GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

About 150,000 households in the state are missing out on getting thousands of dollars more back during tax season, a new report from The Commonwealth Institute found.The Richmond-based, nonpartisan research organization found only about 80 percent of Virginians who are eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit —...
For five years, the federal government has been planning for a new FBI headquarters to replace the J. Edgar Hoover building on Pennsylvania Avenue.A location in Springfield was among three finalists for a new building to house all 11,000 Washington-area FBI employees, according to a statement Monday from U.S....
Guns, grilled cheese and bacon are just a few things that could help you catch a glimpse of Bigfoot, according to congressional candidate Denver Riggleman.Riggleman’s interest in the legendary cryptid took center stage in Virginia over the weekend when his opponent, Democrat Leslie Cockburn, seized on past social...
From a shouting match on "The View" to surveys that show the word has lost its Cold War stigma for millennials, socialism has been having a moment since New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a socialist, took down a longtime Democrat last month in the party’s primary...
Most local governments and school districts in Virginia have a top administrator responsible for day-to-day management.Whether the job is called a manager, administrator, superintendent or something else, candidates are hired by the governing board and charged with both implementing and informing the board’s policies.The positions are extremely important and...
Republican Del. Greg Habeeb announced he will give up his spot in the state legislature, forcing a special election for his Roanoke-area district."It has been my honor to serve you, but I passionately believe in our founders' vision of a citizen legislature where regular people step up, take their...
In a significant victory for environmental groups and other opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has vacated approvals that allowed the 300-mile natural gas pipeline, which is currently under construction, to cross the Jefferson National Forest near the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.The Redskins returned to summer training camp in Richmond, prompting a fresh round of agonizing about how terrible the agreement with the team has been for the city.Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council Members marked the occasion by reiterating...
With a crucial meeting of the State Water Control Board looming next month on water-quality reviews for a pair of contentious natural gas pipelines, Democratic state lawmakers again urged Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday to halt the projects and insist on a stream-by-stream review of the hundreds of spots where...
Members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia's largest co-op, have filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission in an effort to force a vote on more transparency at the organization, which provides electricity to more than 160,000 member owners in parts of 22 Virginia counties.Behind the petition —which seeks...