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Meghan McIntyre

Mercury intern Meghan McIntyre is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in digital journalism. She has stories covering Virginia government and politics published in various outlets across the state through Capital News Service, a course in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU. She was also a previous news intern at VPM and briefly freelanced for The Farmville Herald and The Suffolk News-Herald. She can be reached at [email protected]

Three interesting bills of the week: Pound charter, stillborn child tax credit and private police

By: - January 27, 2023

Hundreds of bills are filed for General Assembly consideration each year. In this occasional series, the Mercury takes a look at a few of the proposals that might not otherwise make headlines during the whirlwind legislative session.  Senate Bill 1537: Restoring the town of Pound’s charter This bill from Sen. Todd Pillion, R-Abingdon, would repeal […]

House panel narrowly backs legislation to lower the minimum wage for minors 

By: - January 25, 2023

Lawmakers narrowly backed a bill to lower the minimum wage for employees under the age of 18 Tuesday, with House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, joining with two Democrats to oppose it.  The House Commerce and Energy subcommittee voted 4-3 to recommend approval of a bill from Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, that would require employers […]

Recycling oyster shells could net restaurants a tax credit under proposed legislation

By: - January 24, 2023

Lawmakers voted to move forward with legislation to create a nonrefundable tax credit for oyster shell recycling this morning in subcommittee, citing a shared understanding that “oysters are good.” The House Finance subcommittee voted 6-2 in favor of a bill from Del. Tim Anderson, R-Virginia Beach, that would give restaurants a $4 credit for every […]

Three interesting bills of the week: journalism tax credits, negligent fires and cyclist exemptions

By: - January 20, 2023

Hundreds of bills are filed for General Assembly consideration each year. In this occasional series, the Mercury takes a look at a few of the proposals that might not otherwise make headlines during the whirlwind legislative session. House Bill 2061: Tax credits for local journalism This legislation, from Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, creates a nonrefundable […]

Three interesting bills of the week: declawing cats, antidepressants and the UDC

By: - January 13, 2023

Hundreds of bills are filed for General Assembly consideration each year. In this occasional series, the Mercury will take a look at a few of the proposals that might not otherwise make headlines during the whirlwind legislative session. House Bill 2162: Eliminating tax exemptions for the United Daughters of the Confederacy This legislation, from House […]

Virginia lawmakers propose legalizing medicinal use of psychedelic mushroom compound psilocybin

By: - January 10, 2023

Two Virginia lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow use of the psychedelic drug psilocybin for medicinal purposes and decrease penalties for possession, citing research on its effectiveness in treating mental health issues.  Both Del. Dawn Adams, D-Richmond, and Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, D-Chesterfield, had similar bills decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms last session. But while those proposals […]

Modernizing ABC says counter-service stores are on their way out

By: - December 19, 2022

Grabbing a bottle of Tito’s Vodka, Virginia’s favorite spirit, at Henrico County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Store 331 means being greeted with tall, white Ionic columns surrounded by tastefully lit posters bearing words such as “cheers,” “gather” and “celebrate” – a stark contrast to Richmond’s ABC Store 251, where customers are greeted with aisles caged behind […]

Proposal to reduce cosmetology licensure hours sparks backlash

By: - November 29, 2022

The General Laws Subcommittee room was filled to the brim and unusually colorful on an afternoon in March 2022.  Approximately 50 cosmetology students, some sporting bright neon hair, had traveled from across the state to oppose a bill from Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, that aimed to reduce the number of training hours required for a […]

Lawmakers propose creating Chesapeake National Recreation Area

By: - November 14, 2022

Maryland lawmakers on Monday announced draft legislation to create a unified Chesapeake National Recreation Area. The proposal would unite a series of park areas and visitor centers owned and operated by the National Park Service as well as privately owned properties along the Bay on a voluntary basis to deliver more federal resources to the […]

Richmond sends ambulance to Ukraine

By: - November 7, 2022

A Richmond ambulance is on its way to Ukraine.  The ambulance authority for Virginia’s capital city on Friday joined in on an initiative known as Ambulances for Ukraine that aims to send the vehicles filled with medical supplies overseas to that country as it fights Russia. “Throughout this war, the people of Ukraine have displayed […]

Virginia patients impacted by nationwide Adderall shortage, doctors say

By: and - November 2, 2022

By Meghan McIntyre / Capital News Service RICHMOND, Va. — The Food and Drug Administration added Adderall to its drug shortage website last month, and doctors say Virginia patients being treated for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are feeling the impact. The leading reasons for the shortage, which primarily affects immediate-release Adderall and similar generic versions, are […]

One man has collected more than 8,000 pounds of acorns for Virginia

By: - October 25, 2022

The start of September may signify to some that fall is coming, but Mike Ortmeier looks forward to a different type of fall – the fall of acorns from native trees.  For Ortmeier, the sight of the first acorn on the ground means it’s time for him to break out his broom and dustpan and […]