Archive for July, 2018

Virginia Emergency Departments Connect with New System


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Emergency departments across Virginia are now connected by a tech system that lets doctors share real-time information about patients, drug use and care plans. Virginia is the first state in the country to take this step. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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African-American Unemployment Rates Struggling to Reach Pre-Recession Numbers in Virginia

blackunemploymentBlack unemployment may be at a record low now in the United States. But the numbers here in Virginia tell a different story. Michael Pope reports.

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Charlottesville Democratic Socialists Host Free Brake Light Repair Clinic


The DSA offered drivers an invitation to their group picnic next week. (Credit: Emily Richardson – Lorente)

This past weekend, the Charlottesville branch of the Democratic Socialists of America held its first free Brake Light Repair Clinic. Emily Richardson-Lorente stopped by to see what it was all about.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Hits Snag Over National Forest Crossing



Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are celebrating a recent court ruling. It effectively cancels permits allowing pipeline developers to build through Jefferson National Forest. And that’s leaving many to ask: what happens next? Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Despite Habeeb Retirement, Republicans Are Likely to Maintain Majority in House of Delegates


Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) announced his plans to retire from the General Assembly last week. (Credit: Friends of Greg Habeeb / Creative Commons)

Republicans in the House of Delegates have a one-vote majority. So any shake up of that composition could mean dramatic change. But, even a new vacancy isn’t causing a lot of hope among Democrats. Michael Pope reports.


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Va News: Colonial Downs Betting, Workforce Training Program


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People will soon be betting on horse races again at Virginia’s Colonial Downs track but it’ll be done in a whole new way. And, a new statewide program that matches worker training to industry needs is about to get a real test at the Newport News shipyards.

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.

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Kaine-Stewart Fight Over Trade Focuses Attention On Danville

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The city of Danville in southside Virginia has become the epicenter of Virginia politics, as candidates for the United States Senate clash over international trade policy.

Michael Pope reports.

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Local Governments Continue to Bring Lawsuits In On-Going Opioid Crisis


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Local governments across Virginia say they have become overwhelmed by the cost of the opioid epidemic. Michael Pope reports they’re now taking their case to court.

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ACA Premiums Set to Jump In Virginia… Again

virginia_flag_map_0People who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are about to see yet another increase to their premiums. Michael Pope is looking into the numbers.

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Sister of Man Shot by Richmond Police Says He Was Having Mental Breakdown


Princess Blanding, the sister of Marcus David Peters, speaks to reporters. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

The sister of an unarmed man shot by Richmond Police back in May says his toxicology report has come back clean, reaffirming her belief that he was having a mental health crisis when he was killed.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Outreach Effort for Expanded Health Insurance Ramps Up

IMG_6960_0Beginning next year, hundreds of thousands of Virginians who can’t afford health insurance will have a new option: Medicaid. That’s because state lawmakers expanded the program this year. One of the top concerns for the state agency that runs Medicaid is outreach. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Experts Say What Happens In The Arctic Affects Norfolk Flooding


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Parts of Hampton Roads have been swamped by rain this week.

Regardless of rain or shine, many parts of southeast Virginia have a flooding problem, affecting communities and military readiness.

The College of William & Mary Center for Climate and Security has been using small conferences to bring experts together to tackle the problem.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Scott’s College Debt Proposal Gets Attention, Skepticism


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Virginia Democrat Bobby Scott may not be locked in a tough reelection campaign, but party leaders want him to play a big role in the election outcome this fall through getting behind his plan for debt–free college.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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After legislative action, Dominion launches “Grid Transformation Program”

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Thanks to a new state law customers of Dominion Energy received a small rebate this month, and will again in January.

And now state regulators are getting their first look at how the law will affect Virginia’s power grid.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Stewart Nomination Throws Republican Party of Virginia Into Disarray


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The Republican Party of Virginia is in a state of transition. Several of its local leaders have resigned, and the party is currently looking for a new chairman. Michael Pope reports.


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Tent Pitching Protest Against the ACP


Lynne and Bill Limpert are fighting to save their farm from destruction by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Camping is a popular summer activity, and some opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are hoping to capitalize on that – inviting those who’d like to pitch a tent in a beautiful place to come to Bath County.

Sandy Hausman reports on this novel approach to protest.

