Archive for December, 2017
Virginia Beer Boom Tries To Break Through With Virginia Barley
Virginia’s beer industry is booming and more farmers are delving into the raw ingredients needed to meet the high demand. So why is finding a beer brewed from all-Virginia ingredients still tough? Jessie Knadler reports.
Unless Court Intervenes, House of Delegates Control to Be Determined Next Week
Last week, election officials called off a random drawing to determine the winner of a House race in Newport News. Now, as Michael Pope reports, the tie-breaker is back on.
The On-Going Debate Over Standardized Testing in Virginia
As lawmakers return to Richmond this year, many of them will be focused on reforming Virginia’s system of standardized testing. Michael Pope has the story.
Bird Count Brings Old Friends And New Scientists Together
Every year from December 14 through January 5, bird enthusiasts and citizen scientists throughout North America spend a day counting species. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Young People Put Off Joining Workforce in Virginia
Young people are increasingly delaying their entry into the workforce, a trend that could have drastic consequences for what happens when they do finally get that first job. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.
Random Draw Put on Hold as Democrats File Challenge to Recount
Plans to break a tie in a Virginia House of Delegates race with a random drawing have been put on hold. Democrat Shelly Simonds is challenging the recount results that gave her opponent, Republican David Yancey, one extra vote. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
A Look Back at the Last Time Virginia’s House of Delegates Was Tied
Election officials had planned to break a tie in a Virginia House race by choosing a winner at random today. But, it’s been postponed after the Democrat announced plans to challenge results in court. That means control of the House of Delegates is still up in the air, with one potential outcome being a 50-50 tie. If that result comes to pass, Michael Pope reports that it wouldn’t be a first for Virginia.
Gilmore Pondering Run For Senate
Election 2017 is not quite over yet as recounts and legal challenges move forward. But the politics of 2018 are already getting hot and heavy. Michael Pope has details.
Power Sharing In The General Assembly? It’s Happened Before
With Democrats and Republicans so evenly split in the House of Delegates, members may be forced into a power-sharing agreement. Virginia’s previous experience with power sharing had mixed results. Michael Pope reports.
Northam Taps Northern Virginia Middle School Teacher for Education Secretary
Governor-elect Ralph Northam is filling out key Cabinet posts in the run-up to his inauguration next month, and this week he’s outlining his new education team. Michael Pope has the story.
Chris Hurst Goes to Richmond
When the Virginia General Assembly convenes next month, there’ll be a lot of new faces. Among them, New River Valley Democrat Chris Hurst. His race turned out to be most expensive in state history and part of the blue wave that rafted more Democrats into the house, than we’ve seen in a generation. Robbie Harris reports.
A Monumental Recount in the 94th District Has Taken Another Turn
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 20, 2017
All eyes are on the 94th District in Newport News, where a roller-coaster recount has wound up as a tied race. At stake is control of Virginia’s legislature. Mallory Noe-Payne has an earlier response from Governor-Elect Ralph Northam.
The Political Toll of Dynamic Tolling
Drivers in Northern Virginia are still being hit with record-high tolls, some as much as $40 for a one-way trip in express lanes during some rush hours. Michael Pope has this look at the politics of dynamic tolling.
House of Delegates Control Up for Grabs, Three Recounts Scheduled For This Week
Election officials are combing through a handful of recounts this week while control of the House of Delegates hangs in the balance. Michael Pope has the story.
Governor McAuliffe Unveils Budget, Push for Medicaid
Lawmakers in Richmond today they got their first glimpse of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session when the outgoing Governor unveiled his final budget proposal for the state. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and has this report.
Governor McAuliffe also wants to give health insurance to Virginia’s poor. The Governor has unsuccessfully pushed to expand Medicaid for four years, but is hoping this year will be different.
Va. News Topics: Fracking And Public Nudity
Two Virginia counties are currently trying to resolve questions about state law. Westmoreland County is wondering whether it can ban fracking and Middlesex is trying to figure out when it’s illegal to appear nude in public.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week a the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols.
Estimating Immigration in Virginia
Immigration policy has become one of the most hotly debated topics in Washington and in Richmond. But, as Michael Pope reports, some key details are missing.
A Christmas Conversation With John Waters
Filmmaker, comedian and writer John Waters is returning to Richmond’s Byrd Theatre with an all new, live Christmas show. Reporter Brad Kutner spoke with the so-called “Pope of filth” about the holidays and his favorite Christmas traditions ahead of this show.
Gillespie: ‘I’m a Better Person’ for Having Run for Governor
In his first interview since losing the race for Governor, Republican Ed Gillespie says he’s rooting for Governor-elect Ralph Northam. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Is Mandatory Training Effective In Stopping Sexual Harassment?
