Mechelle Hankerson, NBC12 WWBT Richmond

Mechelle Hankerson

NBC12 WWBT Richmond

Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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Past articles by Mechelle:

Scientists need 10,000 pets for largest-ever dog study of its kind

Scientists hope the study sheds light on human longevity too. → Read More

Teacher accused of threatening to shoot students in Wash.

Pierce County, Wash. deputies said Hillend-Jones made threats about shooting students while off campus during a conversation with adults. → Read More

Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars

The company is reportedly spending $6 billion on content to get you to sign up for the $4.99 a month service. → Read More

‘The party needs to have a tough conversation’: Republicans play catch-up when it comes to diversity

Compared to past cycles, the Virginia GOP is running a more diverse slate of candidates for this year’s General Assembly elections. → Read More

Virginia Beach will ask the General Assembly to ban conversion therapy

This comes a month after Richmond City Council adopted a nonbinding resolution banning the practice in the city. → Read More

Woman gets 17 years for stabbing father to death in Henrico

Jerome Isiah Dixon was found dead in a car abandoned along a roadway in Henrico County in 2017. → Read More

How Virginia’s new student loan ombudsman helps borrowers

Since January, students have been able to send concerns to Scott Kemp, the state’s first student loan ombudsman. → Read More

Groups want a passenger train route from the ‘Blue Ridge to the beach’

Residents are calling for the state to study the possibility of connecting the state via east-west passenger rail service. → Read More

Report: A million people likely won’t get state tax refund checks

The General Assembly agreed on a bipartisan plan earlier this year to deal with federal tax law changes. → Read More

Virginia gov picks panel to remove discriminatory laws

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has named nine people to a new commission designed to eliminate Jim Crow-era discriminatory language in state laws and regulations. → Read More

James Madison University apologizes for hypnotist show that left some in a trance

Students who were at the event, like Dausny Cruz, said the event was supposed to be fun but as it went on, not everybody was laughing. → Read More

‘Farmer’ Northam says trade war has cut profits for growers

Northam, speaking at a presentation to the Joint Money Committee, owns and leases about 50 acres of farm land on the Eastern Shore. → Read More

Federal agency says ‘go back where you came from’ is workplace harassment

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, if Pres. Donald Trump's controversial tweet was said in the workplace, it could be considered harassment. → Read More

Men lured through online dating, robbed and shot, Calif. deputies say

Deputies say they are working to determine if there are any additional victims. → Read More

State approves new teacher education programs to fight shortage

The College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia State, George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth universities are projected to produce 400 more teachers through 26 new bachelor degree programs. → Read More

Police release more than 1,000 files from Smollett probe

Chicago police on Monday released more than 1,000 files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim he was attacked by two men, including video footage that for the first time shows the "Empire" actor with a thin, white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose. → Read More

Special session on guns could test Virginia Beach delegation

Virginia Beach is the state's most populous city and its delegation in Richmond generally prefers to stay out of political fights on controversial topics. → Read More

State’s primary process is ‘something of a free for all’

With primary day on Tuesday, it’s still unclear who the actual Republican nominee is in the 97th House District. → Read More

Tuition freezes are a ‘watershed moment’ for college affordability, advocates say

At each of Virginia’s public colleges and universities, in-state undergraduate students won’t pay more in tuition next school year. → Read More

‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records

Lawmakers have put pressure on the library to work faster, but have shied away from giving the library funding it would need to do so. → Read More