New Law Sets Cap on Suspensions

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In Virginia, some students are suspended for months, or even an entire school year. A new law that takes effect July 1st, seeks to change that. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Civil War Camp for Kids

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Campers will discover not all Civil War soldiers dressed in blue or gray.
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Kids heading for summer camp have lots of choice – from conventional outdoor adventures to programs specializing in computers, the science of space travel and plenty of sports.

Here in Virginia, there’s a camp that allows children to experience the American Civil War.

Sandy Hausman traveled to Petersburg to check it out.

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Menstrual Equity Advocates Say Sales Tax, School Changes Still Needed

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Governor Ralph Northam will sign a bill Tuesday aimed at making feminine hygiene products more available in prisons and jails in Virginia.

But advocates for menstrual equity say much more needs to be done.

Michael Pope reports.

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State will Soon Provide Low-Income Virginians with Birth Control

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An intrauterine device is one of the most effective forms of birth control, but without insurance it can cost a $1,000. (Credit Sarah Mirk / Flickr CC)

In Virginia, almost 40-percent of women say their most recent pregnancy was unplanned.

A new pilot program funded in the latest state budget, is hoping to lower that number.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va. News: Year-Round Schools in Chesterfield County, Salem Meals Taxes

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Elementary students in Chesterfield County are about to become the latest in Virginia to experience year-round schools…. and in Salem the consequences of not paying the meals taxes just got a little more serious.

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

Fred Echols has more.

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Why Are So Many Virginia Children Still Living in Poverty?

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Downtown Danville. Nearly half of the city’s children live in poverty. (Credit: Miguel Gereda / Creative Commons)

The number of children who live in poverty is coming down across the country. But not in Virginia. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Virginia Republicans Following Party Line In DACA Debate

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Republicans in Washington are locked in a debate over what Congress should, or even can do, about immigration reform this election year.

Washington correspondent Matt Laslo reports most Virginia Republicans are sticking to party leader’s script.

 

 

 

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New Federal Program Seeks to Pay for Lunches at High-Poverty Schools

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Census figures show that the number of children who live in poverty in Virginia is on the rise, and school administrators across the commonwealth are using new money from the federal government to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.

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Opportunity And Opposition In Pamunkey Tribe’s Casino Proposal

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Chief Robert Gray stands on the pier in front of the tribe’s now defunct shad fish hatchery. There are no longer enough shad to continue the hatchery that once helped boost the population. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Three years ago the Pamunkey Indian Tribe gained federal recognition.

Now the tribe is considering opening a casino as a step toward financial independence.

But the idea is not without controversy as Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Republicans Respond to Corey Stewart Nomination

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Corey Stewart will face off with Democratic incumbent Senator Tim Kaine in November. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Republicans are divided about the Senate candidate at the top of their ticket in Virginia this year. Michael Pope reports.

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Democrats Didn’t Always Pick The Most Progressive Candidate And That Might Help Them In November

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Democrats now have a slate of candidates heading into the fall election that may not be as progressive as some would like.

But Michael Pope reports that might end up helping them in the fall.

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Stewart Wins GOP Senate Primary

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Corey Stewart celebrates his nomination Tuesday night. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Corey Stewart beat back two challengers to emerge as his party’s nominee to take on Senator Tim Kaine.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Rally Over Kroger Jobs Draws Hundreds

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A dispute over 74 jobs at a Kroger supermarket in Tidewater prompted a protest in Roanoke by hundreds of union workers this/Tuesday afternoon.

Joe Staniunas reports.

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Predicting Turnout In Senate Primary

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Republicans will head to the polls tomorrow to select a candidate to run against incumbent Senator Tim Kaine.

So how many voters will show up and vote?

Michael Pope gets some predictions.

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As Popularity Of Absentee Voting Grows, Depth Of Data Declines

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Recent years have seen tremendous growth of absentee balloting in Virginia.

Parties and candidates use that data to get out the vote.

But, as Michael Pope reports, the new trend is also making election returns less informative.

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Virginia Battens Down the Hatches Against Election Threats

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Tuesday is Primary Day in Virginia. Voters will be selecting candidates for November’s Congressional midterms.

