Conference in Richmond Brings Together Transgender Community

Logo-With-Date-600x240Hundreds of members, and allies, of the transgender community will be in Richmond this weekend for one of the only trans conferences on the East Coast. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

, ,

Leave a comment

With Every Seat Up for Grabs, Which General Assembly Races Are the Most Noteworthy?

virginia

Credit: NPR

Voters will be headed to the polls next month in elections for every seat in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has this preview.

,

Leave a comment

New Legislative Maps Are Now in Effect; How Will They Impact November’s Statehouse Elections?

StateSeal00Earlier this year, federal judges created new maps for 11 House of Delegates districts in Virginia. Michael Pope reports on what that means for this year’s elections.

, ,

Leave a comment

TV Ad Buys Are Heating Up with Election Day Around the Corner

virginia

Credit: NPR

As Election Day approaches, some races are eating up time on the TV airwaves. Michael Pope reports.

, , ,

Leave a comment

Just How Far Should the Freedom of Information Act Go?

foia_stockPublic money is often handed over in the form of grants. But, there’s a debate about how much of that process should be public information. Michael Pope reports.

,

Leave a comment

State Officials Are Touring Virginia in Hopes of Cutting Down on Maternal Mortality Rates

15728773073_67fa040b5d_z

Credit: Wellness GM / Flickr

Virginia government officials are on the road this fall, listening to the concerns of women across Virginia about delivering babies. It’s an effort aimed at curing the crisis in maternal mortality for African-American women. Michael Pope reports.

,

Leave a comment

Virginia Is for Apple Lovers

charlottes_shelton

Owner Charlotte Shelton touts the taste of heritage apples. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

When it comes to apple production, Virginia ranks sixth in the nation – well behind the leader: Washington State.

It’s worth noting, however, that farmers here offer a huge variety and our cider industry is growing.

Sandy Hausman stopped at this state’s oldest cidery to learn more about the fruit and its delectable juice.

Leave a comment

Va. News: Dolphins Swimming in the Potomac, Efforts in Amherst to remove Elected Official

VPAPnew

Washington, DC isn’t the only place where controversy has arisen over whether an elected official should be removed from office…and the return of dolphins in large numbers to the Potomac River is a sign of change.

 

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.

 

More now from Fred Echols.

 

Leave a comment

One Group Wants Virginia Candidates to Disclose Where Their Contributions Come From

virginia

Credit: NPR

One watchdog group is worried about government ethics in Virginia. And, it’s challenging candidates for the General Assembly to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

Pretty Poison; VT Study First to Confirm Invasive Plants Threaten Native Wildlife

Barney

  Jacob Barney and six graduate students conducted the first-ever comprehensive meta-analytic review examining the ecological impacts of invasive plants. Shown (l-r): Cody Dickinson, Ariel Heminger, Becky Fletcher, Gourav Sharma, Jacob Barney, Rachel Brooks, and Vasiliy Lakoba.
(Credit Virginia Tech)

The first comprehensive study of the effects of invasive plants on indigenous wildlife is sobering.

Researchers at Virginia Tech found that when invasive plants take over an area they actually alter the ecosystem, depleting native animals’ natural food sources.

As Robbie Harris reports, this phenomenon is a major driver of wildlife extinction. And the researchers say it’s even worse than they thought.

Leave a comment

Cline, Riggleman Bemoan Hyper-Partisanship During Joint Town Hall Meeting

file(1)

Congressman Ben Cline (left) joins fellow Republican Denver Riggleman during a joint town hall meeting in Bedford Wednesday night. (Credit: Nick Gilmore / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s 5th and 6th Congressional Districts cover a massive portion of the state – stretching from northern Virginia all the way to the North Carolina line. They also each include a segment of Bedford County, where the two Republicans who hold those seats conducted a joint town hall meeting Wednesday night. Nick Gilmore has details.

, , ,

Leave a comment

State Education Officials to Consider Making School Funding More Equitable

45012589284_3dc7f7b17a_z

Credit: Pascal Volk / Flickr

Is the way Virginia funds its schools equitable? That’s a topic up for debate in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

The Complicated Effect of Phragmites in the Chesapeake Bay

M.K. Miles amid phragmites

M. K. Miles amid phragmites at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

The phragmites invasion began when it hitched a ride here with European colonists.