As the wave of sexual assault allegations continues to break, one Virginia congresswoman is moving forward with a new training requirement for members of Congress and their staffers. But there is disagreement whether training alone can be effective. Michael Pope reports.
Unusual Pipeline Rulings Leave Advocates to Wonder: What Now?
Anti-pipeline advocates are taking stock this week, after a confusing set of decisions by state regulators. They’ve decided to treat two pipeline projects differently, granting approval to one but demanding more review on the other. Mallory Noe-Payne has this look at what’s next.
Lawsuit Could Open Virginia To Uranium Mining
A lawsuit that could clear the way for a uranium mine to open in Southside Virginia will likely be argued early next year in Wise County. Fred Echols reports.
Both Sides Claim Cautious Victory on Key Regulatory Hurdle for Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Anti-pipeline protesters were vocal through two days of public hearings on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. But when a vote finally came, there were no rounds of applause, no shouts of anger. Just confusion. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Faces Last Hurdle in Virginia
The controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces its final regulatory hurdle in Virginia: permits to be voted on by the state water control board. The two day board meeting began Monday morning with a pump-up for anti pipeline activists. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Va. News Topics: Adjunct Faculty Pay And Padlocks
Annoyed residents in a Norfolk neighborhood are calling for a grand jury to investigate a footbridge. And Virginia Commonwealth University is under pressure to increase pay for part-time teachers in its nationally-acclaimed art school. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
Fred Echols has more.
Virginia Water Board Certifies Mountain Valley Pipeline
After two full days of public hearings, Virginia’s State Water Control Board has given its stamp of approval on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The pipeline is slated to carry natural gas, running 300 miles through southwest Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Canine Brain Cancer Treatment May Help Humans
A treatment being tested for brain cancer in dogs may one day help humans with the same disease. Clinical trials at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg are showing promising results and a new round of trials is set to start early next year. Robbie Harris reports.
Eliminating State and Local Tax Deduction Would Hit Virginia Harder Than Most States
As leaders in Congress move toward finalizing a huge tax cut proposal, taxpayers in Virginia are preparing to take a bigger hit than most states. Michael Pope has the story.
Richmond’s Newest Mural Showcases Black Girl Magic
Research shows black women are held to higher standards in the workplace, and when they make a mistake they’re more harshly punished. But one Virginia based nonprofit is trying to change the way the world views black girls, and they recently enlisted a local artist to help with the cause. Mallory Noe-Payne has look behind one of Richmond’s newest murals.
New Tolls Hit Eye-Popping Levels On Virginia Interstate
Drivers in Northern Virginia are being hit with tolls for a one-way trip that are about as much as a tank of gas. Michael Pope reports.
State Water Board Will Get Final Say on Mountain Valley Pipeline
The fate of a controversial pipeline is now in the hands of Virginia’s Water Control Board. The board heard final public comment on the Mountain Valley Pipeline Wednesday. If approved, it would carry natural gas through much of southwest Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Question of Pipeline Water Safety to Come Before Board
For those who have been following the progress of two natural gas pipelines, all eyes are on Richmond this week, where members of a citizen board could determine the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
With General Assembly Looming, Lawmakers Expected to Discuss Virginia’s Coal Ash Ponds
One issue that’s on the agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session is dealing with decades of pollution, a problem that could potentially divide Democrats. Michael Pope has details.
A Recount in Newport News Could Determine House of Delegates Control
Election officials in several jurisdictions are preparing for recounts in tight races for the House of Delegates. But the recount in Newport News is one that might actually change the outcome of the election. Michael Pope reports.
Monument Honors Virginia’s Women
A Jamestown settler, one of only two women who arrived on the first boat. An enslaved woman who bought her own freedom. A Native American chief. These women, among others, will be honored in a new monument at Virginia’s capitol. Mallory Noe-Payne was at the ceremony and has this report.
Hundreds Gather to Protest Natural Gas Pipelines
Hundreds of anti-pipeline protesters circled the state capitol this weekend, holding hands and forming a human chain more than ten blocks long. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Va. News Topics: Water Quality And Marijuana Laws
Some residents of King George County are angry about the quality of their drinking water and they’re using social media to make their point and the push to loosen marijuana laws may be winning more converts in the Virginia. 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.
The Connection Between Dental Pain and Opioid Abuse
Prescription painkillers and their chemical cousin – heroin – killed more than 1,400 people in this state last year alone. Experts blame doctors for prescribing too many addictive pills, but another group of professionals that bears some responsibility for this epidemic and some power to prevent future deaths. Sandy Hausman has the story.
Hair Braiders No Longer Caught Up In Tangle of Regulation
How much training and education is needed to braid hair? Should the people who perform this service need a license? Michael Pope looks at the issue.