Virginia lawmakers have mixed reactions to the sweeping federal budget proposal President Trump released this week.
Correspondent Matt Laslo has more on what the document means and doesn’t mean for our state.
Should Hollywood moguls get money from Virginia taxpayers? Lawmakers in Richmond are divided.
Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
A hundred years ago this November, the First World War came to an end.
All of those who fought are now gone, but Virginia’s Historical Society wants Americans to remember what that conflict meant on the battlefield and here at home.
As Sandy Hausman reports, a special exhibit opens this weekend.
Gun violence is back in the news this week.
It’s also a topic that lawmakers in Richmond are debating.
Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Heading into this year’s General Assembly Republicans had been battered at the polls. They were clinging to a single-vote majority that they won by by the luck of the draw. Now, one month in, Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox is upbeat. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The future is now. Or at least that’s what some lawmakers in Richmond say. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
It’s a question that has long vexed America: How do we teach our history of slavery?
Last weekend, James Madison’s Montpelier started working on an answer.
Jordy Yager has more.
Sanctuary cities became one of the hottest issues in the campaign last year. Now it’s become one of the most divisive issues in the General Assembly. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Big poultry on the DelMarVa Peninsula began by accident when homemaker Cecile Steele was shipped 500 chicks to raise instead of the 50 she ordered. She kept them, made a profit and ordered a thousand the next year.
And so, an industry was born and has been growing ever since.
But the hundreds of thousands of tons of manure produced each year so close to the Chesapeake Bay worries residents of Virginia’s Eastern Shore as Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Virginia’s capital city is raising its meals tax.
The money is earmarked to help fix the city’s crumbling schools. Richmond City Council voted late Monday night 7 to 2.
Mallory Noe-Payne was at the contentious meeting and has this report.
Virginia’s Governor is calling for a full expansion of Medicaid, the state run health insurance program for the poor. But many Republicans in the statehouse don’t like the idea of able bodied adults, no matter how poor, getting government-funded healthcare.
So they’re eyeing something else: a more narrow expansion of the program. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
Should local governments be able to restrict which drivers can make turns? Lawmakers in Richmond are debating it, and Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
There’s a push to get students excited about computer science and tech. A new public high school in Richmond is tapping into that trend. But the school, called CodeRVA, isn’t just relying on innovative curriculum. It’s also an entirely different model of teaching, where school is a workplace. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Police and sheriff’s departments in southwest Virginia are feeling the strain of transporting patients to mental hospitals, and Virginia’s technology-rich Loudoun County has gone on the attack after seeing its population called “ignorant hillbillies” in an FBI text message.
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.
The halls of power in Richmond are loaded with new members after the wave election in November.
But, as Michael Pope reports, that doesn’t mean their proposals are seeing much success.
Being a freshman House member in the minority isn’t easy. You just got here and you’re not sure how it all works. And you’ve got Republicans eager to kill your bills just because you’re new.
Drawing crowds to a small town to see Shakespeare can be challenging, but the Blackfriar’s Theater in Staunton finds way to intrigue the public. This season, for example, it has cast a woman in the role of Richard the Second. Sandy Hausman has the story.
How much control should local governments have over where cell towers go up? Lawmakers in Richmond are divided. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Should undocumented immigrants fear reporting crime? That’s an issue lawmakers in Richmond are debating. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Republicans and Democrats at the Capitol are striking a deal that will make significant changes to the criminal justice system in Virginia. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Anyone who has driven on Virginia’s interstates knows you have to be ready to share the road with trucks. But some are now pushing for those trucks to get even larger. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
While Virginia’s warm climate might not offer the perfect venue for some Winter Olympic sports, indoor ice rinks have opened their doors to the ancient art of Curling.
Brad Kutner takes us inside a regional club for more insight ahead of the games.
Lawmakers in Richmond say schools are suspending too many students for too long. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Children who are born deaf or hard of hearing often wind up in kindergarten with no formal language. The state wants to find out why and what can be done, but there’s disagreement over the best approach. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Lawmakers in Richmond have been hearing for years about the problem of gerrymandered districts. Now they’re ready to take some action. But, as Michael Pope reports, critics say it doesn’t go far enough.
Technology is changing the world. And, as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers in Richmond are struggling to keep up.
