HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

The man who showed up to Dr. Janet Eddy’s mobile clinic was in his 40s. He had diabetes, but it was “well controlled,” she recalled, and he was healthy enough to put in a full day’s work as a landscaper.He also had a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit —...
If Virginia offered undocumented immigrants driver's licenses, in-state tuition and state financial aid and subsidized health care, the state could reap economic and social benefits, a new report says.The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive Washington D.C. think tank, recommended four policies to "welcome immigrants ... into...
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...