Tommie McNeil

Reporter, Richmond Bureau

Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.

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AP Day at the Richmond Times Dispatch
4:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Former Senator Jim Webb Discusses Policies & Presidency

Sticking to his promise not to discuss or attack any other potential 2016 presidential candidate, former Democratic U.S. Senator Jim Webb  did discuss where he believes the U.S. needs improvement—and where his own party has contributed to the dysfunction in Congress. 
 

Webb says he's very concerned about the country—and the reason that he ran for Senate is the same reason he's considering running for president. He says U.S. national security and foreign policies have in many ways been on auto-pilot since 9-11.  His other priorities include getting his party back on track.

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Under Attack Electronically
12:58 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Boosting Cyber-Security in Virginia

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When Americans think of terrorism, they often envision 9-11-style attacks or some other extreme act of violence. But the nation’s enemies don't just hail from a specific part of the world, and Americans are under attack every day—not by air, land, or sea, but electronically through data breaches and hacking.

That's why the commonwealth’s Cyber Security Commission is focusing on discovering vulnerabilities and strengthening the state's databases.

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Health & Medicine
4:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

VA's Uninsured Children

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A Virginia child advocacy organization has a new take on "No Child Left Behind"—that is, making sure all children in Virginia have health insurance.

And while that is possible right now, Voices for Virginia's Children says that could change in the very near future if federal lawmakers don't act.

The good news, according to Voices' Margaret Nimmo Crowe, is that Virginia’s rate of uninsured children is 5.4% — which is relatively low. However there are still more than 100,000 children in Virginia who are uninsured.

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Law & Crime
5:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

'Tie One on for Safety' Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty

By law, a motorist who is believed to be driving under the influence will be arrested. But today, State Police joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations to appeal to drivers as parents, siblings, significant others, and humans to save lives by simply handing over the keys and finding a designated driver if they’ve been drinking. 

Flanked by safety advocates and law enforcement officials, State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty discussed the already alarming statistics.

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EPA Proposals
5:23 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Discussion on EPA Proposals Continues with Rallies in Richmond

Dozens of people rallied outside the State Capitol yesterday to support tougher new EPA proposals for electricity-generating plants. At the same time, Virginia lawmakers were hearing from stakeholders—and trying to determine how the state could be effected if the rules are adopted. There were a lot of questions but few answers.

Senator Dick Saslaw questioned why the EPA won’t give more credit to Virginia’s nuclear power plants in setting its carbon emission reduction targets—hypothetically, even if nuclear power were the ONLY source. 

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