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Special session on guns could test Virginia Beach delegation

State’s primary process is ‘something of a free for all’

Tuition freezes are a ‘watershed moment’ for college affordability, advocates say

‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records

Do minimum sentences protect victims of domestic violence?

Requirement for more school counselors not fully funded in state budget

After executive branch’s scandals, two new PACs form to fill the fundraising gap

Virginia ‘very closely’ following legal debate that could threaten interstate lottery games

How Virginia’s history textbooks are vetted

Teachers’ pay falls behind that of other college-educated workers, new study finds

More than a dozen roads are still being fixed from Tropical Storm Michael’s damage

Enrollment in Virginia’s community colleges continues to decline

Unfilled teaching positions in Virginia at a ‘crisis’ level

National group wants to back Virginia centrists, boost bipartisanship

State regulators have little power to stop trains from blocking crossings

Redistricting reform in Virginia clears first major hurdle

Advocates call in former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to push for Virginia redistricting reform

Lawmakers budget money to maintain voter rolls, fix elections system

What is ‘middle class’ in Virginia?

Facing a lawsuit, lawmakers move on lifting happy hour restrictions

Some school districts may struggle to find local match for proposed teacher pay raise

Instead of getting rid of Virginia’s liquor ratio rule, senators have plans to change it

Could changes be coming to Virginia’s alcohol laws?

Proposed food-sales threshold for Virginia’s liquor-ratio rule won’t help small businesses, owners say

Federal permits issued for Atlantic seismic testing, including along Virginia coast

A change that would make Virginia’s prepaid college savings plan more affordable

Lawmakers finalizing draft bill that would get rid of the liquor ratio for most restaurants

Boon or boondoggle? Officials, lawmakers, academics weigh in on proposed Amazon ‘megadeal’

Voter registration through the DMV can be an imperfect process, one voter learns

Election season isn’t over for all Virginians