GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

President Donald Trump approved Virginia's request for a major disaster declaration, which will allow money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover most of the $60 million spent in preparation for Hurricane Florence last month.The money will funnel through the state down to Henry, King and Queen, Lancaster, Nelson,...
A new program lets 160,000 state employees price shop for medical procedures, such as mammograms or colonoscopies, and if they choose a cheaper option, they pocket some of the difference.The shared savings program could save the state money — Kentucky started something similar that saved it $10 million between...
MGM Grand, Caesars and a slew of slot machine manufacturers and other gambling-related concerns are expressing sudden interest in the Virginia General Assembly, hiring more than a dozen lobbyists over the past several weeks to represent them during the upcoming session.Their precise goals vary, and, in some cases, aren’t...
Virginia's revenue collections are higher than projected so far this year, Gov. Ralph Northam's office announced in a news release.The state projected a 1.5 percent increase in tax collections for Virginia's general fund. Collections have instead risen 2.7 percent, according to the governor's office. “The positive trends in this report indicate...
A filing last month by Virginia Republicans, part of an attempt to defend their pick for a "special master" to help a federal court redraw 11 House of Delegates districts ruled to be racially gerrymandered, contained a striking passage."Drawing near-even splits of Republican and Democratic voters into the same districts means...
In Virginia, you can be convicted of murder, but if they forget to get your fingerprints afterward, the charge won’t show up on a criminal background check.It isn’t just a theoretical issue, according to researchers with the Virginia State Crime Commission, who found 751,154 offenses were not applied to...
More than a year since they became legal in Virginia, the state's second needle exchange program is scheduled to open in Richmond at the end of the month.Health Brigade, formerly the Fan Free Clinic, in Richmond's Museum District, will be the second in the state to open a comprehensive...
A political action committee that works on campaign finance reform filed a complaint Wednesday with the House Office of Congressional Ethics against the 7th district's current representative, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat.Brat is running against Democrat Abigail Spanberger, who recently participated in a campaign event with the group that...
Under state law, people licensed to sell and fit glasses in Virginia must be high school graduates, take a two-year course at an approved school of opticianry and never have been convicted of a sex offense or selling drugs.But state auditors said Tuesday that all those rules really aren't...
The State Board of Elections on Tuesday added two clarifications to its policy on the petitions candidates file to get on the ballot, a direct result of confusion related to a pair of cases this year, including one that has roiled the 2nd District congressional race.The new state policy...