cox decried not just the substance of... Read more
By Grant Smith – Capital News Service Virginia legislators will return to the state Capitol on Wednesday to consider whether to uphold or override Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and recommendations of legislation passed during their 2016 session. The Democratic governor vetoed 32 bills approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. That... Read more
By Kyle Taylor and Brian Williams – Capital News Service In a show of solidarity, fast-food, health-care and child-care workers protested Thursday outside two McDonald’s restaurants in Richmond demanding a wage increase. The local demonstrators stood united with other low-wage workers across the country for the “Fight for $15” initiative.... Read more