Lawmakers in Richmond appear to be on the verge of lifting a rate freeze for utilities. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
It’s about to get a lot easier for some Virginians to see where their tax dollars are going, and the appearance of a Department of Housing and Urban Development sign caused considerable alarm among homeowners in a Richmond suburb.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link. More now from Fred Echols.
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans is giving a talk about race and media at Washington and Lee University in Lexington Tuesday night.
His talk is called “Building Bridges, Not Walls: Decoding Media’s Confusing Coverage of Race and Culture.”
Reporter Jessie Knadler has this preview.
Lawmakers in Richmond are divided about whether people who have outstanding court fees should be able to drive. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
As one of his first moves as the new Speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, Republican Kirk Cox granted paid family leave to employees of the House. At the same time, the broader push for paid leave is making limited headway. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Lawmakers in Richmond are moving forward with an effort to make sure female inmates get feminine hygiene products. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Republicans in Richmond have opened the door to negotiations on Medicaid expansion, and they say they want recipients to work. But work requirements aren’t the only reforms that could be part of an expansion deal. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Lawmakers in Richmond say all those Confederate monuments in Virginia are staying where they are. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Lawmakers are talking about investments in renewable sources of energy. But, as Michael Pope reports, some members of the General Assembly are frustrated by the discussion.
Lawmakers in Richmond are exploring the limits of free speech. And, as Michael Pope reports, one member of the House of Delegates wants to put restrictions on the internet.
Virginia lawmakers have mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, especially on his call for a massive new infrastructure spending package.
Matt Laslo reports: Infrastructure
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Democrats were hoping that their new numbers in the House of Delegates might mean some changes this year in Richmond. But as Michael Pope reports, they are not making any traction on gun control.
In Virginia, Republican leaders are now saying they won’t talk Medicaid expansion unless Democrats support work requirements for the program. A bill to do just that made its way through a key committee this morning. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
In Richmond, a bipartisan coalition is cracking down on predatory lending.
Walk into a payday lender, and there are dozens of rules they have to follow to protect consumers. Same thing for a car title lender. But log into a website, and it’s the Wild West. That’s why Senator Scott Surovell, a Democrat from Fairfax County, wants to limit consumer finance loans to a 36 percent annual interest rate.
Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
In Richmond, a bipartisan groups of lawmakers are hoping to tackle the school-to-prison pipeline in Virginia. Michael Pope explains some of the proposals.
Lawmakers in Richmond are tacking a lot of issues this year, including a debate over using public money for professional sports. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Scientists have found a more precise way to predict when and where flooding will happen on Virginia’s Atlantic coast, and a planned art exhibit in Norfolk caused some controversy in the workplace.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
Fred Echols reports:
Virginia’s Governor is continuing to push the Trump administration to exempt the state from a proposed expansion of offshore drilling. Governor Ralph Northam says he spoke with the Secretary of the Interior this week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
A key committee in Virginia’s Senate took up debate of Medicaid expansion Thursday. Even though the bills failed, Governor Ralph Northam says it’s just the beginning of the process. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they recognize that elections in Virginia have problems. And, as Michael Pope reports, they want to take action. Next year.
Lawmakers in Virginia are taking the first step toward expanded use of medical marijuana.
Advocates for medical marijuana have tried and failed in Virginia year after year. A few years ago, they persuaded lawmakers to allow it for epilepsy. But that didn’t help Tamara Netzel. She’s a teacher from Alexandria who suffers from multiple sclerosis. And she brought her story to lawmakers in powerful testimony this week.
Michael Pope explains the new developments from the Capitol.
It’s been several years since former Governor Bob McDonnell was accused of accepting gifts in exchange for official’s acts. But, as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers are still trying to close loopholes in the law.
Should elections be determined but the luck of the draw? That’s what happened last year, and one lawmaker wants to make sure it never happens again. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
Hundreds of advocates for immigrants will be in Richmond Wednesday for a contentious committee hearing. As Michael Pope reports, the hearing will consider a bill that would provide documents to the undocumented.
A shuttered hospital in rural Patrick County may have a better shot at reopening, thanks to a bill that passed Virginia’s Senate Tuesday. That’s after the same measure failed last week, getting caught up in the political battle over Medicaid expansion. Mallory Noe-Payne has the story.