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As we’re in the season of holiday celebrations at home, hundreds of families in Virginia fear they may be losing their homes because local inspectors say they’re not safe. Sandy Hausman reports that the city of Richmond has begun inspecting trailer parks – ordering residents to make repairs or move out.
Virginia was the first state in the nation to require that kids entering the sixth grade be vaccinated against human papilloma — a virus that causes cervical cancer in women and throat cancer in men. Parents can opt out of that requirement, and it turns out many of them do. Virginia ranks 44th in the nation when it comes to HPV vaccination. A team of nurses at the University of Virginia is looking at that problem and making recommendations, as Sandy Hausman reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 17, 2015
Although segregation ended formally in the United States more than fifty years ago, there are places right here in Virginia that are still segregated, and aren’t likely to change anytime soon. Those places are cemeteries. After integration, historically black cemeteries around Virginia fell to the wayside, often unkempt, uncared for, and forgotten. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Richmond has grand plans for building up more public art in the city. Just this past weekend a two-day free art exhibit outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts drew more than 20,ooo visitors. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports it’s just one example of what the city is hoping to do more of…
Posted in Virginia's News on November 16, 2015
If you thought the threat of a government shutdown was taken off the table, think again. Matt Laslo has this story from the Capitol on how Virginia may once again get caught in the crosshairs of a partisan battle in Washington.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on November 16, 2015
A Virginia small business is trying a new approach to raising capital, soliciting donations on the internet…and a York County school board election illustrates how important one vote can be. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link from vpap.org. More from Fred Echols.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 13, 2015
In 1967, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created the first endangered species list, the Eastern Shore’s Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel was there among better known species like the bald eagle and Florida manatee. A combination of clearcutting of old growth forests and hunting contributed to its near extinction. Today, the Service officially removed the squirrel from its federally protected designation. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
After months of contentious hearings, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to rezone a one-thousand acre pristine tract of land along the Rappahannock River. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
In Virginia, two men accused of trying to buy weapons for use in a white supremacist plot were in court today for a preliminary hearing. From the courthouse in Richmond, Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
A third defendant, Charles D. Halderman, is set to appear tomorrow (Friday) on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.
While farmed oysters are big business in Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay wild oyster is still struggling with bay pollution and two diseases, harmless to humans, but fatal to oysters. Since the late 1980s, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has conducted annual surveys to check on how wild oysters are coping. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Last month, Dominion Power offered its annual report to the state – explaining how it intends to supply affordable and reliable energy over the next 15 years. Sandy Hausman reports that the company may be leaning toward expanding its nuclear capacity.
Interest in the whole ‘farm to table’ movement is growing. But one aspect of it continues to be controversial in Virginia; direct farm sales of unpasteurized milk, also known as raw milk. Some say it should be a personal choice. And others warn, it’s a question of public safety. Robbie Harris has more.
Governor McAuliffe traveled to the Northern Neck this week to fire up the Virginia Oyster Trail. That’s an initiative he announced last year that connects 250 miles of seafood producers, restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and artisans around the Chesapeake Bay’s rural communities. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Information on watermen heritage tours, as well as restaurants, hotels and vineyards on the trail can be found at virginiaoystertrail.com
Last week the U-S House was able to pass a long term transportation bill which has businesses across the commonwealth feeling optimistic. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo reports that people are hoping it marks a new day for a gridlocked Washington.
Lawmakers in Richmond received a report today, which finds Virginia is likely spending millions in state-funded healthcare for people who don’t actually qualify for the benefits. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on November 9, 2015
Virginia’s favorite NFL team is making the case that its nickname and logo are no more offensive than many others that are allowed to stand….and some international students at Virginia Tech are among those accused of using fraudulent test scores to obtain student visas. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 6, 2015
Dominion Power is starting a new project, one that will make its power lines safer to large birds. Crews have begun an effort across the state to slowly change the way power lines are structured. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Businesses owned by women in Virginia are actually growing faster than other businesses in the state… that’s according to a new survey released this week. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, women-owned businesses make up just over a third of all companies in Virginia.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 5, 2015
Virginia’s election board is still crunching the numbers for 2015, but if you look at the last ten elections in non-presidential years, voter turnout has been under 40%. That number could increase if Americans were allowed to do what Estonians have been doing for a decade – voting online. Sandy Hausman reports on how it works, and how a country of 1-point-3 million people is pioneering all kinds of cyber services.
A round-up of election results for Virginia’s state senate: Republicans maintained control. No incumbents lost. Any seat that was held by a Republican is still held by a Republican. And the same goes for Democrats. Nothing flipped. And, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, that’s despite big money being spent.
State and local election officials are hoping to see a lot of people at the polls Tuesday. But must experts believe only about 23-to-29 percent of those registered will vote will show up. Some have already voted…they cast absentee ballots. Joe Staniunas has more.
The State Board of Elections says it’s received more than 55,000 absentee ballots so far. That’s close to the same number that came in four years ago, in the last off-year election like this.
This Election Day voters are deciding which party will run the Virginia Senate for the next four years. Republicans hold a 21-to-19 majority but Democrats can take control by gaining one seat since they have the tiebreaking vote in the person of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. With Republicans likely to maintain a large majority in the House of Delegates and Democrat Terry McAuliffe sitting in the governor’s mansion today’s outcome in the senate will have enormous implications for the direction of state government in the immediate future. More now from Fred Echols.
