Third-Party Presidential Candidates Face Friday Deadline in Virginia

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When voters head to the polls this November, they’ll be facing more choices for president than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Who else will be on the ballot, and what kind of influence might that have on the election? Michael Pope has the story.

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Students File Discrimination Complaint Against Richmond Public Schools

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Students and advocacy groups in Richmond are accusing school administrators of unfairly disciplining black students, and students with disabilities. Two students and a local chapter of the NAACP filed a federal discrimination complaint against Richmond Public Schools Wednesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Limiting Some Football Practice Drills to Cut Head Impact Risk for Young Players

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Researchers at Virginia Tech are out with the first findings of a five year study tracking head impacts to children who play tackle football.  Robbie Harris reports.

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Trump Staffers Caught Posting Off-Color Messages to Social Media

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Fresh off a campaign shakeup, Donald Trump is facing new allegations that people who work for him are making questionable statements about Muslims online. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Colleges Preparing for New School Year

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Many of Virginia’s colleges are back in session this week. Classes at Virginia Tech started Monday, the University of Virginia’s began today — and Virginia Commonwealth University kicks things off tomorrow. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Republicans Say McAuliffe is Trying To Rig Election

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Governor Terry McAuliffe’s effort to restore voting rights to former felons is attracting some criticism from Republicans, who say the move a politically motivated effort to help his friend Hillary Clinton win the White House. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Governor Renews Efforts to Restore Felons’ Rights

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The fight to restore voting rights to Virginia’s felons has been a tug of war between Virginia’s Democratic Governor and state Republicans. Today, the governor gave his next big pull, announcing almost 13,000 individual restorations and laying out a path for more. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va News Topics:Mock 5th Grade Quiz, Gathering Pokemon Players

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A question about 20th Century Virginia’s most powerful politician has proven to be a surprising stumper on a mock 5th Grade quiz taken by over a thousand adults, and history, geography and technology working together have brought overwhelming numbers of Pokemon players to a small Virginia community. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org.

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Critics of Predatory Lending Divided Over Best Way to Help Borrowers

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What’s the best way to protect people from predatory lending? One federal agency has a new proposal, but it’s getting mixed reviews — even among people who agree that something needs to be done. Michael Pope has the story.

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Former Delegate Seeking Appeal In Wake Of McDonnell Decision

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The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn former Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction for corruption may have had consequences far beyond the fate of the former governor and his wife. Michael Pope has the latest legal twist.

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Local Governments Struggle with Handling Airbnb Tax Cheats

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The new disruptive economy is shaking up everything from the newspapers to the music business, and the latest target is the hotel industry. But local governments aren’t getting their cut of the action, at least not yet. Michael Pope has the story.

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Religious Leaders Call for Action Against Predatory Lending

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Faith leaders from across Virginia are joining forces with religious figures from around the country to press federal regulators to take action against predatory lending. As Michael Pope tells us, the move comes in reaction to a new federal rule designed to protect consumers.

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Virginia Beach to Consider Penalty for Airbnb Rentals That Don’t Pay Lodging Tax

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The old saying goes that there are only two things certain in the world, death and taxes. But as Michael Pope tells us, that’s not necessarily true for the short-term rental market.

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Scientists Still on the Case of the Missing Chespeake Bay Blue Crabs

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Scientists know more about the blue crab than just about any other species in the Chesapeake Bay. So when millions of young crabs vanished in 2012, scientists became detectives, searching for clues. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Va News Topics: Religious Instruction, Fredericksburg Airbnb Regulations

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Some parents in Staunton are unhappy after the school board voted to no longer allow students time off for religious instruction, and Fredericksburg is the latest city to regulate Airbnb rentals. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org.

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Virginia Birth Rate Continues to Decline Long After Recession

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The recession may be over. And Virginia may be adding jobs again. But the state’s birth rate has not recovered yet, and it continues to fall. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Critics Say New Federal Rule On Predatory Lending Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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The federal government is about to move forward with a new rule designed to protect consumers from predatory lending. But critics say the rule doesn’t go far enough. Michael Pope has the latest in his ongoing investigation into predatory lending.

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Campaign Finances Big Factor in Virginia Congressional Races

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Virginia may have three open congressional seats this year, but the races aren’t all that contested. Only one of the seats is highly competitive. So what do the campaign finance numbers have to say about the congressional races this year? Michael Pope is following the money.

