Archive for October, 2022
When approaching an election location, voters might be presented with a sample ballot. Michael Pope reports that they’re often the product of party advertising.
Volunteer acorn collectors are playing a major role in supporting Virginia’s forests. And, VCU has decided to delay distribution of a craft beer carrying the school’s logo.Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
In some other states, voters at early polling locations have been confronted by campaign workers or poll watchers holding a camera and asking questions. As Michael Pope reports, that’s not necessarily illegal.
One of Virginia’s high profile Congressional races may be getting closer. And another can’t get any tighter.
Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope recap a busy week in state politics and the General Assembly.
Early votes are not counted early. But as Michael Pope explains, they are processed early.
More than a million Virginia families have septic systems at home. State officials estimate about half those systems are so old they pose health risks. The same goes for thousands of drinking water systems.
Now, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, a new grant program to help families get safe water and septic has been so popular it’s already running out of money.
Voters aren’t just determining the future of Congress in this election. As Michael Pope reports, many local elections will determine important land-use questions.
The area around Charlottesville has grown dramatically in the last decade, and so has the traffic.
Now, with a $2 million grant from Washington, local leaders are planning one way to take cars off the road and put people on bikes.
The Three Notched Trail will stretch 25 miles from the city to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sandy Hausman has that story.
As more and more people choose to vote early, the pace of campaigns is changing. Michael Pope reports.
Last week, the Nansemond Indian Nation was given back 504 acres of their ancestral lands in Suffolk County.
For the seven federally recognized Tribes in Virginia, getting back ancestral lands for conservation is key to their sovereignty.
Pamela D’Angelo reports.
A new federal student loan forgiveness program is up and running.
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright talk through some of the financial and policy implications.
Numbers released Monday by the Department of Education show unprecedented declines nationwide in math and reading for American 4 and 8th grade students.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the numbers show academic setbacks throughout the pandemic, including here in Virginia.
And, as Michael Pope reports, the scores are creating a new discussion about what’s happening in public school classrooms across Virginia.
If you missed the voter registration deadline in Virginia you still have a chance to cast a ballot. And grassland birds are disappearing from the Commonwealth but there’s a new effort underway to help them.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
Several Virginia cities are about to receive new funding to crack down on gang violence.
Michael Pope explains the project.
Virginia saw a small decrease in overdose deaths during the first quarter of this year, but the opioid epidemic is still taking a heavy toll.
Last year, more than 2,600 people died – most from an overdose of fentanyl.
And now doctors warn there’s an even more potent form of the drug being sold. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Debates… and lack of debates… are among the political headlines over the past week.
Jeff Schapiro, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope discuss the week in politics and state government.
In less than a month voters head to the polls for the Congressional midterms and municipal elections.
Talk to local officials running those elections and they’ll tell you their job has become busier in the past few years and complicated by the fight against misinformation.
Mallory Noe-Payne has this look at how local registrars are turning to communication pros to help wage that battle.
Members of the General Assembly are starting to consider what kind of bills they’ll consider next year.
And as Michael Pope reports, many people are calling on them to find a way to increase affordable housing.
Virginia’s income tax hasn’t been updated since 1990.
As Michael Pope reports, that means low-income people shoulder a disproportionate burden.
Virginia is still tracking cases of COVID-19, but other viruses are popping up earlier than usual.
Sandy Hausman reports on one which puts about 58,000 children and three times as many elderly patients in the hospital each year.
It’s college football season, with all its pageantry and prognostications. But there’s even more at play.
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and host Craig Wright talk about the big business of college football.
Virginia may be about to roll the dice on casino gambling. But who will benefit the most?
Michael Pope has more on a new state report.
Chesterfield County says federal law blocks it from approving a marijuana dispensary even though Virginia law allows it. And, a reward is being offered for the return of a giant squash that went missing after winning a Blue Ribbon at the Virginia State Fair.
Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross with VPAP.
What should happen to a school that doubles test scores but still does not make the grade? Michael Pope reports.
Early votes are already being cast for this year’s Congressional election. And Election Day is less than a month away.
Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope bring us up to speed on developments in some of Virginia’s most contested races.
Fuel and utilities are leading the items that are more expensive now than a year ago in Virginia. Michael Pope explains some of the details.
Abortion is one of the hottest issues on the campaign trail this year, and a new poll from Christopher Newport University shows voters have conflicted opinions. Michael Pope explains.
Monkeypox is affecting a very small portion of Virginians – but officials are still taking the virus seriously.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, Virginia’s Department of Health has learned some lessons from early on in the monkeypox outbreak and is now adjusting outreach strategies.
A new report takes aim at an industry that makes money by promising to return defendants to court. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s often law enforcement agencies that end up doing the work.
Autumn Olive, an Asian plant originally prized for its ability to control erosion and thrive in harsh environments, is quickly choking out native East Coast species.
While it’s likely too late to eradicate it, there are ways to help manage it— one small bite at a time.
Christine Kueter reports.
Governor Glenn Youngkin has been in office for less than a year, but his national campaigning has put him in the spotlight ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright discuss Youngkin’s national profile.
As the race for Congress heats up, one prominent Republican is throwing his support behind a Democrat. Michael Pope reports.
People opposed to the demolition of a Potomac River bridge have taken the issue to federal court. And, one of Virginia’s busiest malls wants to add alcohol to its list of attractions.
Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross.
Environmentalists are taking issue with the governor’s new energy plan that keeps fossil fuels in the mix, while also growing alternative sources like nuclear. Michael Pope reports.
Campaigns in Virginia and beyond made headlines over the past few days.
Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope have more on the week in politics and state government.
Educators across Virginia are pushing for better wages and working conditions. Michael Pope reports that in some places that could mean collective bargaining.
Click here for the findings from the Commonwealth Institute.
A warmer climate means rainfall events can be more intense – creating a greater risk for flash floods.
Now, the Natural Resources Defense Council is advising people considering a home purchase to try and find out if the property has been swamped in the past. Sandy Hausman has that story.
The Virginia Tourism Corporation has a new ad campaign featuring Governor Glenn Youngkin. Michael Pope tells us the ad agency doing the spots helped the governor get elected last year.
The war in Ukraine is creating a humanitarian crisis in Europe. But it’s also creating demand for defense industries in Virginia, as Michael Pope reports.
Can a Virginia-based company re-ignite the e-cigarette market?
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on the business ramifications for Altria Group.
Candidates for Congress in Virginia are debating everything from abortion and the economy to transgender students and gun violence.
Michael Pope reports that they’re also being asked about threats to democracy.
Election season has begun, and voters can either mail in their ballots or deposit them in a drop box.
Michael Pope explains some of the steps taken to ensure security.
Over the past two years several thousand Virginians have received non-binary driver’s licenses. And the City of Winchester has seen parts of its gun ordinance suspended by a judge pending a lawsuit.
Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross.