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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Science & Technology
4:30 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Information Technology: Securing Privacy

State lawmakers have been learning more about how the Virginia Information Technologies Agency protects and oversees the Commonwealth's most sensitive databases.  

They're finding out that while Medicaid expansion is supposed to help benefit those who need services, the state might not be prepared for the influx of data the expansion would bring with it.

Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon tells the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission that potential vulnerabilities always exist within the system.

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VA Tech Shootings
6:28 am
Fri September 13, 2013

VA Tech Victim Families Still Seeking Closure

Credit Virginia Tech

Thirty-two sets of families are still dealing with the losses they experienced six years ago due to the Virginia Tech shootings.  And while they have tried to heal in their own ways, two still believe there's an injustice that must be righted. It's why they appeared at the Virginia Supreme Court, where they also heard state attorneys argue why a ruling holding Tech responsible for the massacre should be overturned.

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Government & Politics
4:21 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Is a Toll a Tax?

State leaders say they do not have a contingency plan if the Virginia Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling that tolls are taxes and not user fees.  

A group of Hampton Roads residents won a victory earlier this year over whether or not they are being unfairly tolled to pay for construction of a second Midtown Tunnel and maintenance of other tunnels.

Those who support VDOT's position say that if residents within that region win this lawsuit, citizens throughout the entire state will lose.

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Separate Visits
4:36 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Visiting Former Governor Doug Wilder's Classroom

Virginia's gubernatorial candidates don't agree on much and when invited to various forums, they speak at different times.

But during a candidates' visit to the Virginia Commonwealth University class of former Governor Douglas Wilder, they both agreed on a matter that has been a sticking point for current Governor Bob McDonnell. 

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Law & Crime
11:03 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Progress Made in Fighting Human Trafficking

The Polaris Project is an organization active in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and globally.

Pushing for stronger state laws, they rank states on their efforts fight trafficking. Virginia once had a poor score but that has changed.

Three years ago, Polaris Project ranked Virginia at "tier 4"—its lowest ranking—for efforts to fight human trafficking.

Since then, lawmakers have increased penalties, provided more tools to help law enforcement identify and track such cases, and backed awareness campaigns.

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