Senator proposes bill to legalize sports betting in Virginia

State Sen. J. Chapman “Chap” Petersen says his bill to legalize sports betting in Virginia will “recognize the obvious.” “It is increasingly impossible to prevent people from betting on sports,” said Peterson, a Democrat who represents Fairfax, Falls Church, part of Alexandria, and part of Fairfax County. Petersen announced in late November that he was filing legislation in the 2019 […]

Advocates seek laws to help immigrants drive, study

Immigrant rights advocates urged legislators Wednesday to provide driving privileges, wage theft protection and in-state tuition to people who reside in Virginia illegally. The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights — composed of more than 20 immigrant justice organizations — laid out its legislative agenda on behalf of the state’s estimated 270,000 residents without legal permission to live in the U.S. […]

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JAN 11 The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present its 18th anniversary performance of “The Legend of the Poinsettia” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The story is based on the Mexican legend about a pure-hearted young girl who discovers […]

Varina troop promotes Girl Scout cookies with video parodying Jason Mraz hit

Girl Scout Troop 3033 of Varina has gone all out once again to promote Girl Scout cookie season. This year, the scouts have put together a video that parodies the Jason Mraz song “Have It All.” Hanover County native Mraz filmed his music video of the tune in Richmond – and according to troop dad Brian Gemmell, “We did our […]

Legislators outline plans for expanding mental health services

Legislators proposed recommendations Tuesday to expand Virginia’s mental health services — including “right-sizing” the state hospital system, altering law enforcement training procedures and providing correctional facilities access to health records. A General Assembly subcommittee will push legislation requiring the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to “right- size” the state hospital system by ensuring the appropriate number, capacity and […]