Archive for September, 2017
Feed Virginia Day of Action Highlights Food Insecurity
As part of an ongoing effort to improve food access in Virginia, volunteers across the state participated in more than 80 events Friday. To celebrate, Virginia’s Governor and First Lady hosted a pop up farmer’s market at the state capitol. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and has this report.
“Remember The Future;” A Dance About NASA at 100
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, known as NASA, turned 100 this year. As part of the centennial celebration, NASA’s Langley Research Center commissioned a special work of art. It’s not a sculpture or painting. It’s a dance. And when you think about it, the art of dance is a wonderful way to capture the essence and honor the achievements of the centenarian space agency. Robbie Harris has more.
Outside Money Helps Fund TV Air War in Governor’s Race
If you’ve been watching television, you know it’s campaign season. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s not just the candidates who are buying up TV time.
Attorney General and Lawmakers Target High-Interest Loans
For people who are really hard up for quick cash, reading the fine print of a contract is not always the top priority. That’s how many businesses thrive, charging interest rates in the hundreds to desperate consumers and trapping them in a cycle of debt. Now some elected officials are fighting back. Michael Pope reports.
Could Controversy Surrounding the NFL Bring Momentum to Corey Stewart’s Senate Run?
The controversy over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem is reaching into the realm of Virginia politics. Now, as Michael Pope reports, one candidate for the United States Senate hopes the issue might bring new attention to his campaign.
The Wide Ranging Opinions on Marijuana Legalization Among Virginia’s Lawmakers
Virginia lawmakers are some of the more progressive in the nation when it comes to marijuana policy. Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol on the broad array of reasons that has even staunch conservatives supporting some legalization efforts.
Consulting Firm Facing Backlash Following Community Meeting Decision
A well-known consulting firm that works with school systems is in hot water this week after one of its regional directors barred a reporter from a public meeting. Michael Pope has details.
New Poll Indicates Most Virginians Want Equal Protections for Members of the LGBTQ Community
The state’s largest LGBTQ equality group has funded a survey and the results look promising for those concerned with the rights of sexual minorities. Brad Kutner has more from Richmond.
Richmond Considers Asking State Lawmakers to Take a Stand on Confederate Monuments
Richmond’s city council is considering asking lawmakers for permission to move the city’s Confederate monuments. If the resolution passes, it could force state delegates to take a clear stand on the issue. Mallory Noe-Payne was at a council meeting and has this report.
Virginia Tech Fans Honor HOF Inductees, Vick Misses Game
Michael Vick is now a member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, despite a substantial petition drive, and a silent protest that went on through the weekend. Jeff Bossert reports.
Northam Surges Ahead of Gillespie in Television Advertising
Now that the campaign for governor is reaching the most intense stretch heading into Election Day, television viewers are noticing a nonstop round of commercials. But one candidate is rising above the other. Michael Pope explains.
Va News Topics: Internet Cable, Passenger Train Service to Southwest VA?
Virginia’s first direct digital connection to Europe is now open. And, local government leaders in Southwest Virginia are hopeful that passenger trains will soon return to the area. 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.
Uncertainty Could Result in Access to Care Issues for Virginia ACA Enrollees
As efforts continue in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Virginia is prepping for another season of open enrollment through the ACA marketplace. But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, confusion could mean fewer people enroll.
Author Explains the History and Tactics of the Anti-Fascist Movement
Virginia’s confederate past has drawn the attention of both white supremacists and the groups that oppose them. There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding those groups, sometimes known as “antifa.” Now one author is trying to shed some light on the movement. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Surprising Number of Republican Candidates in Favor of Closing Gun Show Loophole
Republican members of the General Assembly have stopped efforts to close the gun show loophole for years. But now a new generation of Republican candidates may indicate a shift in the momentum. Michael Pope has the story.
Popular Tourist Stop On The Chesapeake Bay To Close
For decades now, tourists have stopped midway on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to stand at the mouth of the Bay. They watch cargo and military ships, and if they’re lucky, a nuclear sub glide by before ducking into the restaurant for some freshly fried flounder and hush puppies. But, as Pamela D’Angelo reports, the restaurant will become history at the end of the month.
Congressman Garrett Helps Resettle Sudanese Refugees in Virginia
A Congressman from Virginia is in Africa this week, working to secure the release of two Sudanese pastors imprisoned by their government. Seven of the pastors’ family members have already arrived in Virginia as refugees. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Amazon is Just the Latest Topic of Discussion for Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates
Will Virginia become home to a second headquarters for Amazon? That’s a question that’s consuming economic development officials right now. But it’s also become an issue on the campaign trail for the Executive Mansion. Michael Pope has the story.
