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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]

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 […]

Forget to register to vote? Under a new law, you can still cast a ballot.

By: - October 17, 2022

Procrastinators who forgot to register to vote by the Oct. 17 deadline but still want to cast their ballot in this November’s congressional elections can do so thanks to new legislation. From now until Nov. 8, these Virginians can take advantage of same-day voter registration and vote with a provisional ballot at their polling location […]

How many Virginians no longer qualify for student loan relief? It’s hard to say.

By: - October 14, 2022

Questions remain as to how many borrowers in Virginia no longer qualify for federal student loan forgiveness under new eligibility requirements for President Biden’s debt cancellation program. On September 29, the U.S. Department of Education changed the guidance on its website to say that “borrowers with federal student loans not held by ED cannot obtain […]

Doula services now covered under Virginia Medicaid expansion

By: - October 10, 2022

Doula Sequoi Phipps-Hawkins has heard plenty of stories about doctors brushing off the concerns of pregnant Black women. “I heard from some of my white colleagues and friends that they just never felt unsafe. They never questioned any of their recommendations for their doctors,” said Phipps-Hawkins.  It’s a stark contrast to the treatment some of […]

States not on track to meet 2025 Chesapeake Bay goals, says report

By: - October 5, 2022

A new report shows states are not on track to meet the 2025 deadline for reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, prompting officials to reevaluate the plan and timeline for restoration efforts. The 2022 State of the Blueprint Report released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) assesses progress made between 2009 and 2021 in Maryland, […]

New state funding could help freshwater mussels make a comeback

By: - September 19, 2022

The Cumberland monkeyface, Pistol-grip and Rayed bean may be some of the most unsung heroes of Virginia’s waterways.  All three are types of freshwater mussels, one of the planet’s most unique and underappreciated creatures. But these species have also been vanishing from waterways in alarming numbers for decades. In Virginia, more freshwater mussels than any […]

Study: Virginia Medicaid expansion increased financial security for enrollees 

By: - August 1, 2022

Chesterfield resident Geneva Gordon was forced to file for bankruptcy after receiving a $21,000 hospital bill for a reconstructive wrist surgery while uninsured. Leaving her previous job left her without insurance, living paycheck to paycheck and constantly worrying about getting sick and adding to her growing medical debt.  Gordon has since enrolled in Medicaid, which […]