Archive for July, 2022
Cameras are used to monitor security in many schools. But what about cameras to monitor what’s being taught? As Michael Pope reports, that’s become a topic of discussion in a congressional race.
An old, alleged scandal is back in the news.
Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope discuss the week in politics and the General Assembly.
Virginia already has one manufacturing facility for semiconductors. It’s in Prince William County in northern Virginia.
But, as Michael Pope reports, new federal money to encourage fabrication plants could be coming to Virginia.
Staff at the Virginia Aquarium are keeping a watchful eye on over a dozen white eggs expected to hatch this summer.
It will be cause for celebration since they were laid by an animal that’s threatened worldwide, but the rest of us might feel a little nervous as 14 baby tomistomas arrive. Sandy Hausman has that story.
The Blue Ridge Poison Center at UVA Health is fielding a significant influx of calls over adverse reactions to a substance derived from hemp and marijuana plants. Nick Gilmore reports.
You can reach the Blue Ridge Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Recent flooding in Southwest Virginia is reopening debate about Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Michael Pope reports.
Communities across Virginia are about to launch new tourism initiatives. As Michael Pope reports, they’ll be encouraging people to drive to destinations in Virginia rather than flying out of state for vacations.
For more than a decade, environmentalists and sportsmen have asked the state to ban industrial fishing for menhaden – a tiny, oil-rich fish that feeds striped bass, bluefish, marine birds and mammals.
This year, a company that uses menhaden in fish oil supplements gave some $2,700 dollars in campaign contributions to Democrats — and ten times that much to Republicans, according to data from the Virginia Public Access Project.
But as Sandy Hausman reports, a member of the GOP is now leading the charge to end menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.
Virginia saw a big drop in unemployment in June. But the Now-Hiring signs are still out for all sorts of businesses and industries.
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright explore the work force squeeze.
The economy may be on the threshold of recession, depending on what metric you want to use to define recession. But, as Michael Pope tells us, Virginia’s economy is showing strong signs of growth.
Book explores memories of Appalachians forced to leave their land to build National Parks, dams and roads
Imagine being told the government needed your land and you had a few weeks or months to move. This happened to thousands of people, to make room for national parks, and hydroelectric dams. Roxy Todd spoke with the editor of a new book, called “Lost in Transition,” about those who were forced to leave home.
A new program in southwest Virginia will test ways to make childcare more available for working families. And, you’ll soon have a chance to bid at auction on an estate once owned by George Washington’s cousin, but it won’t come cheap. 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.
The state of Virginia has 41 parks where visitors can hike, fish and camp. But only one allows people to cross a river 125 feet in the air.
Sandy Hausman reports on the longest recreational bridge in Virginia – a structure that’s open day and night to those in search of adventure.
Schools across Virginia are struggling to find teachers for classrooms this fall. And, as Michael Pope reports, part of the problem is teacher pay.
You can read the entire analysis here.
Virginia’s approach to climate change and coastal flooding continued to be updated this year. Jahd Khalil briefs us on the General Assembly’s latest updates to coastal management that went into effect this summer.
The House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would safeguard gay marriage and interracial marriage. But, as Michael Pope reports, it was a party-line vote among Virginia’s delegation.
Ever wanted to have the grip of an octopus?
A team of researchers at Virginia Tech has developed an underwater glove designed to do just that. Roxy Todd has more.
Schools across Virginia are dealing with a major teacher shortage. Michael Pope reports.
You’ve probably heard plenty of stories about the ups and downs of gas prices, inflation, interest rates. But are we missing the forest for the trees?
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright take a step back to get a look at the bigger economic picture.
New fundraising numbers show a lopsided advantage for Democrats running in some key Congressional races in Virginia. But, as Michael Pope reports, Republicans have time to make up lost ground.
In a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in five Americans reported they sometimes or often felt lonely.
The surgeon general blames a world in which technology and convenience have edged out real relationships.
Whatever the reason, a psychologist at the University of Virginia is planning to study thousands of people – to determine how we might solve this problem.
Sandy Hausman reports.
Chesterfield County has the answer for people wondering where they can safely fly their drones. And a flower that was on the verge of extinction is making a comeback.
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.
Virginia’s prison population is on the decline. Michael Pope has this look at the numbers.
It makes sense that Virginia’s more populous localities have more people in prisons or jails.
But a new study shows smaller cities and counties have lost an even bigger percentage of their populations as Sandy Hausman reports.
Fallout from the Supreme Court’s abortion decision and a business poll provided plenty of political chatter.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope discuss the week in politics and state government.
As other states take steps to ban abortions, Virginia may soon become a destination for the procedure.
But as Michael Pope reports, that’s only if it’s legal to travel across state lines to get one.
The number of abortions performed in Virginia had been trending down.
Michael Pope takes a look at the data and some recent upticks.
Abortion is now illegal in at least one of Virginia’s bordering states, and more could follow.
That means more women might need to make a potentially costly trip to Virginia for care. Reporter Jahd Khalil spoke with one organization that helps women with those bills.
New data from the Census Bureau reveals a portrait of a changing Virginia.
Michael Pope takes a look at the numbers.
As prices for solar panels have come down, more and more people are putting them up. But those panels have a limited lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
Experts now estimate that by 2050 the planet could be stuck with 78 million tons of used solar panels.
Recycling is not cost-effective, but a University of Virginia professor may be on track to change that as Sandy Hausman reports.
It’s been a tumultuous first half of the year economically with high inflation, high gas and housing prices and drops in the stock market.
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright take a look at where we stand now and what we might see in the second half of the year.
The Supreme Court has largely done away with the constitutional right to abortion. Now advocates are worried marriage equality may be next.
Michael Pope explains why.
Mobile phones can be distractions for students in the classroom. But one local school board in Virginia believes it has the solution to that problem. And, Fredericksburg’s plastic bag tax is bringing in more revenue than the city expected or wanted.
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 with VPAP.
Children caught up in the court system are often harmed by fines and fees that can be extremely damaging to people struggling to make ends meet. And, as Michael Pope reports, minority children are disproportionately at risk.
Some of the governor’s administrative moves and a trip out of state raised eyebrows this week.
Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope discuss the week in politics and state government.
Across Virginia, some Commonwealth’s Attorneys are already saying they will not prosecute abortion cases if it becomes illegal. But, as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers opposed to abortion could find ways around that.
Recent mass shootings are bringing more attention to red flag laws as a tool to prevent violent incidents.
Michael Pope reports some communities are trying to increase awareness of Virginia’s law.
Advocates for abortion rights are trying to figure out how Virginia might end up providing the procedure to women from prohibition states. Michael Pope reports.
Crypto was hailed as the currency of the future. But it’s struggled lately as an investment.
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright talk about some of its supporters and critics.
Virginia doesn’t have enough contractors to handle snow removal this winter. And, in the current housing market people are finding themselves in bidding wars for rental properties.
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.
Governor Glenn Youngkin is creating a new office aimed at reducing regulatory requirements in Virginia. Michael Pope reports he’s tapped a controversial figure to lead it.
Get ready to hear a lot more about abortion in Virginia over the next year and a half.
Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope explain why.