A new Virginia General Assembly measure mandates elementary schoolers get out from the behind the desk, and move. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The Roanoke City Board of Elections agreed to reprint 15,000 ballots after a candidate for city council said voters might not recognize her name on the originals…and several Virginia law enforcement agencies took part in a demonstration that showed how drones can help in help in emergency searches. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Virginia’s car-title lending industry has exploded in the six years since the General Assembly crafted regulations legalizing loans that have more than 200 percent interest rates. But Virginia is not alone. States across the country are struggling to deal with payday loans and Internet loans and open-ended credit loans – a set of financial products critics call “predatory lending.” As Michael Pope reports, that’s why lawmakers in Washington are hoping to create new rules to crack down on the industry.
Although the line of questioning by jurists in any appeals case does not necessarily indicate how they’re leaning, in the appeal of former Governor McDonnell’s corruption convictions, the U.S. Supreme Court justices did NOT seem comfortable with the broad interpretation of the federal law used to convict him. More from Tommie McNeil.
Cheaper gasoline is good for many people but not so good for some of Virginia’s public transportation systems…and some residents in the Williamsburg area want to change the name of a school that commemorates a defender of segregation. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Just a few years ago, Bob McDonnell was a rising star in Republican politics. Now his fate is before the United States Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case that destroyed his political career and ripped his marriage apart. Michael Pope has this preview.
The old saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what about elected officials? Should they have to track the value of every meal they are given? Michael Pope has this story on the food fight now playing out in Richmond.
Do state regulators have authority to crack down on car-title lenders? Critics say the industry is predatory and traps consumers in a cycle of debt, and lawmakers asked the State Corporation Commission to take action two months ago. But as Michael Pope reports, regulators are still trying to determine if they have the authority to take action without a new law directing them to do so.
Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments. So far, Republicans in the House have been able to overturn two of the governor’s amendments but they didn’t have the votes on the Senate side. So all the governor’s vetoes will stand. Michael Pope reports.
In Washington, Virginia’s two senators are joining forces along with half a dozen other senators to help encourage states to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. As Michael Pope reports, the law is aimed at extending a deadline that’s already passed.
Many of Virginia’s lawmakers own significant stock in some of the companies that do business with the state — including Dominion Power and Altria. That information was made accessible by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit that tracks money in state politics. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Lawyers involved in the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell have been busy with a flurry of legal briefs back and forth as the date for oral arguments approaches at the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Pope has the story.
It’s tax time. Have you filed your tax return yet? If you have, you’re part of a system that funds most state government functions in Virginia. According to data from the Census Bureau, Virginia relies more on income taxes for its state revenue than almost any other state.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is rejecting a bid to bring back the electric chair as the default method of executing criminals on Death Row. Instead, he’s proposing a plan that would allow the state to get lethal drugs from secret providers. Michael Pope reports.
A group that wants to build a mosque in Culpeper County suspects a religious motive in the county’s denial of a permit…and Hanover County residents are hoping to stop plans for passenger rail improvements. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.
It’s It’s crunch time for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is facing a deadline this weekend. By Monday morning, he’ll have to have finished considering all the laws passed by the General Assembly this year. Michael Pope reports.
A Richmond judge has ruled a group of Virginia state senators in contempt of court — for failing to turn over documents that could be helpful in an ongoing lawsuit.
In question in the suit is whether lawmakers, of both parties, have unconstitutionally drawn up district lines purposefully lumping together certain areas to make reelection easier.
Flying out west got a little easier for Virginians. For the first time, Richmond’s airport has launched daily non-stop flights to Denver, Colorado through United Airlines. They’re now the longest and farthest flights out of the international airport. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
You may not know it but climbing trees is a competitive sport among certified arborists and three of Virginia’s top professional tree climbers headed to Texas this past weekend to the International Tree Climbing Championship. One, defending his title as world champion. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed three more bills sent to him by Virginia’s Republican legislature — this time, all dealing with choice in public education. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of a key United States Supreme Court case that outlawed the poll tax. And as Michael Pope tell us, it’s a case that had its origins in a Fairfax County case that went all the way to the high court.
California made headlines this week as lawmakers there announced a deal to slowly raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
But here in Virginia, that number is still $7.25, tied to the federal level. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
The Virginia Cavaliers, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional, were trying to clinch their first appearance in the Final Four since 1984. But tenth-seeded Syracuse prevented that from happening as Greg Echlin reports.
One city in Virginia is taking a fresh look at how it regulates gardens…and the Commonwealth will soon have a thoroughbred racing season again, something it hasn’t had since 2013. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
There are isolationist sentiments sweeping the nation right now, and Virginia lawmakers are feeling the pressure to oppose new trade deals. Matt Laslo has more.
The Virginia Cavaliers basketball team, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, will tip off at 7:10 tonight against Iowa State at Chicago’s United Center. The UVA basketball hopes to follow the footsteps of other successful programs at school. Greg Echlin reports.
In the past year, officials in New Orleans, Birmingham, and Baltimore have all voted to remove some of the Confederate monuments in their locales. Now, a couple of city councilors in Charlottesville are mobilizing to have their city join that list. Tony Field reports.
