Carrier Deal in Indiana Prompts New Debate About Economic Development In Virginia

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President-elect Donald Trump was able to negotiate a deal to protect about a third of the Indiana jobs that air-conditioner maker Carrier was planning to ship to Mexico. The deal was struck not by threatening tariffs, but by offering $7 million in tax breaks as part of an economic development package. Michael Pope has this look at similar efforts in Virginia.

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Should Parents Be Able To Block Sexually Explicit Material in the Classroom?

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Members of the Virginia School Board are considering a new proposal that would allow parents and guardians to prevent children from being exposed to sexually explicit material. Michael Pope has the story.

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Tim Kaine Says Congress Should Declare War on Islamic State

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Now that he’s off the campaign trail and back in the Senate, Tim Kaine is returning to an old argument. Michael Pope reports.

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After Scandal and Audit, Virginia Economic Development Partnership Brings in New Leadership

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After a scathing audit, the embattled Virginia Economic Development Partnership is trying to turn itself around. And, as Michael Pope tells us, the group is bringing in new leadership.

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Trump Won the Election, But is Still Concerned About Voter Fraud in Virginia

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President-elect Donald Trump may have won the election. But he’s now claiming that “serious voter fraud” happened in Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Farmers Concerned Over EPA Rule

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Farmers across Virginia are concerned about a new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that could have dramatic influence on how they run their operations. That’s if the Trump administration doesn’t scuttle it. Michael Pope reports.

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Va News Topics: VDOT Change of Plans, Navy Resistance to Micro-Brewery

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is dropping plans to take land from Hampton University for the widening of  I-64, and two Army veterans expanding their micro-brewery in Virginia Beach are getting resistance from the Navy. 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 reports.

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First Thanksgiving in New England? Virginia Beat Them to It.

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Here’s a little Thanksgiving trivia for your holiday table. The Pilgrims did not celebrate the first Thanksgiving. That’s a distinction claimed by Florida. Even Virginia has an earlier Thanksgiving than Massachusetts. Michael Pope has more.

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In Annual Tradition Virginia Tribes Give Tribute to the State

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Virginia’s governor admires the deer that are given as a tribute from Virginia’s native tribes. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF / RADIO IQ)

In 1677, the King of England signed a treaty with some of Virginia’s native tribes. It exempted the tribes from taxes on their reservation land, but required an annual symbolic payment of three arrows, and 20 beaver skins.

Now almost 350 years later, that treaty still plays out every year just before Thanksgiving, with a slightly different ceremonial gift to Virginia’s Governor. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Little Thanksgiving Inspiration

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If you don’t already have your Thanksgiving meal prepped and ready to go, don’t worry — it’s not too late. Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne attended a “Friendsgiving” in Richmond and brings us this last-minute inspiration.

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Federal Settlement in Arlington Sends Message to Jails About Services to Deaf Inmates

prison-1Leaders in Arlington are settling a federal lawsuit against a jail for failing to offer services to a deaf inmate. As Michael Pope reports, the settlement could have consequences for jails across Virginia — and the United States. Michael Pope reports.

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Supreme Court Set to Hear Virginia Gerrymandering Case

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Next month, members of the United States Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case that could reshuffle the Virginia House of Delegates. Michael Pope has the story.

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Va News Topics: “Bait Cars” Used by Police, Banned Plant to New Money Crop

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The use of “bait cars” by police to catch thieves is at the center of a court case in Chesapeake, and Virginia farmers are hoping a plant that’s been banned for decades can become a new money crop in the state. 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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Rising Sea Levels Are a Stark Reality for the Hampton Roads Region

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To those living on Virginia’s coastlines, discussions of climate change are no longer theoretical. Rising sea levels has real impact, right now. A report released this week by researchers at William and Mary predicts climate change could cost the Hampton Roads area more than $100 million in damages EACH year, if nothing is done. Mallory Noe-Payne has the details.

