HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

CHRISTIANSBURG — Activist and self-identified “raging granny” Glenna “Duff” Benjamin traveled to Montgomery County in September to lock herself to a sideboom pipelayer and block construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for five hours. On Monday, she returned to face the consequences of her act of non-violent civil disobedience. The...
A state senator says he’ll introduce legislation that would allow tenants to make essential repairs if their landlords won’t and then deduct the cost from their monthly rent. “Too often the landlord has all the power and none is given to the tenant,” said Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin. “What we’re...
By Joyce Barnes When my grandson was 15, he got a job as a janitor. He was so excited to have a few dollars in his pocket. When I asked him how much he was making, I found out he was making $10.50 an hour. That’s $2.25 more than I...
CLIFTON FORGE — Alleghany County Sheriff Dale Muterspaugh went on a crusade in 2004, pledging his department’s resources to find the primary victim of a massive vandalism case at the high school. In July, dive teams searching the bottom of Pike Pond found what they were looking for: the...
A new player emerged in Virginia's casino race Tuesday as the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced plans to build a 350-acre casino resort in Southwest Virginia's Washington County, just outside the city of Bristol. The announcement comes one day before the kickoff of the 2020 General Assembly...
There is no joy in Reedville — mighty Omega has struck out. On Thursday U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross ordered Virginia’s menhaden fishery, the largest on the East Coast, shut down after Reedville-based Omega Protein exceeded a fishing cap set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. “A moratorium on...
By Jaclyn Barton and Patricia Cason/ Capital News Service Martin Wegbreit has known for a long time that Richmond has a problem with evictions, but a 2018 New York Times article brought national attention to the issue. It said the city’s eviction rate was more than 11% — three to four...
You’re driving along when blue strobes begin flashing not too far off your rear bumper and you pull to the side of the road. It’s a busted taillight, maybe expired tags or driving a few miles per hour over the speed limit. “License and registration please.” You know the...
By Kim Bobo Over the last decade, Virginia’s House and Senate Commerce and Labor committees pretty much ignored the labor side of the equation. Ranked the top state for doing business, Virginia is also ranked the worst state for workers. Addressing Virginia’s pitiful labor protections and raising a few core standards...
Incoming Democratic majorities in Virginia agree on a lot when it comes to labor policy. They’ve pledged to raise the minimum wage, address paid family leave and ban employment discrimination against LGBT people. But one question has sharply divided the party and even drawn the attention of two leading Democratic...