Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org's Virginia Bureau. Contact her at kwatson@watchdog.org and follow her on Twitter at @kathrynw5.

Fight over Virginia homeowner associations continues in 2015 session

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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As more and more Americans live in close neighborhood quarters, there’s a new sheriff in town — your local homeowner association. And there’s an ongoing battle in Virginia to determine just how much power that sheriff will be able to wield.

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Audit: VA universities spend $128 million on travel

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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George Mason University lets employees buy airline tickets above and beyond $5,000, the state’s transaction limit. The University of Virginia allows workers to spend up to $500 a night on hotel rooms at conferences. It’s those sorts of anomalies that could factor into the big tab Virginia’s public universities have for travel expenses — a tab of more than $128 million in fiscal year 2013, according to the first stage of a statewide audit of all travel-related expenses for Virginia agencies and public universities.

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Religious homeschooling families find voice, victory in Goochland County

By   /  January 14, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Once in a while, Americans still have a say when they think their government has overstepped its authority.

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Report: Independent commission didn’t allow independent auditing

By   /  January 13, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The independent Virginia state agency that has a say in your heating bill hasn’t had a truly independent auditing setup, and that’s a problem, a new state audit found this week.

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Looking for compromise, Virginia lawmakers push 7-day limit on license data

By   /  January 8, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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If two Virginia lawmakers have their way, police won’t be able to indefinitely store data collected by automatic license plate readers.

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Officials: McDonnell’s ‘corrosive’ public corruption case should send a message

By   /  January 7, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Federal officials made one thing clear after former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday received two years in prison for public corruption.

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