Affordable Housing in Virginia Remains Difficult to Find

rentersThe economy is booming, and Virginia is doing well in a number of areas. But, some are being left behind. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Think School Counselors Should Spend More Time Counseling

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What will it take for Virginia schools to be more secure? A panel of lawmakers recently looked at the issue and made a number of key recommendations. Michael Pope reports.

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Can Tangier Island Survive?

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As hurricane season draws to a close, Virginians who live on the coast may be feeling relief, but for residents of Tangier Island the threat of being overwhelmed by wind and waves remains.

They could become the first climate change refugees in this country.

This fall, the state promised to spend 3-million-dollars on a sea wall to protect Tangier’s harbor, but locals want a wall to surround their shrinking island as Sandy Hausman reports.

Note: There are three parts to this report below.

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Environmental Groups Warn of Coal Ash Health Risk at Conservation Area

StateSeal00It could cost billions to recycle toxic coal ash currently sitting in lagoons across Virginia. That’s according to a report Dominion Energy gave to lawmakers this week. At the same time, two environmental groups now say coal ash ponds in Chesterfield could pose a risk to human health. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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In Potential New Leadership Role, Scott Planning to Join Fight for 15

BobbyScottAs Democrats plan to take control of the House of Representatives, one Virginia congressman is poised to control a key committee. And he’s already making plans for what he wants to do in that position. Michael Pope reports.

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Could Releasing More Prisoners Help Lower Costs?

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Virginia is spending a growing amount on healthcare for inmates. That’s according to a report presented to lawmakers Tuesday.

To help lower those costs, Virginia’s legislative watchdog agency recommends the state make it easier to release sick and elderly inmates.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Equal Rights Amendment Bus Tour Kicks Off

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Activists are pushing for Virginia’s lawmakers to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this year, potentially changing the United States Constitution.

To help raise awareness, a group is driving around the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

 

 

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Va. News: Cell Phone Snooping, Protests at the UDC

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Charlottesville police have a new tool. And the United Daughters of the Confederacy canceled a planned ceremony in Richmond when protesters gathered.

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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How Tuesday’s Senate Election Could Determine Next November’s Battlegrounds

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The 2018 election is now in the books.

But get ready for the next election cycle because the primary is only about seven months away.

Michael Pope has this preview.

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State Regulators Consider Buckingham Compressor Station

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John and Ruby Laury fear the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will rob them of clean air, clean water and the quiet of their rural neighborhood. (Credit: Sandy Hausman / RADIO IQ)

A state regulatory board is preparing to vote on a key permit for a giant compressor station in rural Virginia. Dominion will use the station to push natural gas through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

But opponents say the construction is being thrust on a historically black community. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia Democrats Seem Likely to Take on New Leadership Roles in Congress

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Congressman Bobby Scott, who will likely become the next chairman of the Education Committee. (Credit: US Congress)

Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation are about to take on a new and more significant role in the next Congress. Michael Pope reports.

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Spanberger Wins a Nail-biter

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In Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Democrat Abigail Spanberger has declared victory.

After hours of nail-biting vote counting, the Associated Press called the race just past midnight.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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“We’re not going back,” says Kaine on election night

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Senator Tim Kaine cruised to victory on election night, scoring one of the first victories of the evening.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Women Win Big in Virginia

virginia_flag_map_0Yesterday, Virginians elected three new congress-women to represent the state on Capitol Hill. It was one of the largest gains for women in the country. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northern Virginia is No Longer a Republican Stronghold

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Northern Virginia was once a bastion of economic conservatism. But now, as Michael Pope reports, the region has only one elected Republican official at the state or federal level.

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Ben Cline Wins 6th District Seat

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Republican Ben Cline gives his victory speech in Roanoke Tuesday evening. (Credit: Nick Gilmore / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s 6th Congressional District has been represented by a Republican for more than two decades. And, as Nick Gilmore reports, that trend will continue with a new face.

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Turnout Reported as Heavy Across Virginia

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Turnout is up all over Virginia, in some places it’s on track with presidential election years.

