Archive for August, 2018

New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on Virginia Property Values

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Climate change is more than a theory. Now it’s an economic reality. And, it’s already taking a toll on property values across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

You can access the tool here.


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Special Redistricting Session Yields Few Results So Far


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Lawmakers were in Richmond Thursday to try to fix district maps for the state legislature.

The maps have been deemed unconstitutional by a federal court.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, they managed to get little done.


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Declining Numbers End Some High School Football Programs

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Some varsity football programs are struggling across Virginia because students aren’t showing up to play the game.

Michael Pope takes a look at the issue with high school football.

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Bipartisan Group to Propose Redistricting Constitutional Amendment


As lawmakers in Richmond battle over district lines, a heavy-hitting bipartisan group of former lawmakers want to change the way the entire process works.

The group includes Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Ward Armstrong. Along with legal experts, they plan to write and propose a new way to redistrict.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Habeeb’s General Assembly Career Begins and Ends With Redistricting


Del. Greg Habeeb (Credit: Friends of Greg Habeeb / Creative Commons)

Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week for a special session on redistricting.

And, for one lawmaker, it’s the last hurrah.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Stats Show Job Growth and Wage Growth Don’t Always Go Hand-In-Hand

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Virginia is adding jobs, and wages are going up.

But, as Michael Pope reports, that’s not true all over the Commonwealth.

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Virginia Dems Propose New Legislative Districts


Democratic Minority Leader David Toscano speaking at a press conference, along with Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring and Delegate Lamont Bagby. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Ahead of Thursday’s special legislative session, state Democrats have redrawn eleven legislative districts to comply with a court order. Democrats say their proposed map is constitutional, and that they did not rely on racial demographics. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.


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Saving One of Virginia’s First African American Cemeteries


Claude Vann, III, co-chair of the 2019 Commemorative Commission, and William Foley Jones, a descendant of William Tucker, raise the Tucker banner as Verrandall Tucker, another descendent directs. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Virginia is preparing to mark a painful anniversary—the first Africans brought to English America as slaves.

Last week in Hampton, Governor Ralph Northam gathered with the descendants of William Tucker, the first African to be born in what would become the United States.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Virginia’s Efforts to Stop the Release of 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints


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Virginia is one of more than a dozen states working to prevent schematics for 3D printed guns from being posted online. Michael Pope reports.

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Trump Plan Shifts Clean Power Debate to States


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President Trump’s new proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan has sparked a debate in the Commonwealth about the state’s energy future.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Special Session to Redraw Districts May Not Get Far


State lawmakers will head back to Richmond August 30th for yet another special session.

But, as Michael Pope reports, don’t expect anything groundbreaking to happen anytime soon.

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Immigration, Abortion and Engaging College-aged Voters


A couple of hundred people attended the candidate forum inside Squires Student Center. (Credit: David Seidel

The race for one of Virginia’s seats in the U. S. Senate made stop at Virginia Tech Friday.

David Seidel was there as Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart took questions from an audience of hundreds.

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Should Virginia Schools Focus on Security or Mental Health?

securitypollAs students are going back to school, administrators are faced with the difficult choice: how to make sure the classrooms are safe. And, as Michael Pope reports, opinions are divided about the best approach.

You can find the entire poll here.

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Virginia Women Are Putting Off Childbirth Until Later in Life


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Women in Virginia are choosing to give birth later and later in life. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Last Year’s SOL Scores are Out

doe_logo_transThe latest standardized test scores are out. According to a release today from the Department of Education, Virginia students’ performance on the SOL’s have dropped very slightly from last year. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Are Colleges and High Schools Turning Out ‘Engaged Citizens?’


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What does it take to become an engaged citizen? Opinions are divided along party lines. Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers in Richmond Are at Odds Over What to Do with Federal Tax Cut Money


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Usually it’s a lack of money that creates friction at the state capitol. But now it’s an abundance of it that is causing disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Richmond. Michael Pope has the story.

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A Pipeline Update: Where Things Stand Now

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Protesters in Buckingham County hope to stop construction of a massive compressor station there. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Virginia’s Water Control Board will meet Tuesday to consider the question of whether the state should be inspecting every point on a river or stream where pipeline builders propose to cross.

The Department of Environmental Quality had concluded it was enough to let the Army Corps of Engineers do that, but more than 9,000 people wrote to DEQ to protest that decision.

Sandy Hausman has more on where things stand with the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.

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VDOT Holds Second Round of 1-81 Corridor Meetings


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State transportation officials expect to have plans by late this year on how to free up congestion on Interstate 81.  

Jeff Bossert reports there’s a chance for public input over the next few days.

Click here for a list of upcoming meetings

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Shifts in Global Market Make it Important to Recycle Right


  As buyers of recycled materials raise standards, waste managers are encouraging people to be careful about how they recycle. (Credit kennysarmy / Flickr CC)

Much of recycled cardboard in the U.S. used to head straight to China.

But in March, the government there decided to raise standards for importing recycled material.

And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, that’s had an impact right here in Virginia.

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Wage Growth Is Widely Uneven Across Virginia

StateSeal00Virginia emerged from the recession with a low unemployment rate and higher wages. But that success is not shared across all of Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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House Democratic Leader Could Face Leadership Challenge This Week


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Lawmakers will be back in Richmond this week, which will allow Democrats to go behind closed doors and fight over who is leading their party in the House of Delegates.

Michael Pope reports.


