Archive for July, 2018

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

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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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  Abbie Arevalo-Herrera, center, hugs her sister and is embraced by her husband during a press conference at First Unitarian Universalist Church on June 22nd.
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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

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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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Republican Congressman Scott Taylor

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Living History, Richmond’s Slave Trail

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For generations, the trade of enslaved Africans fueled Virginia’s economy, and Richmond was once the hub of that market.

For those who want to confront that difficult past, there’s the Richmond Slave Trail.

Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne went along on the night time tour, and has this report.

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State Republican Chair Resigns

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Virginia Republicans are in a state of flux right now, a shift that could have long-term consequences for Virginia politics.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Williams Aims to Make History in First Congressional District

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Only four women have ever represented Virginia on Capitol Hill, and never a woman of color.

Now a Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District is hoping to change that.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Kaine Signs On To Legislation To Decriminalize Marijuana

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Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine surprised many political watchers when he tossed his support behind a new bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Va. News: Free AC for Richmond Seniors, Volunteer Rescue Squads Struggle to Keep Staff

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Several hundred Richmond seniors who would have spent the summer without air conditioning are getting some relief…  and volunteer rescue squads are struggling to remain viable all across Virginia.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.

More from Fred Echols.

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