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Rwandans Bring Art, Music, and Healing to Virginia

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Rwandan artist (and former street child) Pacifique Niyonsenga and his brother Patrick teach traditional drumming to the 3rd graders in Piper Gary’s music class at Woodbrook Elementary. (Credit: Emily Richardson-Lorente)

It’s 6,351 miles — as the crow flies — between Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and Charlottesville. But last month, a small group of artists made that journey, and they’ve been delighting school children in the area ever since. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Virginia Votes: Liberals, Conservatives and the Conversation In Between

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It’s been just over a week since Election Tuesday, and it’s time to wrap up our series Virginia Votes. We’re checking in once more with voters across the commonwealth, to see how they’re feeling about the next four years. Today we hear from liberals and conservatives, who say the issues at stake this year were not so different than previous elections. We begin with reporter Robbie Harris in the New River Valley, then move on to Richmond with reporter Mallory Noe-Payne.

 

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The New Lost Cause: Getting General Assembly to Address Confederate Symbols

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Members of the General Assembly are preparing for the upcoming session, and a number of key issues are emerging. But there’s one issue that’s not expected to be part of the discussion. Michael Pope has the story.

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Balancing Medicaid Looks to Be Tall Task for the General Assembly

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With the General Assembly session weeks away, state leaders are already worried about balancing the books for the next budget. And one issue is proving to be particularly difficult. Michael Pope has the story.

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Charlottesville Has Lowest Unemployment in Virginia; Hampton Roads Still Struggling

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The latest round of unemployment numbers tell a tale of two Virginias, one thriving and another struggling. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Va News Topics: Students Struggle With Trump Victory, FEMA Flood Maps

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Some students at UVA are struggling with Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election, and FEMA is updating its flood maps in Norfolk causing property owners to reconsider their insurance coverage, or lack of it.  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 now from Fred Echols.

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Urban Agriculture Taking Root in Richmond

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Nearly a third of Virginia is farmland. But farms don’t always have to be in the countryside, they can on rooftops in cities and in small neighborhood gardens. One group in Richmond is training the next generation of URBAN farmers. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, they’re now offering a federally-approved certificate in urban farming.

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Virginia Votes: How Do They Feel Now?

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After Election Tuesday, we’re catching up with voters we talked to before the Election. One person we spoke with was Trump supporter in Lexington. Jessie Knadler catches up with Jacob Thayer.

Another of the Virginians we talked to, is Christopher Rashad Green — a former felon in Richmond who was able to vote for the first time in more than 20 years. The last time we heard from Green he was undecided, considering voting for a third-party candidate. On Tuesday, he cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton.

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Virginia Elects a New Governor Next Year. Will Voters Seek Another Trump?

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Now that Election 2016 has come and gone, the politics of Election 2017 are already moving into place. And, as Michael Pope reports, the election of Donald Trump as president could have a strong influence on the race for governor next year.

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The Day After: National Frenemies Day

frenemies-dayAfter what may have been one of the most vitriolic elections in American history, a Virginia Tech professor is declaring today, ‘ National Frenemies Day.’ Robbie Harris explains what it is and how to celebrate.

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Hillary Clinton Won Virginia, But is it a Blue State?

Virginia_flag_mapHillary Clinton was able to win Virginia. But it was not as decisive a victory as many Democrats were hoping for. Michael Pope has the story.

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Election Day: Congressional Outcomes in Virginia

We’ve got this overview of the state’s most competitive Congressional races, plus a quick glance at results from the rest of the state.

The 10th District

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Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock will be returning to Congress next year, despite a hotly contested race in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

The 4th District

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Democrats were able to pick up one congressional seat in Virginia, but only after a lawsuit prompted the boundaries of the congressional districts to be redrawn. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

The 5th District

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It was a difficult night for Democrats in the 5th Congressional District, where Republican Tom Garrett scored an impressive win over Jane Dittmar. Sandy Hausman reports on that race and others of regional interest.

Other Results

In less competitive districts, the state’s races played out as expected — with victors winning by large margins. Results are below. Full details can be seen here.

