Archive for January, 2022

Youngkin hopes to fulfill campaign promise of cutting taxes for Virginia veterans

Governor Glenn Youngkin during his inaugural address earlier this month. (Credit: governor.virginia.gov)

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are already hard at work balancing the books for the budget this year. And as Michael Pope reports, one of the top agenda items for the new Republican governor is fulfilling a campaign promise about veterans.

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Some state lawmakers are working to protect all expressions of religious faith in Virginia

Politics and religion are two subjects that don’t usually mix in polite company. But as Michael Pope reports, both are topics of debate at the General Assembly.

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Va. News: Black poets archive, school lunches shortage

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Virginia will soon be home to a new digital archive dedicated to the work of Black poets. And supply chain issues are causing serious shortages for school lunch programs. 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 and Edie Gross.

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Should constitutional offices have a party identification?

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Members of the state Senate are debating a bill that would change how local candidates appear on the ballot. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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A number of bills currently under consideration in Richmond could change how utilities operate

Members of the General Assembly are considering a number of bills that would change how utilities operate. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Measure allowing medically questionable COVID-19 treatments fails in a Senate committee

Members of the General Assembly are fighting back against medical misinformation. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Youngkin outlines COVID-19 action plan

Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks to reporters outside Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. (Credit: David Seidel)

After his inauguration, Governor Glenn Youngkin removed requirements for masks in schools and vaccination of state employees.

Thursday, he rolled out a new plan to address the state’s vaccination rate and surge in hospitalizations.

David Seidel has more.

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Housing pressures for refugees continue, advocates head to Capitol

During the legislative session, representatives of Virginians head to Richmond to make their case for new legislation or funding. Wednesday advocates for refugees headed to the Capitol to represent new Virginians and Americans. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Effort to decriminalize psilocybin gaining steam in Richmond

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Last year, the General Assembly legalized small amounts of marijuana. This year, as Michael Pope reports, they are debating decriminalizing psilocybin. Michael Pope reports.

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Gov. Youngkin’s mask order on schools gets pushback

A school in Hopewell notifies visitors they will need a mask to enter the building. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

School administrators and politicians are pushing back against Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that would allow parents to opt their children out of school mask requirements, saying masking is the best way to keep schools open and the order doesn’t override a law on the subject. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Electric vehicle parking spots bill moving to the House

The future of the automobile industry may end up being electric cars, which means that the future of parking spots might involve charging stations. Michael Pope reports on a bill under consideration in the General Assembly that would address that issue.

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Limiting campaign donations met with resistance in the Virginia Senate

Members of the state Senate are rejecting limits to campaign contributions. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Bill limiting excessive testing in Virginia schools likely to move forward

Members of the General Assembly are considering a bill to simplify how students are tested in public schools. Michael Pope reports.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: How Youngkin’s business background might shape his term as governor

Glenn Youngkin took the oath of office as Virginia’s 74th Governor on Saturday.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright discuss Youngkin’s business background and the role that might play in his term as governor.

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Va. News: Hospital capacity and marking medical history

A Black woman who unknowingly made a major contribution to cancer research is finally receiving public recognition. And Virginia hospitals are struggling to provide care as more COVID-19 patients are admitted.

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 and Edie Gross.

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Youngkin lays out priorities to General Assembly

Gov. Glenn Youngkin address the General Assembly Monday afternoon. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Virginia’s new governor has asked lawmakers to introduce 59 bills, and he’s submitted 25 budget amendments.

But as Michael Pope reports, one issue is dominating his first few days in office.

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Youngkin, Education Secretary talk race & education policy

As a candidate, Glenn Youngkin spoke about schools and race.

Jahd Khalil reports that in his first few days as Governor, Youngkin and his pick for education secretary are looking to minimize race’s role in developing education policy. 

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Legislation would ban political donations from public utilities

Senator Chap Petersen, left, and Delegate Lee Ware appear at a press conference to announce their bill banning campaign contributions from public utilities. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Members of the General Assembly are prohibited from taking campaign contributions during the General Assembly.

