Archive for October, 2019
Some Campaigns Report Last-Minute Six-Figure Donations
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on October 31, 2019
Last minute money is streaming into some campaigns across Virginia.
Michael Pope has a look at the numbers.
Mussels in Trouble: Nature’s Water Filters in Massive Die-Off
The freshwater mussel is nature’s river cleaner. But every autumn, for three years running, there’s been a mass die off of one of the most important species.
Biologists say if this continues, it could be a warning sign for global river ecosystems.
Robbie Harris reports from the Virginia Tennessee border.
A Look at Some Million-Dollar State Senate Races
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on October 30, 2019
Voters from across Virginia will head to the polls next week in high-stakes races for the state Senate. Michael Pope has this look at their fundraising efforts.
With GOP Majority on the Line, Abortion Opponents are Mobilizing in Virginia
There’s a lot at stake this November — when all 140 state lawmakers are up for election. One issue that’s energizing voters is abortion. Democrats say if they win the majority they’ll push to improve access to healthcare, including abortions.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, that has opponents of abortion rights working overtime for Republican candidates.
Spanberger Drug Prices Bill Likely to Become Law
How much should the public know about how drug prices are calculated? One Virginia congresswoman is hoping to increase transparency. Michael Pope reports.
National Interest in Virginia’s Statehouse Elections is Drawing Big Fundraising Numbers
New campaign-finance numbers show certain races for the House of Delegates attracting outsized interest and campaign cash. Michael Pope reports.
Pre-School: It’s Not Babysitting Anymore
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on October 29, 2019
A statewide study found forty percent of Virginia’s 5-year-olds were not ready for kindergarten.
The governor – a pediatric neurologist – and his wife– a teacher– knew some of those kids would fall behind in school and never catch up.
That’s why they hired a chief school readiness officer and launched a 10 million-dollar program to study and fix the problem.
Sandy Hausman has that story.
Fairfax Scandal Could Soon Play a Role In General Assembly Campaigns
The sexual assault scandal surrounding Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has now become part of the election campaign for the General Assembly this year. Michael Pope reports.
Va. News: 80-year old Charges tied to Alexandria Protest dropped, Chesapeake Bay Center closing
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on October 28, 2019
A criminal case that grew out of attempts to integrate a public library has been resolved after 80 years. And an educational center on an island will close as the island goes under water.
Those 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.
Will Higher Interest Lead to Higher Turnout on Election Day?
It’s election season, but many voters are not tuned into their local races for House of Delegates and state Senate. Michael Pope has this look at what that means for turnout.
VCU Grant: Helping Doctors Tackle Dangerous Drinking
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on October 25, 2019
Unhealthy alcohol use is the third most common preventable death in America. And yet studies show that just a 90-second conversation with a doctor could make a difference.
Now Virginia Commonwealth Uuniversity will study how family doctors can do a better job addressing dangerous drinking.
Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Two Years Ago This Statehouse Race Was an Exact Tie, Now it’s a Rematch
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on October 24, 2019
Virginia made national headlines two years ago when a General Assembly race ended in a perfect tie. The state delegate was chosen by pulling a name out of a bowl.
Now that race is a rematch.
Mallory Noe-Payne visited the district to see if voters are following along.
Online Advertising Continues to Be An Important Tool for Virginia Candidates
If you’ve been on Facebook or YouTube lately, you might have noticed something about an election here in Virginia. Michael Pope explains why.
Whistleblower: Archeologist Minimized ‘Cultural Richness’ of Site Planned for Water Project
For centuries, a site in central Virginia was capital of the Monacan Indian Nation. Today it’s owned by Fluvanna and Louisa Counties and officials plan to build a water pump there. They say the infrastructure is needed to provide water to residents and businesses in Zion Crossroads.
Now those plans could be derailed by allegations of misconduct lodged by a former employee of the archaeological firm that tested the site. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
A Look at This Year’s General Assembly Political Ads
If you’ve spent any time in front of a television or a laptop recently, you’ve probably noticed it’s campaign season. Michael Pope reports.
Census Data: Older Virginians Maintain a Significant Influence Over Elections
Voters will head to the polls next month for General Assembly seats all over Virginia, although not all age groups are expected to participate at the same rates. Michael Pope reports.
So… When Will Those Fall Colors Peak?
Some of the heaviest traffic on Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park happens around this time of year, when the leaves begin to turn. But the colors are a little later this fall. Mike Tripp from partner station WMRA took a short hike to find out why.
Va Sec. of Finance Warns Lawmakers to Be ‘Cautious’ with Budget
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on October 22, 2019
In a briefing in Richmond Monday, Virginia’s Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne told state lawmakers that revenues aren’t keeping pace with expenditures. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Conference in Richmond Brings Together Transgender Community
Hundreds of members, and allies, of the transgender community will be in Richmond this weekend for one of the only trans conferences on the East Coast. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
What State Senate and House of Delegates Races Will Be the Most Noteworthy?
Voters will be headed to the polls next month in elections for every seat in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has this preview of some competitive House of Delegates races.
All 40 seats of the Virginia state Senate will also be on the ballot next month, but just like in the House, some seats have little or no competition. Here’s a look at some of the more competitive races in the House.
New Legislative Maps Are Now in Effect; How Will They Impact November’s Statehouse Elections?
Earlier this year, federal judges created new maps for 11 House of Delegates districts in Virginia. Michael Pope reports on what that means for this year’s elections.
