HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

Shaquana Bethea, a 22-year-old who makes just over minimum wage working as a home healthcare aide, showed up to court to fight an eviction lawsuit this week with only her mother in tow for advice and support. She left the courthouse with a free lawyer, who will help her mount...
In a final, exasperated call to her landlord about a leaky roof that sent a steady stream of rain water dripping into her bedroom, Winter Whittaker threatened to take him to court. “You’re going to fix what you’re supposed to fix,” she said in the call, which she recorded. Dean Parsons,...
GATE CITY — Many Americans are closely following the emerging race between President Donald Trump and a large field of Democratic challengers, but when Del. Todd Pillion told a group of Republicans that this election “is easily the most important that we’ve seen in a generation,” he wasn’t talking...
The Association of Health Care Journalists, a leading professional organization dedicated to better reporting on health and health care, awarded our Katie O'Connor second place in its 2018 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. O'Connor was recognized in the organization's investigative, small publication category for her series of articles...
FLOYD — The numerous coal companies that belong to the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have allowed thousands of acres of southwest Virginia surface mines to go unreclaimed for years, even as the state agency tasked with enforcing reclamation laws has repeatedly bent its own rules to...
Amazon’s plan to hire 25,000 high-paid workers in Northern Virginia prompted a surge of interest in affordable housing and gentrification this year. Finding state money to address the issues, however, remained a tough sell in the General Assembly, where Gov. Ralph Northam had proposed a $20 million increase in funding...
Despite state budget language that remains in place and could cripple the program, the State Air Pollution Control Board approved a new carbon rule Friday that links Virginia to a network of carbon-trading states. “We have full authority to move forward at this point,” said David Paylor, director of the...
By Emma Gauthier/ Capital News Service Horses soon will race again at Colonial Downs, and Virginians will be able to bet on them and play slots-style machines in a casino-like setting at four other locations across the commonwealth. The Colonial Downs Group will resume horse racing at its track in New Kent...
Gov. Ralph Northam has set a goal of bringing universal broadband coverage to the state within 10 years. A not-so-minor hiccup: State officials say they don’t know for sure where people currently have access to coverage and where they don’t because the big internet service providers won’t tell them, calling...
FLOYD — Becky Silvey has seen it all. The Franklin County mother has raised three children who have faced challenges ranging from addiction to autism to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She’s struggled with a troubled marriage while navigating the school and criminal justice systems to advocate for her children. At one point,...