Michael Pope reports from a voting precinct in Alexandria.

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At the Intersection of Civic Duty and Public Transportation

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Turnout across Virginia is reported to be heavier than an average mid-term election.

In Richmond and other cities, to help get people to the polls bus rides are free.

Mallory Noe-Payne hopped on board and filed this report.

 

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Justices Hear Arguments Over Virginia Uranium Mining Ban

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Justices of the United States Supreme Court are now considering a legal challenge to Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. Michael Pope is at the court with the latest.

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Va. News: Fairfax County Floodplain Development, Funeral Directors Seeking Office

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Another Virginia community is confronting the question of whether to allow development in a flood plain…  And funeral directors seem to be emerging as the newest political class in Hampton Roads.

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 Signs Climate Change Executive Order

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During the past 20 years, Virginia has experienced a 250 percent increase in federally declared disasters.

Citing those statistics and damage across the state from recent hurricanes, Governor Ralph Northam on Friday, signed an executive order to protect state-owned assets and the economy by reducing the impacts of climate change such as tidal and storm surge flooding in coastal Virginia.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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What Will Turnout Look Like on Election Day?

midtermturnoutVoters are headed to the polls next week to vote in the midterm elections. But how many are expected to show up? Michael Pope has a forecast.

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U. S. Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban

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The owners of a huge deposit of uranium in Pittsylvania County want to mine it. But a long-standing Virginia ban on the process is stopping them.

On November 5th, they’ll ask the United States Supreme Court to decide if that ban is constitutional.

Michael Pope has a preview.

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Virginia Has One Congresswoman, That Could Change Come Tuesday

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Of Virginia’s 11 Congressional representatives, only one is female — Republican Barbara Comstock of Northern Virginia. But this Election Day, that could change.

After a wave of women were elected to the statehouse last year, there’s been a push this year to do the same in Congress.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Who is Showing Up on Election Day in Virginia?

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Voters are about to head to the polls across Virginia, deciding a U.S. Senate race as well as several hotly contested congressional races. But, the universe of voters who shows up in a mid-term is not the same as a presidential year. Michael Pope reports.

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Constitutional Amendment Would Aid Disabled Vets and the Families of Those Killed in Combat

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  Under a proposed constitutional amendment, Virginia’s disabled veterans and spouses of those killed in combat could retain their property tax break after moving to new homes.
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In addition to choosing a U.S. Senator and a member of Congress on November 6, Virginia voters will decide on two proposed constitutional amendments.

One of those seems like a no-brainer, but as Sandy Hausman reports, it’s complicated.

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Help Adapting to Sea Level Rise or Tax Break for the Wealthy?

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When voters head to the polls November 6, they’ll be confronted with a constitutional amendment that would authorize tax breaks to people who own waterfront property.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Constituent Communication or Incumbent Protection Device?

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Government watchdog groups say some lawmakers are using taxpayer dollars to boost their own reelection campaigns.

But, as Matt Laslo reports from the Capitol, many Virginia lawmakers say they’re merely communicating with their constituents back home.

 

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Algae Bloom Persists in Lake Anna

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Florida has its Red Tide. Virginia’s Lake Anna is dealing with a similar situation. A significant algae bloom has persisted into the Fall, and is the first in the state to earn a human health advisory. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia’s Beer Industry Continues to Grow

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Raise a mug to the beer industry in Virginia, which is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Michael Pope has the story.

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Va. News: Patrick County hurting after startup fails, zoning changes in Arlington County

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Money borrowed and spent for an industry that never came has put Patrick County in a deep financial hole.

And a zoning change in Arlington County may accomplish the rare feat of making some housing  more affordable.

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 LG Makes Case for Dems Across the Country

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Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor may not be up for election this year, but that hasn’t stopped him from hitting the campaign trail. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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How Well Do State Colleges Prepare Students for the Future?

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Are Virginia colleges and universities preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow? Perceptions are split along partisan lines and geographic areas. Michael Pope reports.