Today, the tall reed lines Virginia’s waterways, and wetlands, taking over native habitats and clogging waterways throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

But with climate change, the pesky plant is being considered in a different way. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

Leave a comment

Does Virginia’s Tax Code Disproportionately Hurt Low-Income People?

StateSeal00Wealthy people are taxed more in Virginia. But, people at the other end of the spectrum may be feeling more of the pinch. Michael Pope reports.

,

Leave a comment

ACLU Complaint: Medical Practice Fired Two Women Because of Race

tyesha_and_titi_website

Tyesha Brooks (left) and Titilayo Shiyanbade (right) say they were told they fired because of “cultural changes” in the office. (Credit: ACLU of Virginia)

Federal anti-discrimination laws that protect workers often don’t apply to employees of small businesses. But a rarely used Virginia state law does. Now the ACLU of Virginia has taken up a case, in part, to show employees of small businesses that they also have protections. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

Leave a comment

Could Water from Abandoned Coal Mines Lure Data Centers to SWVA?

16230780251_516e9e0878_o

(Credit SparkFun Electonics via flickr.com / CC)

Loudoun County has the world’s largest concentration of data centers. But what about Southwest Virginia?

Michael Pope reports on one economic development effort to bring data centers to coal country.

 

Leave a comment

Climate Change Experiment Fast-Forwards the Chesapeake Bay to the Year 2100

Patrick Megonigal

Senior scientist Patrick Megonigal showing native wetland grass outside an experimental chamber. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Scientists in Maryland have transported parts of a marsh into the next century.

They are looking at the future effects of global warming and increased carbon dioxide on wetlands around the Chesapeake Bay.

In her occasional series on climate change resilience, Pamela D’Angelo talks with some of the scientists behind the project.

Leave a comment

Stakes are High as Political Newcomer Tries to Unseat House Speaker

Cox Coleman

Sheila Bynum-Coleman, Democrat, is taking on Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, Republican.

The national political discussion may be focused on the 2020 Presidential election… but first, here in Virginia, there’s 2019.

In a month all 140 state lawmakers are up for election.

Party control of the General Assembly is at stake.

Mallory Noe-Payne has a look at one of the most important races of the year.

Leave a comment

Despite Local Government Concerns, Small-Cell Towers Will Soon Be Headed to a Neighborhood Near You

StateSeal00New wireless technology is being installed on utility poles across Virginia. It’s thanks to a new law that’s opened the floodgates for small-cell technology. Michael Pope reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

Analysis: Work Requirements Could Knock 74,000 Off Medicaid Rolls

virginia_flag_map_0

Remember those work requirements Republicans insisted on before passing Medicaid expansion?

They haven’t been implemented yet. And Michael Pope reports the governor’s office is still negotiating with federal officials to strike a deal.

Leave a comment

UVA Researcher Develops Tool to Guide Patients Toward Best Breast Cancer Treatment

breast_cancer_tool

  Randy Jones, professor of nursing; Pat Hollen, professor emerita of nursing; Crystal Chu, graduate nursing student; and Dr. Lynn Dengel, a surgeon at the UVA Medical Center.
(Credit University of Virginia)

When actress Angelina Jolie learned she was at high risk for breast cancer, she opted to have both breasts removed and reconstructed.

Since then, many women who are not at high risk have — nevertheless – followed her lead.

Now, a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing hopes to reverse that trend as Sandy Hausman reports.

Leave a comment

If Dry Spell Continues, Virginia Farmers Will Take a Hit

20190924_VA_text

September is over. And for some parts of the state, including Danville and Bluefield, it was the driest September on record.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports if the dry spell continues, it could mean a big hit to the bottom line for many farmers.

Leave a comment

High Interest Lenders Investing in General Assembly Campaigns

virginia

Car-title lenders and internet lenders have stepped up their campaign contributions in recent years.

So far this election cycle the industry has given about $840,000 and more campaign cash may be on the way before Election Day.

Michael Pope explains why.

