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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]

Northam celebrates his record on pardons amid criticism

By: - December 16, 2021

Jared Brown, a 30-year-old University of Virginia graduate, was grateful for the gubernatorial pardon he got in October for an assault and underage intoxication conviction that landed him in jail for about a month during his freshman year. “It felt really empowering to be here with other people,” said Brown, one of five people Gov. […]

Open records advocate urges Va. Supreme Court to change system for redistricting comments

By: - December 3, 2021

Since the Supreme Court of Virginia took over the redistricting process, all public comments been compiled on a single document more than 400 pages long that’s tough to navigate and infrequently updated, the Virginia Coalition for Open Government says. Megan Rhyne, the executive director of the nonprofit group that promotes expanded access to public information, […]

Election calendar lawsuit at standstill

By: - November 22, 2021

Republicans narrowly gained control of the House of Delegates in November, but their majority might only last a year if a three-judge panel sides with Paul Goldman, a Democratic lawyer and onetime aide to former Gov. Doug Wilder, who says the elections were invalid. Goldman claims in his lawsuit that because the elections were held […]

U.S. Colored Troops honored near site of executions in Culpeper County

By: - November 8, 2021

More than 157 years ago, Confederate soldiers captured and executed three soldiers of the United States Colored Troops in Culpeper County. On Saturday morning, a foundation dedicated to Civil War history unveiled a monument honoring the men’s service. “We don’t know their identities, nor do we know precisely where they’re buried, but we know what […]

‘It’s a humbling thing’: Jason Miyares eyes chance to become first Latino attorney general

By: - October 29, 2021

With just a few days until this year’s election, polls have indicated a tightening race between Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Jason Miyares, a state delegate. Last in a two-part Q&A series with Herring and Miyares. Two of the most vivid memories Del. Jason Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, has revolve around his mother’s […]

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

‘Our work is not done’: A Q&A with Attorney General Mark Herring

By: - October 28, 2021

With just a few days until this year’s election, polls have indicated a tightening race between Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Jason Miyares, a state delegate. This is the first in a two-part Q&A series with Herring and Miyares. For Herring, a third term would be focused on defending progressive legislation […]

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 […]

Virginia schools can now apply for $107 million in grants to combat learning loss

By: - October 2, 2021

Virginia’s 132 school divisions can  now apply for up to $107 million from three different grants to support math and literacy education, including to reverse learning loss during the pandemic.  The American Rescue Plan aimed at providing federal relief funds awarded Virginia $2.1 billion from the act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, in […]

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 […]