GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The disAbility Law Center of Virginia will look for signs of abuse and neglect at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, the Staunton News Leader reports.Immigrant children being held at the facility have alleged they were “beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude...
Major research released earlier this year found eviction rates in Virginia cities are among the highest in the country, drawing unprecedented attention to the issue and prompting a policy debate that’s still unfolding.But what has yet to be addressed in a rigorous academic setting is why eviction rates are...
Here's a weird one that broke Thursday:Virginia GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart says Stephanie Saul, a New York Times reporter seeking an interview with Brian Landrum, a Stewart staffer, entered Landrum's Woodbridge apartment uninvited, the Washington Post reported.Landrum, who works part-time for Stewart's campaign as well as for Prince...
It’s becoming increasingly difficult for patients to protect themselves from surprise medical bills, and a Virginia legislative committee has the issue firmly in its crosshairs.As health care costs rise, patients are being asked to shoulder more of the burden. Some of that comes from a practice known as balance...
Lately, we have all been horrified by the spectacle of toddlers and other children, separated from their parents at our southern border, appearing in court alone to face deportation.While our collective distaste is justified, the truth is that people of modest means, like these asylum seekers, have been shuffled...
Six fox-hunting pens have been shut down in Virginia following a two-year investigation by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's office.Nine people pleaded guilty to a range of charges, mostly misdemeanors but also a few felonies."Fox penning can become unlawful when operators put illegal foxes and coyotes into a fenced-in...
Virginian-Pilot reporter Ana Ley got an earful from Portsmouth's elected commissioner of the revenue while she was trying to pry loose neighborhood-specific information on meal, beverage and retail tax revenues for a story published Wednesday.“You’ve taken up a lot of time – taxpayer dollars – trying to respond to...
The Virginia Board of Corrections wrapped up its first batch of inmate death investigations Wednesday, voting unanimously to clear about a dozen jails in 23 deaths that occurred in 2017 and 2018.The new review process was established by the General Assembly last year in a bid to increase oversight...
Residents of Martinsville are slowly coming around to the idea that the best thing for the city might be for it to cease being a city at all.Off-and-on discussions have been ongoing for decades about whether the shrinking, 13,500-population city in southern Virginia should revert to town status and...
The Virginia Public Access Project has the breakdown of mid-year campaign finance reports that were due in by midnight Monday.With a whole year to go before the 2019 state Senate and House elections, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a Republican from James City County, who has been in the...