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Paintings and Poems Collide in Charlottesville Mural

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If you’ve driven through the UVA campus recently, you may have noticed a mural going up on the side of the Graduate Hotel. It’s a collaboration with the Charlottesville Mural Project, a Philadelphia artist and a prize-winning poet. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Chesterfield and Loudoun Counties Have Some of the Fastest Growing Job Numbers in America

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Virginia is home to some of the fastest growing job centers in the country, according to new data from the federal government. Michael Pope has the story.

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Legal Troubles Not Over for Bob and Maureen McDonnell

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The United States Supreme Court may have thrown out the public corruption convictions for former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell. But, as Michael Pope tells us, that’s not the end of legal jeopardy for the couple.

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Va News Topics: Public Fountain Costs, Bail for Low Income People

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Virginia Beach wants to wash it hands of the cost of maintaining any more public fountains, and the founder of a Virginia non-profit that pays bail for low income people says they are being harassed by a government official in Augusta County. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More from Fred Echols:

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Virginia Lawmakers Look to Address Mandatory Arbitration in Financial Contracts

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Several members of the Virginia congressional delegation are calling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take swift action against mandatory arbitration clauses. Those are provisions tucked away into consumer financial contracts that allow corporations to avoid lawsuits. Michael Pope reports.

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Menhaden Fishing Limits are Swimming in Controversy

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A fish crucial to Chesapeake Bay crabbers and Virginia’s omega-3 oil industry is proving to be one of the most controversial, as Atlantic fisheries managers struggled this week at their summer meeting to determine how much should be caught. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Confusion Reigns on Transgender Bathrooms as Schools Prepare for Fall

640px-Transgender_Pride_flag.svgAs schools across Virginia prepare for the end of summer and the first day of classes, superintendents and principals will be waiting to hear the outcome in a dramatic court case that could have a lasting influence for transgender students across the country. Michael Pope reports.

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CubeFest to Crank the Sound Way Beyond ’11’

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“Spatial Music” is an immersive roomful of sound that is so new it can be heard in only a few places on the planet. One of them is Blacksburg, Virginia, where you’ll find a venue called “The Cube” at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.  This week, a three-day “spatial music festival” will explore the new medium with a concert series and workshops. Robbie Harris has more on what this new venue, and its 2 tons of audio equipment, can do.

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Virginia Republicans React to This Week’s Trump Controversies

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Republican leaders across Virginia are grappling with how to handle the latest round of controversy from Donald Trump. And, as Michael Pope tells us, they’re taking a variety of approaches.

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Local Governments Leading Airbnb Regulation Efforts

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As state leaders argue over how to craft regulations overseeing Airbnb, local governments are moving forward with their own rules. Michael Pope has the story.

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How Climate is Changing Chesapeake Bay Shorelines for Archeologists, Paleontologists

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Shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay are disappearing as sea level rises and higher tides eat away at beaches and cliffs. That means hand-wringing among some waterfront property owners. But for archeologists and paleontologists, the story is more complicated. Pamela D’Angelo explains.

 

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McAuliffe Office Rushes to Fulfill Promise by Individually Restoring Voting Rights

SuperTuesdayElections officials across Virginia are about to cast aside thousands of voters in the wake of a Virginia Supreme Court decision last month. It’s the latest in an ongoing drama that could have drastic consequences on Election Day. Michael Pope has the story.

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Va News Topics: Hybrid Buildings in D.C., Phantom Parking Spaces

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A Northern Virginia developer is placing a big bet on the future of hybrid buildings in the DC suburbs…and it turns out that quite a few parking spaces in Norfolk are simply figments of the city’s official imagination. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More from Fred Echols:

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McAuliffe Pushes Forward with Rights Restoration Despite Supreme Court Ruling

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The Virginia Supreme Court may have overturned Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to 200,000 former felons. But as Michael Pope reports, that’s not stopping him from moving forward with the plan.

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The Legacy of Anne Holton, Former Secretary of Education and Potential Future Second Lady

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Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine includes more than the junior senator from Virginia. It also includes the senator’s wife, who was until recently the Secretary of Education — the only person to ever grow up in the Executive Mansion and then return as an adult. Michael Pope has this profile of the woman who may be the next Second Lady.

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Minnesota Senator Reflects on Tim Kaine’s Newfound Celebrity Status

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Virginia’s junior senator made such a splash at Wednesday’s convention of Democrats that other states are laying claim to him and offering advice to Virginia’s senior senator. Sandy Hausman reports.