  • District 1 – Robb Wittman (R) beat Matt Rowe (D)
  • District 2 – Scott Taylor (R) beat Shaun Brown (D)
  • District  3 – Bobby Scott (D) beat Marty Williams (R)
  • District 6 – Bob Goodlatte (R) beat Kai Degner (D)
  • District 7- Dave Brat (R) beat Eileen Bedell (D)
  • District 8 – Don Beyer (D) beat Charles Hernick (R)
  • District 9 – Morgan Griffith (R) beat Derek Kitts (D)
  • District 11- Gerry Connolly won

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Report: Virginia’s Schools More Segregated Than a Decade Ago

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A recent report found that Virginia’s public schools are more segregated today than ten years ago. According to the report, students who are poor, black, and Latino in Virginia are increasingly isolated — attending schools with other students like themselves. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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About Three in Four Virginia Voters Expected to Show Up on Election Day

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How many voters are expected to show up on Election Day? Michael Pope has this preview.

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Va News Topics: Petersburg Christmas Parade, Arlington to D.C. Gondola

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The cash-strapped City of Petersburg will have a Christmas parade this year, but it was a very close call, and within a few years commuters and tourists may be riding a gondola  from Arlington County to hard-to-reach Georgetown in D.C. 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 reports.

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Trump Transparency Issues Leave Lawmakers Thinking about Future Campaigns

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Some Virginia lawmakers are hoping to reform presidential campaign laws after the election. Matt Laslo reports on the red flags critics say Donald Trump’s campaign has raised.

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218 Years for Dealing Drugs? Obama Commutes Sentences of Seven Drug Dealers in Virginia

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During the final months of his administration, President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences in drug -related cases across the United States. Michael Pope has this look at how the president’s actions here in Virginia might be a turning point in the war on drugs.

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Teacher Residency Model Gains National Attention

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Teacher Dana Lockhart is still in training and is a member of VCU’s teacher residency program. Here she teaches while VCU President Michael Rao looks on. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF / RADIO IQ)

If you want to be a teacher, you can go to school and pay for your master’s in education. Or, you can make a 4-year commitment to teaching in Richmond Public Schools in exchange for a master’s degree through Virginia Commonwealth University, a practically-guaranteed job, and learning through doing. It’s a unique approach — there are only about 20 programs like it in the country. Now, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the federal government is taking notice.

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On the Ballot: Virginia Looks to Cement “Right to Work” Culture

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This November, the presidential race is not the only thing on the ballot. There’s also little known — but very important — state constitutional amendment that could have lasting consequences for the relationship between workers and their employers. Michael Pope explains one of this year’s ballot amendments.

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Virginia Votes: Shenandoah Valley Trump Supporters

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Virginia has more than 5 million registered voters. In the end, all those voices will be lumped together to decide who gets the state’s 13 electoral votes. Today reporter Jessie Knadler takes us to some communities in the rural Shenandoah Valley—  filled with family farms, rolling hills and plenty of Trump supporters.

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Deadly Ambush of Fairfax Officer Prompted Constitutional Amendment ​on Ballot This Year

Virginia_flag_mapWhen they head to the polls on Election Day, most voters will be focused on the presidential election. But here in Virginia, they’ll also be considering a little-known constitutional amendment — one that had a violent beginning. Michael Pope has the story.

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Shifting Demographics in Chesterfield and Loudoun Create Key Battlegrounds

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Virginia was considered a red state, or at least a state that strongly leaned Republican. Now Democrats have won the last two presidential cycles, and the trend is expected to continue again this year. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Virginia Transgender Teen’s Case Will Go to Supreme Court

Virginia_flag_mapA transgender teen from Virginia will be fighting to use the bathroom of his choice in front of the Supreme Court. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va News Topics: Lee-Jackson Day Parade, Controversial Seminar

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Lexington’s traditional Lee-Jackson Day Parade in January will be very different from what the city is accustomed to seeing, and  a Virginia Sheriff is being criticized for organizing a seminar that some say will be unfairly critical of Muslims. 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 reports.

