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A federal judge delays Michael Flynn’s sentencing after berating him in the courtroom. Also on Wednesday's rundown: The Trump asylum ban could go into effect at midnight; and North Carolina voters demand answers in an election-fraud case.

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Public News Service - VA: Mental Health

Centering gratitude in one's life can help people mentally and physically beat the stress of the holidays and be happy.  (badski007/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – What are you grateful for this holiday season? The answer could be good for your health. An array of studies shows expressing gratitude can reduce levels of stress and feelings of loneliness, which can in turn improve physical health by leading to more sleep and energy or e

The Lynchburg College Caring for the Caregivers hackathon team beat groups from six other universities at the third annual event. (Lynchburg College)

RICHMOND, Va. -- College students who won a recent hacking contest say they they now have a phone app to help family caregivers that they feel is worth putting on the market. The team from Lynchburg College won the third annual Caring for the Caregivers hackathon - co-sponsored by AARP - in early

The family of Jamycheal Mitchell say they have been gratified to see mental-health reforms move through the legislature this year. (the Mitchell family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The state's General Assembly has taken a number of steps to strengthen Virginia's mental health services. And the family of Jamycheal Mitchell has said it was deeply gratifying to see the reforms. Mitchell was the young mentally ill man who was arrested for stealing $5 worth of sn

Advocates say they hope cases such as the death of Jamycheal Mitchell will push the General Assembly to reform the state's mental-health system. (Facebook/the Mitchell family)

RICHMOND, Va. -- It's been a long time coming, but advocates in Virginia hope the time is ripe for mental health reform at the General Assembly. The shooting at Virginia Tech, the assault and suicide by the son of state Sen. Creigh Deeds and the death of Jamycheal Mitchell in jail - a series of tr

If you're curious about your brain, AARP Virginia has an event for you on Tuesday. (AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. -- If you have questions on your mind about your brain, AARP Virginia is hosting a tele-town hall Tuesday night with national neuroscience experts and thousands of your neighbors. The event, from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, will be formatted like a call-in radio show and the two doctors wil

According to a new survey, U.S. jails hold ten times more mentally ill individuals than hospitals. Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail after being arrested for stealing five dollars worth of snacks. (Youtube/the Mitchell family)

RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. jails are overrun with mentally ill inmates and are ill-equipped to deal with the problem, according to a recent survey of corrections staff. The study found that on average 16 percent of prisoners in the U.S. correctional system are seriously mentally ill. The study’s

The death of Jamycheal Mitchell is sparking an examination of the number of mentally ill Virginians in jail or coming into conflict with the police. (The Mitchell Family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. – Many Virginians with mental illness end up in jail, and some are involved in deadly altercations with police. Jamycheal Mitchell suffered from delusions, and died in jail last year after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. Surveys say 15 to 20 percent of Virgini

More than a year after he was arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks, there are no official answers about why or how Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail. (Youtube/Mitchell Family)

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly a year later, it's still unclear how a mentally ill Virginia man died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. When Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in April 2015, the 24-year-old was under the delusion his father owned the Portsmouth convenience st

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