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
5:04 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Virginia to Digitize Vital Records Dating to Early 20th Century

It's been two years in the making, but now a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry has allowed the state to digitize the Commonwealth’s vital records-including some that were believed to be lost forever.

State leaders say this is huge: more than 16-million death, birth, and marriage certificates - as well as divorce decrees - have been scanned and digitized and can now be accessed for genealogy and family history research.

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Localities Left Scrambling
12:15 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Replacing VA's Voting Machines

After the State Board of Elections in April decertified the touchscreen voting machines used in 20 percent of Virginia’s precincts, the localities with June primaries were left scrambling to find replacements for their WinVote equipment in time.  But a state elections official says one way or another, the voters there will be accommodated. While localities are implementing a variety of short-term fixes, the state is working on a more long-term, uniform solution.

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Law & Crime
7:39 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence Submits Final Report

Its work done, the Governor's Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence has submitted its final report to the McAuliffe administration. It includes 21 recommendations and is touted by its members to be the most comprehensive step in curbing violence, making it easier to report assaults, and changing the mindset of communities toward victims.

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Weather
12:52 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Preparing for Hurricane Flooding

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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The hurricane season won’t officially begin for a few more days, but with all the tragic events still unfolding in Texas and Oklahoma due to flooding and violent storms, a number of state agencies are emphasizing that Virginians should prepare now. That means stocking up on supplies AND making sure families have the right insurance coverage during this Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week. 

Many Virginians are not aware that we're right in the middle of a state tax holiday where emergency supplies such as batteries, flashlights, and bottled water are sales-tax free.

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Transportation
3:13 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

One Motorcyclist Hopes Drivers Increase Awareness

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"Measure twice, cut once." The old adage holds especially true for the many motorists who will hit the road this summer. One veteran motorcyclist is asking millions of drivers to measure their surroundings to AVOID cutting off, hitting, or injuring “two-wheelers.”

After he was approached by Allstate to participate in a motorcycle awareness campaign, veteran motorcyclist Nate Hudson embarked on a 111-day trek across all 50 states. And the first thing he wants to relay is the onus isn't just on drivers to keep riders safe.

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