April 2015

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20 Apr 2015

Putting the brakes on Virginia speed traps

The highway through Hopewell may not be paved in gold, but that has not stopped the city from making a mint off it.

20 Apr 2015

House Passes Bills Targeting Sexual Assault

Bills to aid victims of sexual assault and to protect students on college campuses have passed the Virginia House of Delegates.

20 Apr 2015

Gov. McAuliffe Vetoes 6 Redistricting Bills

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday vetoed six redistricting bills, saying they would weaken citizens’ trust in government.

20 Apr 2015

‘Liberty or death’ lives on, 240 years later

It was the birthing cry of a nation, and 240 years later, Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech still resonates.

19 Apr 2015

VCU hosts group from ‘other’ Georgia

When visitors to Richmond say they’re from Georgia, Atlanta and peaches probably come to mind. But for a group of dignitaries who recently visited Virginia’s capital, Georgia conjures up Tblisi and wine. They hailed from the country of Georgia, which is nestled between Europe and Asia and used to be part of the Soviet Union.

19 Apr 2015

Richmond city officials want state to stop meddling

State law may trump local ordinances, but that does not mean Richmond City Council is going to lie down when Virginia legislators try to unilaterally impose policies on the city.

19 Apr 2015

New Law Takes Aim at Puppy Mills

In a crackdown on puppy mills, it will soon be illegal to sell dogs and cats on the side of the road in Virginia.

19 Apr 2015

Teachers Resist Parental Access to Testing Data

A Loudoun County parent, Brian Davison, recently sued state officials over whether student testing data used in teacher evaluations should be released to parents.

18 Apr 2015

Virginia Bans Powdered Alcohol

Cocaine isn’t the only white powder on drug authorities’ radar these days. They’re also targeting Palcohol – powdered alcohol that can turn a glass of water into a mojito.

17 Apr 2015

Virginia Closes Legal Gap on Human Trafficking

Twenty-five years after the hit movie “Pretty Woman,” Virginia is getting more serious about an issue that the film treats humorously – sex trafficking.

16 Apr 2015

Assembly rejects McAuliffe’s drone recommendations

The General Assembly has rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s recommendation to give police a freer rein in using unmanned aircraft.

16 Apr 2015

‘It’s All About Energy,’ Governor Tells Symposium

Gov. Terry McAuliffe launched the 2015 Energy & Sustainability Conference Tuesday with a briefing on Virginia’s energy plan.

15 Apr 2015

Pipeline Protesters Disrupt Governor’s Talk

A trio of environmental activists who oppose the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in western Virginia confronted Gov. Terry McAuliffe during his appearance Wednesday at a public forum on climate change.

13 Apr 2015

Balloons’ Dangers to Wildlife Not Inflated

Whether for a birthday party for rambunctious children or a solemn ceremony to remember someone who has died, balloons often play a part in special occasions. However, hours after that heart-shaped Valentine’s Day balloon is released in the air, it could end up at the beach, in the ocean and potentially in the throat of a marine animal.

13 Apr 2015

Assembly Extends Coal Tax Credit

To the delight of lawmakers from Southwest Virginia, the General Assembly has passed legislation to extend a tax credit that encourages electric companies to use coal mined in the state.

13 Apr 2015

Batting Averages Vary Among Virginia Legislators

As baseball season gets underway, here’s a question worth pondering: Who were the heavy hitters in the 2015 General Assembly?

05 Apr 2015

Relatives of 43 Missing Mexican Students Rally in Richmond

Relatives of the 43 missing students rallied in Richmond this weekend, seeking justice for their loved ones and urging the United States to cut off foreign aid to corrupt politicians and law enforcement officials in Mexico.

03 Apr 2015

Marking the End of Civil War, and Slavery

The sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War is winding down with events in Richmond and across the state. Virginians are reflecting on the end of the war 150 years ago and how it shaped the state’s history and culture even to this day.

03 Apr 2015

Civil War timeline in Virginia

A look at war-related events in Virginia

02 Apr 2015

McAuliffe Expands Law Enforcement Access to Drones

Law enforcement officials could use drones more freely if the General Assembly approves legislative amendments proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

01 Apr 2015

Governor Criticized for Allowing More Surveillance

A Democratic senator, a prominent Republican and civil libertarians are blasting Gov. Terry McAuliffe for amending a bill that would protect Virginia citizens from high-tech government surveillance.