Archive for November, 2016
Now that he’s off the campaign trail and back in the Senate, Tim Kaine is returning to an old argument. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaders 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest round of unemployment numbers tell a tale of two Virginias, one thriving and another struggling. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After 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.
Hillary 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
How many voters are expected to show up on Election Day? Michael Pope has this preview.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When 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.