Joe Dashiell, WHSVnews

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Roanoke, VA, United States

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Past articles by Joe:

Virginia General Assembly adjourns

State lawmakers adjourned Saturday, after acting on more than 2,000 bills and passing a stopgap budget. But their work isn’t done. → Read More

General Assembly session promises conflict and compromise

When the Virginia General Assembly convenes next month in Richmond, the headlines might tell a tale of two sessions - with stories of major conflict and compromise. → Read More

WATCH: Hard Rock breaks ground on casino in Bristol

BRISTOL, Va. (WDBJ) - Wednesday, crews with the Hard Rock broke ground on Virginia’s first full-service casino in Bristol. The temporary casino opened in a former shopping mall in July, with over 800 slot machines and 21 table games. Construction of the permanent Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol is began with Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony. Copyright 2022 WDBJ. All rights reserved. → Read More

State revenues grow, even as economy slows

State revenues continued to grow in the first quarter of the budget year, even as the national economy slowed. → Read More

Rising profile fuels speculation about Gov. Youngkin’s national prospects

The rising profile of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is fueling speculation he has national political aspirations. → Read More

Youngkin administration to move forward with plan to withdraw from greenhouse gas initiative

Supporters of the effort to address climate change are saying not so fast. → Read More

Virginia’s first full-service casino opens in Bristol

It was a big day in Bristol, Virginia as the state’s first full-service casino opened its doors. → Read More

Take the long view, experts say, as market downturn continues

Although the drop will rattle some investors, experts say it shouldn’t come as a surprise. → Read More

Roanoke gun buyback event scheduled in June

The groups that organized a gun buyback event in Roanoke last summer say they plan to do it again next month. → Read More

Progress reported in state budget talks

Wednesday afternoon a member of the budget conference committee said House and Senate negotiators are very close to an agreement. → Read More

Veterans head to Washington as Honor Flight trips resume

A dozen veterans returned to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford with a motorcycle escort, and a warm welcome from a crowd of family and friends. It was the first trip for the region’s Honor Flight organization since the pandemic began over two years ago. → Read More

Skill games lawsuit leads to new racing partnership

Sen. Bill Stanley teamed up with former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler to challenge the state’s ban on skill games. And now they have a race team sponsored by Pace-O-Matic, a company that manufactures many of the skill games operating in Virginia. → Read More

State budget negotiations continue, two weeks after General Assembly adjourned

Two weeks after the regular session of the General Assembly ended, we’re still waiting for a compromise on the state budget. Lawmakers left Richmond earlier this month without passing a new two- year spending plan, and negotiators have been working behind the scenes to strike a deal. → Read More

Montgomery County Sheriff appointed to Virginia Parole Board

Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin has been appointed to the Virginia Parole Board by Governor Glenn Youngkin. In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Partin said he expects to fill a part-time position on the parole board and continue to serve the citizens of Montgomery County as Sheriff. → Read More

Skill games back online in Virginia

Skill Games are going back online across the Commonwealth, after a judge granted a temporary injunction Monday. → Read More

Governor’s race shatters fundraising record

It should come as no surprise that the candidates for governor raised more money this year than in any previous Virginia election, but they shattered the record. → Read More

Pipeline protesters face judge in Montgomery County

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline who were arrested during a protest in August were in court Monday. Ten defendants were convicted of misdemeanors and fined, but they won’t be spending time in jail. → Read More

Warner supports debt ceiling reforms

Senator Mark Warner says failing to raise the debt ceiling would be “stupidity on steroids.” He says Congress should consider reforming the process. → Read More

Herring pledges to defend abortion rights

Virginia Democrats continue to make abortion rights a central issue of their statewide campaigns. Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Mark Herring held a virtual news conference with Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, and Virginia State Sen. Jennifer Boysko. → Read More

Judge declines to move skill games lawsuit to Richmond

A judge in Greensville County has denied a change of venue for a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on skill games. → Read More