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Only 7% of foster children in Virginia are placed with family members

Somewhere in Virginia right now, there’s a child waiting to be placed with a foster family. To minimize stress and instability, the best resolution for foster children is placement with a family member, which is the desired policy in most states. But according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this happens...

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Democratic-controlled U.S. House passes Violence Against Women Act

According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), the choice in front of lawmakers today was between helping victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse or helping the NRA and allowing stalkers and abusers to have access to firearms. In voting against the Violence Against Women Act, 157 House Republicans chose to help the NRA instead...

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This woman with stage four cancer had to give up her pain medication. Until she got Medicaid.

Three hundred dollars was the difference between having health insurance or having to pay out-of-pocket for Sophia Spruill. Sophia was at a chemotherapy treatment for her stage four liver cancer when she learned that her husband filed for divorce and removed her from his insurance policy. Out of work due to the rigorous treatment her...

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Democrats push to end drivers license suspension law

An estimated 638,000 Virginians are currently affected by drivers license suspension for not paying court fines – a practice, which has been called a modern “debtor’s prison.” On Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed a budget amendment that would end the practice of suspending licenses over unpaid court fees and fines. Surrounded by state officials and...

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Lime scooters coming to Fairfax County; sidewalks are upset

Good news, Fairfax County. You now have one more option for getting from point A to point B, and it doesn’t involve paying more tolls or sitting in traffic on Chainbridge Road. Lime, the company behind the electric scooters that have popped up across the country, will begin stationing their scooters in Fairfax County on...

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Northam signs bill allowing schools to open before Labor Day

Parents have a reason to be excited. Thanks to two new bills signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam, all Virginia schools will now be allowed to open before Labor Day. The bills take effect July 1, meaning schools could implement the changes as early as this fall. Schools will still take a four-day weekend...

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Richmond and Virginia Beach among the most gentrified cities in the nation

If you live in an American city in the 21st century, chances are you’ve encountered the hipster art galleries and artisanal coffee shops that are common hallmarks of gentrification. This is especially true if you live in Virginia Beach or Richmond, which are two of the most gentrified large cities in the nation, according to...