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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Training Prosecutors, Providing Shelters
4:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

One goal of outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is ensuring that there are advocates for domestic violence and human trafficking victims after he leaves office.  

One of Cuccinelli’s final acts as A-G is allocating millions of dollars for human trafficking victims.
Cuccinelli says while Virginia has made progress in finding, arresting, and increasing penalties for human traffickers, one of the system’s biggest holes is providing the victims with a sanctuary—a place to get back on their feet.

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Fundraisers, Parades & Parties
4:21 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

This Month's Inaugural Events

Richmond leaders are rolling out the red carpet for the inauguration on January 11th and the events leading up to it.

The inauguration itself will have lots of security, including the Secret Service, for the "dignitaries" expected to attend—which organizers are being very tight-lipped about.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones says events will be held throughout Virginia, but mostly the Capitol City. Many are open to the public and will include fundraisers, parades, and balls in several locations.

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A Retrospective - Part 1
7:50 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Bill Bolling: A Look Back at His Eight-Year Career

He served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor for eight years and as a state lawmaker for even longer—and now Bill Bolling is saying goodbye to public office.  In Part 1 of our retrospective series on the statewide officeholders, Bolling discusses his preparation for life in the private sector and the legacy he leaves behind. 

Bolling says he wanted to be Governor but does not regret his decision to NOT challenge Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the GOP nomination. He WILL, however, miss the people, service, and working at the State Capitol.

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Environment
4:43 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Wild Boars are Creating a Nuisance in Virginia

Virginia wildlife officials are dealing with a growing menace and don't quite know how to address it.  A feral hog population boom is prompting concern about its impact on the local ecology, agriculture, and human safety. Some residents may be to blame, while others may also be the solution.

Aaron Proctor with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says whether you refer to them as feral hogs, wild pigs, or wild boar:

And he says these animals have become a major nuisance and are popping up in areas where they shouldn't be.

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McAuliffe Appointments
7:13 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Governor-Elect Continues to Build His Administration

Credit www.timesdispatch.com

Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe is re-appointing a third cabinet secretary who served under Governor McDonnell.  McAuliffe acknowledged the contribution that Todd Haymore has made to Virginia's largest industry and asked him to stay on as Secretary of Agriculture. In addition, environmental groups are applauding his decision to name former Hampton Mayor Molly Ward as Secretary of Natural Resources.

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