And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, officials have been prepping to make sure voting systems are secured against cyber attacks.

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Va. News: Homebuilders Group needs skilled workers, Deactivated E-Z Passes

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America is running short on people who have the skills to fix things. And if you have an E-Z Pass in Virginia you should know that if you don’t use it you could lose it.

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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Now That Medicaid Expansion Has Passed, What’s Next?

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Democrats are still celebrating their huge victory in expanding Medicaid, a goal they’ve sought for years and only accomplished after last year’s wave election. What comes next? Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Congressman To House Speaker: Stay In Session And Pass Bills

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This week the Senate leader announced he plans to cancel part of their August recess, and a Virginia Congressman thinks the House should stay in session too.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Northam Signs Budget That Expands Medicaid, Thanks Republicans

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Governor Ralph Northam speaks at Thursday’s budget signing ceremony. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

A sense of celebration Thursday at the Capitol in Richmond, as the Governor signed a new two-year budget that includes Medicaid Expansion.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Thanks to Federal Tax Code, Virginia Could See Millions in New Revenue

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The new federal tax code may be having an unintended consequence here in Virginia: higher state taxes. And, that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue. Michael Pope reports.

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Examining Fundraising Numbers for Virginia’s Republican Senate Hopefuls

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Republicans are about to select their candidate to take on incumbent Senator Tim Kaine. Whichever candidate emerges as the winner next week will face a huge financial challenge. Michael Pope reports.

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Congressman Says Interior Sec. Zinke May Not Be Interested In Drilling Off Virginia

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The fight over offshore drilling is heating up.

Tuesday, Richmond-area Congressman Donald McEachin introduced legislation that would prevent exploration and drilling off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware.

Virginia Beach Congressman Scott Taylor has also publicly opposed a White House proposal to allow offshore drilling.

At a recent forum on the state of Virginia’s waters, the Republican had even more to say.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Mixed News for Higher Ed in State Budget

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State lawmakers have signed off on a budget that includes increased spending on K-12 education, health care, and raises for state employees. But the outlook for higher education funding is mixed. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With Next Week’s Primary Elections Looming, Which Candidates Have a Leg Up in Fundraising?

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Democrat Alison Friedman is hoping to unseat Republican-incumbent Barbara Comstock in the state’s 10th Congressional District. (Credit: alisonforvirginia.com)

Candidates for Congress are raising and spending millions of dollars in advance of next week’s primary election. Michael Pope reports.

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Three Republicans Battle To Take On Tim Kaine

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Republicans will be heading to the polls June 12 to select a candidate to take on Senator Tim Kaine this fall. Michael Pope reports.

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The Politics of ICE in Virginia

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As the campaign season heats up heading into the primary this month, the issue of immigration is at the forefront in many campaigns. Michael Pope explains.

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‘Help not Death’ Rallying Cry of Crowd

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Hundreds took to the streets in Richmond this weekend to demand more from Richmond Police, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who charged at an officer. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va. News: Charlottesville Therapy for Mental Illness, Medical Marijuana Processor Licensees

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Medical marijuana processing may soon bring some much needed jobs to Virginia’s most economically depressed region. And there’s an effort underway in Charlottesville to help mentally ill offenders get community support instead of jail time.

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 Much Local Government Business Should Go On Behind Closed Doors?

foia_stockA legal fight over public access to local government is raising new questions about Virginia’s Freedom of Information law. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia’s Recently Passed Budget Has a Few Other Perks

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Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, a teacher of 30 years, helped craft the budget. It includes a 3% pay raise for teachers. (Credit: kirkcox.com)

The historic agreement to expand Medicaid was the centerpiece of the General Assembly session this year. But the recently passed budget has another important attraction — raises for teachers and state employees. Michael Pope has the story.

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Trip from Charlottesville to Ghana Brings New Insights on Slavery and America

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A group of more than 50 people traveled from Charlottesville to Ghana earlier this month to learn about the origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and how it can be better taught back here in the U.S.

Jordy Yager joined the group and has this report.

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Census Data Shows Growth in Virginia’s Asian Population

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Sang Yi is one of two new City Councilors in Fairfax born in South Korea. (Credit: Republican Party of Virginia)

New numbers from the Census show an important shift in Virginia, one that might surprise you. Michael Pope has details.

