Archive for November, 2017
Traffic Light Dilemma: How Close Should You Get to the Car in Front of You?
Right now, you might be sitting at a stop light, inching forward to make it through the intersection on the next green signal. Researchers at Virginia Tech recently did some work that might get you through faster. Nick Gilmore has details.
Virginia Senators Welcome Virginia Vets To Washington
Veterans from across Virginia were on Capitol Hill this week, meeting with senators over coffee and doughnuts. Michael Pope reports.
Mussel Men and Women; Resurrecting a Species
A federally endangered species of fresh water mussel could be found in only one water way in the world; southwestern Virginia’s Clinch River. But 20 years ago, a chemical spill nearly wiped them out. Now biologists may be on their way to resurrecting them. Robbie Harris got into the creek with the scientists and the baby mussels.
The Campaigns of the Future May Rely Increasingly on Text Messaging
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on November 29, 2017
Political campaigns are moving from the television to your smartphone as candidates try to use new technology to reach voters. Texting has become the next frontier for elections. Michael Pope has the story.
With Deadlines Looming, Officials Hope Congress Renews CHIP Funding Soon
Thousands of children and pregnant women may be on the verge of losing their health insurance if Congress does not take action. And, as Michael Pope reports, state officials are hoping that happens soon.
Richmond Hosts Native American Film Fest “Pocahontas Reframed”
Earlier this month, Virginia hosted a Native American film festival called Pocahontas Reframed. Sandy Hausman reports on the movies, the filmmakers and why organizers thought Richmond the perfect place for such an event.
Why One Virginia City’s Teen Pregnancy Rate Dropped By 70 Percent
Nationally, teen pregnancy rates have fallen to historic lows. Here in Virginia nowhere has the change been more drastic than in Petersburg. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Click here to read the Virginia Department of Health announcement.
Click here to read the Pew Research Center report on falling teen pregnancy rates.
Virginia Economy Trails Historical Average and National Growth Rate
The Great Recession happened almost a decade ago. But Virginia’s economy is still struggling to recover. Michael Pope reports.
Click here for more from the Center for Economic Analysis and Policy
Virginia Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Opioid Emergency Declaration
President Donald Trump recently declared the nation’s opioid crisis as a national health emergency. While Republicans are hailing the move, Democrats say it still falls short. Matt Laslo reports.
Opioid Crisis Costs Virginia About $6 Billion a Year in Lost Productivity
Virginia’s opioid crisis has a well-known human cost. But what’s the financial cost? A new study shows how much it is hurting our economy. Michael Pope reports.
Movie Making In Virginia May Not Be A Great Investment
Virginia taxpayers have spent almost $50 million luring film producers to the state. Movie crews get tax breaks and grants, but new data is casting doubt on whether the investment is worth it. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Oyster Families Remember Life In The Northern Neck
It’s wild oyster season around the Chesapeake Bay. In Virginia’s Northern Neck, at Belle Isle State Park, a new exhibit slated to open early next year will feature stories from people who lived and worked there during the 1940s and 1950s.
Two families, the Boatwrights and the Pollards, co-owned the 1000-acre farm and nearby oyster grounds in the Rappahannock River. These are some of their stories:
The Changing Role Of Libraries In Virginia
The kids are probably out of school for a few days this week. For some families, that might mean finding some distraction at the local library. With so many other avenues for reading and buying books, not to mention other entertainment choices, have public libraries lost their significance in 2017? Jason Fuller has the story.
Portal Aims To Connect Veterans With Community Colleges
Using a new online tool, veterans can more easily get college credit for their work experiences. Virginia’s Community College System unveiled the new online portal this month. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Elections Board Delays Meeting To Certify Close House Race
The Virginia State Board of Elections has postponed a meeting to certify the results in a Fredericksburg-area House of Delegates district where election officials say some voters were given the wrong ballots. Michael Pope reports.
A Thanksgiving-Season Tradition On Wheels
It’s not thanksgiving without turkey, stuffing and family, but some folks in Richmond take it a step further. For them, it’s not the Thanksgiving season without the annual Turducken bike polo tournament. Brad Kutner reports.
Activists File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Immigration Changes
Nurimaro Park, 26, is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited from an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. Michael Pope reports.
