Archive for December, 2018

Virginia’s Unemployment Numbers Show More Women Are Out of Work Than Men

virginia_flag_map_0Gender disparity in employment and salaries is well established. But there is another aspect of the gender gap that has not received as much attention. Michael Pope reports.

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Jury Recommends Life Sentence for Charlottesville Car Attack

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Barricades line the sidewalk outside the Charlottesville courthouse on the first day of James Fields’ trial. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

A jury says James Fields should spend the rest of his life in prison for the car attack that killed a woman and injured dozens in Charlottesville.

David Seidel has reaction to the sentence.

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Northam Proposes 5-Percent Teacher Raise

governor-northam-official-photo_800Governor Ralph Northam is proposing a five-percent pay raise for teachers. It’s just one among a list of education priorities the Governor will present to lawmakers next week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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School Divisions Closely Watching Stafford County Policy Decision

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School divisions across Virginia are in the midst of a transformation, one that may have profound consequences for transgender students. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Small Town Strips Mayor of Powers, Outsourcing School Custodial Duties

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A small Virginia town may soon be involved in a court fight over its state-issued charter. And one school division’s plan to save money has brought mixed results.

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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With 2019 Session Around the Corner, State Lawmakers Already Looking Ahead

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Lawmakers are about to assemble in Richmond for the next session of the General Assembly. But, as Michael Pope reports, many of them are already thinking ahead to the next election.

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Richmond Start-Up Offers “Adventurer” Insurance Plans

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A new start-up in Richmond is looking to fill a gap – insurance for adventurers. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Should Gun Owners Be Liable If Their Guns Are Used in a Crime?

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Gun control is expected to be a major flashpoint in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly, and lawmakers are preparing a long list of potential new laws. Michael Pope reports on one measure in the works.

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Proposed Legislation Would Change the Way Virginia Investigates Child Abuse

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Child abuse investigations are at the center of one bill that’ll be considered next month in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

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General Assembly May Consider Expanding Attorney General’s Jurisdiction for Hate Crimes

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Virginia’s attorney general is hoping members of the General Assembly will give his office new authority to go after hate crimes. Michael Pope reports.

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Caviar Comeback: Sturgeon in the James

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  Giant sturgeon have returned to the James River, but will their offspring survive?
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Since colonial times, American fishermen have treasured the Atlantic sturgeon – a source of meat, oil and caviar they could export to Europe.

Many of these fish would leave the ocean each spring or fall to spawn in the James, Delaware and Hudson Rivers, but as demand for their salt-cured eggs grew, the population of sturgeon fell until – in 1974 – Virginia became the first state to ban catching them.

Now, Sandy Hausman reports, this source of caviar is making a comeback and scientists are hoping to help.

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Herring Hears Tales of Hate Crimes, Proposes Legislative Action

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is currently on a listening tour across Virginia, hearing stories about hate crimes and white supremacy.

Michael Pope has the story.

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A Look at Life Expectancy in Virginia

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Men outnumber women in Virginia until they reach their mid-thirties. After that, women outnumber men until very late in life. Michael Pope reports on the gender gap at the end of life.

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Va. News: Hemp Processed into Products – and Jobs, Drug Testing in Page County Schools

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Virginia’s first hemp processing plant is on track to open in 2019…and Page County is about to start random drug testing for high school athletes and drivers.

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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