POLITICS AND POLICY
General Assembly coverage
The art of skipping votes: Lawmakers periodically scuttle off the floor to avoid voting on bills, making it hard for the public to hold them accountable for their positions.
Rural Democrats once backed by NRA feel pressure: Democrats taking over the General Assembly and commanding the executive branch means gun control is finally happening.
"We're not going away": Virginia Tech families' long fight for gun control.
Luring data centers to Southwest Virginia: The unique pitch to use natural resources and the competitive tax incentives to attract data centers.
Debate to fix I-81 stalls: Legislators agree I-81 needs fixed, but they don't agree on how to come up with the money to fix it.
General Assembly remade: After a consequential year after Democrats took control of Richmond, rural legislators say the urban-rural divide has widened.
Heightened judicial scrutiny: Legislators have been stepping up their scrutiny of judges, with the latest hearing causing a senator to shout an expletive.
Providing a clean slate: Virginia has one of the most limited processes to seal records, and lawmakers want to change that.
"Are you ready to start winning again?": After a series of losses, Republicans are spending a weekend at a resort where the booze is flowing and sobering conversations about coming up with a winning strategy.
"We're in another world": The coronavirus pandemic lays bare the digital divide, which Virginia is urgently trying to address.
Starlink is here: Can satellite internet solve Virginia's broadband problems?
Access and affordability: Virginia is plowing money into cable broadband, but there's no plan to make it affordable.
Denver Riggleman is being himself: A Republican with a "mean Libertarian streak" is who he says he is. That's been getting him in trouble.
Sen. Bill Stanley's fight isn't over: The Republican state senator even takes on his own party in his push for criminal justice reform and fixing schools.
Sam Rasoul, the problem-solver: As one of a handful of Democrats in the legislature, Del. Rasoul wants to help those who feel forgotten.
Idea to grow rural Virginia: A state commission will help pay off student debt for those who move to rural Virginia.
O'Rourke visits Trump country: The 2020 presidential candidate visits the county that voted the most strongly for President Donald Trump.
Back of the Dragon breaths new life into community: The coal industry declined, and the people left. A stretch of road in Tazewell County is beginning to lift up the economy.
CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Living in honor of Alison Parker: Following the fatal shooting of his girlfriend and colleague on live television, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst set out to accomplish a variety of tasks in honor of her. “It’s helped me kind of not have such an abrupt ending to her life,” he said.
"I can't do this again": A mother loses two sons to gun violence in Roanoke 18 years apart.
Struggle to open needle exchanges: Public health and law enforcement agencies butt heads as first exchange prepares to open.
It took prison to get clean: Robert Brown was addicted to drugs for three decades, until he landed in prison for the fourth time.
Shot at recovery: A Roanoke County jail is the first in the region to offer medication-assisted therapy to inmates suffering from addiction.
Cocaine comeback: As the opioid crisis rages on, more people -- like Joe Fleming -- are dying from cocaine and methamphetamine overdoses.
Shift from arresting to helping: Roanoke police signal a shift in strategy with Roanoke Valley Hope Initiative.
"We want to save lives": As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage Virginia, a family shares the story of how addiction claimed Jordan Gilbert.
"She didn't get another chance to fight": Tess Henry went to Las Vegas to get treatment for her opioid addiction. She was found brutally killed.
Law enforcement gradually embraces anti-overdose drug: After the removal of barriers, some agencies begin carrying naloxone.
Advocates push for broader training with naloxone: In Southwest Virginia, public health officials try to get anti-overdose drug in more hands.
Fallen Star rises in Roanoke: Star Jones was homeless, a prostitute, and addicted to heroin when she landed in prison for peddling stolen firearms for drugs. On Jan. 28, 2010, everything changed for her.
20 years of drug court: A graduation ceremony for those completing drug court also an historic occasion for the program.
Batch of bills includes Good Samaritan: Parents hope bill that may have saved their son who overdosed in Pulaski will help save others.
"Wolf in sheep's clothing": Roanoke County man preyed on women going through jail's drug recovery program.
Helping women move on: Women fleeing violent households are calling a group of men -- including three college football players -- to help them.
Grieving families cope with lack of resolution in homicide cases: A string of dropped or reduced charges have left families unsettled.
Building relationships in their court: In recent years, Roanoke police have increased their emphasis on developing relationships with youths.
Roanoke County police kill teen carrying broken BB gun: "In a way I feel like it's somewhat my fault that it happened. I'm the one that gave it to him."
Related: Releasing names of officers in shootings an issue that widely varies: Some agencies have policies and some don't, and the decision to release names has sometimes differed from case-to-case
Related: Roanoke County police to expand availability of beanbag guns: A beanbag gun was not quickly available night police fatally shot teen.
Year-end statistics include two unreported homicides: The department's police chief said he had no obligation to inform the public about homicides.
Teenage daughter of slain Roanoke man strives to succeed in his honor: Ronnae Ramey's year began with tragedy, and after some struggling, her future is beginning to look bright.
Workplace shooting kills 1, wounds 3: A man grazed by a bullet in the shooting describes seeing a former employee open fire.
Related: Spike in interest in active shooter training: Following two workplace shootings, spooked Roanoke businesses seek training.
Related: Rise of rescue task forces: Active shooter incidents encouraged development of new strategy for how EMS workers respond.
Solutions in policing
Cases built on casings: Improved access to national ballistics database could help solve gun crimes in Roanoke.
Caught on camera: In creative new approach, Virginia State Police tackles texting and driving by photographing potential culprits.
Initiative cracks down on domestic violence: Does telling a domestic violence offender to stop the abuse work? Roanoke police adopted an innovative approach that focuses on the offenders.
Mentoring helps children coping with an incarcerated parent: Kameron Copeland's mother has been in and out of jail for much of her childhood. The 9-year-old girl's mentor helps her get through those tough times.
History project strives to empower LGBT community: A bar crawl tours Roanoke's little known LGBT history.