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By Emma Gauthier/ Capital News Service Horses soon will race again at Colonial Downs, and Virginians will be able to bet on them and play slots-style machines in a casino-like setting at four other locations across the commonwealth. The Colonial Downs Group will resume horse racing at its track in New Kent...
Gov. Ralph Northam has set a goal of bringing universal broadband coverage to the state within 10 years.A not-so-minor hiccup: State officials say they don’t know for sure where people currently have access to coverage and where they don’t because the big internet service providers won’t tell them, calling...
FLOYD — Becky Silvey has seen it all.The Franklin County mother has raised three children who have faced challenges ranging from addiction to autism to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She’s struggled with a troubled marriage while navigating the school and criminal justice systems to advocate for her children. At one point,...
CHRISTIANSBURG — Lt. Col. James Scott’s first community meeting as commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant two years ago began as a standoff.Armed police officers stood watch around the perimeter of the room. Community members sat in chairs on one side. Army officials and staffers from BAE Systems,...
From The Bulletin: quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary. Virginians will soon have a new way to play slot machines that are not quite slot machines. (See also: Those “nudge games” that have popped up in convenience stores and gas stations around the state.) Colonial Downs, which...
BRISTOL — There are two big projects slated for a vacant shopping mall here.One, a medical marijuana production center and dispensary, has been utterly uncontroversial.The second, a destination casino resort, has divided the city.“This is an attack on the Bible Belt,” says Dewey Williams, an evangelical Baptist preacher who...
ROANOKE— A rapidly growing neighborhood that’s sprung up in downtown Roanoke has reversed decades of population loss and revitalized previously vacant buildings.The influx of new residents, however, have complicated policy decisions in a district that’s traditionally been home to citywide and regional public services. And as to the question...
Virginia Beach and Richmond are two of the most gentrified large cities in the country, according to a new report from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.Virginia Beach had a 17 percent gentrification rate as calculated by the coalition while Richmond had a 16 percent rate. The coalition measured population and...
More than four years later, Diane Franklin's children still choke up when they describe what happened to their mother.It was Dec. 13, 2015, and as she approached Franklin's apartment in a Charlottesville independent living community, Jackie Carney could already smell urine.Franklin had been trapped there for four days, her...
In many of the localities most vulnerable to flood damage, fewer than five percent of property owners carry flood insurance. Statewide, just three percent do.Gov. Ralph Northam named this week the state’s first Flood Awareness Week, meant to educate Virginians about the potential risks of flooding and encourage homeowners...