Archive for June, 2019

Virginia’s Medicaid Work Requirements Are Still Up in the Air

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Virginia is still waiting on the federal government to make a determination on work requirements for Medicaid expansion. And, new research shows they might be counterproductive. Michael Pope reports.

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Presidential Candidates Attend Annual Virginia Democratic Gala

DPVA_facebookTwo presidential candidates will be in Virginia this weekend. They’re speaking to hundreds of state Democrats at the annual Blue Commonwealth Gala. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Don’t Expect Political Fight Over Guns to End With Special Session

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The gun issue is about to take center stage in Virginia politics as advocates on both sides will try to influence the outcome of a special session next month.

But, as Michael Pope reports, the campaign contributions on the issue may surprise you.

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Senator Warner is Pushing for Expanded Aeronautics Research

428px-Mark_Warner_113th_Congress_photoIs America falling behind the rest of the world in aeronautics? Senator Mark Warner fears that might be happening, and now he’s working with Republicans in Congress to help fund new research capabilities. Michael Pope has the story.

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Mumps Outbreak Grows at ICE Detention Facility in Virginia

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An outbreak of mumps at an immigration detention center in Virginia is growing.

Authorities say there are now 24 confirmed or suspected cases at the Farmville facility.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, immigrant advocates say it’s part of a larger problem.

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Mumps Outbreak Grows at ICE Detention Facility in Virginia

StateSeal00An outbreak of mumps at an immigration detention center in Virginia is growing. Authorities say there are now 24 confirmed or suspected cases at the Farmville facility. That’s up from 16 cases last week. Immigrant advocates say it’s part of a larger problem. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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This Week’s Primary Results May Spark Significant Changes to Virginia’s Criminal Justice System

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Two local races in Northern Virginia might have big implications for the criminal justice system in Virginia. Michael Pope explains why.

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Virginia Primary has Lots of Surprise, No Clear Message

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Turnout in primary elections is historically low and it will be a couple days before we get a complete picture of turnout in Tuesday’s elections.

But Democrats and Republicans are already battling it out over who has more energy as they head towards November.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports on Democratic Party efforts to keep the “Blue Wave” going:

Michael Pope reports on some of Tuesday’s primary upsets:

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Subpoena Fight Splits Virginia Democrats in Congress

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A growing number of House Democrats have now joined the chorus calling to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

But most Virginia Democrats aren’t singing the same tune, as Matt Laslo reports from the Capitol.

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Virginia Tech Selects a Different Site for Its NOVA Innovation Campus

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Tech’s Innovation Campus in Alexandria is just south of Amazon’s proposed headquarters site in Arlington. (Credit: Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech is going back to the drawing board with a new graduate school campus in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: An Uprising nearly ended Slavery, Chesterfield County deals with old Billboards

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Many people know there was a slave uprising in Virginia in the early 19th Century.

But fewer are aware of how close it came to ending slavery in the state…and when localities try to regulate billboards they sometimes find it’s not quite so easy as they expected.

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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Analysts: Accepting PAC Money from the Governor Could Have Mixed Results

StateSeal00Under normal circumstances, candidates would welcome money from the governor to help finance their campaigns. But this year, it’s a little different. Michael Pope is following the money.

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More than Ten-thousand mark D-Day Anniversary in Bedford

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Vice President Mike Pence delivered the keynote address. (Credit: David Seidel

D-Day and World War Two veterans marked the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.

David Seidel reports there were thousands of visitors to the National D-Day Memorial Thursday as well.

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Congressman Scott is Trying to Defend Free or Reduced-Price School Lunches

BobbyScottOne Virginia congressman is fighting against the Trump administration’s efforts to limit free or reduced-price lunches in public schools. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Rural Localities Appear to Be Bouncing Back

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Rural parts of Virginia may have lower average incomes. But that’s only one measure of success. Michael Pope reports on the surprising resurgence across rural Virginia.

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Organization Recognizes Virginia’s Old Growth Forests

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Virginia’s James River Park System, in Richmond, became the latest public green space today to be recognized as part of the Old Growth Forest Network. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Virginia Democrats Search for ‘Electability’ this Primary Season

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  Debra Rodman (left) is running against Veena Lothe (right) for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 12th Senate District.

A lot is at stake for Virginia this November. All 140 state lawmakers are up for election. And Democrats are hoping they can take control of the state legislature for the first time in decades.

But first, they have to choose the right candidates for the job.

Ahead of next week’s primaries, Mallory Noe-Payne has this look at what electability looks like for Democrats.

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Virginia Coastal Adaptation and Climate “Czar” Gets to Work

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  Ann Phillips, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.) speaking last year when she was appointed by Gov. Northam. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Last year, Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Retired Navy Admiral Ann Phillips to spearhead efforts for coastal adaptation to climate change.

After nearly 31 years in the Navy where she implemented climate change adaptation plans, she is traveling the state putting together a coastal master plan.

She hopes it will inform a tight-fisted and, in some cases reluctant, General Assembly to fund statewide climate change adaptation and protection when it reconvenes this winter.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Virginia Governor Announces Special Session on Gun Control

StateSeal00Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Mallory Noe-Payne has further details.

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What Impacts Could the Special Session Have In November?

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Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond for a special session on guns. But will anything happen? Michael Pope reports.

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Deadline Approaching for Program to Combat Childhood Hunger

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Hunger is a problem in Virginia schools, and educators say students can’t learn if they are hungry.

But are schools doing everything they can to prevent that from happening? Michael Pope reports.

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Political Operatives Say Response to Virginia Beach Shooting Strikes a Familiar Tone

StateSeal00The shooting in Virginia Beach over the weekend is prompting a familiar discussion about firearms and whether new restrictions are needed. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Job Corps Centers closing in SW Virginia, Incentives for incoming Va. Tech Freshmen to wait

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Virginia Tech’s incoming class has turned out to be a little more than the school bargained for…and a decision to end a federal jobs program in the Virginia coalfields is drawing strong opposition.

These 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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