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  • These 3 gun bills just passed the Virginia Senate

    Three bills that will prohibit firearm possession in public spaces, limit monthly handgun purchases and require background checks for firearm transfers passed the state Senate on Thursday, marking the first of stronger gun-control legislation proposed by the new Democratic majority in the General Assembly.

  • Advocates hope LGBTQ protections sail through General Assembly: ‘It’s long past time’

    Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, introduced Friday SB 868, called the “Virginia Values Act” which would amend existing nondiscrimination laws to extend protections for the state’s LGBTQ residents. While protection from discimination against race, religion, age and disability, among other demographics, already exist under Virginia law, the proposed bill seeks to include the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

  • Advocates rally for prison reform bills at State Capitol, call for ‘total transformation of the system’

    “We're not just looking for legislative reform, what we want is a total transformation of the system,” said Margaret Breslau, Virginia Prison Justice Network co-founder. “And in order to do that, prisoners and their family members have to have a seat at the table.”

  • Virginia tickets analyzed: How fast are speeders driving when they get ticketed

    The conventional wisdom is that you probably won’t get ticketed unless you’re going at least 10 mph over the speed limit. But is that true?

  • Virginia delegate continues fight for student journalist protections

    A former journalist turned delegate filed a bill for the upcoming General Assembly session that aims to ensure First Amendment protections for student journalists. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, introduced HB36 [lis.virginia.gov] [lis.virginia.gov]to protect the rights of student journalists from censorship and student media advisers from punishment. The 12th District delegate first introduced the bill [lis.virginia.gov] in the 2019 session with co-patron Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, but the bill died in a subcommittee vote, 3-5.

  • More opioid pills were sold in Colonial Heights than anywhere else in Central Virginia

    From 2006 to 2012, nearly 11.4 million pills flooded into the city of about 17,500 people. That works out to 93 pills per capita each year.

  • Navy Hill Marker

    What happened to Richmond’s thriving black community of Navy Hill

    Before it was the name of a downtown development plan, Navy Hill was the neighborhood Faithe Norrell called home. "I just remember it as a really warm community, where everyone wanted to know your accomplishments," said Norrell, a retired educator who worked with Richmond Public Schools for 28 years. "A very nurturing community."

  • Councilman gives up car, now Richmond could have new rules for drivers

    “It was really kind of a reassuring observational challenge to see what needs to really be done to make our streets safer,” Richmond City Councilman Andreas Addison said.

  • More Virginians speak languages other than English

    The proportion of Virginia residents who speak a language other than English at home has risen from 14.8% in 2010 to 16.4% last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • The data behind service problems in Richmond restaurants

    Significantly more food establishments opened in the greater Richmond area this year than any other year this decade, according to the Virginia Department of Health which grants health permits for businesses to operate. As the restaurant market grows, so does competition among food establishments -- not only for customers, but for quality employees.

  • Hemp in Virginia grows toward the future

    Industrial hemp is poised to be a fast growing sector of agriculture in Virginia. Hemp advocacy group Vote Hemp estimates 2017 retail sales of hemp products neared $820 million nationally and will continue to climb.

  • Most rape cases in Virginia go unsolved

    In the #MeToo era, survivors of sexual assault are feeling more empowered to come forward with their stories. Despite the social movement, though, sexual assaults and rapes have the lowest clearance rates of all “crimes against persons” in Virginia.

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