Privacy experts say by welcoming the new technology into your life, you’re putting your private information at risk.

Could smart devices like Alexa be compromising your privacy?
The 18-year-old student tweeted, "Thought my mom was sending me a care package... but instead she sent me a box of trash i was supposed to take out."

Mom’s college care package for son turns out to be garbage he didn’t take out
Near downtown Richmond is a cluster of modest houses that have not yet become homes for many of their tenants: refugees who recently resettled in Richmond, many from war-torn parts of the Middle East.

“We saw everything,” one of them said, speaking through a translator. “What Americans see on TV is not even 1 percent of what is actually happening.”

‘I think about tomorrow’: Syrian refugee family begins a new life in Virginia
Congressman Dave Bratt faced a large and often times loud crowd as he held a town hall meeting in Blackstone Tuesday night.

Congressman Dave Brat faces angry constituents, supporters at town hall
#BREAKING: Mayor Stoney has accepted Steve Hammond Jr.'s resignation.

Stoney assistant convicted of embezzlement, violating probation resigns
'Life After Hate' is a leading organization dedicated to helping people leave white supremacy.

"We act as a group of people who understand each other. We understand the motivations of where we came from and why we joined. We understand what keeps people in. And we help each other detach and disengage from that ideology."

Former white supremacists help others leave hate groups
Here's a look at what's ahead tonight on @8News at 11!
After a little bit of rain tomorrow, it looks like we will rocket back to near record highs on Thursday. John Bernier is looking at a very mild end to the week. Details at

Makayla Mattei, who has been missing since last Friday, is in need of medication that she takes for a serious condition.

Police: Missing endangered juvenile sought in Prince William County
Republican delegates on Wednesday are expected to designate Majority Leader Kirk Cox as the next speaker of the House, following William Howell’s decision to retire.

Kirk Cox to succeed Bill Howell as House speaker
The flag is flying again after #8News started asking questions, but many are still wondering why it had to be removed in the first place.

“I understand the confederate flag, if there was a problem with that, but this is the American flag."

What do you think?

Community outraged after student forced to remove American flag from truck
NEW INFORMATION: One of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney's assistants who was convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2015 also violated the terms of his probation after sending threatening messages to the mother of his children.

Convicted embezzler hired by Stoney violated probation with threatening texts
We will stay in the low to mid 40s tonight here in #RVA. A little bit of patchy rain is possible, but it looks to the be fairly light. John Bernier's latest forecast is coming up at 11 on 8News.
Ashland is getting a boost on social media from the people who know it best.

Check out the story to find out how you can join in on the fun!

Ashland residents take over the town’s Instagram page
Last year, the FDA mandated a black box warning for the device but stopped short of pulling it off the market.

Brazil pulls Essure from the market
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SOUND OFF: Do you think #Petersburg should consider these proposals?

Petersburg holds public hearing on water system privatization proposals
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A bull that escaped from a slaughterhouse and led police on a wild chase through New York City streets has died.

Runaway bull dies after leading police on wild chase in NYC
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Someone has taken over the Town of Ashland's Instagram account!

"I thought it was a great idea because it shows the perspectives of just everyday people."

AT 6: Kristin Smith-8News investigates who's hijacked it and why.
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Clouds will increase in the area tonight across Central Virginia and a little bit of patchy rain could be on tap tomorrow.

John Bernier will have your full forecast in just a few minutes on #8News at 5:30.

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The Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations.

US to expand pool of people targeted for deportation