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Posted in Virginia's News on June 24, 2014
The University of Virginia baseball team has its back against the wall at the College World Series in Omaha. Vanderbilt took Game One in the best-of-3 championship series, 9-8. But as Greg Echlin reports, UVA’s trips to Omaha are drawing repeat visitors with hopes of seeing the Cavaliers go all the way.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 23, 2014
Virginia guns laws are despised by officials up and down the east coast who say the lo0se laws bleed guns onto their crime-ridden streets. But Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo has this story on how a recent Supreme Court case could stop the bleeding a tad.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on June 23, 2014
There’s controversy over ownership of volunteer fire department vehicles in a Virginia county where population growth is bringing demand for standardized emergency services…and people who walk and bike across a bridge in Norfolk are wondering who’s responsible for keeping them safe. These are among the most read stories in recent days at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on June 23, 2014
On this edition of “Virginia Conversations,” the need for foster care in the state. Host May-Lily Lee talks to representatives from the Virginia Department of Social Services and a foster care organization to find out how urgent the need is, and how you can help.
Resources Mentioned in the Program:
The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads, highways and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other – and it remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Reporter Matt Laslo has the details.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on June 16, 2014
The political spotlight has suddenly focused on a small Virginia College where two faculty members are running against each other for Congress… and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay creates a surprising consequence for Boy Scouts in Arlington. Those stories have been among the ones attracting the most attention in the past few days at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
The recent trend toward e-cigarettes as a way to avoid the dangers of smoking may not be as safe as previously thought. Scientists at Virginia Tech now say nicotine; even in non-smoke-able forms can, cause cancer. We get details from Robbie Harris.
Police routinely use certain techniques to get confessions from suspects, but a new study from the University of Virginia suggests those tactics should not be used with juveniles. Because their brains are not fully developed, social scientists say they will respond differently than adults, and as Sandy Hausman reports, confess to crimes they didn’t commit.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 13, 2014
Some Virginia policy analysts say after months of stalling and keeping constituents on the edge of their seats, the General Assembly still blundered by passing a budget without Medicaid expansion. Groups that include Virginia Organizing, Progress Virginia, and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis say that not only has the budget left hundreds of thousands of Virginians without affordable healthcare options—but residents are left with a gaping budgetary hole that needs to be filled. Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil has more from the State Capitol.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on June 13, 2014
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, bringing Hollywood to the Old Dominion. We catch up with Adriana Trigiani, who shares her experiences filming the movie version of her novel “Big Stone Gap” in that small coal-mining town. And we talk with Sarah Elizabeth Timmins about the two new movies she’s working on: one set on the Chesapeake Bay, the other in Lynchburg.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 12, 2014
Nearly three years after Virginia Public Radio told you about the growing problem of veterans’ homelessness in the Commonwealth, the state is putting pen to paper to help put an end to it. The legislation is one of 10 veteran-friendly bills that Governor McAuliffe ceremonially signed into law at the World War II Battleship Wisconsin museum in Norfolk.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have lost his Republican primary in Richmond, but he isn’t giving up his leadership post until the end of summer. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo looks at what the sea change means for the state.
Senior Republicans say after Eric Cantor’s primary loss in Richmond last evening he’s relinquishing his position as Majority Leader at the end of July. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo has the story on the race underway for his replacement.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 11, 2014
The state’s economists and fiscal experts are urging lawmakers to pass a budget as soon as possible to help mitigate lower revenues by tapping into the state’s rainy day fund. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, they informed the House Appropriations Committee that if lawmakers don’t act soon, the state has much to lose.
Both houses of the General Assembly will convene to work on the budget Thursday night.
A political bombshell hit Virginia last night … as U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his re-election bid to a political newcomer, Randolph-Macon Economics Professor David Brat. Despite his huge campaign cash advantage, Cantor lost his 7th Congressional district Republican primary by a margin of 45% to 55% of the vote.
Brat was backed by grassroots Tea Party activists, who were frustrated by what they called “establishment politics as usual” in Washington. Cantor was also hit hard by both the Right and the Left on immigration reform during the campaign … and Brat pummeled him on the issue of amnesty in the closing weeks of the campaign. In his post-election speech, Cantor urged his supporters to continue advancing their principles:
Cantor was elected to the U.S. House in 2000 and became Majority Leader in 2011. He is the first U.S. House Majority Leader ever to lose a primary. Brat will now face off against a newly minted Democratic opponent, Jack Trammel. Trammel is a fellow professor at Randolph-Macon College who was nominated by Democrats on Saturday.
In his post-primary speech to supporters, Brat called his election a “miracle.” Brat said he did NOT run against Cantor—whom he called a good man—but instead, to return conservative principles to Washington. They include a commitment to free markets, equal treatment under the law for all people, and a strong national defense:
Although Cantor can serve for the duration of the year, the loss could well prompt a shake-up in the U.S. House leadership in the near future.
