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Photos from Vice President Mike Pence’s stop in Richmond

BY: - October 22, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Richmond on Saturday to campaign for three Republicans running for Congress: 7th District incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, 5th District candidate Denver Riggleman and 4th District candidate Ryan McAdams. Pence met with Brat and Riggleman on the tarmac at Richmond International Airport and later at a private roundtable with […]

Study finds there’s only one state in the U.S. where it’s harder to vote than in Virginia

BY: - October 22, 2018

A recent study from Northern Illinois University ranked Virginia as the second-hardest state to vote in, falling behind only Mississippi. The study used a “Cost of Voting Index,” which judged states based on the ease of registration and other voting laws, with registration deadlines carrying the most weight. Authors of the study considered whether states […]

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Surprise, Corey Stewart has a take on murdered WAPO columnist; Richmond detectives clear cases; A puzzling Pence appearance and more headlines

BY: - October 22, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   The Washington Post profiled the Richmond Police Department’s homicide detectives after an analysis earlier this year found they have one of the highest murder clearance rates in the country. (The Washington Post) Vice President Mike Pence came to Richmond and campaigned with […]

Why did Del. Lee Carter tell all last month on Twitter? To beat opponents to the punch.

BY: - October 19, 2018

Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, spent a Friday evening in September on his couch, tweeting every campaign manager’s worst nightmare, The Washington Post reports. “They tried ignoring me, and when that didn’t work they tried redbaiting,” Carter tweeted. “That didn’t work either, so they’re smearing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julia Salazar. Which means they’ll probably try personal smears […]

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Virginia’s unemployment rate hits lowest level in 11 years

BY: - October 19, 2018

Virginia’s unemployment rate fell for the third month in a row, hitting the lowest number since 2007, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced. “The September 2018 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was down 0.7 percentage point from a year ago and is the lowest rate since the June 2007 rate of 2.9 percent,” Northam’s office […]

Tropical Storm Michael cost Danville $8.7M; Congressmen oppose a Norfolk pipeline and a Roanoke shoe thief who only managed to get the right foot

BY: - October 19, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Danville estimates damage from Tropical Storm Michael totals $8.7 million. Major flooding destroyed four residential structures and damaged another 151. The city’s infrastructure had about $2.9 million in damage. – The Danville Register & Bee A student of Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics […]

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NYT: Northern Virginia seen as increasingly likely contender for Amazon HQ2

BY: - October 18, 2018

The New York Times put the spotlight Thursday on Northern Virginia’s Crystal City as the most likely contender for Amazon’s much sought-after second headquarters, a project that promises 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment. Beyond releasing a list of 20 finalists, Amazon has remained steadfastly silent on its plans, saying it will announce its […]

Citing negative campaign ads about him, Brat tells jailed addicts he’s got it hard too

BY: - October 18, 2018

When Republican Congressman Dave Brat visited the Chesterfield County Jail to talk with convicted drug offenders, he had some nontraditional advice, according to WCVE’s Ben Paviour, who covered the visit. Brat, who is running for re-election, told inmates they had to find substitutes for their drug use once they got out of jail. He suggested […]

Prosecutors haven’t said if a Portsmouth police officer was justified in shooting a burglary suspect; reviving a closed hospital in Patrick County; composting in Virginia prisons and more headlines

BY: - October 18, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Last year, a Portsmouth police officer shot an 18-year-old burglary suspect in the back as he was fleeing the scene. Nearly a year later, prosecutors say their investigation is complete, but they have yet to announce if the shooting was justified. — The […]

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Virginia’s students outscored the nation on ACT

BY: - October 18, 2018

The Virginia students who take the ACT test did better than their peers nationwide this year, according to the state’s Department of Education. Public school students received an average composite score of 23.8 on the test, which is meant to determine college readiness, compared with 20.4 nationwide. The tests are scored on a scale of […]

On Aug. 12 last year white supremacist groups entered Emancipation Park holding Nazi, Confederate, and Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flags. (Anthony Crider/Creative Commons)

Charlottesville organizers messaged about ‘raising an army’ and ‘the cracking of skulls’

BY: - October 17, 2018

While plenty of communications have surfaced about the violent intentions of the participants in the Aug. 12, 2017, white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the event’s organizers have steadfastly maintained that their aims were peaceful and that they instructed participants to obey laws. Court filings this week in a civil suit filed against organizers suggest otherwise. […]

Virginia’s teacher of the year; Senator settles suit over son’s suicide; Cracking down on erotic massage in Stafford; Peeing on the production line at Smithfield and more headlines

BY: - October 17, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Rodney Robinson was named Virginia’s teacher of the year. He teaches history to kids jailed at Richmond’s juvenile detention center. “My students are the most vulnerable kids in society. They have succumbed to the pressure of urban living and made mistakes that they are paying […]