 

Leave a comment

Virginia’s Schools: Achievement Gaps Widen, Attendance Up

Exam

Credit: Alberto G. / Flickr CC

92% of public schools in Virginia are meeting the state’s education standards. That’s according to the Department of Education, which released the annual accreditation ratings Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

Va. News: Richmond statue could generate Discussion, Charlottesville man says Newspaper defamed him

VPAPnew
A statue presents a new kind of artistic comment about public memorials to the Confederacy. And one of the people who went to court to prevent a statue of Robert E. Lee from being removed from a Charlottesville park says a newspaper article defamed him.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
More now from Fred Echols.

 

Leave a comment

New Report: Federal Reliance Could Be Limiting Virginia’s Economy

economyIs Virginia’s economy being outpaced by the rest of the country? One new report suggests that’s the case. Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

Rumors of War Unveiled in Times Square, Eventually Headed to Richmond

wiley-1

Kehinde Wiley is known for reimagining historic portraits. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

A statue modeled after a Confederate monument in Virginia was unveiled in Times Square today.

It’s the same size and shape as the JEB Stuart Monument in downtown Richmond but astride the horse is a black man in a hoodie.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

Leave a comment

New Poll: In Virginia, Trump Trails All 2020 Democratic Candidates

StateSeal00A new poll of Virginia voters shows President Donald Trump trailing all of his potential Democratic rivals by significant margins. Michael Pope reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

One Virginia Candidate Has Accepted A Massive Campaign Donation

554px-Nick_Freitas1

Delegate Nick Freitas (Credit: BingBong321 / Creative Commons)

Running for office isn’t cheap, especially when the stakes are as high as they are this year. But one very large campaign contribution is raising eyebrows across Virginia. Michael Pope is following the money.

, ,

Leave a comment

The Impact of Small-Dollar Donations in Virginia Elections

virginia

Credit: NPR

Candidates often brag about the amount of money they’ve pulled in. But, sometimes a campaign is known more for the amount of donors. Michael Pope reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

Prosecutor Wants New Diversion Program for Marijuana Posession Cases

117048243_7cc6bb0b87_o

Creative Commons/flickr

Marijuana is still illegal in Virginia, but some prosecutors across the Commonwealth are now taking new approaches.

Michael Pope reports on a diversion program in Alexandria that takes a new twist on a familiar problem.

Leave a comment

Beyer and Other House Democrats Are Pushing Ranked Choice Voting

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Should voters have more choices when they are at the polls? One Virginia congressman wants to create a new system of ranked choice voting. Michael Pope reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

Mental Health Patients Can Wind Up in Police Cars, That Will Change in Southwest Va in October

IMG_20190923_142548

One of the new transport vehicles, during a display in Richmond. (Credit: Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services)

A big change is coming to mental health treatment in southwest Virginia.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the state is rolling out a new way to transport people in crisis.

Leave a comment

Va. News: Randolph College cuts tuition, Montgomery County seeks a law change to boost Tax Revenue

VPAPnew

Counties say a Virginia law deprives them of needed tax revenue and now it will be challenged in the General Assembly… and private colleges are reconsidering how they present their tuition and fees to prospective students.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.

More now from Fred Echols.

 

Leave a comment

Critics Worry A Trump Administration Proposal Could Limit Virginia’s Ability to Help Poor Families

usda_logo

Credit: USDA

How much money should people make before they are denied food stamps? That’s a question being debated in Washington and Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

,

Leave a comment

Summer Fundraising Helps Several Democrats Pull Ahead of Their Republican Rivals

thumbnail_summermoney

Credit: Virginia Public Access Project

Campaign finance numbers from the summer show Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans in several campaigns for the General Assembly. Michael Pope is following the money.

, ,

Leave a comment

Virginia Republicans Back Trump’s Plan to use Military Money for Border Wall

capitol_dome__washington_dc

(Credit: Rog Cogswell via flickr.com / CC)

Virginia Democrats are not happy with President Trump’s plan to divert money from Virginia military facilities in order to construct portions of his southern border wall.

But, as Matt Laslo reports, Republicans support the effort.

Leave a comment

Group That Represents Home Healthcare Workers Donates 300k to Female Candidates of Color

Screen+Shot+2018-08-30+at+1.17.10+PMA national group that represents home healthcare workers has jumped into politics, and one of their first investments is here in Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

,

Leave a comment

Census Race Categories Are Struggling to Keep Up With Virginia’s Population

StateSeal00In the next 20 years, white people in Virginia are expected to become a minority. But, the story of race is a bit more complicated than that. Michael Pope reports.

