In Richmond, Virtually all Juveniles Stopped for Curfew Violations Were African-Americans

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  Robert Morris, commissioner for RVA League for Safer Streets. Many of the young men he works with have been stopped by police. (Credit Mallory Noe-Payne)

Earlier this year Richmond Police released a trove of data. It revealed who in the city is stopped by law enforcement, and why.

The numbers show large racial disparities in stops for things like suspicious activity, and disorderly conduct.

Mallory Noe-Payne takes a look at the most drastic disparity– curfew violations.

 

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Could A Public Option Health Plan Hurt Rural Hospitals in Virginia?

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Democrats are divided about how much of America’s health insurance should be run by the government. That’s leaving some industry groups worried about the future of Virginia’s rural hospitals. Michael Pope reports.

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Public Business Requires Advance Notice, Although it Doesn’t Always Work Out That Way

StateSeal00Members of the Norfolk School Board are facing criticism over meeting without public notice. It’s an issue that every Planning Commission and water-control board in Virginia has to deal with. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Incumbents and Their Challengers Often Have More in Common Than Meets the Eye

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Who are the people running against all those incumbent members of the Virginia General Assembly this year? And just how rich are they? Michael Pope reports.

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Proposal for ICE Juvenile Center in Northern Virginia Meets Opposition

StateSeal00The Trump administration wants to build a new detention center for children in Northern Virginia. And, the idea isn’t all that popular in the region. Michael Pope reports.

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A Peaceful Anniversary for Charlottesville

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Charlottesville police kept a low profile as the city observed the second anniversary of Unite the Right. (Credit: RADIO IQ)

There were no protests, no chanting and no arrests this weekend as Charlottesville marked the second anniversary of a violent white supremacist rally. Instead, the city celebrated what it calls Unity Days – a range of events designed to bring people together. Sandy Hausman reports.

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Two Years Later, Still No Conclusion Over What Caused Helicopter Crash

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Two years ago Heather Heyer was killed during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Two others also died that day. Troopers Berke Bates and Jay Cullen were killed when their helicopter crashed. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With Republicans in Washington Considering Gun Control, Will the Virginia GOP Follow Suit?

rpv_logoAre Republicans in Virginia on the verge of moving their position on gun control? Michael Pope reports.

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Appalachia to become Hotter Wetter AND Drier in Climate Model with Severe Economic Impacts

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Appalachia is known for its abundance of water. But a new study finds that climate change could have a strange effect here, causing both more floods and more droughts.

Robbie Harris reports.

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Virginia Transit Projects Show How Off Cost Estimates Can Sometimes Be

virginia_flag_map_0Estimating the cost of major transit projects can be difficult. And a new federal report points to Virginia as an example of how cost estimates can be dramatically wrong. Michael Pope reports.

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Changing Climate May be Moving a Subtropical Disease North

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  Pythium Pathogen grown from Chincoteage water samples. (Credit Erica Goss)

At Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore, a herd of wild ponies is under attack by a deadly infection.

So far, eight female ponies have died, and the volunteer fire department that owns the herd is fighting to prevent additional deaths.

Pamela D’Angelo reports the region’s changing climate is creating an ideal environment for the disease.

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Scientists Stalk a Microscopic Monster Killing Chincoteague’s Famous Ponies

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  Veterinarian Richard Hansen inspects ponies. (Credit Pamela D’Angelo)

For the past three years, a mysterious micro-organism has been infecting the famous wild ponies of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

The infection is known as swamp cancer and it has killed eight female ponies so far.

The volunteer fire department that owns the herd and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the refuge, have brought in scientists and veterinarians to try to eliminate the culprit and cure the disease.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Medicaid Enrollment Numbers Offer Hope for Maternal Mortality Rate

StateSeal00The crisis of maternal mortality among African-American women in Virginia continues to raise alarm bells among state officials, although a new report has some good news on the subject. Michael Pope reports.

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Activists Want Twitter to Ban White Supremacists

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Activists say white supremacists are using Twitter to promote hate. The company says it has policies against that. (Credit: Twitter)

Community activists from Charlottesville are asking Twitter to ban white supremacists in advance of August 12th – the 2nd anniversary of a violent rally called Unite the Right. RADIO IQ’s Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Virginia Leaders on Both Sides of the Aisle Want to End the ACA’s “Cadillac Tax

StateSeal00Washington isn’t a place that’s known for bipartisan agreement on many things. But, as Michael Pope reports, Republicans and Democrats from Virginia are coming together in an effort to repeal a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Elections Board Denies GOP Another Chance in Central Virginia District

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Virginia’s Board of Elections will not allow Republican Delegate Nick Freitas on the ballot this November. That decision came during a board meeting Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northam Blasts Trump After Mass Shootings

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Following an event marking the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear, Governor Northam blasted President Trump and state lawmakers who failed to act during a special legislative session on gun control. (Credit: RADIO IQ)

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, Governor Northam is blaming Donald Trump and calling on voters to reject gun violence on November 5th. Sandy Hausman has the story.