Just How Far Should the Freedom of Information Act Go?
Public money is often handed over in the form of grants. But, there’s a debate about how much of that process should be public information. Michael Pope reports.
State Officials Are Touring Virginia in Hopes of Cutting Down on Maternal Mortality Rates
Virginia government officials are on the road this fall, listening to the concerns of women across Virginia about delivering babies. It’s an effort aimed at curing the crisis in maternal mortality for African-American women. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia Is for Apple Lovers
When it comes to apple production, Virginia ranks sixth in the nation – well behind the leader: Washington State.
It’s worth noting, however, that farmers here offer a huge variety and our cider industry is growing.
Sandy Hausman stopped at this state’s oldest cidery to learn more about the fruit and its delectable juice.
Va. News: Dolphins Swimming in the Potomac, Efforts in Amherst to remove Elected Official
Washington, DC isn’t the only place where controversy has arisen over whether an elected official should be removed from office…and the return of dolphins in large numbers to the Potomac River is a sign of change.
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.
One Group Wants Virginia Candidates to Disclose Where Their Contributions Come From
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on October 14, 2019
One watchdog group is worried about government ethics in Virginia. And, it’s challenging candidates for the General Assembly to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.
Pretty Poison; VT Study First to Confirm Invasive Plants Threaten Native Wildlife
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on October 10, 2019
The first comprehensive study of the effects of invasive plants on indigenous wildlife is sobering.
Researchers at Virginia Tech found that when invasive plants take over an area they actually alter the ecosystem, depleting native animals’ natural food sources.
As Robbie Harris reports, this phenomenon is a major driver of wildlife extinction. And the researchers say it’s even worse than they thought.
Cline, Riggleman Bemoan Hyper-Partisanship During Joint Town Hall Meeting
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on October 10, 2019
Virginia’s 5th and 6th Congressional Districts cover a massive portion of the state – stretching from northern Virginia all the way to the North Carolina line. They also each include a segment of Bedford County, where the two Republicans who hold those seats conducted a joint town hall meeting Wednesday night. Nick Gilmore has details.
State Education Officials to Consider Making School Funding More Equitable
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on October 8, 2019
Is the way Virginia funds its schools equitable? That’s a topic up for debate in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.
The Complicated Effect of Phragmites in the Chesapeake Bay
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on October 8, 2019
The phragmites invasion began when it hitched a ride here with European colonists.
Today, the tall reed lines Virginia’s waterways, and wetlands, taking over native habitats and clogging waterways throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
But with climate change, the pesky plant is being considered in a different way. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Does Virginia’s Tax Code Disproportionately Hurt Low-Income People?
Wealthy people are taxed more in Virginia. But, people at the other end of the spectrum may be feeling more of the pinch. Michael Pope reports.
ACLU Complaint: Medical Practice Fired Two Women Because of Race
Federal anti-discrimination laws that protect workers often don’t apply to employees of small businesses. But a rarely used Virginia state law does. Now the ACLU of Virginia has taken up a case, in part, to show employees of small businesses that they also have protections. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Could Water from Abandoned Coal Mines Lure Data Centers to SWVA?
Loudoun County has the world’s largest concentration of data centers. But what about Southwest Virginia?
Michael Pope reports on one economic development effort to bring data centers to coal country.
Climate Change Experiment Fast-Forwards the Chesapeake Bay to the Year 2100
Scientists in Maryland have transported parts of a marsh into the next century.
They are looking at the future effects of global warming and increased carbon dioxide on wetlands around the Chesapeake Bay.
In her occasional series on climate change resilience, Pamela D’Angelo talks with some of the scientists behind the project.
Stakes are High as Political Newcomer Tries to Unseat House Speaker
The national political discussion may be focused on the 2020 Presidential election… but first, here in Virginia, there’s 2019.
In a month all 140 state lawmakers are up for election.
Party control of the General Assembly is at stake.
Mallory Noe-Payne has a look at one of the most important races of the year.
Despite Local Government Concerns, Small-Cell Towers Will Soon Be Headed to a Neighborhood Near You
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on October 3, 2019
New wireless technology is being installed on utility poles across Virginia. It’s thanks to a new law that’s opened the floodgates for small-cell technology. Michael Pope reports.
Analysis: Work Requirements Could Knock 74,000 Off Medicaid Rolls
Remember those work requirements Republicans insisted on before passing Medicaid expansion?
They haven’t been implemented yet. And Michael Pope reports the governor’s office is still negotiating with federal officials to strike a deal.
UVA Researcher Develops Tool to Guide Patients Toward Best Breast Cancer Treatment
When actress Angelina Jolie learned she was at high risk for breast cancer, she opted to have both breasts removed and reconstructed.
Since then, many women who are not at high risk have — nevertheless – followed her lead.
Now, a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing hopes to reverse that trend as Sandy Hausman reports.
If Dry Spell Continues, Virginia Farmers Will Take a Hit
September is over. And for some parts of the state, including Danville and Bluefield, it was the driest September on record.
Mallory Noe-Payne reports if the dry spell continues, it could mean a big hit to the bottom line for many farmers.
High Interest Lenders Investing in General Assembly Campaigns
Car-title lenders and internet lenders have stepped up their campaign contributions in recent years.
So far this election cycle the industry has given about $840,000 and more campaign cash may be on the way before Election Day.
Michael Pope explains why.