State Government

Virginia Could Build Two New Prisons for Kids

Jan 11, 2016
VA Dept. of Juvenile Justice

On any given day, the state of Virginia is dealing with about 5,000 kids who’ve broken the law.  Some are on probation or parole.  Others are in community programs, but about 400 are locked up.  Eighty percent of them end up committing new crimes within three years of being released.  Now, lawmakers in Richmond will debate reforming the juvenile justice system by building two new detention centers.

VMFA Visits Cuba Hoping for Partnership

Jan 6, 2016
AP File Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Governor McAuliffe returns from Cuba having spent the last 3 days with his cabinet pursuing stronger economic and educational ties with the increasingly unrestricted nation.

One group you might not expect was along for the ride: representatives from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Why Governor's Trip Could Make Money and History

Jan 4, 2016
Associated Press/Ramon Espinosa

Governor Terry McAuliffe is in the midst of a three-day trip to Cuba, hoping to drum up new business for Virginia, but as Sandy Hausman reports, his mission could benefit businesses nationwide.

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Gun owners from out of state will find it harder to carry a concealed weapon in Virginia, beginning this February.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says the state will no longer recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states whose standards aren't as strict as Virginia's.

North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee -- Those states all border Virginia, and it used to be that if you had a concealed carry permit issued from them then Virginia would automatically recognize it as valid within its borders too.

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Part of Governor McAuliffe’s overall proposed budget includes more than $1 billion dollars allotted for education.

Among the initiatives poised to receive that funding, John O’Neil with the Virginia Education Association says several stand out, such as adding thousands of much-needed teaching positions, and a $50 million dollar increase in funding for programs helping at-risk students