Legislators and victims plead for expansions on distracted driving bill

Teary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony. Others held framed pictures of loved ones who died in distracted driving crashes. The press conference was to advocate for HB 1811, introduced by Del. Christopher Collins, R-Frederick. Sen. Richard […]

Statewide campaign to prevent auto theft kicks off

The Virginia State Police’s Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Program is launching a new statewide campaign aimed at reducing the chances of Virginians having their vehicles stolen from in front of their residences or in parking lots. Through a new video public service announcement and a new social media platform, the HEAT Program is working to raise the awareness about […]

Cinderella Dreams Project collecting prom dresses

Puritan Cleaners, YMCA’s of Greater Richmond, the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club, Westchester Commons and Summit Media have once again joined forces to ensure that no young woman is denied her chance to experience a quintessential event of adolescence – attending her prom. The Cinderella Dreams Project aims to help shoulder the financial burden of attending this formal event by providing […]

Southwest weekend service to Tampa, Orlando begins in August

Local travelers soon will have two new ways to reach Florida. Southwest Airlines has announced a new nonstop route – Richmond-Tampa – and the return of seasonal Richmond-Orlando service. Service between Richmond and Tampa will operate on Saturdays and Sundays, and Richmond-Orlando on Saturdays, beginning Aug. 10 for both destinations. Flight times will be as follows: Saturdays from Richmond to […]

House committee passes opioid-antidote measure for school personnel

School nurses and some staff members would be allowed to give drugs to counteract opioid overdoses under a bill that unanimously passed a House committee earlier this week. The bill, HB 2318, introduced by Del. John McGuire, R-Henrico, now moves to the full House of Delegates after its success in the Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions. The bill allows […]

Tran defends herself after national backlash from abortion bill

Del. Kathy Tran, D-Springfield, was once known for campaigning with her youngest daughter and nursing her on the Virginia House floor. Today, she is being accused by Republicans nationwide of encouraging the murder of children. Tran’s proposal for a bill which would eliminate certain abortion requirements for Virginian women, HB2491, received intense national backlash this week, following its subcommittee hearing […]

Senate kills permit-free handgun bill

The Virginia Senate killed a bill that would have made Virginia one of only 13 states to allow gun-owners to carry a firearm anywhere in the state without a permit. The bill, SB1158, would have made it legal for any person who is eligible to acquire a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed weapon without a permit anywhere in […]