HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

I like that my birthday falls on Halloween.Always have, even though I’ve heard all the corny jokes — “You definitely were a trick, not a treat!” “You can save money by using your face as a mask!” — throughout my nearly three-score years. The Oct. 31 milestone (6:45 a.m. in...
Last week we dipped into recently released financial projections detailing how Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney proposes funding construction of what would be the state's largest coliseum.https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/08/09/richmond-considers-committing-millions-in-tax-revenue-to-build-the-states-largest-arena/It's a complicated plan that includes more than a billion dollars in spending, and, not surprisingly, generated a few questions. Here's what one reader...
Richmond’s mayor promises taxpayers won’t be left holding the bag and the city’s financial advisers say it’ll fill public coffers, not drain them.But a proposal to build a 17,500-seat arena downtown is fueling deep skepticism in a city where residents have long complained about neglect of basic services like...
Fair housing advocates hope a Chesterfield County apartment complex’s new approach to screening applicants will serve as a model policy for landlords around the state.Richmond-based Housing Opportunities Made Equal sued Sterling Glen Apartments and Wisely Properties in June, alleging their blanket ban on renting to felons and people with...
Electric bills will go up for Dominion customers after the State Corporation Commission on Monday approved the utility’s request to recoup some of the costs it sank into complying with new federal and state environmental regulations in 2015 -- but maybe not as much as the company would have...
Virginia legislators passed seven laws earlier this year aimed at curbing the state’s highest-in-the-nation eviction rates. New polling suggests state residents strongly support going further.Three quarters of residents surveyed by Virginia Commonwealth University last month say they support changing state law to give tenants at least two weeks to...
Two former staffers at The Virginian-Pilot have teamed up to launch a nonprofit investigative newsroom that plans to partner with media outlets and universities around the state to produce in-depth local reporting.The Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism aims to post its first story within the next month and hopes...
A year ago today, stressed, sleep-deprived, picking over the wording of my introductory column and anxious about our roster of stories, I waited for the Mercury's website go live.I had left a 13-year career in newspapers for the new world of online-only, nonprofit news, and, as I contemplated the...
Remote Area Medical, which has provided free dental, medical, vision and veterinary care to people at a yearly clinic in Wise County for two decades, says starting next year it will pull out of the area to serve "other communities in need across the United States."Just last month, more...
Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced several relief efforts to assist hundreds of Virginia miners affected by the July 1 bankruptcy of major U.S. coal producer Blackjewel, LLC, which operates 10 mines in the southwestern portion of the state.Describing himself as “deeply concerned by the sudden closure of Blackjewel...