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Virginia Lawmakers Seek to Tame the Wild West of Online Lending

 

 

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.

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Richmond Public Transport Partners with Tech Company to Serve Elderly, Disabled

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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.

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‘Nuestras Historias’ Explores Richmond’s Latino Community

 

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Wanda Hernandez (left) with volunteer Sasha Jiron (right) at the ¿Qué Pasa? Festival in Richmond this Spring. (Credit Courtesy of Wanda Hernandez)

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.

 

 

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Governor McAuliffe Takes Stock of what Did – and Didn’t – Happen on Mental Health During Term

 

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“I feel good about where we are. But I don’t feel that good. There’s still urgency to achieve more, until we get to the point where we are a national leader. And I think we can be there.” Creigh Deeds

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.

 

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Virginia Agriculture Jumps By 30% in Four Years

 

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Teens Ben Testa, Hannah Waring and Abby McDonough pick strawberries at Wegmeyer Farms in Hamilton, Va. Virginia’s agriculture industries have boomed in recent years.
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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. 

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Meet Your Libertarian Candidate for Governor, Cliff Hyra

 

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Cliff Hyra, right, campaigns in Clarendon, Virginia.
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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.

 

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Gillespie Rolls Out Plan for Veterans

 

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Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, right, talks with former Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Glenn Davis, left, at a polling place on primary Election Day.
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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.

 

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VA News Topics: Goose Protest, Turtle Prosthetic

untitled.pngNeighbors 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.

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November House of Delegates Election May Be Most Contested Ever

Virginia_State_Capitol3.jpgVoters will have more choices in this year’s election for the House of Delegates than they have ever had before. Michael Pope reports.

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North Carolina Makes Moves to Purchase Land for New Bridge to Outer Banks

 

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Nag’s Head North Carolina is part of the state’s Outer Banks. North Carolina has had a plan to build another bridge to the popular destination for years. (Credit Gerry Broome/AP )

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.

 

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Calculating the Cost of Eliminating Taxes in the Poorest Parts of Virginia

 

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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.

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Representative Don Beyer’s Bill Aims to Deliver Non-Partisan Redistricting

 

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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.

 

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Controversial Drug Used in Virginia’s Latest Executions

 

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A compounded drug from an unknown manufacturing facility in Virginia has been used in the state’s last two executions at the Greenville Correctional Facility in Jarratt Virginia.
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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.

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Gillespie Wants to Use State Funds for Long-Term Addiction Treatment Centers

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Gillespie at a roundtable on addiction treatment in Richmond Wednesday. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

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.

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