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Capital News Service

Capital News Service is a program of Virginia Commonwealth University's Robertson School of Media and Culture. Students in the program cover news for a variety of media outlets in Virginia.

A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

Suburban Richmond race becomes first to top $1 million in TV ads

By: - October 8, 2019

By Rodney Robinson/ Capital News Service A competitive race in District 12 — which includes parts of Henrico and Hanover counties — has become the first Senate race in Virginia to spend over $1 million in broadcast TV ads. Democratic candidate Del. Debra Rodman is running against Republican incumbent Siobhan Dunnavant, both from Henrico. A […]

State health department confirms first vaping death in Virginia

By: - October 1, 2019

By Georgia Geen/ Capital News Service One person has died in Virginia from a lung injury associated with vaping, as the number of illnesses linked to e-cigarette use increases in the state and across the country, the Virginia Department of Health announced Tuesday. The death was reported by Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina, on […]

More Virginians are home-schooling their children

By: - October 1, 2019

By Judi Dalati/ Capital News Service About 1.3 million students across Virginia went back to school after summer vacation. But for Alison Hatter’s three children, that didn’t require getting on a bus or even going outside. Instead, their classroom is the kitchen of the family’s home in Floyd County. “We usually wake between 6-7 a.m., […]

Kehinde Wiley’s ‘Rumors of War’ unveiled in Times Square ahead of Richmond debut

By: - September 29, 2019

By Morgan Edwards / Capital News Service NEW YORK — Artist Kehinde Wiley unveiled his monumental statue “Rumors of War” in Times Square on Friday — his response to the Confederate sculptures scattered throughout the South, especially in Richmond, which eventually will serve as its permanent home. The statue is closely modeled after the statue of […]

Virginia State Capitol

Same-sex unions make up 4 percent of Virginia marriages

By: - September 27, 2019

By Patricia Cason / Capital News Service Same-sex couples have made up 1 of every 26 marriages in Virginia since such unions were legalized in the commonwealth in 2014. In a half-dozen localities — ranging from cities such as Richmond and Norfolk to rural communities like Buena Vista — same-sex couples represent approximately 1 of […]

Southwest Virginia looks to rock climbing for revenue boost

By: - September 26, 2019

By Jeff Raines In light of dwindling coal resources and shrinking populations, eco-tourism is becoming an alternative source of revenue in the coalfield counties of Southwest Virginia as residents seek to diversify their economies. The Southwestern Virginia coalfields — comprised of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell and Wise counties, alongside the city of Norton […]

Population expected to shrink in rural Virginia

By: - September 19, 2019

By Emma North “More and more people are relocating to Highland County, Virginia, everyday!” the county’s website says. Online, local officials offer resources and encouragement for people to relocate to Highland County, the most sparsely populated in Virginia. A brochure urges readers to consider Highland’s “elevated lifestyle.” But Highland County faces an uphill battle in attracting new residents. […]

Voter registration up in Democratic strongholds

By: - September 18, 2019

By Kelly Booth Over the past four years, voter registration has grown more in Virginia localities that tend to vote Democratic than in localities that usually go Republican. That could spell trouble for the GOP heading into November’s elections. Between August 2015 and August 2019, voter registration increased 9% in the state’s Democratic strongholds but […]

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s $400 million suit could face uphill fight 

By: - September 16, 2019

By Jeff Raines/ Capital News Service Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax has filed a $400 million defamation lawsuit against CBS for their reporting on sexual assault claims made against him. While defamation cases are common in the courtroom; winning one is not. Fairfax must prove CBS either knowingly reported false claims or intentionally did not investigate them, […]

Virginia’s poverty rate drops to 10.1%, new data show

By: - September 11, 2019

By Sravan Gannavarapu/ Capital News Service Virginia’s poverty rate has fallen by a full percentage point, to about 10%, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The proportion of Virginians living in poverty dropped from 11.1% in 2015-16 to 10.1% in 2017-18, the data showed. The state’s poverty rate remained well below the […]

Horse racing returns as gaming parlors open in Virginia

By: - April 11, 2019

By Emma Gauthier/ Capital News Service Horses soon will race again at Colonial Downs, and Virginians will be able to bet on them and play slots-style machines in a casino-like setting at four other locations across the commonwealth. The Colonial Downs Group will resume horse racing at its track in New Kent County and offer off-track […]

Descendants of Dred Scott, Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney, talk reconciliation

By: - April 1, 2019

Alexandra Zernik/ Capital News Service Descendants of those involved in the milestone Supreme Court decision preventing African Americans from becoming citizens will come together and share their story of reconciliation and repentance, 162 years after the decision. Lynne Jackson and Charles Taney will speak at the Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center at Virginia […]