Archive for November, 2018

Affordable Housing in Virginia Remains Difficult to Find

rentersThe economy is booming, and Virginia is doing well in a number of areas. But, some are being left behind. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Think School Counselors Should Spend More Time Counseling

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What will it take for Virginia schools to be more secure? A panel of lawmakers recently looked at the issue and made a number of key recommendations. Michael Pope reports.

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Can Tangier Island Survive?

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As hurricane season draws to a close, Virginians who live on the coast may be feeling relief, but for residents of Tangier Island the threat of being overwhelmed by wind and waves remains.

They could become the first climate change refugees in this country.

This fall, the state promised to spend 3-million-dollars on a sea wall to protect Tangier’s harbor, but locals want a wall to surround their shrinking island as Sandy Hausman reports.

Note: There are three parts to this report below.

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Environmental Groups Warn of Coal Ash Health Risk at Conservation Area

StateSeal00It could cost billions to recycle toxic coal ash currently sitting in lagoons across Virginia. That’s according to a report Dominion Energy gave to lawmakers this week. At the same time, two environmental groups now say coal ash ponds in Chesterfield could pose a risk to human health. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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In Potential New Leadership Role, Scott Planning to Join Fight for 15

BobbyScottAs Democrats plan to take control of the House of Representatives, one Virginia congressman is poised to control a key committee. And he’s already making plans for what he wants to do in that position. Michael Pope reports.

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Could Releasing More Prisoners Help Lower Costs?

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Virginia is spending a growing amount on healthcare for inmates. That’s according to a report presented to lawmakers Tuesday.

To help lower those costs, Virginia’s legislative watchdog agency recommends the state make it easier to release sick and elderly inmates.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Equal Rights Amendment Bus Tour Kicks Off

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Activists are pushing for Virginia’s lawmakers to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this year, potentially changing the United States Constitution.

To help raise awareness, a group is driving around the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

 

 

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Va. News: Cell Phone Snooping, Protests at the UDC

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Charlottesville police have a new tool. And the United Daughters of the Confederacy canceled a planned ceremony in Richmond when protesters gathered.

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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How Tuesday’s Senate Election Could Determine Next November’s Battlegrounds

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The 2018 election is now in the books.

But get ready for the next election cycle because the primary is only about seven months away.

Michael Pope has this preview.

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State Regulators Consider Buckingham Compressor Station

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John and Ruby Laury fear the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will rob them of clean air, clean water and the quiet of their rural neighborhood. (Credit: Sandy Hausman / RADIO IQ)

A state regulatory board is preparing to vote on a key permit for a giant compressor station in rural Virginia. Dominion will use the station to push natural gas through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

But opponents say the construction is being thrust on a historically black community. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia Democrats Seem Likely to Take on New Leadership Roles in Congress

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Congressman Bobby Scott, who will likely become the next chairman of the Education Committee. (Credit: US Congress)

Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation are about to take on a new and more significant role in the next Congress. Michael Pope reports.

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Spanberger Wins a Nail-biter

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In Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Democrat Abigail Spanberger has declared victory.

After hours of nail-biting vote counting, the Associated Press called the race just past midnight.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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“We’re not going back,” says Kaine on election night

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Sen. Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine cruised to victory on election night, scoring one of the first victories of the evening.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Women Win Big in Virginia

virginia_flag_map_0Yesterday, Virginians elected three new congress-women to represent the state on Capitol Hill. It was one of the largest gains for women in the country. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northern Virginia is No Longer a Republican Stronghold

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Northern Virginia was once a bastion of economic conservatism. But now, as Michael Pope reports, the region has only one elected Republican official at the state or federal level.

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Ben Cline Wins 6th District Seat

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Republican Ben Cline gives his victory speech in Roanoke Tuesday evening. (Credit: Nick Gilmore / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s 6th Congressional District has been represented by a Republican for more than two decades. And, as Nick Gilmore reports, that trend will continue with a new face.

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Turnout Reported as Heavy Across Virginia

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Turnout is up all over Virginia, in some places it’s on track with presidential election years.

Michael Pope reports from a voting precinct in Alexandria.

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At the Intersection of Civic Duty and Public Transportation

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  Archie Jones voted for the first time ever Tuesday.
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Turnout across Virginia is reported to be heavier than an average mid-term election.

In Richmond and other cities, to help get people to the polls bus rides are free.

Mallory Noe-Payne hopped on board and filed this report.

 

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Justices Hear Arguments Over Virginia Uranium Mining Ban

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Justices of the United States Supreme Court are now considering a legal challenge to Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. Michael Pope is at the court with the latest.

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Va. News: Fairfax County Floodplain Development, Funeral Directors Seeking Office

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Another Virginia community is confronting the question of whether to allow development in a flood plain…  And funeral directors seem to be emerging as the newest political class 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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Northam Signs Climate Change Executive Order

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Gov. Ralph Northam signs the executive order. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

During the past 20 years, Virginia has experienced a 250 percent increase in federally declared disasters.

Citing those statistics and damage across the state from recent hurricanes, Governor Ralph Northam on Friday, signed an executive order to protect state-owned assets and the economy by reducing the impacts of climate change such as tidal and storm surge flooding in coastal Virginia.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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What Will Turnout Look Like on Election Day?

midtermturnoutVoters are headed to the polls next week to vote in the midterm elections. But how many are expected to show up? Michael Pope has a forecast.

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U. S. Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban

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The owners of a huge deposit of uranium in Pittsylvania County want to mine it. But a long-standing Virginia ban on the process is stopping them.

On November 5th, they’ll ask the United States Supreme Court to decide if that ban is constitutional.

Michael Pope has a preview.

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Virginia Has One Congresswoman, That Could Change Come Tuesday

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Rep. Barbara Comstock

Of Virginia’s 11 Congressional representatives, only one is female — Republican Barbara Comstock of Northern Virginia. But this Election Day, that could change.

After a wave of women were elected to the statehouse last year, there’s been a push this year to do the same in Congress.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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