Archive for June, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Signs Bills Aimed at Protecting Virginia’s Senior Citizens

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Governor McAuliffe signs bills to crack down on exploitation of seniors and food insecurity among seniors. (Credit Michael Pope)

Governor Terry McAuliffe is hoping two new laws will do more to protect seniors from going hungry and falling prey to financial exploitation. Michael Pope reports.

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Candidates for Virginia Lieutenant Governor: The Republicans

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State Senator Jill Vogel, State Senator Bryce Reeves, and Delegate Glenn Davis. (Credit: Associated Press, Glenn Davis for LG Facebook)

Three Republicans are vying to become the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope talked to each to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job.

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Perriello, Northam Asked About Their Regrets During Last Debate

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Asking candidates for office about their regrets can be a dicey game. And the answers can sometimes provide a window into the candidates and their campaigns. Take, for example, how the two Democrats running for governor answered that question at a recent debate.  Michael Pope explains.

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Lack of Seasonal Worker Visas Straps Chesapeake Seafood Industry

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H2B visa workers and American workers clean up at Bevans Oyster Company after dozens of seasonal workers finished their early morning oyster shucking shift. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

The Chesapeake Bay’s crab, oyster and bait industry has been losing its American workforce since the late 1980s, as the old hands retire and younger workers seek better paying jobs. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative is funded 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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Va News: Gloucester Employee Recordings, Norfolk Lawsuit

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Gloucester County will soon be making audio recordings of conversations between county staff and members of the public. And Norfolk is facing the possibility of a lawsuit that could cost the city more than it could pay. 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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The Ever-Rising Cost of Tuition in Virginia

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Many of the state’s four-year public universities, including Virginia Tech, have recently announced hikes in tuition. (Credit: Paul Kurlak / Creative Commons)

Ask voters what issues they are concerned about on the campaign trail, and one that comes up again and again is the cost of college debt. Michael Pope reports that’s because of a sharp increase in the cost of college.

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Va News Topics: Richmond Vending Machines, Natural Gas Royalties

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When Richmond City Council wasn’t sure what to expect when it decided to try healthier products in public vending machines but the early results have been a surprise. And, a judge has cleared the way for Southwest Virginia landowners to sue over royalties from natural gas recovery in former coal mines. 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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