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Presidential Candidates Polar Opposites on Climate Change

chesapeake-journalism-collaborationHillary Clinton and Donald Trump could not disagree more on climate change. Clinton sees it as a real threat. Trump dismisses it as a hoax. So, John Lee got to wondering what the candidates’ views on climate change might mean for the Chesapeake Bay and came up with this report for “Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.”

Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative is funded by the participating stations with grant support from the Clayton Baker Trust, The Bancroft Foundation, Michael and Ann Hankin, The Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation, The Rob and Elizabeth Tyler Foundation, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

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How Will the End of Obama’s Term Impact the Commonwealth?

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With President Obama heading out of office soon Virginia Republicans fear he’s preparing a slew of executive orders that could hurt the economy in the Commonwealth. Matt Laslo has that story from Washington.

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Elections Officials Bracing for Armed Poll Watchers

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After the campaign headquarters of Jane Dittmar was visited by armed demonstrators recently, election officials across Virginia began asking about what will happen when people show up on Election Day with firearms. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia’s 2017 Harvest of Atlantic Menhaden Will Increase

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At a meeting in Maine this week, Atlantic coast fisheries managers agreed to increase the catch for menhaden, a fish considered crucial to birds, other fish and by commercial watermen to catch crabs. It’s also key to the remaining fish oil plant on the East Coast here in Virginia.  Pamela D’Angelo reports.

 

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Many Congressional Districts in Virginia Don’t Look to Be That Competitive

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When voters head to the polls on Election Day, most will be focused on the presidential race. But every seat in the House of Representatives will be on the ballot too — although you might not have heard much about that. Michael Pope takes us to one of the many congressional districts in Virginia that’s NOT in play this year.

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Mark Warner Says Housing Bailout Should Not Continue to Put Taxpayers at Risk

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Remember when the mortgage loan industry almost brought down the global economy? Virginia Senator Mark Warner says we haven’t fully recovered from that, and he’s working to make long-term change. Michael Pope has more.

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An Influx of Cash Gives Democrats Hope in the 5th District

Virginia_flag_mapOne congressional race is becoming increasingly more competitive, according to newly released campaign finance numbers. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers in the 5th Congressional District – the seat that stretches from Charlottesville to Southside.

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State Board of Health Discusses Abortion Clinic Regulations

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Pro-choice advocates in Virginia are celebrating today —the State Board of Health has voted to remove targeted regulations on abortion clinics.

In an 8 hour meeting today the board worked its way through dozens of amendments to regulations affecting clinics. In the end, they decided to roll back building codes and other restrictions that had been approved by former Governor Bob McDonnell 5 years ago. Since being passed, 7 clinics throughout the state have closed down. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Voter Intimidation in Virginia is Nothing New

 

Virginia_flag_mapVoter intimidation in Virginia is nothing new. As Michael Pope reports, the state has a long and complicated history of various forces trying to influence elections.

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Va News Topics: Chesapeake City Council Decision, In-Home Assistance Concerns

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Chesapeake City Council is considering whether to post “In God We Trust” in  City Hall and other public buildings, and people who require in-home assistance say they’re being affected by a state law that prohibits overtime for caregivers paid by Medicaid. 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 reports.

 

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In Virginia, Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole Wait in Limbo

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Jason Clem is 12 years into a life sentence for a murder he committed when he was 16. A nonprofit estimates there are 60 people like Clem in Virginia, serving a life sentence without hope of parole, for a crime they committed when they are under 18. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that’s unconstitutional. But, so far, that’s had little effect for those in Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Voter Registration Deadline Gets an Extension

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Forget to register to vote by Monday’s deadline? Or have problems trying to do it online? Well — you’ll get a second chance. A federal judge has extended Virginia’s voter registration deadline to Friday. Mallory Noe-Payne explains.

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