With the General Assembly session now wrapped up, Virginia has more than 300 new laws on the books. This week we’ll take a look at a handful of those laws — which all go into effect July first. We start off today with changes to Virginia’s sex offender registry. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Virginia has become the first state to legalize daily fantasy sports — the flipside? The state will also now regulate the quickly growing business. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is out with its second annual assessment of trends on campus. Sandy Hausman reports on what the Chronicle found in studying colleges and universities in 2016.
A middle school outside Richmond is seeking suggestions for a new name. The change comes after almost a year long fight to get rid of the old one — the school? Byrd Middle School in Henrico County. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The western shores of the Chesapeake Bay have a deep history of slavery. One black community is memorializing its past and engaging its white community in moving forward. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is out with its second annual assessment of trends on campus. Sandy Hausman reports on what the Chronicle found in studying colleges and universities in 2016. Sandy Hausman reports.
During the current presidential campaign, the nation seems more divided than ever, but a team of photographers from Virginia has set out to show how one community – home to dozens of different ethnic groups – is making diversity work. Sandy Hausman reports.
A request from a student has led to a significant policy change by a Virginia school division…and two firefighters are back at work thanks in part to a show of support from the public. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.
It’s over. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen McCullough has been elected to the Virginia Supreme Court-with lots of dissent from mostly Democrats, including Governor McAuliffe. Tommie McNeil has coverage from the State Capitol.
The Black Lives Matter movement has revived discussion of a problem that has persisted in this nation’s history since the time of slavery – the unequal treatment of African-Americans by police and the justice system. It’s a subject that distresses Ross Howell, author of a new book about a black teenager who was executed in Virginia more than a hundred years ago. Sandy Hausman has details.
In theory, presidential campaigns pay for security when a candidate holds a public rally. But in fact, you may be covering that expense…
And Virginia may soon be defending it’s law against habitual drunkenness in court. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Virginia’s Legal Aid Justice Center is suing the state in federal court to get rid of an old law that allows courts to label people as habitual drunkards and to lock them up for a year if they’re found in possession of alcohol. Sandy Hausman has that story.
With just one week left in Virginia’s General Assembly, the state already has 135 new laws on the books — and will be adding many more before it’s over. Luckily, you’ll easily be able to browse all of Virginia’s laws on it’s legal website, which is considered one of the best in the country. Mallory Noe Payne reports.
Voting is underway in 12 states today for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, including Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe cast his vote in Richmond, first thing this morning. Mallory Noe-Payne was there.
Super Tuesday IS a big deal, but it’s not necessarily the be-all-end-all for presidential contenders. While this may explain why some candidates have not dropped out of the race, determining how delegates are tallied is complex—with 595 delegates at stake for Republicans and 1,004 for Democrats in a single day. And as Tommie McNeil reports, the Super Tuesday states and territory include Virginia—for both political parties.
Tuesday is an election day — Virginians’ turn to get their say in who should be the Republican or Democratic nominee for President. For those who still have basic questions, Mallory Noe-Payne lays out how to vote.
Norfolk’s airport is among the largest in the country to have no access by public transportation…and Virginia is on the brink of becoming the first state to license online fantasy sports games. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Virginia is one of a dozen ‘Super Tuesday’ states voting in their Republican contests tomorrow. One the Democratic side, we’re one of eleven. And if you’re wondering if your vote counts in such a big election, here’s why it does. Robbie Harris reports.
Virginia has a state bird… a state tree… but what about a state snake? Lawmakers this year have made a bit of a surprising pick — the Eastern Garter Snake. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports the choice might have more to do with the snake’s main proponent, than the animal itself.
In a break from legislative action, Virginia’s lawmakers took to the court Tuesday night — the basketball court. An annual fundraiser for Virginia Commonwealth University’s cancer center, the Capitol Classic throws together politicians, lobbyists, and the Governor’s staff in friendly competition. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and filed this report.
A yearly consensus is about to begin in waterways leading to the Chesapeake Bay.. a count of nesting bald eagle pairs. There was a time when their very survival in Virginia was in doubt, but as Evan Jones reports, their numbers now may be nearing the saturation point.
The day after Virginia was battered by at least three confirmed tornadoes, Governor Terry McAuliffe visited the hardest-hit regions of the state to assess the damage.
The governor visited Appomattox—where one of the state’s four tornado deaths was recorded as a funnel cloud left an 8-to-10 mile path of debris, and injured seven. About 100 structures were damaged– 20 severely– including some that were flattened.
Governor McAuliffe also visited Waverly, where three people were killed as a confirmed tornado carved a five mile path of destruction there. And he toured the damage in Essex County, where at least 15 structures were destroyed and 25 people were injured, in a confirmed tornado.
The National Weather Service continues surveying several areas to confirm whether tornadoes touched down. Crews are fanning out in the Richmond area, Southside, and the Northern Neck, looking for signs of tornadoes.
The General Assembly is considering a new law that would prevent the public from learning the names of police officers. And open government advocates are criticizing cities that put their council meetings on the internet but exclude some citizen comments. Fred Echols reports.