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This week at the Virginia Capitol: GOP’s trans sports ban

Illustration of the Virginia State Capitol with lines radiating from it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

House Republicans are advancing a ban on transgender girls and women competing in K-12 women’s sports.

Why it matters: The legislation is part of a nationwide push in the GOP to roll back transgender rights.

Karri Peifer
Feb 3, 2023 - News

Richmond breweries are adding in-house restaurants, wine and more

Illustration of an open beer can with the bubbles forming the letters RVA.

Illustration: Victoria Ellis/Axios

Pizza and cocktails at Hardywood, tacos with a bottle of bubbles at The Veil, charcuterie and cider at Ardent and a mimosa with biscuits and gravy at Three Notch'd.

Richmond breweries are all grown up and starting to look a lot like — what's the word I'm looking for? Ah, restaurants.

Ned Oliver
Feb 2, 2023 - News

Virginia Democrats poised to block more Youngkin nominees

Photo illustration of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin with lines radiating from him.

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios; Photo: Robb Hill/Washington Post via Getty Images

Another fight over Gov. Youngkin's nominees to key state posts is brewing in the General Assembly.

What’s happening: Senate Democrats signaled this week they might reject Youngkin's pick to lead the Virginia Department of Health and one of his appointees to the UVA Board of Visitors.

Karri Peifer
Feb 1, 2023 - Sports

A VCU student's custom sneaker art is being worn by pro athletes

Mitchell is a self-taugh artist. Image: Courtesy of Jaden Mitchell

People have been drawing on sneakers forever, but VCU junior and student-athlete Jaden Mitchell has made a business of his art — and his custom kicks are now worn by NBA and Olympic athletes.

Why it matters: Sneaker culture is a multibillion-dollar industry, and this business and accounting double major is just getting started.

Karri Peifer
Jan 30, 2023 - News

Richmond loves big trucks

Data: S&P Global Mobility; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: S&P Global Mobility; Chart: Axios Visuals

Pickup trucks are getting bigger and heavier, and their popularity is soaring in Virginia.

Driving the news: Four of Richmond's 10 bestselling vehicles last year were pickup trucks, according to vehicle registration data from January through November 2022 by S&P Global Mobility.

Ned Oliver
Jan 26, 2023 - News

Richmonders' thoughts on crime in their neighborhoods

Hill, Knight and Sewell. Photos: Ned Oliver/Axios

How people experience crime in Richmond often depends on where they live.

What they're saying: Here's what three Richmonders said this week about crime in their neighborhoods.

Ned Oliver
Jan 26, 2023 - News

Richmond's murder rate drops while counties see rise

Data: Axios Research; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

The number of homicides in Richmond plummeted in 2022.

Why it matters: It's a welcome reversal after a nationwide increase in murders that coincided with the beginning of the pandemic.

Ned Oliver
Jan 26, 2023 - News

Exclusive: Richmond's acting police chief goes on the record

Acting Richmond police chief Rick Edwards. Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

Acting police chief Rick Edwards has been at the helm of the Richmond Police Department since the unceremonious departure of his predecessor last October.

The big picture: He’s an RPD lifer who began his law enforcement career at the department in 1991, slowly working his way up the ranks.

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