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Get to Know the Virginia Delegation at the DNC

Democratic Party logoVirginia Delegates to the Democratic national Convention are a diverse group with diverse backgrounds. Matt Laslo is in Philadelphia and sent along this audio postcard so you could get to know some of the delegates and the reason they’re in Philadelphia this week.

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An Audio Postcard from the Democratic National Convention: Thoughts on Tim Kaine

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While most Virginia Democrats are ecstatic that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has been tapped to be Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential nominee, many Bernie Sanders supporters take the pick of a pragmatic moderate as a slap in the face. Correspondent Matt Laslo is at the DNC in Philadelphia and sent us this audio postcard.

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Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Comments Spark Controversy Over Trans Pacific Trade Agreement

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Virginia’s governor ignited a small firestorm at the Democratic National Convention when he told a reporter that Hillary Clinton would support the Trans Pacific Trade agreement or TPP. Terry McAuliffe said Clinton would insist on some changes to address the concerns of supporters of Bernie Sanders, but she had earlier said she’d oppose the deal. Sandy Hausman reports on what came next.

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Tim Kaine’s Position on Open Government

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Now that Senator Tim Kaine has joined the presidential ticket, his long public career is receiving new scrutiny. One aspect of that career is Kaine’s record on open government. Michael Pope has the story.

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A Glimpse Into Tim Kaine’s Political Past

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This week, Democrats will be introduced to Senator Tim Kaine at the convention in Philadelphia. But Kaine has a long history here in Virginia dating back to his days as a famous trial lawyer in Richmond. Michael Pope has this look at Kaine’s rise to the national party ticket. Michael Pope has this look at Kaine’s rise to the national party ticket.

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Conflict Between Both Sides of the Trump Debate Present at Hotel Roanoke Town Hall

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Donald Trump drew supporters and protesters Roanoke on Monday. And in at least one case, a supporter protested the protesters. Tim Thornton reports.

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Political Campaign Season Provides Unique Business Opportunity

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For some people, campaign hats, buttons and t-shirts are ways to show they’re involved in the political system. For some, it’s about loyalty to a party or a candidate, the same way some people might wear a Virginia Tech shirt or a University of Virginia hat to support their favorite university. For some people, as Tim Thornton reports, campaign swag has more to do with income than ideology.

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Anti-Trump Protesters Make Presence Known at Hotel Roanoke Town Hall

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Donald Trump supporters lined up in the heat for hours so they could see and hear their candidate speak at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on Monday. But as Tim Thornton reports, not everyone in Roanoke was glad to see the Republican nominee.

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Trump and Pence Draw Huge Crowds to Hotel Roanoke

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Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence attracted an overflow crowd to the Hotel Roanoke and Convention Center Monday. As Tim Thornton reports, Trump supporters had a number of reasons to be there.

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Virginians Front-and-Center at the Democratic National Convention

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Virginia is playing a big role in this year’s Democratic National Convention, which got underway Monday in Philadelphia. Sandy Hausman has the story.

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Tangier Island Becomes 8th Region on the Virginia Oyster Trail

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Last week Virginia added a few more miles and an eighth oyster flavor to its 250 mile Oyster Trail. The latest region includes oysters grown out in the waters that surround Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Virginia Democrats Hopeful About Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine

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Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is attracting a lot of attention after being tapped as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, but there’s still tension in the party. Matt Laslo reports from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Va News Topics: School for Disruptive Students, Freedom of Information Laws

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The Richmond Board of Education has contracted with a private company to manage a school for disruptive students, and Loudon County supervisors have sparked a discussion about freedom of information laws by communicating off the record during a public meeting. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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An Audio Postcard from the Republican National Convention, Part Two

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Our Congressional reporter Matt Laslo has spent the week in Cleveland with Virginia’s delegates to the Republican National Convention. He sent us this audio postcard from Ohio.

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Federal Lawsuit Reveals Dark Underworld of Payday Loans in Virginia

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A class-action federal lawsuit against a payday lender may break new legal ground next month. That’s when a Virginia judge could deliver a ruling that will absolve hundreds of people from loans worth about a half a million dollars. Michael Pope has the story as part of his ongoing investigation into predatory lending.

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An Audio Postcard from the Republican National Convention

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Virginia’s delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week has a range of diverse backgrounds, but they’re all diehard conservatives who are active in politics. VPR congressional reporter Matt Laslo is in Cleveland and sent us this audio postcard from some of our delegates.

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