China’s Ancient Terracotta Soldiers on Display in Richmond
The ancient Chinese terracotta army is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site halfway around the world, but now Virginians will get the chance to glimpse the history in their own backyard. Mallory Noe-Payne has this preview.
Two Uncertified Races in Fredericksburg Could Throw House of Delegates Into Chaos
Control of the House of Delegates is still up in the air two weeks after the election, and election officials are now casting even more uncertainty on two key races. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia Declares a New Era for Protests
Virginia has entered a new era when it comes to protests. That’s one of many conclusions drawn by a task force set up to study events in Charlottesville on August 12th. The full report will be issued December 1st. Sandy Hausman reports.
Va News Topics: Football Protests And Slow Internet Service
The Spotsylvania County school board will not require football players to stand during the national anthem and Halifax County residents are hoping to soon have the kind of internet service that most people already take for granted. 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.
Richmond Man Goes Upscale with Swine Skins
Pork rinds are a staple for Southern snackers – crispy fried pig skin, salty and deep fried. Now, thanks to the efforts of a Richmond man, this humble food is going upscale. Sandy Hausman reports.
Fishery Limits Cause Disputes At Regional Commission Meeting
Meetings of fisheries managers are not exactly a big draw.
But this week, Atlantic state commissioners’ changes in harvests of a menhaden, a baitfish used by crabbers and lobstermen, turned into a hand-wringing session for commercial fishermen, environmentalists, anglers and even the commissioners. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Virginia Approves Carbon Cap and Trade Plan
Virginia is one step closer to implementing a cap and trade program. Regulators in Richmond Thursday gave the preliminary stamp of approval on a plan to reduce carbon emissions. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Report Shows Virginia Has Significant Amount of Burdensome Licensing Requirements
Does Virginia impose an unnecessary burden on low-income workers? Michael Pope has this report about a new study that calls attention to the state’s requirements for licensing.
The Eighties Return to Richmond
Much has been written about the decades when America’s baby boomers came of age. Now, as children raised in the 80’s step into leadership roles, some are looking back on that decade, and the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond is hosting a new show. Sandy Hausman reports.
A Potential Ballot Issue in Fredericksburg Could Determine Who Controls House of Delegates
Control of the House of Delegates is still in play, and Democrats are calling attention to problems in Fredericksburg. Michael Pope has the story.
Monument Avenue Commission Gets Back to Work
Three months after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Richmond’s Monument Avenue Commission has deemed it time to get back to work. They held a meeting Tuesday evening at the Library of Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Campaign Managers Dish the Dirt on Gubernatorial Campaign
So what was it really like behind the scenes of a campaign for governor? Michael Pope has this look inside the two major party campaigns.
Women Win Big in Virginia’s Elections
Although half of Americans are female, only about a quarter of state lawmakers are. Arizona and Vermont have the most women in office: 40%. And while Virginia is nowhere close to that, women did win big election night. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
JLARC: Some State Salaries Aren’t Competitive Enough
Three-quarters of HR directors at state agencies say they have trouble filling open jobs. The biggest hurdle? Money. That’s according to a new report lawmakers heard in Richmond Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Virginia’s Congressional Representatives Respond to Last Week’s Democratic Sweep
Last week’s results on Election Day is causing some soul searching among Virginia Republicans. But members of the Congressional delegation are at odds over what the takeaway is. Correspondent Matt Laslo has this report from Washington.
Va News Topics: Portsmouth Police Outreach Unit, Staunton Historic Buildings
Portsmouth has created a special police outreach unit as way of dealing with homeless people. And, Staunton is hoping Congress will spare credits for historic buildings as it tries to re-write federal tax law. 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.
Republican Bloodbath: 12 House GOP Members Unseated
12 Republican House members are packing up their offices in Richmond and headed home after being fired by voters this week. Michael Pope has this look at the unseated.
Bluegrass Kids Boost Traditional Appalachian Music
Washington and Lee’s Bluegrass Ensemble presents its fall concert Nov. 11 at 8 – an event that’s free and open to the public. The program will feature a first – the debut of Dueling Basses. It might surprise you to find enthusiasm for this traditional Appalachian music on a college campus, but as Sandy Hausman discovered at the Old Fiddler’s Convention, bluegrass has made a comeback.
