Archive for September, 2018
Are Virginians Headed to the Suburbs Again?
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on September 28, 2018
Fifty years ago, people began abandoning cities for the suburbs of Virginia.
Then cities made a comeback and became thriving cultural centers.
Now, as Michael Pope reports, the pendulum may be swinging the other way.
Understanding Virginia’s New School Accreditation System
School accreditation ratings are out in Virginia. But for parents and teachers they may not look so familiar.
That’s because the state has implemented a whole new rating system, shifting the focus away from test scores. Schools will be evaluated on student growth. How often students miss school. And achievement gaps between African-Americans and their white peers.
Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne spoke with Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, James Lane. He describes the new system as moving from a hammer to a flashlight.
Farmers Hit By Weather, Tariffs
First came torrential rains, then record heat, then more rain.
Add the tariff battle with China and farmers are having a tough year.
Pamela D’Angelo reports Virginia’s Northern Neck is one region taking a hit.
Senate Debate Takes On Adversarial Tone
On Capitol Hill, senators are grappling with how to handle allegations of sexual misconduct.
But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s a drama that’s also playing out on the campaign trail.
Redistricting: Does it Have to be Done by Humans?
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 26, 2018
Lawmakers are in Richmond Thursday to evaluate a new set of redistricting proposals. And as Republicans and Democrats throw out competing maps it’s left us with a question: can redistricting be done without people at all? Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Virginia Is Middle Of The Pack In Business Tax Climate Ranking
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on September 26, 2018
In the complicated and competitive world of business climate rankings, tax policy plays a big role.
And while Virginia is in the middle of the pack according to a new analysis of Business Tax Climate, the Commonwealth is losing ground in some areas.
Michael Pope reports.
Fones Cliffs Enforcement Case Sent to Virginia’s Attorney General
In July, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality asked the public to weigh-in on fines and actions against a New York company that violated environmental regulations on pristine cliffs above the Rappahannock River.
Now they’re asking the Attorney General’s office to weigh-in as well.
Pamela D’Angelo reports.
How Workplace Stress Affects the Commute Home
Navigating your commute can be stressful enough, but a new study looked at how stress from your day in the workplace affects how you drive on the way home.
Robbie Harris reports.
Stewart: End Race-Based College Admissions
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 24, 2018
For decades, colleges and universities in Virginia have used race as a factor in their admissions policies to ensure a diverse student body. Now the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is calling for an end to that practice. Michael Pope has details.
Economic Development Means Saving the Land and Water in Bath County
Here in Virginia economic development usually means building something and using up resources, but in Bath County a different approach is in play.
As Sandy Hausman reports, one family has found a way to make money by saving the land and water around them.
Virginia Tech, Insurance Company Partner on Damage Surveys by Drone
Virginia Tech is about to launch a series of drones that will take a new and unprecedented role in the recovery from Hurricane Florence.
Michael Pope has the story.
Senate Takes Action on Opioid Legislation
This week the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill focused on stemming the opioid crisis that’s raging in Virginia and across the nation.
Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.
5th District Debate Highlights Differences Between Cockburn and Riggleman
Candidates for the competitive 5th Congressional District met in rural Madison County Thursday night for a debate.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, both candidates agree healthcare and the economy are top issues for the area.
Gun Issues Present Sharp Contrast at Senate Forum
More than a decade ago, Virginia Tech was the scene of a mass shooting. Now the issue of gun violence remains one of the hottest issues in Virginia politics.
And, as Michael Pope reports, candidates for Senate are divided on how to handle the issue.
New Poll Shows More Support Than Ever for Medicaid Expansion
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 20, 2018
Democrats have been pushing to expand Medicaid for years, although they weren’t able to gain any traction until they came within a few votes of seizing the House of Delegates. Now, as Michael Pope reports, the popularity of Medicaid expansion is soaring.
Despite Not Being on Ballot, President Trump Looms Large Over Virginia Midterm Elections
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 19, 2018
President Trump will not be on the ballot this year in Virginia. But voters are likely to cast ballots thinking about him. Michael Pope is looking at new polling about the president in Virginia.
President Trump Impacting Senate Race, Analyst Says
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on September 19, 2018
The race for U.S. Senate in Virginia is contested. But it might not end up being all that competitive.
Michael Pope has a look at the latest poll.
The Coal Industry in Virginia May Have Hit Rock Bottom
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 18, 2018
In the last decade, Virginia’s coal industry has gone into a freefall. Michael Pope has details.
Parents of Matthew Shepard Campaign for 6th District Candidate
LGBTQ advocates Judy and Dennis Shepard, whose son Matthew was fatally tortured in Wyoming for his sexual orientation twenty years ago, recently joined Sixth District Democratic Congressional candidate Jennifer Lewis at a fundraiser in Staunton.
Jessie Knadler has more.
Possible Tornadoes Sweep Through Richmond, Killing One
One person has been killed following a likely tornado touchdown south of Richmond Monday evening.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, much of the Richmond area was under tornado watch Monday night, as the remnants of Florence moved through the area.
Goodlatte Gets Praise for Shepherding Bill to Expand Marijuana Research
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on September 17, 2018
Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is no fan of marijuana but he’s being applauded by the nation’s marijuana advocates.
Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.
Florence Storm Prep and Response Costs Virginia $60 Million
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 17, 2018
Virginia has spent almost $60 million in the past two weeks on prep and response for tropical storm Florence. That figure was delivered to lawmakers in Richmond Monday during a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Research: Preparedness Education and Messaging May Not Be Enough
Hurricane season comes as no surprise to Virginians. We know when it’s coming, and we know what the consequences might be.
So how good are we at preparing?
A professor at the University of Virginia analyzed records from thousands of grocery stores and reached some surprising conclusions as Sandy Hausman reports.
Some Local Jails Won’t Move Prisoners from Hurricane Evacuation Zone
While parts of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk, Virginia are under mandatory evacuation orders, prisoners at jails in those cities are staying put.
That’s upset one national non-profit which is crusading to get inmates out.
Sandy Hausman has that story.
Hurricane Predictions: Understanding the Uncertainties
When a hurricane is on the way, people are told to prepare for the worst.
But when it’s over, if the effects were not as bad as expected, what happens next time around?
Robbie Harris has more.
From the Western to Eastern Shores of the Chesapeake Bay, People Ready for Florence
All this week people who live along the Chesapeake Bay have been preparing for whatever Hurricane Florence may bring.
Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Republicans and Democrats Hope to Reverse Federal Worker Pay Freeze
About 40% of the U. S. House of Representatives has asked President Trump to rescind his plan for a pay freeze for the federal work force next year and instead give them a pay raise.
Correspondent Matt Laslo has the details from the Capitol.
Virginia Senators Warner, Kaine to Vote No On Kavanaugh Nomination
As the vote nears for Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both of Virginia’s senators are now announcing their intention to vote no. Michael Pope has the story.
Arlington Remembers September 11th Attack on Pentagon
People all across Virginia stopped today to recall the events of September 11th, 2001. But nowhere were the memories as raw as Arlington, where one of the hijacked planes slammed into the Pentagon. Michael Pope has the story.
Latest Breathalyzer Tech Goes for a Test Drive in Virginia
State officials announced a new partnership today/Monday, aimed at getting breathalyzer technology ready for wider commercial use in vehicles around the Commonwealth.
Mallory Noe-Payne has detail.
Tech Giant, Local Agencies Work to Bring Broadband to Rural Virginia
Southern Virginia’s economy has been devastated by the loss of the tobacco and textile industries that sustained it through much of its history.
Now with the help of a corporate giant, local innovators are trying to remake part of Southside in the image of the digital age.
Fred Echols reports.
Supreme Court Debate Could Have Impact on Uranium Mining in Virginia
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 7, 2018
The fierce debate about filling the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court is likely to have an immediate impact here in Virginia. Michael Pope has this preview of a case headed to the court this fall.
Advocates Voice Concern About Growing Number of Women in Prison
Women make up 15% of Virginia’s jail and prison population, but the number of female inmates is rising rapidly.
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a report on why that’s happening and what should be done.
Sandy Hausman has details.
Remembering Arthur Ashe’s Path from Richmond to the U. S. Open Championship
As the U. S. Open men’s tennis final gets underway this weekend, many will mark Arthur Ashe’s barrier-breaking victory 50 years ago this Sunday.
Jason Fuller follows Ashe’s path from his hometown of Richmond to the championship.
Job Growth is Uneven Across Virginia, Charlottesville Leads the Way
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 6, 2018
Virginia is adding jobs, and that growth is happening across all parts of the commonwealth. But some parts are growing much faster than others. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.
Third Party Candidate Ordered off the Ballot in Competitive Virginia Race
Amidst findings of fraud, a judge in Richmond is ordering the independent candidate in a competitive Congressional race off the ballot this November.
Shaun Brown, a former Democrat running as an Independent in the 2nd District, says she will appeal the ruling.
But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports there’s still an ongoing criminal investigation, examining whether Republican Congressman Scott Taylor was involved.
Virginia Schools Have A Funding Gap New Report Finds
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 5, 2018
It’s back to school time in Virginia, and students are headed back to classrooms across the commonwealth. But those schools are not being funded at the same levels. Michael Pope has this look at the funding gap.
Sea Level Rise + Earthquakes +Tsunamis = More Coastal Flooding Ahead
A first of its kind study finds even a small rise in sea level could lead to more coastal flooding worldwide.
A team of scientists including experts from Virginia Tech predicts a warming planet will see more ‘worst case scenarios’ more often, if nothing is done to prevent it.
Robbie Harris reports.
RC Poll: Consumer Confidence Varies Widely By Political Party
What do Virginians think about the state of the economy? According to one new poll, that depends on what they think of the party in power. Michael Pope has more.
Virginia May Soon Take a Step Towards Providing Health Insurance Stability
For people who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, recent years have seen some massive premium hikes. But now lawmakers in Virginia may be on the verge of stabilizing the marketplace for the individual market. Michael Pope reports.
Va News: Telling the US Story of Slavery, UVA History
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on September 4, 2018
Next year Virginia will mark the 400th anniversaries of the beginnings of English-style legislatures and African slavery in Britain’s American colonies……and a report on slavery’s role at the University of Virginia finds grave robbing was once common at black cemeteries.
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.