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For years, lawmakers in Virginia have struggled to find ways to expand mental health care — with mixed results. A new report from the Commonwealth Institute finds a racial divide in terms of who gets help. Michael Pope has the story.
When an elected official posts on Facebook, is that a public record? That’s the question at the center of a Henrico County case that could have broad implications for freedom of information. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 2, 2017
You’ve seen them on top of police cruisers across Virginia, license plate readers — constantly tracking your whereabouts and feeding your local police department with information about where you have been and when you were there. Now a lawsuit is challenging that. Michael Pope has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 1, 2017
In the next 20 years, the number of people over the age of 65 in Virginia is expected to double. But as Michael Pope tells us, some places will get older than others.
President Trump has repeatedly vowed to cut off federal funding for the subsidized health-insurance plans that are at the center of the Affordable Care Act. If he decides to pull the trigger on that, what would happen in Virginia? Michael Pope has the story.
A Virginia county is looking to avoid legal complications while it decides what to do about a religious message discovered in a historic courtroom. And, it may surprise many people to hear that coal ash was once used in the Chesapeake Bay to support oysters. Fred Echols has details.
Virginia’s real estate market is red hot according to new data from the federal government. Michael Pope has details.
The Veterans Affairs hospital in Richmond has come under fire for using dogs in painful medical testing. Now a Congressman has stepped in to eliminate funding for the program. Mallory Noe- Payne has more.
With the rise of online lenders, consumers in Virginia can be hit with loans that have interest rates far beyond any brick-and-mortar location. Now one lawmaker from Northern Virginia is offering a solution, although consumer advocates say the bill might cause more problems than it solves. Michael Pope has the story.
Virginia launched a new PR campaign Monday to draw attention to the state’s quickly growing computer science industry. The campaign ties in neatly with Richmond Tech Week, which also kicked off Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne has more details.
Public transportation plays a big role in a community — helping people get to and from work and school. But now Richmond’s public transport agency is trying something new: workforce development. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
In recent years, Chesapeake watermen and seafood processors have begun developing a market for blue catfish, that invasive species that has exploded in regional waters vacuuming up baby blue crabs, shad, striped bass and other economically important fish. But new USDA inspection rules that hold foreign imports to U.S. standards could threaten that growing market. Pamela D’Angelo reports on America’s other, other white meat for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative is funded with grant support from the Clayton Baker Trust, The Bancroft Foundation, Michael and Ann Hankin, The Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation, The Rob and Elizabeth Tyler Foundation, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.
The past few years have been difficult for honeybees with thousands of colonies dying every winter but Virginia is working on a plan to help these important pollinators stay alive. And, the Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to attract more research on self-driving cars to Virginia by opening sections of the state’s interstate highways to companies building and testing autonomous vehicles. Fred Echols has more.
Virginia’s two major-party candidates for governor duked it out over the weekend in the first of three debates. Michael Pope has the story.
The first of three debates for governor is scheduled for this weekend, when Democrat Ralph Northam will square off with Republican Ed Gillespie at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. But there’s one candidate who’s not invited to the party. Michael Pope has details.
In Washington, leaders in both parties are at odds over how to move forward on health care. One senator who is trying to seize the moment is Democrat Tim Kaine, who says he has a plan to move forward. Michael Pope has the story.
Democrats are eager to fight for the blue-collar voters who once made up the core of their base, voters who sided with Trump last year. Now they have a new platform of issues to attract those voters, and Democrats chose Virginia as the staging ground to launch that attack against the Republicans. Michael Pope has details.
The internet has upended the recording industry, the newspaper industry and the hotel industry. Now state regulators are looking at how to handle the latest industry to go online — cheap and easy high-interest loans. Michael Pope has details.
The disabled and elderly often rely on public transportation to get them where they need to go. Now, Richmond officials are hoping to make things a bit easier by partnering with a local tech start-up. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Last year, for the first time, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond held a special ceremony for its Latino graduates. Parents in the audience, many of whom were celebrating the first college graduate in their families, heard this poem by student Vei Citlalin Bobadilla. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
During his last few months as governor, Terry McAullife is taking stock of his time in office — especially on action on mental health. Michael Pope has the story.
Virginia’s largest industry is agriculture, and it’s only getting larger. That’s according to new numbers released Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne was at the capitol for the announcement and filed this report.
The race for governor has more than two candidates, although the third man in the race is getting far less attention. Michael Pope spent some time with him on the campaign trail.
Republican candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie was in Norfolk today, unveiling a suite of proposals to help Virginia’s veterans. Mallory Noe- Payne has details.
Neighbors have marched in protest and a congressman has gotten involved after federal officials euthanized more than 100 geese in Virginia Beach…and an accidental injury to a pet turtle has given Virginia researchers a chance to accomplish something never done before. Fred Echols reports.
Voters will have more choices in this year’s election for the House of Delegates than they have ever had before. Michael Pope reports.
North Carolina is making moves on a project it’s had in the works for decades: a new bridge that would make it easier for Virginians to access the Outer Banks. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
One lawmaker from the Southwest corner of Virginia is pushing a plan to create tax breaks in some of the poorest parts of the state. But as Michael Pope reports, implementing that plan would blast a giant hole in the budget.
One Virginia Democrat is proposing a sweeping overhaul to how the nation’s congressional districts are drawn. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the details from Washington on a bill that could take the politics out of how the nation’s lawmakers are chosen.
Last week Virginia executed 36-year-old William Morva for the murders of a sheriff’s deputy and security guard back in 2006. In the final hours of his life, Morva’s lawyers raised concerns over how Virginia gets the drugs it uses in executions, and why they may not be working properly. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
On the campaign trail, Virginia’s Republican candidate for Governor is talking about how to save taxpayer money, while also tackling the opioid epidemic. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.