Archive for September, 2021

Afghans Already In Virginia Play Big Role In Latest Resettlement Effort

Tens of thousands of people came to the US, fleeing Afghanistan after the American military’s withdrawal hastened a collapse of the Afghan government.

Among the refugees are Special Immigrant Visa holders and their families who assisted the military.

Jahd Khalil reports that those working to resettle these Afghans and other refugees put a part of themselves into the effort. 

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Virginia’s Supreme Court Rejects Prison Gerrymandering Lawsuit

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The Supreme Court of Virginia is already weighing in on redistricting, closing the door on the practice of prison gerrymandering. Michael Pope reports.

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Splitting Saltville: One Example Of The Tough Choices Faced By Redistricting Commission

Members of Virginia’s Redistricting Commission during a recent meeting (Credit: Jahd Khalil)

Republican and Democratic map drawers mostly agreed on a compromise for districts in Southwest Virginia. But they had some questions for the Virginia Redistricting Commission Thursday.

Jahd Khalil reports that after weeks of debating criteria for maps, the redistricting commission is now deciding where to digress.

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University of Mary Washington Poll Finds Tight Race For Governor

The race for governor may be tightening up heading into the final few weeks before Election Day.

Michael Pope reports on a new poll that shows the race is deadlocked.

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Virginia Nurses in Crisis

A recent survey showed one in four nurses got mental health services in the last year, and more than half said they were exhausted by the COVID pandemic.  Tuesday, the Virginia Nurses Association held a news conference to beg for public support as Sandy Hausman reports.

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New Effort To Uncover The Past And Power Of Werowocomoco

Martin Gallivan speaks to a group aboard the Alliance. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

It’s been nearly 20 years since archeologists and tribal nations in Virginia began looking for clues to the people and cultures of Werowocomoco.

It was the political center of the Powhatan chiefdom before and during the early 1600s along the York River in Gloucester. 

Pamela D’Angelo brings us the latest on this important Indigenous town.

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One Virginia Lawmaker is Working to Boost the Federal Government’s Performance

How well is the federal government performing? A bill on the House floor this week from one Virginia congressman to improve performance in Washington. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: New Ideas For Southwest Virginia’s Economy

A traditional crop and a developing power source are the latest ideas for boosting the economy in Southwestern Virginia.

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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Texas Law “Inspires” Abortion Opponents in Virginia

Hundreds of people gathered on Capitol Square on September 17, 2021 to rally against abortion access. (Credit: Jahd Khalil)

Anti-abortion rights protestors gathered on Capitol Square Friday for an annual rally.

A new restrictive abortion law in Texas energized many of the people there, but Jahd Khalil reports that organizers and politicians are keeping their distance. 

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The Virginia Lottery Has Thrived During the Pandemic

The pandemic has upended the economy and the supply chain.

As Michael Pope reports, it has also created a lucky break for the Virginia Lottery.

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Are Virginia’s Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Chris Winter is a neurologist and author of The Rested Child. As an expert on sleep, he’s heard from plenty of parents who’ve gotten the wrong diagnosis for kids who stay up or sleep late. Sandy Hausman recently spoke with him about his new book.

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Pope & Schapiro: Debate Highlights And Lowlights

It’s the morning after the first debate in the 2021 campaign for governor.

As the campaigns spin winners and losers, Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have some analysis.

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McAuliffe, Youngkin Clash Over Abortion, COVID In 1st Debate

The major-party candidates for governor squared off in the first of two debates Thursday night.

Michael Pope has a wrap up.

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More Secure Digital Vaccine Status Now Live

Virginias will no longer have to carry oddly-shaped vaccination cards in many circumstances.

If you’re concerned about carrying around your vaccine card, the Department of Health made an announcement Thursday that’s probably of interest. Jahd Khalil reports a digital option is now live.

