Shifts in Global Market Make it Important to Recycle Right

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Much of recycled cardboard in the U.S. used to head straight to China.

But in March, the government there decided to raise standards for importing recycled material.

And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, that’s had an impact right here in Virginia.

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Wage Growth Is Widely Uneven Across Virginia

StateSeal00Virginia emerged from the recession with a low unemployment rate and higher wages. But that success is not shared across all of Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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House Democratic Leader Could Face Leadership Challenge This Week

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Lawmakers will be back in Richmond this week, which will allow Democrats to go behind closed doors and fight over who is leading their party in the House of Delegates.

Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Sales Tax System Places Heavier Burdens on Low-Income Individuals

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Virginia’s system of sales taxes hits everyone with the same percentage on items they purchase. But it has a heavier burden for people with low incomes. Michael Pope explains.

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What Should Virginia Do With Its Tax Cut Windfall?


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Remember that tax cut the president signed into law late last year? It cut many federal taxes. But, it may have also increased state taxes here in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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After Hours Emails & Texts Affect Employees and Families’ Well Being

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Our electronic devices have made communicating quick and easy.

But social scientists say there’s a downside to our ‘always on’ work culture that is hurting employees, and their families.

Robbie Harris reports.

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Recession Recovery Doesn’t Look the Same Across Virginia

hardrecoveryThe recession ended nearly a decade ago, and jobs are returning to Virginia. But, the recovery from this last recession is unlike what happened after previous recessions. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Significance of an Old House in Roanoke, counterfeit Chesapeake Bay blue crabs

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A Virginia civil rights leader will be honored with a long overdue monument…and counterfeiting isn’t just for money. It can happen with crab cakes too.

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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Harmony, Not Hate, The Goal For C’ville Sing Out

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More than 400 people are expected for the C’ville Sing Out at IX Park or — in the event of rain — at the Zion First African Baptist Church Sunday at 4 p.m. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Whatever happens this weekend in Charlottesville, some people are determined to make the best of it.

A group of more than 400 music lovers will gather at IX Park at 4 p.m. Sunday for the C’ville Sing Out!

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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New Poll: Race Relations Remain a Hot-Button Issue in America

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Views about race relations remain incredibly complicated in America, even a year after the riot in Charlottesville. Michael Pope reports.

 

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Recent Fraudulent Signature Case Isn’t Virginia’s First

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Roanoke’s prosecutor will be investigating allegations of fraudulent voter petitions in Virginia Beach, a case that puts Republican Congressman Scott Taylor’s reelection campaign in the crossfire. But, fraudulent signatures are nothing new in Virginia politics. Michael Pope reports.

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One Year Out, Charlottesville Is a Different Place

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Charlottesville looks the same, but much has changed since the Alt-Right invaded on August 12 of 2017. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

If white supremacists return to Charlottesville this weekend, they will find a very different city.

There are new rules in place, new leaders in charge, and an even larger group of vocal opponents.

Those changes would make for a different experience this year as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Offshore Wind Project Could Spark Significant Change for Virginia’s Energy Profile

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What’s the future of energy generation in Virginia? Some recent developments could be a turning point. Michael Pope reports.

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CodeRVA Heads into Second Year

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CodeRVA, central Virginia’s newest regional magnet school, is heading into its second year, with almost double the students and more than triple the employees.

Mallory Noe-Payne has this update.

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In An Election Year, Is There Political Will On Any Side To Fix The ACA?

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While the health insurance system set up under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, remains in place, premiums are expected to rise again significantly this fall.

That has members of Congress from the commonwealth pointing fingers and also floating ideas for how to protect patients from rising costs.

Washington correspondent Matt Laslo reports it’s not clear any of the ideas have enough support to become law.

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VCU Research Aims To Reconnect Brain With Sense Of Smell

 

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It’s not unusual for people to lose some degree of hearing and vision as they age, and it turns out our sense of smell also declines over time.

Accidents and disease might also be to blame when people have trouble detecting odors.

Until now, there have been no good treatments, but scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University say they may have a solution.

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Va News: Alexandria Struggles with New Park name, Plastic Straws in Clark County Schools

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There’s controversy in Northern Virginia after the name of a Revolutionary War figure was removed from a new park and plastic straws are mostly a thing of the past in one Virginia school district.

