HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

State employment officials say they began distributing a fresh round of supplemental unemployment benefits on Thursday, making Virginia among the last states in the country to get the money in the hands of jobless residents.President Donald Trump announced the Lost Wages Assistance program back in early August after it...
Southwest Virginians have long looked beneath the surface of the rugged coalfield region for wealth and opportunity. But just below the asphalt and concrete of the communities that dot its ridges and valleys, the area’s aging and dilapidated wastewater systems are draining the coffers of localities already strapped for...
As the Virginia General Assembly moves into the final stretches of a special session that’s lasted for more than six weeks, House and Senate lawmakers will meet to reconcile two different budget plans that, in some cases, propose significantly different funding for legislative priorities including police reform and child...
Until the pandemic hit, Cate Garstang said her life was going pretty normally. She gave birth to her son, Andy, in May 2019 and was back to work as an office assistant in Richmond by the end of July. For the next several months, Andy was in daycare while...
Long before the COVID-19 recession put millions of Virginians on the precipice of losing their homes, the commonwealth already suffered from the country’s worst eviction epidemic. After five Virginia cities landed in the top 10 of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab rankings in 2016, the data served as a clarion...
By Chris DuncombeThe pandemic has devastated the economy, and people in Virginia are struggling to stay afloat. Yet, even though the House of Representatives passed a major relief package on May 15, the U.S. Senate has failed to find agreement on a comprehensive relief bill since March. Their inaction...
The Virginia Lottery Board voted Tuesday to approve the state's first-ever regulations on sports betting, making some changes in response to feedback from big gambling platforms but maintaining a ban on wagers involving the Olympic Games.Tuesday's move clears the way for the state to begin accepting applications from sports...
Virginia isn’t doing an adequate job of lending out money to help small businesses, according to a new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission that found tens of millions of dollars have sat unused in recent years.In a presentation to legislators Monday morning, JLARC staff said...
Virginia’s coal tax credits, some of the state’s largest economic incentives, “generate negligible economic benefits” and “no longer appear relevant” in a world where natural gas is rapidly displacing coal, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission told legislators Monday morning ahead of the release of a new report...
Three Virginia residents are asking a federal judge to certify a class action lawsuit against a prolific Virginia law firm that in 2017 filed more than 20,000 eviction lawsuits.The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges Hampton-based Senex Law violated federal debt collection laws and tacked on unreasonable attorney fees as they...