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Permit Request Dropped For Second “Unite The Right” Rally

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The legal fight over a second “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville ended suddenly Tuesday afternoon.

Emily Richardson-Lorente was in the federal courtroom.

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Virginia Voter Roll Purges Attract Scrutiny


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Are the voter rolls in Virginia full of former voters who have moved or died?

Or as some argue, perhaps the problem is that election officials are becoming too aggressive in purging the rolls.

Michael Pope reports.

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Kaine And Stewart Square Off In First Debate


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Candidates on the ballot for United States Senate met in their first debate over the weekend, previewing the fall campaign season.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Va. News: Lee County Schools want to arm teachers and do Toll Roads hurt spending in Hampton Roads?


A Southwestern Virginia county plans to become the first in the state to arm teachers… and it’s proving very difficult to figure out how bridge and tunnel tolls affect business profits in Hampton Roads.

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.

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Looking For Solutions To Rising Suicide Rate Among Virginia Women


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Suicide rates are on the rise in Virginia, especially among women.

And lawmakers are trying to figure out ways to reverse the trend. Michael Pope reports.


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VCU Gets Grant to Support STEM Education

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Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will give more resources to community college students, who transfer to the university studying in STEM fields.

That’s thanks to a new one-million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Stewart, Kaine Prep For First Debate This Weekend


Just as the summertime temperatures are rising, so is the heat of the summertime campaign season.

This weekend candidates for the United States Senate will meet for their first debate. And Michael Pope has this preview.

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Localities Get Creative to Pay for School Name Changes

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This week Roanoke City joined a growing list of localities dropping Confederate-related names from public schools.

A common argument against name changes has been cost.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, localities are finding a way to pay.

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Water Warrior Marc Edwards Warns of Scientific Dark Age if Science Goes “Post Truth”


Environmental Engineering professor, Marc Edwards leads a band of clean water warriors

Blowing the lid off the Flint Michigan water crisis was a watershed moment in this country.

It began as a crusade, first just to prove there was a problem and ultimately, for public officials to address it.

But its leader, Marc Edwards, an environmental scientist at Virginia Tech, sees a larger public issue bubbling just under the surface and he’s speaking out about it.

Robbie Harris has more.

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Manufactured Homes Could be Opportunity in Affordable Housing Crisis


This week, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor held a series of community meetings on the eviction crisis.

One underlying problem — a lack of affordable housing.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, some advocates think manufactured homes, also known as mobile homes, could be a part of the solution.

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Wittman Warns Of Trouble With Navy Readiness

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Is the United States Navy prepared to accomplish all the tasks the federal government is asking of it?

Michael Pope reports that one Virginia congressman says no, and he’d like to see some changes.

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Poll Finds Many Don’t Believe Elections Are Fair And Open


Voters are a few months away from the midterm elections.

But do they feel confident that their votes will count?

Michael Pope has some new poll results.

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Nonprofit News Site Will Connect Policy to People


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Virginia’s newest media outlet launches today. The Virginia Mercury is a nonprofit state-wide news website.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports the scrappy start-up comes at a time when other outlets are cutting back.

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Is A Generational Fight Brewing Among Virginia Democrats?


The Republican Party is sharply divided over its controversial candidate for U.S. Senate.

But the Democrats are also divided.

As Michael Pope reports, some Democrats in the House of Delegates are staging an insurgency.

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Va. News: Lawsuit Over Virginia Tourism Slogan, Plans To Alter Richmond Neighborhoods


Virginia is going to court over alleged misuse of its “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan. And the gentrification battle is again being fought, this time in a pair of Richmond neighborhoods.

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.

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Could More Mental Health Counseling Improve School Safety?


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The school shooting in Florida earlier this year caused a new round of discussions about gun safety, although Republicans in the General Assembly say they would rather talk about other ways to make schools safer.

As Michael Pope reports, one of those ways is to look at mental health in the classroom.

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Kaine Makes Point on Trade with Virginia Whiskey

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A frame of video shows Sen. Tim Kaine (D – Virginia) making a point with a bottle of Catoctin Creek whiskey.

A Virginia distillery got some unexpected attention this week/recently when Senator Tim Kaine held up a bottle of its whisky in Congress.

He was making a point about the effects of the Trump administration’s trade war.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia’s Efforts To Restore Seaside Grasses May Be A Worldwide Model


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Sea grass world-wide is in trouble. Losses are estimated at an area the size of a football field every half-hour.