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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Change May Be On the Way for Virginia Democrats

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Democratic Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville. Some Democrats are hoping to install a new party leader before next year’s General Assembly session begins. (Credit: Creative Commons)

The retirement of a Republican in the House of Delegates is prompting a new wave of soul searching among Democrats. Michael Pope has the story.

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LEAF Program Connects Students With Wilderness

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The labor market in this country is tight right now, and the competition for young talent is especially keen at non-profits like the Nature Conservancy.

That’s one reason the organization started a program to interest urban kids in conservation.

Sandy Hausman met up with three city slickers in the Warm Springs Nature Preserve to see how they were adjusting to life in the country.

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Democratic Socialism is Nothing New in Virginia

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Delegate Lee Carter is a Democratic Socialist who was elected to the General Assembly last year. (Credit: Creative Commons)

Democratic Socialism is gaining new traction across the country, but as it turns out, Virginia was ahead of the trend. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Still Has Significant Wage Disparity A Decade After the Recession

wagedisparityThe recession is now a distant memory, and in many ways Virginia’s economy has improved. But, that rising tide has not lifted all boats. Michael Pope reports.

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“Dopesick” Roanoke Author on the Dealers, Doctors and Drug Company That Addicted America

macy_dopesickA best-selling author from Roanoke has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel. Former Roanoke Times Reporter, Beth Macy, wrote “Factory Man” and “Truevine.” Now, she’s out with her third book, this one, about the opioid crisis and its origins here in Virginia. It’s called “Dopesick.” Robbie Harris reports.

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Virginia’s Unemployment Rate May Not Tell the Whole Story

laborforceVirginia’s unemployment rate is now down to levels that haven’t been seen since before the recession hit a decade ago. That’s the good news. But, there’s an important part of the story those numbers don’t tell. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Emergency Departments Connect with New System

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Emergency departments across Virginia are now connected by a tech system that lets doctors share real-time information about patients, drug use and care plans. Virginia is the first state in the country to take this step. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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African-American Unemployment Rates Struggling to Reach Pre-Recession Numbers in Virginia

blackunemploymentBlack unemployment may be at a record low now in the United States. But the numbers here in Virginia tell a different story. Michael Pope reports.

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Charlottesville Democratic Socialists Host Free Brake Light Repair Clinic

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The DSA offered drivers an invitation to their group picnic next week. (Credit: Emily Richardson – Lorente)

This past weekend, the Charlottesville branch of the Democratic Socialists of America held its first free Brake Light Repair Clinic. Emily Richardson-Lorente stopped by to see what it was all about.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Hits Snag Over National Forest Crossing

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Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are celebrating a recent court ruling. It effectively cancels permits allowing pipeline developers to build through Jefferson National Forest. And that’s leaving many to ask: what happens next? Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Despite Habeeb Retirement, Republicans Are Likely to Maintain Majority in House of Delegates

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Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) announced his plans to retire from the General Assembly last week. (Credit: Friends of Greg Habeeb / Creative Commons)

Republicans in the House of Delegates have a one-vote majority. So any shake up of that composition could mean dramatic change. But, even a new vacancy isn’t causing a lot of hope among Democrats. Michael Pope reports.

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Va News: Colonial Downs Betting, Workforce Training Program

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People will soon be betting on horse races again at Virginia’s Colonial Downs track but it’ll be done in a whole new way. And, a new statewide program that matches worker training to industry needs is about to get a real test at the Newport News shipyards.

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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Kaine-Stewart Fight Over Trade Focuses Attention On Danville

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The city of Danville in southside Virginia has become the epicenter of Virginia politics, as candidates for the United States Senate clash over international trade policy.

Michael Pope reports.

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Local Governments Continue to Bring Lawsuits In On-Going Opioid Crisis

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Local governments across Virginia say they have become overwhelmed by the cost of the opioid epidemic. Michael Pope reports they’re now taking their case to court.

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ACA Premiums Set to Jump In Virginia… Again

virginia_flag_map_0People who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are about to see yet another increase to their premiums. Michael Pope is looking into the numbers.

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Sister of Man Shot by Richmond Police Says He Was Having Mental Breakdown

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Princess Blanding, the sister of Marcus David Peters, speaks to reporters. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

The sister of an unarmed man shot by Richmond Police back in May says his toxicology report has come back clean, reaffirming her belief that he was having a mental health crisis when he was killed.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Outreach Effort for Expanded Health Insurance Ramps Up

IMG_6960_0Beginning next year, hundreds of thousands of Virginians who can’t afford health insurance will have a new option: Medicaid. That’s because state lawmakers expanded the program this year. One of the top concerns for the state agency that runs Medicaid is outreach. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Experts Say What Happens In The Arctic Affects Norfolk Flooding

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Parts of Hampton Roads have been swamped by rain this week.