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Some Virginia Districts Are Turning to Virtual Solutions to Teacher Shortage

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Schools across Virginia are having a hard time finding teachers. And, the lack of teachers in Virginia is causing some schools to take drastic measures. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Highway tolls bringing in their Share of Money, private War Games in Hanover County

VPAPnewPrivate war games in Hanover County have some neighbors upset. And the toll road industry in the Hampton Roads area is now bigger than some of the region’s better known economic mainstays.

 

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.

 

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Northam Outlines School Readiness Proposal

governor-northam-official-photo_800Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is hoping to get his hands on new funding streams for early childhood education. Michael Pope reports.

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‘We Will Win It’ Says GOP Delegate Who Missed Filing Deadline

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A GOP state lawmaker says he’s willing to step aside as a candidate, if it means voters in his district can get a Republican on the ballot. The election in central Virginia could impact party control of the statehouse. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Measure Honoring Virginia Beach Shooting Victim Headed to the White House

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria, who introduced the legislation honoring Ryan Keith Cox.

It’s been two months since the Virginia Beach mass shooting, and the scars are still healing. Michael Pope has this report about one of the heroes of that day.

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The Effort to Diversify Virginia’s Teachers

StateSeal00The vast majority of teachers in Virginia are white, a cause of concern for some who say more diversity is needed in the classroom. Michael Pope reports.

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Trump and Other Leaders Celebrate 400th Anniversary of American Democracy at Jamestown

StateSeal00Citing what he called “four incredible centuries of history, “President Donald Trump closed out Tuesday’s ceremony in Jamestown, celebrating in the same place where the legislative body first met. Jeff Bossert reports.

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The Port of Virginia Would Face Significant Impacts From Proposed Tariffs

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The Port of Virginia and other port and terminal operators across the country are pushing back against a new round of proposed tariffs on imports from China. Michael Pope reports.

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A Look Back at the Virginia Colony in 1619

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A map of the Colony of Virginia, drafted by Dutch cartographer Willem Blaeu.

A number of events are scheduled to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first General Assembly session on July 30th, 1619.

Michael Pope has this look at what was happening at the time.

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Va. News: UVA works to memoralize Enslaved Workers, a physician’s tips for Electric Scooter safety

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Rental scooters provide a new transportation alternative but if riders get careless they could finish their trip in an ambulance.

And the University of Virginia is working to memorialize the contributions of enslaved people.

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

More from Fred Echols.

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Middle-Skills Jobs Becoming Harder to Find

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Employers across Virginia are demanding more of workers, and that’s changing the job market. Michael Pope reports.

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Congressman Cline’s Bankruptcy Bill Headed to Senate With Bipartisan Support

400px-Ben_Cline,_official_portrait,_116th_CongressThe Mueller hearings dominated the headlines on Capitol Hill this week. But action was still happening on the House floor with a Virginia congressman’s reform of chapter 11 bankruptcy. Michael Pope has details.

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License Suspended? You May Be Eligible To Get it Back

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Governor Ralph Northam greets workers at a mobile DMV office in Roanoke. (Credit David Seidel)

Just under 35,000 people in Virginia have gotten their driver’s license back. That’s since July 1st, when a new policy stopped the practice of suspending licenses as a punishment for not paying court fines.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the next push is reaching the hundreds of thousands who are eligible, but just need to apply.

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When it Comes to Small-Dollar Donations, Democrats Are Out-Raising Republicans

virginia_flag_map_0Campaign-finance disclosures show business groups and corporations are donating to Republican incumbents in this year’s General Assembly races. But, Democrats are leading in smaller donations. Michael Pope reports.

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Big Spenders Don’t Always Win Elections, But They Win Quite Often

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For candidates trying to get elected, spending money isn’t everything. But as Michael Pope reports, it’s often a sign of success.

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Marijuana Arrests in Virginia Reach 20 Year High

StateSeal00According to Virginia police, arrests for possessing marijuana are on the rise in the Commonwealth. In 2018, almost 30,000 people were impacted. That’s triple the number from the late 90’s. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Donors Look to Protect Interests in 2019 Election

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New campaign finance disclosures are revealing the contours of Election 2019.

