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Job losses, evictions and utility cutoffs: Being poor amid COVID-19 outbreak

Va. lawmakers block paid sick time bill as coronavirus sparks national conversation

As Northam signs bill extending parole eligibility for juveniles, convicted D.C. sniper drops resentencing request

Virginia lawmakers say smoking hemp is fine if you’re 21

Virginia lawmakers vote to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses

‘I just have a libertarian streak.’ Nine House Republicans vote with Democrats to decriminalize marijuana.

General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021

Aiming to rein in student loan industry, Virginia House passes ‘borrowers bill of rights’

When police say they smell pot, they can search you. Lawmakers worry decriminalization won’t change that.

Va. Senate votes to prohibit conversion therapy, create transgender school policy, repeal gay marriage ban

Democrats seek repeal of mandatory ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period for abortions

Did arena developers pay people to hold signs at a Richmond City Council meeting?

Virginia GOP’s promised gun-law study yields three-page report that makes no recommendations

A slot machine showdown in Chesterfield parking lot highlights legal uncertainty

Poll: Democrats have edge in competitive Senate districts

5 ways health care is shaping the debate in this year’s General Assembly election

National Park Service renames Stonewall Jackson Shrine

Poll: Support for legal marijuana spikes in Virginia

Most public defenders in Richmond make less than a secretary in the prosecutor’s office. They want a raise

Northam’s approval rating climbs

Poll: Biden favorite among Va. voters, but Warren, Sanders and Harris all lead Trump

Virginia rolls out new fleet to take mentally ill to psychiatric hospitals

Bingo games struggling to hang on in Va.

Virginia Lottery says it’s on track to lose $140 million this year to ‘skill games’

Virginia hospitals oppose plan to stop some surprise medical bills

Roadside exhaust sniffers caught almost 900 vehicles in Northern Va. last year

Why a Virginia Democrat says he launched a political fundraiser off of a mass shooting that was still unfolding

Hemp is legal. Marijuana isn’t. State forensic scientists say soon they’ll have tests to tell the two apart

‘It’s just so rampant’: Therapist fined for issuing fake emotional support animal certification

Nearly $71 million wagered last month at Colonial Downs’ new casinos