Regardless of rain or shine, many parts of southeast Virginia have a flooding problem, affecting communities and military readiness.

The College of William & Mary Center for Climate and Security has been using small conferences to bring experts together to tackle the problem.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Scott’s College Debt Proposal Gets Attention, Skepticism

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Virginia Democrat Bobby Scott may not be locked in a tough reelection campaign, but party leaders want him to play a big role in the election outcome this fall through getting behind his plan for debt–free college.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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After legislative action, Dominion launches “Grid Transformation Program”

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Thanks to a new state law customers of Dominion Energy received a small rebate this month, and will again in January.

And now state regulators are getting their first look at how the law will affect Virginia’s power grid.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Stewart Nomination Throws Republican Party of Virginia Into Disarray

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The Republican Party of Virginia is in a state of transition. Several of its local leaders have resigned, and the party is currently looking for a new chairman. Michael Pope reports.

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Tent Pitching Protest Against the ACP

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Lynne and Bill Limpert are fighting to save their farm from destruction by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Camping is a popular summer activity, and some opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are hoping to capitalize on that – inviting those who’d like to pitch a tent in a beautiful place to come to Bath County.

Sandy Hausman reports on this novel approach to protest.

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Permit Request Dropped For Second “Unite The Right” Rally

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Community activist Rosia Parker (in pink) speaks with a reporter outside the courthouse. (Credit: Emily Richardson-Lorente)

The legal fight over a second “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville ended suddenly Tuesday afternoon.

Emily Richardson-Lorente was in the federal courtroom.

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Virginia Voter Roll Purges Attract Scrutiny

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Are the voter rolls in Virginia full of former voters who have moved or died?

Or as some argue, perhaps the problem is that election officials are becoming too aggressive in purging the rolls.

Michael Pope reports.

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Kaine And Stewart Square Off In First Debate

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Candidates on the ballot for United States Senate met in their first debate over the weekend, previewing the fall campaign season.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Va. News: Lee County Schools want to arm teachers and do Toll Roads hurt spending in Hampton Roads?

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A Southwestern Virginia county plans to become the first in the state to arm teachers… and it’s proving very difficult to figure out how bridge and tunnel tolls affect business profits 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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Looking For Solutions To Rising Suicide Rate Among Virginia Women

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Suicide rates are on the rise in Virginia, especially among women.

And lawmakers are trying to figure out ways to reverse the trend. Michael Pope reports.

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VCU Gets Grant to Support STEM Education

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Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will give more resources to community college students, who transfer to the university studying in STEM fields.

That’s thanks to a new one-million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Stewart, Kaine Prep For First Debate This Weekend

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Just as the summertime temperatures are rising, so is the heat of the summertime campaign season.

This weekend candidates for the United States Senate will meet for their first debate. And Michael Pope has this preview.

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Localities Get Creative to Pay for School Name Changes

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This week Roanoke City joined a growing list of localities dropping Confederate-related names from public schools.

A common argument against name changes has been cost.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, localities are finding a way to pay.

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Water Warrior Marc Edwards Warns of Scientific Dark Age if Science Goes “Post Truth”

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Environmental Engineering professor, Marc Edwards leads a band of clean water warriors

Blowing the lid off the Flint Michigan water crisis was a watershed moment in this country.

It began as a crusade, first just to prove there was a problem and ultimately, for public officials to address it.

But its leader, Marc Edwards, an environmental scientist at Virginia Tech, sees a larger public issue bubbling just under the surface and he’s speaking out about it.

Robbie Harris has more.

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Manufactured Homes Could be Opportunity in Affordable Housing Crisis

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This week, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor held a series of community meetings on the eviction crisis.

One underlying problem — a lack of affordable housing.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, some advocates think manufactured homes, also known as mobile homes, could be a part of the solution.

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Wittman Warns Of Trouble With Navy Readiness

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Is the United States Navy prepared to accomplish all the tasks the federal government is asking of it?

Michael Pope reports that one Virginia congressman says no, and he’d like to see some changes.

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