Just Like Any Other Candidates, Gillespie and Northam Have Distinct Weaknesses to Overcome
Every candidate has a something to overcome. So what are the weaknesses the two major party candidates for governor have heading into the fall election season? Michael Pope has the story.
Lawmakers Consider Public Awareness Campaign on Childhood Trauma
Virginia’s lawmakers are preparing for another busy legislative year. One topic on the agenda: how to better serve children who face violence or trauma at home. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Northam, Gillespie Spar Over Taxes, Healthcare, Confederate Monuments
The major party candidates for governor met for a televised debate Tuesday night. They sparred over taxes, healthcare and Confederate monuments, among other topics. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ tax plans.
Both candidates appeared to dodge some issues. Northam’s apparent support for two proposed controversial natural gas pipelines was an issue that dogged him during the primary, when Tom Perriello offered clear opposition to the plan. Gillespie also struggled with a question about the healthcare proposal now under consideration in Congress. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ responses about pipelines, healthcare and Confederate monuments.
The Latest Episode in the On-Going Soap Opera of Health Care Providers in Virginia
Following the latest twists and turns in the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act can be difficult. As Michael Pope reports, that’s because the story has more twists and turns than a soap opera.
Education Programs Aim to Keep Migrant Families Together
Each year migrant workers travel up the coast spending part of the season in Virginia’s tomato and potato fields and poultry houses. Moving means their children miss school, so federal grants allow states to fund summer school programs to keep them caught up. The Eastern Shore has Virginia’s largest population of migrant workers, but a majority are no longer able to bring their families. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Northam Holds Slight Edge Over Gillespie Ahead of Prime-Time Debate
Virginia’s two major party candidates will go head to head Tuesday night in a prime-time face off, a televised debate that indicates the official start of the hottest part of campaign season. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra will not be participating in the debate, but he will be on the ballot in every jurisdiction. Michael Pope reports.
‘This is the Beginning of Bringing People Together,’ Residents Express Optimism After Richmond Rally
About half a dozen Neo-Confederates came from out of state to Richmond Saturday, stirring tensions and drawing hundreds of counter protesters. Many of the anti-racism protesters began their day at a unity rally at the city’s Maggie Walker monument. Mallory Noe-Payne covered the rally and has this report.
Va News Topics: Declining Hunting Interest in VA, Passport Applications
Interest in hunting appears to be on the decline in Virginia. And, when local government offices decide to stop processing passport applications things get less convenient for people planning to travel. Virginia’s Augusta County is a recent example. 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.
Portraying the Real Appalachia: New Kids’ TV Show Explores Arts and Science in Our Backyard
A Blacksburg film maker says that for too long, the media’s represented Appalachia only in negative stereotypes. He wants to change that image with a new children’s television show that explores the region’s assets. It’s a blend of arts, science, and Appalachian culture that teaches kids about the amazing things you can find in your own backyard. Robbie Harris visited the set and prepared this report.
Richmond Preps for Pro-Confederate Monument Rally
Richmond is preparing for a pro-Confederate monument rally organized by an out-of-state group. The event is scheduled for this Saturday at at the Robert E. Lee Monument. Organizers have refused to cancel despite a ban from the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Bay’s Osprey Population in Decline… Again
The Chesapeake Bay is host to the largest breeding population of osprey in the world. They tell us when spring is here and give us clues about the bay’s health. Now, as osprey begin their annual migration to Central and South America, biologists say there’s been a decline in population during the last few years. Pamela D’Angelo reports for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.
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.
Wildlife Academy to Instruct the Public
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has trained thousands of people over the years at its high-tech veterinary clinic in Waynesboro, and now the center is branching out – offering to train animal lovers around the world. Sandy Hausman has details.
Percentage Of Virginians With Health Insurance Continues To Increase
The latest round of Census numbers includes some positive news about health insurance in Virginia. Those gains are threatened by uncertainty in Washington, though. Michael Pope reports.
Guilty Pleas End 42-Year-Old Cold Case
One of the oldest cold case prosecutions in the country’s history ended Tuesday in Bedford when Lloyd Welch, Jr. pleaded guilty to the abduction and murder of two sisters. David Seidel reports.
