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A bill that would eventually raise Virginia's minimum wage to $15 an hour will go before the full Senate after a surprise bi-partisan vote Monday."That Virginia is getting more expensive is something we need to look at as we go along," said Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, who chairs...
Denille Francis spends a lot of time waiting, but without much hope.She waits to see if her 10-year-old son, Quinn, will ever get the funding he needs from the state. Quinn has Down syndrome and a host of other health problems. His therapies and numerous medical interventions are rarely...
Virginia prison officials say they’re on the leading edge of corrections reform for “operating without the use of solitary confinement.”But Derek Cornelison, a 34-year-old inmate at Red Onion, one of the state’s two supermax prisons in Wise County, says he and dozens of other prisoners have remained isolated in...
Adrian worked a full-time job and he received health insurance through Medicaid. As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story. For every 15 Americans on Medicaid, nine of them already have a job, according to the latest data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Two people have an illness or...
Federal workers who aren’t getting their paychecks during the government shutdown appear likely to get paid -- eventually. A bipartisan bill to give government employees back pay now heads to President Trump after the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure this week. Trump is expected to sign it, although...
A glass of 20-year-old Pappy sells for $260 a glass at McCormack's Whisky Grill.
Virginia’s liquor ratio law will stay in place for at least one more year.The Senate’s Subcommittee on Alcoholic Beverage Control decided to scrap an idea that would have gotten rid of the ratio for restaurants that make $500,000 or more in food sales.“It seemed like a lot of people...
Virginia's lawmakers were smacked with an unexpected $462.5 million Medicaid bill in November that they have to pay in the biennial budget, and now they're debating how to stop it from happening again.The nearly half-billion dollar shortfall is mostly rooted in the state's overly optimistic estimate of how much money...
Earlier this year, lawmakers warned representatives from Virginia's hospitals and health plans that if they didn't find a solution to balance billing, the General Assembly would.And with a handful of bills filed, legislators appear eager to tackle the problem head-on this session.Balance billing occurs when an out-of-network provider bills...
WASHINGTON — Three U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases originating in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina could change control of one state capitol and possibly establish a new standard for how far states can go in drawing partisan political boundaries after the 2020 elections.As statehouses prepare for redistricting, the once-a-decade...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News ServiceFor now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states — joining only Kentucky and Iowa — with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections killed an attempt to allow Virginians who...