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Redistricting Commission Gives Map Instructions, but Deadlocks on Key Questions on Race

Republican counsel Christopher Bartolomucci, left, speaks with Senator Ryan McDougle, Mackenzie Babichenko, and Delegate Marcus Simon during a break of the Virginia Redistricting Commission’s meeting on September 15, 2021. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

Long-awaited new political maps are going to be up for review on Monday. Wednesday, the redistricting commission gave map-drawers instructions. Jahd Khalil reports that they agreed on some things but vehemently disagreed on others.

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McAuliffe, Youngkin Set to Meet in First Gubernatorial Debate Thursday

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Thursday, candidates for governor will square off in the first of two debates. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Virginia Tech Breaks Ground On Innovation Campus

Virginia Tech officials ceremonially break ground on the Innovation Campus in Alexandria. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Virginia Tech is expanding its footprint in northern Virginia, a project that may end up transforming the region by creating a pipeline for careers in technology.

Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Pipeline Critics And Police Response

A federal judge will decide whether online critics of a pipeline project can remain anonymous.   And police in Fredericksburg will explore a new way of dealing with mental health emergencies.

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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Proposal Would Require Vaccination Or Testing For Air, Rail Travel

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As employers grapple with new vaccination requirements, one Virginia congressman has a proposal that would create a new mandate for many travelers.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Pope & Schapiro: State of the Race for Governor

Labor Day is traditionally the start of the final sprint in the campaign season.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope discuss the status of the campaign for governor and more.

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Haven’t Voted For A While? Check Your Registration To Avoid The Purge

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Registrars across Virginia are purging voter rolls of inactive voters.

And, as Michael Pope reports, advocates are concerned that might disenfranchise some voters.

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Virginia Ranks Towards the Bottom in Education Spending Per Student

Virginia is one of the wealthiest states in America. But as Michael Pope reports, it also ranks toward the bottom of the pack for education spending.

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Statue Of Confederate Robert E. Lee Comes Down In Virginia

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History was made in Richmond Wednesday, as a massive statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee finally came down. Jahd Khalil was there and has this report. 

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Other Virginia Localities May Soon Follow Roanoke’s Lead on Plastic Bag Tax

Local governments across Virginia are considering implementing a new plastic bag tax. Michael Pope reports.

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Texas Abortion Law Creates New Flash Point In Virginia Governor’s Race

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow a Texas abortion law to stand has turned up the heat in the race for governor in Virginia.

Michael Pope explains why.

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Va. News: Vaccination Requirements And A Pardon For The Martinsville Seven

Seven Black men executed for rape 70 years ago have been pardoned. And a Virginia high school is among the first in the nation to require COVID-19 vaccinations for athletes.

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 Busy Holiday Weekend Ends A Busy Summer At Virginia State Parks

Hungry Mother State Park (Credit: Virginia State Parks)

You might be planning a hike or camping trip for this Labor Day weekend. 

Reporter Jahd Khalil enjoys the outdoors, and he’s not the only one. 

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Can Virginia End Prison Gerrymandering?

The new political boundaries for the General Assembly and Congress will have an important change because of how incarcerated people are counted.

Michael Pope explains.

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Pope & Schapiro: The Campaign For Governor And An Overdue Pardon

The Republican running for governor unveiled a big campaign reset this week.  But one old issue also resurfaced.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope discuss those developments in their weekly chat about politics and state government.

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Virginia Supreme Court Rules State Can Remove Lee Statue

Protesters gather around the Lee Monument in 2020. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

After a year and a half of legal battles the Supreme Court of Virginia cleared Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to remove a statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from downtown Richmond Thursday. Brad Kutner has more.

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Northam Pardons 7 Men Executed in 1951

Tuesday morning, Governor Ralph Northam pardoned seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman in Martinsville.

After the announcement, Jahd Khalil spoke with some of the people advocating for the posthumous clemency. 

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Advocates Expect Evictions To Pick Up In September

Now that the federal eviction moratorium is over, many advocates are worried about what will happen in the next few weeks.

Michael Pope reports.

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