Archive for October, 2018

Campaign Cash Is Starting to Flow From One Competitive Race to Another

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Election Day is fast approaching, and that means the campaign cash is flying around Virginia politics. Michael Pope is digging into the latest round of financial disclosures.

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Study Shows Expanding News Deserts in Virginia

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The last decade has seen a dramatic reduction in local newspapers across Virginia, a decline that’s documented in a new report outlining news deserts.

Michael Pope has the story.

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400 Years Later, Campaign Looks to Share Virginia History

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Virginia officials are rolling out a year-long campaign to honor the state’s history. It’s called American Evolution, and is pegged to the 400th anniversary of several big firsts for North America. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Proposed Change to “Public Charge” Rule Could Affect Thousands in Virginia

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The Trump administration is considering a change to immigration policy that could have a significant impact here in Virginia.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Richmond Passes Teacher Free Speech Resolution

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As more teachers in Virginia organize and advocate for more money in public schools, some worry that advocacy isn’t welcome. Now Richmond is seeking to reassure teachers they have the right to speak up. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Va. News: River Cleanup and Missing Census Addresses

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A Tidewater river once given up for dead now has a thriving ecosystem. And UVA researchers have found thousands of Virginia residents that the 2020 census might have overlooked.

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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A Record-Breaking Amount of Outside Money Is Pouring into Virginia’s Elections This Year

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Republican Representative Barbara Comstock. The state’s 10th District is widely seen as one Democrats could flip this November.

As Election Day approaches, voters are considering which candidates they’ll support in November. And outside groups are spending a lot of money to influence that decision. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Tech Expert Predicts Good Season for Fall Foliage

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With cooler temperatures expected across Virginia this weekend, it may soon start to finally feel like fall. And with fall temperatures comes the changing colors of leaves on trees across the state. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Is Virginia’s 5th Congressional Race “Competitive?”

5th_districtHow many competitive congressional races does Virginia have this year. Three? Perhaps four? As Michael Pope reports, one may or may not be on the list.

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New Analysis: Virginia Schools Forced to Do More With Less

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Schools across Virginia are finding themselves in a crunch.

And, as Michael Pope reports, they’re being asked to do more with less according to a new analysis.

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Libertarian Candidate Struggles to Gain Traction in Senate Race

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U.S. Senate candidate Matt Waters speaks to the Republican Club at Hayfield High School in Fairfax County. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Voters are about to choose a candidate for United States Senate.

But the ballot has a name that you might not have heard before.

Michael Pope has this story about the third-party candidate on your ballot.

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage at 5th District Debate

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Following the United Nation’s recent report on climate change, the issue was a hot topic at a debate Monday night between the two candidates in Virginia’s 5th District. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Legislation Would Force Changes at Virginia Department of Elections

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Republicans in Richmond are hoping to make Virginia’s Electoral Board less partisan.

A suite of proposed changes comes after a recent legislative report highlighted past complaints about political bias in the Department of Elections.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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When Should Virginia Hold Primary Elections?

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Voters are headed to the polls in a few weeks to cast their ballots in the November general election. But lawmakers and elected officials are already thinking ahead to the June primaries. Michael Pope reports.

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Should Virginians Continue to Vote at Public Schools?

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Since the school shooting at Parkland Florida in February, school officials across Virginia have been looking at ways to harden classrooms. One potential way of doing that is finding other places to conduct elections. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: School Counselors Overwhelmed, Penalties For Not Paying Car Taxes

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Local governments across Virginia have been getting tougher on people who don’t pay their car tax. And a nationwide shortage of school counselors has -not- spared Virginia.

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

Fred Echols reports.

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Electric Scooters Sneak into Virginia Markets

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Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne takes a Bird Scooter for a spin. (Credit: RADIO IQ / Mallory Noe-Payne)

Earlier this week, Virginia Beach began confiscating electric scooters, saying they violate city code. The two-wheeled machines are being dropped off in cities across Virginia, by a company called Bird Scooters. Mallory Noe-Payne went to chase one down.

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Kaine, Stewart Taking Different Approaches to Advertisements in Senate Race

virginia_flag_map_0If you watch television or listen to talk radio, you know it’s election time. But just how effective are all those ads? Michael Pope has the story.

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One Year Later, Wise County Needle Exchange the Only in the State

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It’s been over a year since needle exchange programs became legal for more than 50 localities in Virginia. The hope is to also get people in the door for education, counseling, and testing.

But according to a report released this week, the state has only approved two sites so far: One in Wise County and one in Richmond.

Mallory Noe-Payne has this update.

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Study: Local Immigration Enforcement Comes with Significant Price Tag

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Across Virginia, local taxpayers are paying for federal immigration enforcement.

Michael Pope takes a closer look at the numbers.

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Test of National Wireless Alert System to Go Out Wednesday Afternoon

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  Every major wireless carrier is participating in Wednesday’s presidential alert, which will happen at 2:18 p.m.
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In recent years, you may have noticed that mobile phones are increasingly giving alerts about missing children or severe weather.

As Michael Pope reports, October 3rd will mark the first-ever national wireless alert.

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Senate Candidates Come Out Swinging in Final Debate

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Republican Corey Stewart and Democrat Tim Kaine met in Richmond Tuesday night for their final debate before Virginia voters choose who to represent them in the Senate.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Dr. Northam Takes Opioid Crisis Message to Med Students

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The opioid crisis has touched every corner and demographic of Virginia.

Ralph Northam has been using his roles both as governor and as a pediatric neurologist to talk about it.

David Seidel reports.

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Red for Ed Campaign Picks up Momentum in Virginia

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Education advocates have an ask for parents, community members, and teachers across the state this school year.  And that’s to wear RED for ED.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Virginia Falling Behind in Wage Gender Gap

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Women in Virginia do not make as much as their male counterparts.

In fact, they’re falling below the national average.

Michael Pope has this look at the gender gap.

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Va. News: Airbnb Helps Norfolk Evacuees, Commonwealth’s Attorney Can’t Cut Pay

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When Norfolk needed to make room for thousands evacuees ahead of Hurricane Florence a city regulation threatened to slow down the process.

And when a Commonwealth’s Attorney wanted to reduce his own salary he also found the law standing in his way.

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

Fred Echols reports.

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School Population Trends are Changing

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Schools in Virginia’s urban areas are bursting at the seams, growing faster than they have the capacity to handle.

But, as Michael Pope reports, some of those students might be heading to the suburbs soon.

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