About 60 black students from middle schools and high schools throughout Central Virginia gathered recently for the second EMBODI conference in Charlottesville. Jordy Yager was able to attend the day of workshops for this report on how local African-American leaders are striving to empower the next generation of young black men.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on November 2, 2015
Some Northern Virginia dogs have gone on record – sort of – with their opinions about politicians in their neighborhoods….and the city Norfolk is looking to turn the problem of rising sea levels into an economic development opportunity. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on October 30, 2015
As we’ve been hearing this week — Tuesday’s state-wide elections will determine Virginia’s lawmakers for the next two years. Also at stake: which party will control Virginia’s State Senate. But just what is the effect of who controls the state senate? As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, maybe not all that much.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 30, 2015
Spiders get their ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ every Halloween as one of the scary symbols of the holiday, but there’s nothing to be frightened of in this report. As Robbie Harris tells us, the webs they weave may hold the key to some new, environmentally safe products.
We’ve been looking this week at critical political races happening in the state this election year — races that could determine which party has control of the state senate. What happens with those seats will depend largely on who comes out to vote. Mallory Noe-Payne reports on the struggle to get people to the ballots.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 29, 2015
Virginia’s congressional delegation is divided over a bipartisan budget deal that greatly reduces any chance of a government shutdown for two years. Matt Laslo has this report from Washington on what’s dividing Virginia lawmakers.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 26, 2015
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on October 25, 2015
Virginia Beach schools are facing a growing debt because of student lunches that are served but not paid for…and a Northern Virginia woman believes a specialty license plate approved and issued by the state should be recalled. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 25, 2015
The Virginia Department of Corrections has more than 30-thousand people locked up in state prisons, local and regional jails, each costing taxpayers an average of more than $32,000 a year. Those who committed crimes after 1994 are not eligible for parole, but Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed a commission to study that situation and make recommendations. Sandy Hausman reports on the issues that group may tackle during its final meeting today.
If it’s been a while since you voted, you may notice some changes this Election Day. Most precincts in Virginia on November 3rd will be using a mix of new machines-and one old tradition to count your ballot. Joe Staniunas reports.
Last March Sweet Briar College’s then Board and President announced that due to insurmountable financial challenges the school was closing. The news not only shocked the small Amherst County liberal arts school but alumnae from across the country. They rallied, formed Saving Sweet Briar, and through legal action and a new board and president the school stayed open. Tab O’Neal reports that while the doors are open, the future holds a lot of challenges.
Doctors at the University of Virginia have developed a new test that can predict, at an early age, who is most likely to develop heart disease or diabetes, perhaps making it possible to head off those problems. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Governor McAuliffe predicts Virginia will have 1.5 million job openings in the next decade — fueled by the retirement of 900,000 baby boomers. He hopes to see 600,000 new positions but says it isn’t always easy to attract new business to the Commonwealth. Sandy Hausman has that story.
With two weeks left before election day… candidates for Richmond’s contested 10th district Senate seat Tuesday night. But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, with this critical seat, behind every student who follows local elections…there are a couple more who don’t.
Environmental projects in Virginia are getting a big boon. The state is receiving nearly $8 million in funding to help clean the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. In Richmond, Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Virginia’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws met this weekend to plot a strategy for decriminalizing the drug and legalizing it for medical use. As Sandy Hausman reports, they hope to tip the balance in Virginia’s senate by targeting one lawmaker who opposes their cause.
Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is pushing bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system. Matt Laslo reports on the effort which has the support of the White House.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on October 19, 2015
There’s controversy in Fairfax over cars being ticketed for expired inspection stickers while waiting to be inspected…and some Virginia community college students have found a way around the high cost of textbooks. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order today… giving local law enforcement more resources to prosecute gun crimes. It’s part of a push by the governor to do what he can to crack down on gun violence in the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 15, 2015
One year after a massive climate march in New York, thousands gathered in 170 cities across the nation – including Richmond, Roanoke, Warrenton and Charlottesville, where Sandy Hausman was listening.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on October 15, 2015
For the first time in years the health of Virginia’s largest river is considered above average. That’s the word from the The James River Association. The non profit advocacy group released its annual State of the James Report. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
The James River Association has made the report accessible and interactable online — you can visit www.stateofthejames.org
Virginia recently celebrated farm-to-school week, highlighting the connection between farmers around the state and what’s on the tray in the lunch line. But for one private school in Richmond, farm-to-table is more than just one week out of the year. Mallory Noe-Payne has the story of a lunch program that could be the model for something big.
Science plays a growing role in crime detection and prosecution, but experts at four universities say a lot can go wrong in the lab, and many people may be wrongly convicted based on bogus claims. Now, the University of Virginia is joining three other schools to do research and share findings on the subject as Sandy Hausman reports.
The recent death of an American Airlines pilot on a flight from Phoenix to Boston made headlines. Medical emergencies on board commercial flights are rare, but when they occur, treatment can be difficult. A University of Virginia physician thought it might be helpful to write an article on the subject. Sandy Hausman looks at some key points he makes in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Last week, Richmond County Board of Supervisors delayed their vote on whether to grant Diatomite of America rezoning to build a commercial resort, championship golf course and more than 700 houses on 975 acres of pristine forests cliffs that overlook the Rappahannock River. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 12, 2015
There’s been strong public opposition to plans for a pipeline to carry natural gas 560 miles — from the fracking fields of West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina. Now, Dominion Virginia Power says it will change the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — a change that could affect property owners in Augusta County. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on October 12, 2015
Organizers and shoppers at one of Virginia’s biggest gun shows make their feelings known in the wake of a mass shooting in Oregon….and a new sport looking for room to grow is meeting some resistance from a more established one in Virginia. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 7, 2015
With a changing of the guard afoot at the U-S Capitol, Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation is revealing deep disagreements within the Republican Party…and it’s on display in the Virginia congressional delegation. Matt Laslo reports.