,

Leave a comment

Virginia is Losing Residents to Our Southern Neighbors

virginia_flag_map_0For the past few years fewer people have been moving to Virginia. Instead more are actually leaving the Commonwealth, moving to other states — and they’re heading south. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

,

Leave a comment

The Next Challenge for Expanded Medicaid

Part 1: Accessing Care

Norfolk General

Since Medicaid expanded, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has seen a 3.5% uptick in Medicaid charges, and a corresponding decrease in uninsured patients. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Hundreds of thousands of Virginians now have something they didn’t have this time last year– health insurance through Medicaid.

Lawmakers lowered the requirements for the state-run health insurance program in January.

But just because someone has health insurance, doesn’t mean they’re accessing healthcare.

This week we take a look at Medicaid expansion – nine months in.  Mallory Noe-Payne begins in Norfolk.

Part 2: Finding a Doctor

Ransones

Dr. Karen Ransone and husband Dr. Sterling Ransone have had a busy summer. They’ve seen an influx of new patients because of Medicaid expansion. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Since Medicaid expansion passed, more than 300,000 Virginians have gotten health insurance.  They’re visiting the doctor, getting prescriptions filled, and even accessing cancer treatment.

But earlier this summer Mallory Noe-Payne visited rural Eastern Virginia, where not everyone is able to get an appointment.

Leave a comment

The Growing Influence of Hispanic Voters in Virginia Elections

virginia

Credit: NPR

This month is Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the contribution Hispanic voters have made to Virginia politics. Michael Pope reports.

, , ,

Leave a comment

Omega Protein Exceeds Menhaden Cap for Chesapeake Bay

omega ships

Omega ships tied up at the company’s plant in Reedville. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Last week, Omega Protein, a menhaden (men-HAY-den) fishing fleet, exceeded the amount of fish they were told they could harvest from the Chesapeake Bay.

Omega, renders the fish into food for farm-raised fish and oil supplements for people.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

Leave a comment

McEachin Bill Aims to Increase Solar Power in Lower Income Communities

Donald_McEachin_portrait_116th_Congress

Rep. Donald McEachin

 

What can solar energy do for low-income communities?

Michael Pope reports one Virginia congressman thinks it can boost the economy while also combating climate change.

Leave a comment

With Deadlines Approaching, Campaigns Use Different Tricks to Influence Finance Disclosures

campaigndeadlineCandidates for the General Assembly are facing a key deadline this week for campaign finance. Michael Pope is following the money.

, , ,

Leave a comment

Va. News: Zero Candidates and Medical Marijuana for Kids

VPAPnew

In a possible first among Virginia cities, the election for Clerk of Court in Petersburg will have zero candidates on the ballot…and medical marijuana can now be given to students by school nurses in Virginia.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.

More now from Fred Echols.

 

Leave a comment

Virginia Gets Low Marks for Ethics Enforcement

virginia_flag_map_0

How transparent is Virginia government?

One new report says the commonwealth is falling far behind other states.

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

Crozet Hosts First Public Autonomous Shuttle in Virginia

TONY

  TONY, short for To Navigate You, is a kit made by Perrone Robotics. It transforms any vehicle into a self-driving unit. This one is now offering free shuttle service in Crozet.
(Credit Perrone Robotics)

There’s been lots of talk about autonomous vehicles — cars and trucks that drive themselves– and there are several demonstration projects around the nation.

But a Virginia company believes it’s the first to offer public rides on public roads.

Sandy Hausman caught a lift in Crozet, a small town west of Charlottesville.

Leave a comment

Refunds On the Way, But Not for All Virginians

StateSeal00

Beginning late next week, Virginians should keep an eye on their mailboxes for a letter from the state.

In it will be a check… a tax refund thanks to a budget move by state lawmakers earlier this year.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

Leave a comment

Virginia Joins Growing Number of States Suing the Sacklers

Herring Official

Attorney General Mark Herring

Just hours before many states and local governments reached a legal settlement with Purdue Pharma, Virginia’s Attorney General announced a separate lawsuit against the family that owns it.

Mallory Noe-Payne has the latest.

Leave a comment