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  • Thu, 04/11/2019 :

    VIENNA, Va. - It was two years ago when the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority decided to eliminate a bus route that many people relied on as their primary mode of transportation. Thanks to grassroots efforts, that route is up and running again.

  • Wed, 04/10/2019 : Prince WilliamTimes

    In voting to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees, Virginia lawmakers paved the way for as many as 13,000 residents of Prince William and Fauquier counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to have their driver’s licenses reinstated July 1.

  • Fri, 04/05/2019 : Charlottesville Tomorrow

    RICHMOND — During the reconvened General Assembly session, state legislators voted Wednesday to eliminate driver’s license suspension fees for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid court fees or fines.

    More than 600,000 Virginians have been affected by the law, which can have a disproportionate effect on lower income Virginians for whom public transportation may be sparse or inconvenient and the ability to drive is a necessity for them to get to work. 

  • Thu, 04/04/2019 :

    On Wednesday night, Virginia's General Assembly agreed to a budget amendment which ended the state's practice of suspending the driver's licenses of people with unpaid court fees. Many argue that practice made it hard for people to repay their debts. However, as News4's Drew Wilder reports, this "vicious cycle" might be relitigated next year.

  • Thu, 04/04/2019 : News 3

    RICHMOND, Va. - Overshadowed by the sexual assault allegations surrounding Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Virginia lawmakers upheld all of Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes.

    The General Assembly convened Wednesday for just one day to consider Northam’s vetoes of bills passed during the Assembly’s regular session.

  • Tue, 02/12/2019 : Washington Post

    Young Virginians, raised amid a culture of tobacco and enamored of the newly popular vaping products, probably will have to wait to buy smoking materials until they turn 21 under a bill passed this week by the General Assembly.

  • Fri, 10/26/2018 : Fairfax County Times

    Virginia’s current cash bail system prioritizes money over safety and is in clear need of reform, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a gathering of Northern Virginia faith communities at Fairfax High School on Oct. 21.

  • Mon, 10/22/2018 :

    FAIRFAX, Va. — They’re not on the ballot for the 2018 midterm election, but two of Virginia’s top leaders fielded questions from a multifaith, nonpartisan group at Fairfax High School Sunday.

  • Mon, 10/22/2018 :

    Attorney General Herring called for reforms to Virginia’s cash bail system, citing potential policy and constitutional concerns and the availability of alternatives that can keep communities safe.

  • Mon, 12/11/2017 : National Catholic Reporter

    Thousands of northern Virginia Catholics knew Fr. Gerard (Gerry) Creedon for his Irish baritone and the twinkle in his eye, but many more knew him for his untiring advocacy of Catholic social teaching.

    Creedon, born in County Cork 73 years ago and ordained for the Richmond Diocese in 1968 (the Arlington Diocese was created six years later), lived Pope Francis' vision of a church at the margins decades before anyone had heard of Jose Mario Bergoglio.

  • Mon, 12/04/2017 : Washington Post

    When her daughters were children, Khadija Athman packed the major Islamic holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, with celebration.

    They opened gifts and covered their hands in henna. After prayer, they had breakfast at a pancake house before spending the day at the movies and Chuck E. Cheese's.

  • Mon, 11/06/2017 : Prince William Times

    When Phyllis Robinson cracked the door to her Westgate townhome to greet the strangers standing on her front stoop Saturday afternoon, she seemed to understand immediately why they were there. Still, she had a question: “What are you, Democrat or Republican?”

  • Tue, 08/08/2017 :

    A non-profit organization in Alexandria is calling for the city council to invest more funds to build and preserve affordable housing in the area, and has proposed land owned by Metro as potential sites for new units.

  • Wed, 07/26/2017 : Washington Post

    An increasingly powerful coalition of faith-based activists won a commitment from a majority of the Alexandria City Council on Tuesday to increase support for public housing and affordable housing in the city.

  • Thu, 03/02/2017 : WUSA9

    President Donald Trump called for the creation of a new agency in his joint address to Congress Tuesday, one that assists victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

  • Thu, 12/01/2016 : Prince William Times

    Back in 2001, the Prince William Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring the county a “No-Hate Zone.”

    In the wake of a divisive national election -- and board Chairman Corey Stewart’s recent vow to “hunt down” undocumented immigrants – two groups are calling on Prince William officials to denounce such comments and reaffirm the county’s 15-year-old pledge.

  • Thu, 11/05/2015 : Washington Post

    One exception to the North Arlington dominance came from the interfaith group VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), which has been at the forefront of the Arlington affordable housing debate. The nonprofit and nonpartisan group spread out Sunday through Tuesday to knock on doors and pass the word of the importance of the County Board election at bus stops in two low-turnout precincts.

  • Wed, 11/04/2015 : The Connection to your Community

    More than 40 volunteers in bright yellow shirts saying “Your Voice is Your Vote” flooded two particularly low-voting precincts on Sunday, Nov. 1 to encourage voters to turnout on Election Day.

  • Tue, 11/03/2015 : ArlNow

    A group of more than 40 people in yellow shirts has been knocking on the doors of homes in the Glebe and Arlington Mill voting districts the past few days in hopes of increasing voter turnout today.

  • Tue, 11/03/2015 : ArlNow

    A group of more than 40 people in yellow shirts has been knocking on the doors of homes in the Glebe and Arlington Mill voting districts the past few days in hopes of increasing voter turnout today.