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Past articles by Evan:

Virginia Beach students' bill to fight food waste gains unanimous approval of state lawmakers

The bill would eliminate liability for organizations that donate food past its "best-by" or "sell-by" dates... labels that don't correlate with health and safety. → Read More

Portsmouth leaders suggested Operation Legend to fight violent crime surge. But the program no longer exists.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Operation Legend, a program initiated by the Trump administration to help address violent crime, was shut down in 2021. → Read More

Portsmouth lags behind rest of Hampton Roads in vaccination rates. Health officials want to change that.

As daily COVID-19 vaccinations drop to record-low levels in Virginia, Portsmouth is expanding school clinics and mobile vaccination options to reach more people. → Read More

After thousands of tax documents sent to wrong people in Virginia Beach, state offers credit monitoring

The Virginia Department of Taxation said a vendor mistakenly sent tax documents with someone else’s information to 15,000 people. They'll get free credit monitoring. → Read More

Former Hampton Roads Regional Jail officer charged for allegedly choking, assaulting inmate

Portsmouth police arrested ex-officer Robert Whitaker last month. Johnnie Simmons claims he was handcuffed when Whitaker choked him until he passed out in 2019. → Read More

13News Now Investigates: Hampton Roads police department turn to gunshot detection technology, but is it effective?

Newport News and Virginia Beach police leaders praise ShotSpotter and its influence on response times and investigations. Data and studies present efficacy questions → Read More

Virginia has paid out about $650 million in rent, mortgage relief payments

After changing its online portal, the Rent Relief Program is paying out more than any other point in the pandemic. → Read More

Poll: Most Virginia voters oppose Critical Race Theory ban, other Youngkin-backed policies

A Wason Center poll shows a disconnect between voters’ preferences and actions in Richmond on issues such as education, the environment and vaccination policies. → Read More

DeShayla Harris' mother to speak to Virginia Beach City Council about possible memorial

Harris was shot and killed at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on a violent night in March 2021. Her mother will speak to council members on Tuesday. → Read More

Virginia Beach offers hiring, retention incentives to mental and behavioral healthcare workers

Workforce leaders hope $1,000 bonuses can help fill a "desperate need" for qualified staff, especially in direct care positions → Read More

Marijuana bills stall in Virginia's GOP-controlled House

Republicans in the House of Delegates said they will instead wait for the Democrat-controlled Senate to send its own bill over. → Read More

Looking to get tested for COVID-19? Some K9s in Newport News could help.

After a year of training and trials, AK9I is offering community COVID-19 testing at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, with dogs smelling saliva samples. → Read More

Music and Memory: The whitewashing and redemption of jazz singer Claudia Thompson

For nearly 60 years, mysterious jazz singer Claudia Thompson was known by her one album, until a discovery pushed a new record label to rewrite the wrongs of history → Read More

Norfolk leaders propose expansion for St. Paul's revitalization project

The expansion would add to mixed-use housing development plans, including replacement housing for Tidewater Gardens residents, a city spokeswoman said. → Read More

Thousands of tax documents sent to wrong people in Virginia Beach in state mailing mistake

According to the Virginia Department of Taxation, up to 15,000 taxpayers, "mostly in the Virginia Beach area," received tax documents with someone else’s info. → Read More

Eastern Shore receives heaviest snowfall, most overnight power outages resolved in the morning

Strong winds and snowfall shut down many businesses on the Eastern Shore, as crews worked overnight to restore power to thousands of people. → Read More

Eastern Shore forecast creates 'perfect storm' for power outages; workers, residents prepare

A projected combination of strong wind gusts and heavy snow may create power outages along the Eastern Shore over the weekend. → Read More

Unemployment benefit delays reported, despite new online portal, low claims

Unemployed workers who lost their jobs in October and November said they’re still waiting on approvals and payments, while the VEC undergoes a leadership change. → Read More

COVID-19 testing demand steady after weekend closures, some report delays in results

Despite winter storm closings and many people staying inside, public health officials said the storm likely didn’t affect the spread of the virus. → Read More

Virginia Beach kids find the fun in rare winter snowfall

Virginia Beach kids got to enjoy the snowfall. Snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels and sledding -- when there’s snow, there’s opportunity. → Read More