Industry group forms to push for cannabis commercialization

As public support for the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis grows in Virginia and across the country, an industry group has been created to advance the commercialization of cannabis in the Commonwealth.

Richmond School Board approves policies to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination

The Richmond School Board has passed new policies aimed at protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The new Student Code of Responsible Ethics says that...

Residents protest Walmart’s decision to close store in Big Stone Gap

Walmart announced Monday that the company is planning to close its store in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, prompting a group of local residents to rally to keep the store open Tuesday.

Supreme Court strikes down Census citizenship question, but allows partisan gerrymandering

The Supreme Court delivered two consequential decisions on Thursday morning, rejecting a challenge to partisan gerrymandering and ruling that a citizenship question cannot be added to the 2020 census.

Things to do in Virginia: 7/13 – 7/20

Looking for something fun to do this week or a way to get involved in your community? No matter where you live in Virginia, we've got you covered.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at a pre-release book signing event for his book, "Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a stand against white nationalism," at River City Roll Brewery in Richmond on July 25, 2019.

McAuliffe is focused on winning the state legislature, first

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe might not be running a campaign, but you wouldn't know it by looking at his packed schedule or by listening to his polished, election-ready commentary on Virginia...
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Virginia standardized test scores spur concerns over achievement gap

Virginia standardized test scores were released yesterday, and education officials were disappointed with the results. The Washington Post reports that 78% of students passed the state reading exam — about the...

Alexandria launches marijuana possession diversion program

Starting September 3, citizens charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Alexandria will have their charges dismissed, so long as they successfully complete a new diversion program, Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter...

McEachin aims to bring residential solar to the masses

Congressman Donald McEachin (D-Va.) introduced legislation this week to make residential solar energy more affordable for low-income families. The Low-Income Solar Energy Act would expand a federally funded program that helps low-income households...

Poll shows voters ready for change in Virginia

Virginia voters heavily favor having Democrats take control of the state legislature in the November elections over leaving Republicans in power, according to a poll released Monday by the Wason Center for Public Policy...