The now-viral footage that captured a small-town Virginia police officer pepper spraying a Black man during a routine traffic stop in December gave the public a rare glimpse inside the state’s historically secretive criminal justice system. Virginia law gives police departments a lot of power to hide information from public view, and they often employ it. That means records like the ...
Law enforcement leaders said the state is tying up their officers and failing to deliver needed mental health care.
Gov. Ralph Northam has suggested some changes to the marijuana legalization bill ahead of next week's reconvened session of the Virginia General Assembly.
Pearisburg attorney Jason Ballard was officially named the Republican nominee for the 12th District seat in the House of Delegates. He will challenge Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg.
Republican Jason Ballard says he is ready to debate issues and discuss what's best for Southwest Virginia.
Virginia lawmakers passed more than 500 bills in the 2021 session, and more than two dozen of them directly addressed the problems brought on by the pandemic.
Law enforcement and prosecutors fought against the proposal, saying they were worried that people may not talk to police if they know information can be made public.
There are three measures the General Assembly is considering, and the biggest issue lawmakers are in dispute over is when the compensation pay should apply.
Another Republican candidate will be entering the race, according to a statement.
The General Assembly gave final passage to one of Stanley’s bills that would provide more opportunities for dogs and cats that have been tested on the chance to be adopted.
RICHMOND — Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, children did their schoolwork at McDonald’s and workers sat outside of libraries to check thei…
The bill would require drivers to fully change lanes to pass bicyclists and allow cyclists to ride two abreast in a lane.
Sen. Jeremy McPike of Northern Virginia and Del. Will Morefield of Tazewell are working on finalizing legislation to attract data centers to Southwest Virginia.
Larry Linkous, a well-known NRV businessman and former chairman of the Montgomery County GOP, has stepped forward to challenge Democrat Chris Hurst for the 12th District House of Delegates seat. Linkous said he will run as a centrist willing to work across the aisle on Southwest Virginia‘s infrastructure, technology and education needs.
RICHMOND — The General Assembly is halfway through its work in passing new laws in areas including transportation, COVID-19 relief and parole …
The Virginia House of Delegates now will consider the bill to limit the amount of time police can keep data that can be used to track drivers' movements. In other action, Sen. Bill Stanley's education equity amendment proposal advances, as does Sen. David Suetterlein's call for a statue of Booker T. Washington inside the Capitol.
The bills to help bring passenger rail back to the New River Valley still must pass another threshold of approval before going to Gov. Ralph Northam.
Its prospects in the state Senate are uncertain as a Richmond senator's duplicate measure to the one sponsored by Del. Chris Hurst failed there.
Virginia Democrats have revived bills to mandate that businesses provide paid family and medical leave for employees. The National Federation of Independent Business is concerned about the effects on small businesses.
Marie March said she's worried that a recent comment Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, could affect her businesses in the future. Hurst has since apologized.
A little more than a half-century ago, conservative Democrats — back then there were such things — wrote a loophole into the state constitutio…
Mitigating the effects of the pandemic, bringing passenger rail to the New River Valley, expanding rural broadband service and protecting economic development money for far Southwest Virginia are on the minds of Western Virginia legislators.
Virginia's broadband efforts are aimed at expanding access to high-speed internet, but there's resistance among legislators to allowing local governments to compete with the private sector and possibly lower costs for consumers.
“This is about trying to achieve justice," Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, said about his effort to loosen up Virginia's open records law on criminal investigative files.