Michael Pope explains how.

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Va. News: Database shows opioid stats in Martinsville, a New Way of raising poultry

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Organic chicken farming and industrial chicken production have been polar opposites up until now. But a Virginia man is looking to change that.

And newly released numbers show how some Virginia communities have been inundated by opioids. 

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.

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Virginia’s Congressional Delegation Takes Opposite Sides on Minimum Wage Vote

virginia_flag_map_0Democrats in the House of Representatives have taken action to raise the minimum wage. But will workers see a benefit? Michael Pope reports.

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UVA Study Shows Women and Seniors at Greater Risk of Car Crash Injuries

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A team of engineers at the University of Virginia reviewed data from nearly 23,000 crashes and concluded there are some big problems with car safety systems.

Sandy Hausman reports that women and people over 65 are at extra risk.

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Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers Too

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You’ve heard that Virginia is for lovers, but state officials are hoping you’ll also soon think of the Commonwealth as a home for outdoor lovers too. Nick Gilmore explains.

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Analysts: Photo Fallout Creates Challenges for Northam PAC

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It’s been five months since Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal upended Virginia politics.

Now, as Michael Pope reports, new campaign finance disclosures show the governor’s political action committee is up and running.

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Water Power’s Potential in Virginia

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Grande Dixence is the tallest gravity dam in the world. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Faced with worrisome warnings of climate change, Virginia is weighing green options for producing energy.

Solar and wind are sources favored by this state’s two largest utilities, but what about water power?  Virginia is blessed with mountains and rivers.

Sandy Hausman traveled to a place where dams provide 60-percent of the power to report on the prospects for hydro in Virginia.

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Some Incumbents Facing Stiff Fundraising Challenges from Opponents

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The latest round of campaign-finance documents are shedding new light on the contours of Election 2019. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Advocates Look for Warning Signs from ICE in Virginia

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This past weekend undocumented immigrants across Virginia braced for raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As of Tuesday, those threats appear not to have materialized. Still advocates say there’s been an uptick in safety checkpoints. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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The Future of Congressman Scott’s Effort to Raise the Minimum Wage is Unclear

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The House of Representatives is set to vote this week on raising the minimum wage. And, Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott is leading the charge. Michael Pope reports.

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Wildlife Center’s Plea for Possums

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  Alex Wehring and educational outreach possum Posey enjoy an eclectic lunch at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. (Credit Sandy Hausman)

This month the Wildlife Center of Virginia marked a milestone: Caring for its 800,000 patient – a possum.

In years past, rabbits have been the most common animals cared for at the clinic in Waynesboro, but today it’s possums that claims the title.

Sandy Hausman reports on why those animals are vulnerable to injury and why you might want to protect them.

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Southwest Virginia’s Unemployment Rate May Be Misleading

StateSeal00Unemployment is going down in Southwest Virginia. But, that might be more alarming than you think. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Rains in Arlington tear down Historic Wall, High School League online gaming

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Virginia students who might not be all that interested in traditional sports now have a chance to represent their high schools in a new kind of competition. And a storm has taken down much of what remained of a 1930’s “segregation wall.”

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.

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New Data Shows Several Shrinking Localities Across Virginia

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Danville is one locality that could see a significant population decline over the next couple of decades. That’s according to some new data from UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center. (Credit: Miguel Gereda / Creative Commons)

Many parts of Virginia are declining in population, a trend that’s only expected to increase in the coming years. Michael Pope has this forecast.

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FEMA Says Now is the Time to Sign Up for Flood Insurance

800px-FEMA_logo.svgHurricane season is officially here, and FEMA is encouraging residents across Virginia to get flood insurance now before it’s too late. Michael Pope reports.

You can see what kind of danger you’re in by visiting the FEMA’s online Flood Map Service Center. Just type your address in to see what the risk of flooding is at your property.

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New Technology Could Detangle the Dangerous Relationship Between Sharks and Commercial Fishermen

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The number of shark attacks on the east coast has increased, but experts say we shouldn’t blame them.

The problem, they claim, is the human population keeps growing, and more people are going to the beach.

And sharks are themselves under attack.  Sandy Hausman reports on why, and on what Virginia scientists are doing to protect them.

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Special Session Demonstrates Issues with Guns in Public Spaces

StateSeal00Lawmakers are returning home to their districts this week after a special session on gun control empty handed. Michael Pope reports Republicans blocked all reform efforts, even ones suggested by Republicans.

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