Meanwhile, in the 1st Congressional district primary, incumbent Republican Congressman Rob Wittman easily trounced his challenger, Anthony Riedel, by a vote of 76% to 23%. Wittman was first elected to Congress in 2007 and serves on the House Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees. Wittman’s Democratic opponent in the general election will be Norm Mosher.
Metals known as ‘rare earth elements” are in growing demand worldwide. They’re vital for many of the high tech devices we all use. China has been the major source for rare earth minerals, but recently cut its exports. This has geologists in the U.S. searching for domestic deposits. As Robbie Harris tells us in part one of her report, they believe south eastern Virginia could be the place to look for the coveted elements.
The elements known as ‘rare earths,’ are a relatively new addition to the periodic table. And they have changed the world, ushering in the new age of technology because of their unique properties. They allow us to make smaller and more efficient devices for everything from smart phones to wind turbines. In part one of our report, we told you China, which been the largest provider of the exotic metals, has stopped exporting them, causing a worldwide shortage. But scientists now think similarities between the geology in southern China and the South Eastern U.S. could make this region a new source for rare earths. Robbie Harris has part 2.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 9, 2014
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on June 9, 2014
Virginia is trying to figure out what to do with a new taxi service that may not actually be a taxi service…and one of the most extraordinary paintings ever created will be displayed in Yorktown. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 6, 2014
While the attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and subsequent suicide by his son have brought more attention to the issue of mental health in Virginia, child advocates say there are significant gaps in how children and adolescents receive treatment. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, it’s because since the incident last year, the number of young people who are admitted to mental health facilities has risen—but the number of available beds at a specialized facility has not.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on June 6, 2014
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, choosing a candidate to run against Senator Mark Warner. That’s at the top of the agenda as GOP leaders and followers gather this weekend in Roanoke for the Virginia Republican Convention. Four men are vying for the party’s nod to go against the popular Democrat. Our panel of political reporters weighs in on their chances with host May-Lily Lee.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 5, 2014
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 4, 2014
Although Virginia lawmakers are still locked in a stalemate over Medicaid expansion, over the next two days business leaders, health care providers, and technology innovators will be addressing the rising costs of healthcare and how to mitigate them—whether lawmakers reach a deal or not. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, it’s all part of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Virginia Health Care Conference held in downtown Richmond.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 3, 2014
Average Internet access and connectivity costs in Virginia schools are more expensive than the national average, and now a nonprofit organization has chosen the Commonwealth for a free program that will discover why AND propose cost-lowering options.
Governor McAuliffe announced that the “EducationSuperHighway” will gather detailed information from all school divisions, analyze the data, and then provide technical assistance.
And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the governor emphasized that high-speed connectivity is now essential for both a 21st-century education AND economy.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 2, 2014
The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, one focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on June 2, 2014
Virginia localities react – or don’t – to a Supreme Court ruling on prayer by government bodies and a state senator from Northern Virginia speaks out in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on May 30, 2014
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, Senator Tim Kaine drops by for a visit. Everything’s on the table for discussion – from international events, to the November elections, and the current fight in the Virginia General Assembly over Medicaid expansion.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on May 27, 2014
For weeks, speculation has run rampant at the State Capitol over what authority Governor McAuliffe might have under the Virginia Constitution to keep the state operating if a budget is not passed by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st. Attorneys for the nonpartisan Division of Legislative Services were asked to advise state lawmakers about executive options for paying bills or mitigating a government shutdown. At the heart of the issue is the constitutional requirement for separation of powers and co-equal branches—and as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the answer is … complicated.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on May 27, 2014
It was raises and pink slips for McDonald’s employees in Southside Virginia…and a school board member in Fairfax has changed his prom night plans after a public stir over his Twitter exchange with a student. Those are among the most read stories over the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Virginia’s junior U.S. Senator is backing a federal dual-enrollment bill that would enable more students to attend high school while earning college credits. Senator Tim Kaine tells Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil that his family saved money through a dual enrollment program—and similar initiatives nationally could help put more students through college.
Summer is just about here, and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires. Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze – one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk.
After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on May 23, 2014
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, we’re kicking off the unofficial start to summer with your road trip plans. Host May-Lily Lee and guests look at some of the top vacation spots around the state, and find out what’s new at Virginia’s State Parks.
Resources from the program:
Virginia Tourism Corporation
(Including List of Events Around the Commonwealth)
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
(Including List of Virginia’s State Parks)
African-American students from Virginia had joined that case in the 1950s after walking out of their racially segregated school in protest of its dilapidated conditions and inferior curriculum.
And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, the governor provided a brief civics lesson—tying issues six decades ago to issues today.
