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.
Some Virginia localities already use police body cameras at their own discretion. But as more consider utilizing the tool, the state's Secure Commonwealth Panel is drafting recommendations to establish specific guidelines. However, the state ACLU has a little bit of a problem with how they're going about it.
Over the past several years, Virginia has seen its share of mass shootings, targeted killings, high-profile suicides, and a growing number of crimes all associated with both mental health and criminal justice.
To address what some have labeled an epidemic, the state has created a new Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. And, it’s a means to streamline and coordinate resources and services.
Taking a page from the McDonnell-Bolling book of party unification, Attorney General Mark Herring now says--midway into his term--that he is backing Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for Governor, while Herring will run for a second term.
Noting a remarkable turnaround since he spoke to them last year, Governor McAuliffe has told the General Assembly’s money committees that the Commonwealth's financial situation is great-and how he would like to move forward. During his remarks to lawmakers Thursday, he emphasized his focus on economic development and acquiring military contracts, but much of his speech was devoted to investing in education.