And as Michael Pope reports, some would like to see even more restrictions on where lawmakers are able to get their money.

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Youngkin calls for turning down the political temperature, as he takes aim at education and environmental issues

Gov. Glenn Youngkin delivers his inaugural address. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Glenn Youngkin is starting his first week as governor.

And he outlined a wide-ranging agenda during his inaugural address over the weekend, as Michael Pope reports.

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Bill limiting solitary confinement in Virginia clears first hurdle

Members of the General Assembly are considering a bill that would limit how long Virginia prisons can hold inmates in solitary confinement. Michael Pope has the latest from the Capitol.

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Pope & Schapiro: Changes at the state capitol

It’s an eventful week at Virginia’s state capitol as one administration ends and a new one begins.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope got together in the halls of the capitol to talk about what those changes mean.

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Republican efforts to expand charter schools in Virginia likely to stall in the state Senate

On the campaign trail Republicans talked about expanding charter schools. Now that they’ve been elected to lead the House of Delegates, they feel they have a mandate to make it happen. But as Michael Pope reports, they’ll encounter opposition in the Senate.

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Northam: We are leaving this Commonwealth better than it was

Gov. Ralph Northam delivers his State of the Commonwealth address. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Governor Ralph Northam delivered his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

David Seidel has more.

Northam’s farewell address did not sit well with the new Republican Speaker of the House.

Michael Pope explains why.

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The 2022 General Assembly session is now underway

Upholding a long tradition in the Virginia House of Delegates, members of both parties join together for a unanimous vote electing Todd Gilbert
Speaker of the House. (Credit: Michael Pope)

The General Assembly is now in session with Republicans in control of the Virginia House of Delegates. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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What to expect from the 2022 General Assembly session

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The General Assembly gavels into session Wednesday, and a new governor will be inaugurated this weekend. Michael Pope has this preview of what’s about to happen.

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General Assembly faces decisions on marijuana licenses

Marijuana is now legal in Virginia in small amounts, but there’s no way to buy it legally because nobody has a license to sell it.

Michael Pope reports that’s a problem lawmakers are trying to fix.

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One state lawmaker wants to expand Virginia’s education improvement scholarship tax credit

Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond. And, as Michael Pope reports, they’ll be talking about a variety of ways to fund education.

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Northam announces new COVID-19 emergency order

Gov. Ralph Northam announces the new emergency order. (Credit: Governor’s Office livestream)

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spiking, Governor Ralph Northam announced a new emergency order Monday.

David Seidel explains what it does and does not do.

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Va. News: Stranded by snow and starting a new chapter in Virginia’s COVID-19 fight

A 93-year-old driving to Florida needed 39 hours to get through Virginia. And the man who has shaped Virginia’s response to COVID-19 will be stepping down.

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 and Edie Gross.

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Pope & Schapiro: Governors facing criticism

Virginia’s outgoing and incoming governors have both been dealing with criticism this week.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more on that and a preview of the General Assembly session coming next week.

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Delegate looks to remove state caps on some school board salaries

Lawmakers will be debating a bill that would allow local governments to set any salary they want for appointed school boards.

Michael Pope reports.

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VDH: Overwhelming demand, staff shortages impacting COVID-19 testing

Many people who need a COVID-19 test here in Virginia have encountered long waits.

But state officials say it’s not a supply problem.

David Seidel explains.

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New General Assembly maps pair plenty of incumbents

A map of approved state senate districts (Credit: Supreme Court of Virginia)

The next election for the General Assembly will feature new maps.

And as Michael Pope reports, that will mean many incumbents will have to face each other.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: What’s ahead for 2022

2022 is starting with a lot of highs—high prices for many goods and high values for many stocks.

So will those trends last?

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright talk about what may be coming in the year ahead.

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Legislation would ease tobacco tax stamp trouble

Tobacco was once the centerpiece of Virginia’s economy.

Now that fewer cigarettes are sold, lawmakers are trying to figure out how retailers should handle taxing tobacco.

Michael Pope reports.

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