As churches struggle to keep young Americans in the fold, some are moving their services to surprising places. In Charlottesville, more than three dozen of the faithful assemble at a bar each month to drink beer and sing hymns. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 21, 2014
It’s said the harmonica was invented by German instrument maker Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann in 1821. Nearly 100 years later, a man was born who would take his passion for the harmonica to another level… and keep it there for nearly another 100 years.
Rebecca Sheir introduces us to Virginia resident Jack Hopkins who… at age 94… has had a longer love affair with the harmonica than most.
Three Virginia plaintiffs are asking a federal judge to delay the upcoming June primaries—AND if lawmakers fail to implement a new congressional redistricting plan, impose one himself. Although the plan was pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department, both sides of a lawsuit that alleges gerrymandering began presenting their case, which is expected to carry over into Thursday. Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil has more from the U.S. District Courthouse in Richmond.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers, behavioral health specialists, and other community advocates gathered in Richmond for a statewide conference that brought together Virginia’s Crisis Intervention Teams. The C-I-Ts increase collaboration among first responders, mental health treatment-providers, and agencies to de-escalate behavioral health crises and help individuals obtain the care they need. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie reports, while challenges still remain, the CITs appear to be working.
More charges today against nine defendants linked to the alleged kidnapping and murder of Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain Kevin Quick.
The charges and more than two dozen others are now unsealed, and link Quick’s death to Bloods gang members and what’s known as the 99 Goon Syndikate.
In a 39-page indictment, charges linked to the group include robbery, larceny, burglary, obstruction of justice, kidnapping, carjacking, malicious wounding, drug trafficking, conspiracy and murder.
U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy held a news conference today in Charlottesville.
American Chestnut trees used make up 25% of the Appalachian forest. A blight, in the early 1900s changed that, and today they’re all but gone from the forests from Georgia to Maine. But the tree left us a way to resurrect it from the dead, and with it, a kind of message: Only with the help of human beings will the towering Chestnuts return. Robbie Harris prepared this report about people working to resurrect them.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on May 16, 2014
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, making the transition from high school to the work force.
That’s the mission of “Jobs for Virginia Grads”. This state-funded organization helps disadvantaged and at-risk teens graduate from high school, then find and keep quality jobs.
Additional Resource: Jobs Corps (Virginia Locations)
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on May 13, 2014
Since the advent of smart phones, thousands of applications have come on the market. You can buy one to help identify bird calls or constellations. Another makes random sounds — a drum roll or a sad trombone for example. I-steam fogs up the screen of your phone, allowing you to write things with your finger, and now Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is working on an app to make hunting and fishing simpler. Hawes Spencer has that story.
This week embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is scheduled to face a Senate panel after veterans groups and some lawmakers have called for his resignation. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo has the story.
Every year V-DOT brings before the public a six year improvement program that includes new projects along with those that have been on the shelf for years, or even decades. But, this year’s prioritizing may come undone. Tab O’Neal reports.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on May 12, 2014
Legal partying turns rowdy in Northern Virginia while a crowd of illegal drug users keeps it peaceful in Nelson County. Those stories have been among the most read this past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on May 9, 2014
Within the halls of the oldest representative body in the U.S., in the very same seats that Virginia lawmakers craft legislation, sat 44 people from 32 different countries who, for the first time, were called “Americans.” As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, it was all part of a naturalization ceremony at the State Capitol that, for some, marked a decades-long journey for U.S. citizenship.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on May 9, 2014
On this edition of the program, helping veterans get jobs after serving in the military. We’ll tell you about a program that’s helping vets by educating and training companies that might hire them. It’s called “Virginia Values Veterans” – it helps business leaders see the value in hiring, training, and retaining men and women from the armed forces.
V3 (Virginia Values Veterans)
Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia Workforce Connection
OppInc (Opportunity Inc) Veteran Career Center, Hampton Roads
Virginia Transition Assistance Program (offered through V3)
Virginia Wounded Warrior Program
Posted in Virginia's News on May 8, 2014
Shareholders hoping to push Dominion Power to go green are celebrating today, after four resolutions they proposed won about 20% support at the utility’s annual meeting. Such resolutions are not binding, but they can be influential. Sandy Hausman has more on that story.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on May 8, 2014
Former Governor Doug Wilder says he’s received lots of inquiries regarding the future of a proposed National Slavery Museum, so he’s revealed what he hopes to be its new location. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, while Fredericksburg is no longer a consideration, Wilder says a historic church now owned by Virginia Commonwealth University would be ideal.
In a written statement, Wilder says that since funds for the Museum were included in the new state budget, it is the intention of the National Slavery Museum to further these discussions with the appropriate authorities, including the State Legislature and the Governor.
Wilder says he envisioned a museum in downtown Richmond, not far from where slaves were traded and herded like cattle, but at the same location where they found hope.