Along the Atlantic, near the very tip of the DelMarVa Peninsula, scientists and conservationists have been working for a decade to restore one underwater sea grass that succumbed to disease and the hurricane of 1933.

Pamela D’Angelo asked, why the big effort?

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Will New Medicaid Patients Be Able To Find Doctors?


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Hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia are about to gain access to health insurance through Medicaid. But will they be able to find doctors? Michael Pope has details.


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State Democrats Hope Stewart Nomination Will Help Flip Key House Seats


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Virginia Democrats are trying to tie vulnerable House members in the Commonwealth to the GOP’s controversial U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Seeking Escape from Violence, She Came to Virginia. Now She’s Fighting to Stay.


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It’s been three weeks since church members in Richmond offered sanctuary to a young mother facing deportation.

She and her daughter came to Virginia from Honduras in 2013, fleeing an abusive relationship and crossing the border illegally.

She’s since married a man here in Virginia and has had another child.

Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne visited her, and has more on how she’s doing.

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Virginia Is Now Above the National Average in Reported Identity Theft Crimes


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Identity theft is on the rise in Virginia, which now has a rate of reported crimes higher than the national average. Michael Pope explains why.

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Virginia is a National Leader in School Safety, But There’s Still Room for Improvement


State lawmakers get a security tour of Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Although Virginia has taken school safety seriously, there’s still room for improvement. That’s what members of the Select Committee on School Safety, formed after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, heard today when they met for the second time. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Congressman Taylor Introduces Legislation That Seeks to Stop Continuing Resolutions


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Congress doesn’t have a reputation for managing money well. But these days it seems like lawmakers are unwilling — or unable — to balance the checkbook on time. And, as Michael Pope reports, one Virginia congressman says that poses a danger to national security.

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Citing Safety, Police Scanners Across Virginia Go Silent


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Across Virginia, and the country, police scanners are going quiet — at least for the public. Mallory Noe-Payne reports on the growing trend of encrypting first responder communication.

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Medicaid Expansion in Virginia Could Cut Down on Maternal Mortality Rates


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When black women give birth in Virginia, they are far more likely to die as a result of the pregnancy than white women. Now, as Michael Pope reports, those numbers might be about to change.


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Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage Brings Painful Past To The Present


John Henry James was lynched 120 years ago this week. Now, soil collected from the site of his murder will be delivered to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Two tour buses rolled out of Charlottesville Sunday morning, with about 100 people and one jar of soil aboard.

They’re on a pilgrimage, of sorts, to commemorate John Henry James, a lynching victim who died in Charlottesville 120 years ago this week.

Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Local Governments Look To Recharge ‘War On Poverty’


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Cities across Virginia are taking action against poverty.

Michael Pope has the story.

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New Exhibit Explores Richmond’s Monuments


Richmond’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee along the city’s Monument Avenue. (Credit: Ron Cogswell / Flickr)

One of the recommendations of the recently-released Monument Avenue report is to create a permanent exhibit that takes a deep dive into the history of Richmond’s Confederate monuments. As of this week, those monuments are already getting some historical treatment at Richmond’s Valentine Museum. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Child Poverty Is Rising But Children Getting TANF Benefits Is Declining


Some fear that the social safety net in Virginia may be crumbling.

Michael Pope explains why.

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Celebrating Independence Day by Becoming American


Matthew and Zaima Fox with their daughter. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

There may be no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July, then by becoming an American citizen. About a hundred people, originally from 40 different countries, gathered in Richmond Wednesday to take the oath of citizenship.

The naturalization ceremony was hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and introduces us to one of Virginia’s newest citizens.

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Medicaid Will Expand In Virginia, But Spending Has Been Growing For Years


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Hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia are about to get health insurance as a result of Medicaid expansion.

But as Michael Pope reports, the program has been growing even before the expansion.

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Fundraising Totals Paint An Uphill Battle for Corey Stewart in Senate Race


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The campaign for U.S. Senate in Virginia has some seriously lopsided fundraising totals. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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New Tool Seeks to Show Impacts of Defense Spending in Virginia


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Between 2012 and 2017, defense spending in Virginia fell 20%. This year, however, the Pentagon’s budget is up, and just in time the state has introduced a website where communities can find out what that means for them. Sandy Hausman has details.


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