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Virginia’s Sales Tax System Places Heavier Burdens on Low-Income Individuals


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Virginia’s system of sales taxes hits everyone with the same percentage on items they purchase. But it has a heavier burden for people with low incomes. Michael Pope explains.

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What Should Virginia Do With Its Tax Cut Windfall?


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Remember that tax cut the president signed into law late last year? It cut many federal taxes. But, it may have also increased state taxes here in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.


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After Hours Emails & Texts Affect Employees and Families’ Well Being


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Our electronic devices have made communicating quick and easy.

But social scientists say there’s a downside to our ‘always on’ work culture that is hurting employees, and their families.

Robbie Harris reports.

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Recession Recovery Doesn’t Look the Same Across Virginia

hardrecoveryThe recession ended nearly a decade ago, and jobs are returning to Virginia. But, the recovery from this last recession is unlike what happened after previous recessions. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Significance of an Old House in Roanoke, counterfeit Chesapeake Bay blue crabs


A Virginia civil rights leader will be honored with a long overdue monument…and counterfeiting isn’t just for money. It can happen with crab cakes too.

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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Harmony, Not Hate, The Goal For C’ville Sing Out


More than 400 people are expected for the C’ville Sing Out at IX Park or — in the event of rain — at the Zion First African Baptist Church Sunday at 4 p.m. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Whatever happens this weekend in Charlottesville, some people are determined to make the best of it.

A group of more than 400 music lovers will gather at IX Park at 4 p.m. Sunday for the C’ville Sing Out!

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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New Poll: Race Relations Remain a Hot-Button Issue in America


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Views about race relations remain incredibly complicated in America, even a year after the riot in Charlottesville. Michael Pope reports.


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Recent Fraudulent Signature Case Isn’t Virginia’s First


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Roanoke’s prosecutor will be investigating allegations of fraudulent voter petitions in Virginia Beach, a case that puts Republican Congressman Scott Taylor’s reelection campaign in the crossfire. But, fraudulent signatures are nothing new in Virginia politics. Michael Pope reports.

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One Year Out, Charlottesville Is a Different Place


Charlottesville looks the same, but much has changed since the Alt-Right invaded on August 12 of 2017. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

If white supremacists return to Charlottesville this weekend, they will find a very different city.

There are new rules in place, new leaders in charge, and an even larger group of vocal opponents.

Those changes would make for a different experience this year as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Offshore Wind Project Could Spark Significant Change for Virginia’s Energy Profile


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What’s the future of energy generation in Virginia? Some recent developments could be a turning point. Michael Pope reports.


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CodeRVA Heads into Second Year


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CodeRVA, central Virginia’s newest regional magnet school, is heading into its second year, with almost double the students and more than triple the employees.

Mallory Noe-Payne has this update.

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In An Election Year, Is There Political Will On Any Side To Fix The ACA?


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While the health insurance system set up under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, remains in place, premiums are expected to rise again significantly this fall.

That has members of Congress from the commonwealth pointing fingers and also floating ideas for how to protect patients from rising costs.

Washington correspondent Matt Laslo reports it’s not clear any of the ideas have enough support to become law.

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VCU Research Aims To Reconnect Brain With Sense Of Smell


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It’s not unusual for people to lose some degree of hearing and vision as they age, and it turns out our sense of smell also declines over time.

Accidents and disease might also be to blame when people have trouble detecting odors.

Until now, there have been no good treatments, but scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University say they may have a solution.

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Va News: Alexandria Struggles with New Park name, Plastic Straws in Clark County Schools


There’s controversy in Northern Virginia after the name of a Revolutionary War figure was removed from a new park and plastic straws are mostly a thing of the past in one Virginia school district.

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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Change May Be On the Way for Virginia Democrats


Democratic Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville. Some Democrats are hoping to install a new party leader before next year’s General Assembly session begins. (Credit: Creative Commons)

The retirement of a Republican in the House of Delegates is prompting a new wave of soul searching among Democrats. Michael Pope has the story.

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LEAF Program Connects Students With Wilderness


Participants in the Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

The labor market in this country is tight right now, and the competition for young talent is especially keen at non-profits like the Nature Conservancy.

That’s one reason the organization started a program to interest urban kids in conservation.

Sandy Hausman met up with three city slickers in the Warm Springs Nature Preserve to see how they were adjusting to life in the country.

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Democratic Socialism is Nothing New in Virginia


Delegate Lee Carter is a Democratic Socialist who was elected to the General Assembly last year. (Credit: Creative Commons)

Democratic Socialism is gaining new traction across the country, but as it turns out, Virginia was ahead of the trend. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Still Has Significant Wage Disparity A Decade After the Recession

wagedisparityThe recession is now a distant memory, and in many ways Virginia’s economy has improved. But, that rising tide has not lifted all boats. Michael Pope reports.


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“Dopesick” Roanoke Author on the Dealers, Doctors and Drug Company That Addicted America

macy_dopesickA best-selling author from Roanoke has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel. Former Roanoke Times Reporter, Beth Macy, wrote “Factory Man” and “Truevine.” Now, she’s out with her third book, this one, about the opioid crisis and its origins here in Virginia. It’s called “Dopesick.” Robbie Harris reports.

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Virginia’s Unemployment Rate May Not Tell the Whole Story

laborforceVirginia’s unemployment rate is now down to levels that haven’t been seen since before the recession hit a decade ago. That’s the good news. But, there’s an important part of the story those numbers don’t tell. Michael Pope reports.


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