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The marijuana legalization debate moved into the mainstream of Virginia politics this week when Gov. Ralph Northam announced he’ll propose legislation in January allowing recreational use of the drug.As lawmakers begin to seriously consider what a legal marijuana market might look like in Virginia, here’s a preview of some...
Gov. Ralph Northam signed a revised state budget Wednesday that restricts evictions and prohibits utilities from cutting off power, water and gas through the end of the state of emergency.“This budget will help keep people in their homes with their lights on and their water running,” Northam said.The new...
As Virginia begins its first earnest conversations about legalizing recreational marijuana, the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry is just getting off the ground. The first producer opened in Bristol last month. The remaining three licensees in Richmond, Portsmouth and Manassas aim to begin serving patients by the end of...
Virginia received more than two dozen applications for mobile sports betting permits from companies interested in a piece of the state's growing gambling market.But the Virginia Lottery is refusing to name the companies that applied, citing a public-records exemption the agency claims allows it to withhold information related to...
It’s almost a ritual: As the days shorten and the drafts begin to sweep beneath the door or weasel around the window frame, the echo of a grumpy parental voice can be heard: "We aren’t paying to heat the neighborhood."Variations of that experience play out across the U.S. every...
A version of this article originally originally appeared in the Behavioral Scientist, a magazine that examines the world through the science of human behavior. By Elizabeth Weingarten and Rosii Floreak If you were trying to picture a misinformation spreader, your first step probably wouldn’t be to look in the mirror. But in our work examining the...
Virginia’s unemployment insurance program now ranks worst in the country when it comes to quickly processing claims that require staff review --- a backlog that has risen to more than 90,000 cases, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.Applicants caught in the bureaucratic limbo have been left waiting as long...
A hairy mini-monster from Virginia is drawing worldwide attention.It is invading, taking over our state and making us vomit.Except that it isn’t.The 1½-inch-long venomous creature, called a puss caterpillar, can indeed hurt you, as it did a New Kent County woman on Sept. 4. But the little creeper’s threat...
When Del. Tony Wilt, R-Rockingham, introduced a budget amendment funding a study on creating a new 43-mile long rail trail in the Shenandoah Valley, the odds of the proposal making it into the final budget for the governor to sign looked slim.  After Wilt’s amendment was stricken from the House...
NEWPORT NEWS — Cecelia Woodard gave a nervous glance down the road every time she heard a car approach.It was Tuesday morning and the sheriff was scheduled to arrive to evict her from the apartment she shares with her 64-year-old mother, who had left a few minutes earlier with...