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Jackie Llanos Hernandez

Jackie Llanos Hernandez

Virginia Mercury intern Jackie Llanos Hernandez is a junior at the University of Richmond studying journalism and anthropology. Jackie grew up in Colombia before moving to Virginia. Jackie is also the investigative and multimedia editor at the independent student-run newspaper, The Collegian. She can be reached at [email protected]

Jill Biden headlines Democratic rally in Henrico

By: - October 15, 2021

With polls showing a tight race between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP challenger Glenn Youngkin, first lady Jill Biden stumped for McAuliffe in Henrico, one of several high profile Democrats scheduled to campaign in Virginia between now and Election Day.   At Dorey Park Friday night, Biden vouched for McAuliffe’s ability to lead in […]

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

$880 million pitch to General Assembly aims to match students and careers

By: - October 15, 2021

A group of business and higher education leaders are pushing an $880 million proposal to make Virginia public colleges and universities more affordable and help industries facing worker shortages fill jobs. The $880 million Growth4VA proposal, developed by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, is split into two different categories: $300 million for career development […]

Virginia lags many states in state education funding, analysis says

By: - October 12, 2021

Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia are so close that Keith Perrigan, superintendent for Bristol Virginia Public Schools and president of the Coalition of Small and Rural Schools of Virginia, is reminded of his district’s lack of funding when he looks out his office window and sees the better-funded Tennessee system.  Even though Perrigan’s district pays […]

McAuliffe, Youngkin lock horns one last time before Election Day

By: - September 29, 2021

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin met for their second and final debate Tuesday night at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, trading barbs over tax policy, the COVID-19 pandemic, crime and policing, abortion, the economy, education and climate change.  Moderator Chuck Todd, the political director for NBC News, opened […]

Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators marched near the Capitol in Richmond Friday as part of the third annual March for Life. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

As Youngkin rejects Texas-style ban, GOP ticket steers clear of anti-abortion rally in Richmond

By: and - September 18, 2021

If it didn’t count as a banned weapon, she would have brought her sledgehammer, anti-abortion activist Victoria Cobb told the March for Life crowd Friday from the steps of the Virginia Capitol.  The hammer, she said, is a symbol of what the pro-life movement hopes to do to former Gov. Terry McAulffe’s “brick wall” for […]