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Storms, Development Cause Erosion At Historic Fones Cliffs

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Developers who illegally cleared over 13 wooded acres for their golf course resort atop the historic Fones Cliffs are in trouble again after heavy rains this month sent trees and soil toward the Rappahannock River.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Census Data Suggests Gap Between the Rich and Poor Varies Across Virginia

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Wealth inequality is more prevalent in some parts of Virginia than others. Michael Pope has the story.

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Va. News: Norfolk Preschool, Hockey Hype in Loudoun County

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Educators in Norfolk have a plan to introduce economic diversity into pre-school. And a Northern Virginia town is hoping to use excitement about the Washington Capitals hockey team to give itself an economic boost.

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

More now from Fred Echols.

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Scientists Disagree on Lost Gear, Crab Data in Chesapeake Bay

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Last year, a scientific report put some astounding numbers to crab pots lost by watermen and the subsequent economic loss when they become death traps for crabs that wander in and can’t escape.

Now, a committee of federal and state crab scientists say those numbers were overestimated.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Analysts Say Used Clothing Can Still Make a Difference

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That old sweater you’re no longer wearing just might make the world a better place. Michael Pope has the story.

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Richmond Police Release Footage of Deadly Shooting

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This still image taken from the Richmond police body camera shows Richmond Police officer holding a stun gun at Marcus-David Peters approaches him on May 14.

Police in Richmond today released the video of an officer involved shooting that happened 11 days ago.

The video shows an officer killing an unarmed man who appears to be having a mental breakdown.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Chesterfield Superintendent to Take on Statewide Role

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Virginia has a new superintendent of public instruction, current Chesterfield County superintendent James Layne. Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement in Richmond Thursday. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Cash Bail: Necessary Part Of Criminal Justice Or Debtors Prison?

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There has been increased national scrutiny of the cash bail system, which critics say creates a debtor’s prison for those who can’t afford to fork over money to a bail bondsman.

Now that debate has erupted in Virginia.

Michael Pope has the story.

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A Look at the Impact of Refugee Placements on Virginia’s Economy

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The number of refugee placements has declined dramatically since President Trump took office. And, that has an impact on economies across Virginia. Michael Pope explains.

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Advocates Expected a Vote on Medicaid, Instead the Senate Delayed

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The Virginia Senate reconvened for a brief budget session Tuesday, just long enough to kick the can down the road for another week.

Mallory Noe-Payne has the latest from the capitol.

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Supreme Court to Take Up Virginia Uranium Mining Lawsuit

Supreme CourtAdvocates for uranium mining have given up the fight of changing state law in Richmond. Now they’re taking their case to the Supreme Court in Washington. Michael Pope has the story.

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Calls for Transparency Persist, as Richmond Police Release Data

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Last week, police in Richmond shot and killed an unarmed man who was charging at an officer. The incident has renewed calls for more transparency around policing.

Earlier this year, Richmond agreed to release monthly data on complaints against officers, as well as use of force by officers.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, some community advocates are asking for more.

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The Number of Homeless Veterans in Virginia Has Plummeted in Recent Years

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Homelessness among veterans is down in Virginia, way down. Michael Pope explains why.

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Va. News: Richmond Courthouse Cell Phone Policy, Martinsville Med School Efforts

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The City of Martinsville wants to keep information about a failed attempt to build a medical school secret… and Richmond is now allowing people with mobile phones into its courthouse.

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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Housing Coalition Looks to Tackle Virginia’s High Eviction Rates

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A coalition of housing advocates is working together to reduce evictions across Virginia.

According to a recent report, five of the top ten large US cities with high eviction rates are in the Commonwealth.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

The Campaign to Reduce Evictions will hold its kick off meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue.

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Virginia’s Rent Rates Have Stayed Flat in Recent Years

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The cost of renting property in Virginia has historically been well above the national average. But recent years have seen a shift. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Senate Committee Puts off Budget Vote

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Virginia’s slow moving budget process is only getting slower, as the Senate Finance Committee declined to vote on a budget proposal Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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