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A New Way to Track Birds in Migration

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American oystercatchers thrive on a barrier island off Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
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The fall migration for many birds is well underway, and scientists are excited about a new method for tracking them – a technology that provides detailed information without disturbing our feathered friends.

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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New Report: Suspension Rates Higher Among Black Students in Virginia

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Discipline in Virginia’s schools is not colorblind, according to a new report that suggests lawmakers take a closer look at school discipline practices. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Does Not Fare Well in SWAMP Index

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A new assessment of the potential for corruption in state government is out.  And only eight states rank lower than Virginia.

Michael Pope explains the SWAMP Index.

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A Surge in Early Voting May Not Mean Higher Voter Turnout

virginia_flag_map_0Voters are heading to the polls in record numbers to cast early ballots. But, that won’t necessarily lead to higher turnout on Election Day. Michael Pope reports.

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Va Attorney General Launches Investigation into Catholic Church

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring at a press conference in Richmond Wednesday. Herring announced a new tip line for survivors of sexual abuse. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s Attorney General has received multiple reports of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the state. His office is investigating, and announced Wednesday a new hotline in hopes of receiving further tips. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Early Voter Turnout is Surging Across Virginia

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Election Day is still a few weeks away, but more than 95,000 voters have already cast their ballots.

Michael Pope has this look at early voting.

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Va. News: Portrait Prompts Change of Venue Request, Convicted City Council candidate

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Virginia law seems to have no clear answers about how to handle the case of a Portsmouth city councilman. And lawyers for a man accused of murder want his trial moved out of a courtroom where a portrait of Robert E. Lee is prominently displayed.

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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Medicaid Expansion Gets Federal Approval

virginia_flag_map_0Virginia officials announced Thursday that Medicaid Expansion is a go, and newly eligible populations will be able to sign up during this year’s open enrollment. That comes after federal officials gave the state approval last week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Giving Schools the Tools They Need to Support Transgender Kids

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According to national studies, lesbian, gay and bisexual kids are three to five times more likely to attempt suicide. And the picture is even more dire for transgender youth — as many as half will attempt suicide before their twentieth birthday.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports one organization in Virginia is trying to keep kids alive, by providing free training to schools across the state.

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Campaign Cash Is Starting to Flow From One Competitive Race to Another

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Election Day is fast approaching, and that means the campaign cash is flying around Virginia politics. Michael Pope is digging into the latest round of financial disclosures.

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Study Shows Expanding News Deserts in Virginia

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The last decade has seen a dramatic reduction in local newspapers across Virginia, a decline that’s documented in a new report outlining news deserts.

Michael Pope has the story.

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400 Years Later, Campaign Looks to Share Virginia History

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Virginia officials are rolling out a year-long campaign to honor the state’s history. It’s called American Evolution, and is pegged to the 400th anniversary of several big firsts for North America. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Proposed Change to “Public Charge” Rule Could Affect Thousands in Virginia

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The Trump administration is considering a change to immigration policy that could have a significant impact here in Virginia.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Richmond Passes Teacher Free Speech Resolution

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As more teachers in Virginia organize and advocate for more money in public schools, some worry that advocacy isn’t welcome. Now Richmond is seeking to reassure teachers they have the right to speak up. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Va. News: River Cleanup and Missing Census Addresses

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A Tidewater river once given up for dead now has a thriving ecosystem. And UVA researchers have found thousands of Virginia residents that the 2020 census might have overlooked.

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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A Record-Breaking Amount of Outside Money Is Pouring into Virginia’s Elections This Year

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Republican Representative Barbara Comstock. The state’s 10th District is widely seen as one Democrats could flip this November.

As Election Day approaches, voters are considering which candidates they’ll support in November. And outside groups are spending a lot of money to influence that decision. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Tech Expert Predicts Good Season for Fall Foliage

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With cooler temperatures expected across Virginia this weekend, it may soon start to finally feel like fall. And with fall temperatures comes the changing colors of leaves on trees across the state. Nick Gilmore reports.

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