Former Felons Also Took to the Polls Election Day
More than two and a half million Virginians went to the polls Tuesday to elect a new Governor. For some it was the first time they had voted in years, if at all. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
Flood-Proofing Virginia’s Military Bases Could Be A Very Expensive Venture
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on November 9, 2017
You may remember earlier this year when President Trump made a call to the mayor of Tangier Island. The island is slowly disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay, sinking at the same time sea-level is rising at a faster pace due to climate change. Trump told him not to worry. But his Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is doing the opposite, facing down climate change as a threat to national security.
Recently, top regional brass spent a day with scientists and policymakers at the William & Mary Law School. All agreed, it’s going to be a long, very expensive battle. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
With A Few Races Still Undecided, Talk of Power Sharing Picks Up in Richmond
Democrats are within striking distance of taking control of the House of Delegates. But as Michael Pope reports, they’re not there yet.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Gives First Post-Election Press Conference
Virginians are getting a first glimpse of their new Governor today. Democrat Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie in Tuesday’s election. Mallory Noe-Payne reports from the state capitol.
Early Numbers Suggest Voter Turnout Could be Stronger than 2013
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on November 7, 2017
Election officials are reporting a steady stream of voters across the state, as Virginians pick a new governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Some close races for the House of Delegates and lots of local contests are also drawing voters out.
In Roanoke, about 13% of the city’s registered voters had cast ballots as of 10 am. And in Montgomery County, the turnout figure as of 10 o’clock was 16%. Joe Staniunas has this early look at voter turnout.
Gillespie, Northam and Hyra Make Last Pitches Before Election Day
The candidates vying to be Virginia’s next governor campaigned across the state today with hopes of making one last appeal to voters before polls open tomorrow morning.
When Virginians head to the polls tomorrow, they will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates will also be up for grabs. And, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, Democrats are feeling the pressure.
Republican Ed Gillespie says he’s finishing his race for governor strong, and that he’s the one heading into Election Day with the big momentum. Michael Pope has details.
With polls showing such a tight race, Libertarian Cliff Hyra says he’s not afraid to possibly play spoiler.
Hyra has been polling at about 2%. He says success Tuesday would be mean better setting up his party for the future.
Polls open tomorrow morning at 6 and will remain open until 7 PM. You can find more details on where to vote and what materials are needed to cast your ballot here.
Va News Topics: Richmond City Treasurer, Dilwyn Town Council
Voters in Richmond know they will soon have a new City Treasurer, but they have no idea what the treasurer’s duties will be once in office. Meanwhile, in Dilwyn the entire town council missed the filing deadline to run for re-election. 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.
It’s Open Enrollment: Here’s What You Need to Know About the ACA in Virginia
It’s open enrollment season for health care via the Affordable Care Act. And while uncertainty over federal policy has meant a big jumps in prices, it’s also meant a jump in subsidies. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Since August, Candidates Have Shifted Tactics on Confederate Monuments
If you had asked Virginians a year ago what topics would dominate the race for Governor, Confederate monuments might not have topped the list. But a rally in Charlottesville changed everything. Now, Confederate monuments have become a flashpoint in the race for Virginia’s next Governor. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
A Look Into Turnout Projections Ahead Of Next Week’s Statewide Elections
Voters are headed to the polls this week to elect a governor, a lieutenant governor and an attorney general. Plus all 100 seats of the House of Delegates. But how many voters will show up on Election Day? Michael Pope has this look at turnout projections.
The Makeup of This Year’s Voter Turnout Could Determine Election
Voters are headed to the polls this month to vote for three statewide races and every member of the House of Delegates. But the electorate this year will not look like the one that turned out last year for the presidential election. Michael Pope takes this look at odd-year voters.
Libertarian to Other Candidates for Governor: Grow Up
Five days before Virginians elect their next Governor, the third-party candidate is accusing his opponents of acting like children. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Polling is All Over the Map in Hotly Contested Race for Governor
Polling in Virginia’s gubernatorial race is a mixed bag, with different polls predicting different results next week. Michael Pope has the story.
Following The Money From High-Interest Lenders To Lawmakers
Companies that offer high-interest loans are fighting back against efforts to reform their industry, and part of that effort involves writing checks to political campaigns. Michael Pope reports.