Money Continues to Roll Into this Year’s Statewide Election
Election 2017 may end up being one of the most expensive races in Virginia history. This week, Democrats are receiving a major infusion of cash. Michael Pope has details.
Dealing With A Confederate Past is Nothing New to Lexington
Cities across the country are grappling with removing Confederate symbols. And perhaps nowhere is Confederate past and present more intertwined than in Lexington. Jessie Knadler looks at how the issues that spilled over into violence in Charlottesville last month have been playing out in Lexington for years.
Arlington Remembers 9/11 Attacks
This year marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, which is still quite raw in Arlington. Michael Pope is on the scene with the story.
Va News Topics: New Richmond High School, Amazon to Virginia Beach?
Despite some apparent disadvantages, Virginia Beach has joined the competition for Amazon’s new headquarters. And, a new high school in Richmond is breaking with tradition to try and give its students a head start on the future. 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.
Gillespie Floods Airwaves, Outspends Northam in Television Time
If you’ve been watching TV, you’ve probably noticed it’s election season. This fall, candidates for governor have been flooding the airwaves with commercials. But as Michael Pope reports, one candidate is spending more than the other.
Ahead of November Election, Virginia Scraps Use of ‘Hackable’ Voting Machines
With only two months until election day, officials in Virginia have decided fully-electronic voting machines aren’t safe. Amid growing cyber-security threats, the Board of Elections is forcing localities to stop using the of the touch screen machines that leave no paper trail. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Education Takes Center Stage at NAACP Governor’s Forum
Two of Virginia’s candidates for Governor were in Richmond Thursday at a forum hosted by Virginia’s NAACP. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and filed this report.
Should Undocumented Suspects Be Held Without a Warrant? Candidates for Governor Disagree
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 8, 2017
Virginia may not have any local governments that are willing to defy federal immigration law. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the commonwealth doesn’t have any sanctuary cities, depending on how that term is defined. And, as Michael Pope reports, the debate has become a flashpoint in the race for governor.
Optima Pulls Out of Rural Virginia, Leaving 62,000 Marketplace Enrollees Without Insurance Options
This week, yet another insurer pulled out of the marketplace for subsidized health insurance created by the Affordable Care Act. As Michael Pope reports, this announcement has more drastic consequences than the previous ones.
My Purpose Here is to Get an Education: More than 1,200 DACA Recipients Attend Virginia Colleges
More than 1,200 DACA students are enrolled in Virginia’s colleges. Officials at VCU, UVA and Virginia Tech have all spoken in support of those students after President Trump decided to suspend the amnesty program that allowed many of them to go college in the first place. Students at VCU in Richmond protested that decision this week. It was there that we met one DACA recipient. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Record Number of Openly LGBTQ Candidates Seek Virginia House Seats
Virginia has a record number of openly lesbian, gay and transgender candidates running for house seats this November. It could offer a dramatic change of policy… if they can get constituents to come to the door. From Richmond and Culpepper, Brad Kutner has more.
If Approved, Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates Support the Pipelines
Two of Virginia’s candidates for Governor were in Richmond Wednesday at an environmental forum hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam talked rising oceans, energy and oysters. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Women Demand Better Care Behind Bars
In 2014, the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women agreed to settle a lawsuit over its failure to provide adequate medical care for prisoners, but the Legal Aid Justice Center is back in court this week – asking a judge to step-in. Sandy Hausman met one of the plaintiffs – a 63-year-old woman from Lynchburg – and filed this report.
What the Loss of DACA Will Mean For Virginia
President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will have major consequences to Virginia’s economy. Michael Pope has this look at the numbers.
Va News Topics: Oak Trees Cut Down, Theme Park Closure
Residents of a Norfolk neighborhood were taken by surprise when the city cut down a stand of 200-year-old oak trees. And, Virginia’s tourism industry convinced the state to change the law decades ago so theme parks and hotels would have enough teenage workers to stay open every day through Labor Day, but this year one of those parks shut down for part of the final week of August. 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.
Salary Growth in Virginia is Lagging Behind National Average
Virginia may have emerged from the recession, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods yet. New numbers from the federal government show paychecks are still lagging behind. Michael Pope reports.
Republicans and Democrats Use Muslim Holiday to Campaign
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 1, 2017
The Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of fall and the start of an intense political season culminating in the November election. But it also represents a major milestone for Muslims, one that Republicans and Democrats are both using to help get their message across to an important voting constituency in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope reports.