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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Government & Politics
5:06 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

ABLE Savings Trust: Lighten the Load

Legislation signed by Governor McAuliffe creates what he says is the first state that establishes a trust account for certain people with disabilities.

 

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Surveillance Legislation
6:06 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Virginia ACLU Urges Lawmakers to Reign In Surveillance Powers

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While the Virginia ACLU applauds Governor McAuliffe's signing of a number of bills this past legislative session, the organization opposes his amendments to several bills that had aimed to reign in the government’s powers of surveillance--and which passed the General Assembly overwhelmingly.  The ACLU is asking state lawmakers to reject the amendments when they soon return to Richmond.  

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Declining Population
4:41 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

"Kill the Bees, Kill the Economy"

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Annually for about 13 years, Virginia—like many other states—has been losing about 30% of its honey bee population to a host of problems.  

Some might think that there’s no need to worry.  But aside from the delicious honey they produce, bees are a major contributor to the production of Virginia agriculture, the state's top commodity.

Kill the bees, kill the economy—not to mention furthering the slow breakdown of the ecosystem. So what's leading to the decline? Virginia Tech entomologist Dr. Troy Anderson says a lot of factors are responsible.

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Conforming to Federal Mandates
5:02 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Concerns Over Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

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Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.

The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX  coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours.  One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.

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Government & Politics
6:43 am
Mon March 16, 2015

The Bake Sale Debate

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A Virginia lawmaker and groups of parents and students are hoping the Governor and First Lady keep their hands and noses out of their cookie jars. Delegate Richard Bell wants schools to be able to raise money through bake sales-or sales of other products that some call “junk food”-on school property.  But that would remain prohibited if Governor McAuliffe vetoes a measure that may or may not compete with the First Lady's prominent focus on nutrition.  

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