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Full Disclosure Briefing: Context for Wall Street’s drop

It’s been a brutal spring for the stock markets.  They’ve recorded seven straight weeks of declines.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright offer some context for worried investors.

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Va. News: Clean energy vehicle fleets and a new opera

Fredericksburg has joined a multi-state program designed to help local governments switch over to clean energy vehicles.

And the Virginia court case that ended bans on interracial marriage will be commemorated with an opera.

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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Critics say education report paints inaccurate picture of Virginia schools

(Credit: Virginia Dept. of Education)

Thursday’s report from the state education superintendent painted a dire picture of Virginia’s schools.

Michael Pope reports it’s opened a debate about past decisions and the future.

Editor’s Note: The Virginia Education Association is a financial supporter of Virginia Public Radio.

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Groundbreaking Supreme Court case to get opera treatment

Virginia Opera and the Richmond Symphony have announced plans to create an original opera. 

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the project will tell the real-life story of the Virginia couple whose relationship paved the legal pathway for inter-racial and same-sex marriage.

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Pope & Schapiro: New Congressional candidates and signs of movement on the state budget

Virginia’s state budget is weeks past due.  But there are some signs an agreement may be coming.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more on the week in politics and state government.

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Group retraces enslaved man’s escape route from Virginia to Connecticut

Group at the start of retracing James Lindsey Smith’s escape at Rice’s Hotel /Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville. From left: Kathy Schuder, Jonathan Wibberly, Robenson Charlotin, Caleb Roseme, Alexi Valle, Charles Sydnor, Adam Bowles. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

184 years ago, James Lindsey Smith, an enslaved man in Northumberland County on Virginia’s Northern Neck, made his way to freedom and eventually to Norwich, Connecticut.

Inspired by that journey and Smith’s determination, a group of men from a Norwich church attempted to retrace his steps.

Pamela D’Angelo went with them for part of the journey.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: More intrigue in the tobacco biz

There’s new intrigue in the tobacco business, and it connects back to Virginia.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on this merger news.

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Va. News: Learning through hip-hop and learning to live with elk

A growing elk population is creating some challenges in Southwestern Virginia. And students at Virginia Tech are using hip-hop to promote learning.

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: Abortion and work-from-home backlash

There were some surprises this week for state workers and for one potential state employee.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more about the week in politics and the General Assembly.

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One year into a new health clinic, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe is expanding and buying back lands

Upper Mattaponi Chief Frank Adams at the tribal center in King William County. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Four years ago the Upper Mattaponi Tribe received federal recognition.

Since then it has built a health clinic and purchased lands that were recently accepted into federal trust.

Pamela D’Angelo reports on the significance for the Tribe and nearby communities.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Solar’s present and future in Virginia

Seeing fields full of corn, wheat, or tobacco on a drive through Virginia is not unusual.  But the vistas might increasingly begin to include solar farms.   

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on solar’s present and future.

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Pope & Schapiro: The state of abortion and abortion politics in Virginia

The future of abortion access has dominated the political discussions in Washington and beyond this week.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more on where Virginia stands.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: The FDA’s phase-out of menthol cigarettes

Menthol accounts for more than a third of cigarettes sold in the U.S.  And the Food and Drug administration now has a plan to phase out production and sale of the mint flavored cigarettes.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on the health and business implications of the move.

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Director of NPS says Indigenous partnerships can help solve climate change, conservation challenges

National Park Service Director Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III and Nikki Bass (Nansemond Tribe) during a forum at William & Mary
(Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

A new institute at the College of William & Mary is teaching students to solve conservation challenges around the world.

This year, Indigenous people were invited to share their knowledge, including the head of the National Park Service Chuck Sams.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Va. News: Boating accidents and a celebrity circus

While boating accidents are down across Virginia this year there’s an opposite trend at Smith Mountain Lake.  And a celebrity civil trial in Northern Virginia has taken on a circus-like appearance, complete with animals.

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: Reconvene Session fallout and a change in leadership

There was plenty of political intrigue packed into this year’s one-day reconvene session.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and David Seidel, sitting in for Michael Pope, have more on the fallout.

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Why using the phone in Virginia prisons can be dangerous

Virginia has started giving prison inmates their own tablets so they can download music, watch TV, take classes and send e-mails.

But there’s one feature missing from their device – a service that could save lives. 

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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US Attorney warns fake prescription drugs can be fatal

Counterfeit oxycodone pills (Credit: DEA)

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the western district of Virginia is pleading with parents to spread the word. 

China is sending chemicals to Mexico, and Mexican cartels are mixing them up to make powerful, and sometimes deadly, pills that look just like what you might get from an American pharmacy. 

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Virginia House Democrats vote to remove their leader

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (Credit: Va. House of Delegates)

Losers and winners both like to say that elections have consequences. But sometimes they’re delayed.

Jahd Khalil reports on the latest fallout from the Democrats’ losses last November. 

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Senate committee votes down gas tax holiday

Legislators were back in Richmond to deal with vetoes and amendments. But they also took a key action on a proposed gas tax holiday.

Jahd Khalil was at the capitol and has this report. 

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Marijuana advocates oppose Youngkin amendment

Credit: DEA

Lawmakers will return to the Capitol Wednesday to consider a host of amendments.

And as Michael Pope reports, one of the most controversial amendments is about marijuana.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Dealing with the impact of inflation

With inflation at levels not seen in decades, a lot of families are facing some tough pocketbook decisions.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright talk about some of the options.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: What’s driving shortages in the auto industry?

Computers are everywhere, even in your car.  And a shortage of computer chips is having a big impact on the auto industry.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright have more on that challenge.

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Parenting after prison

When a parent goes to prison, they’re not the only one being punished. 

Their children may also suffer, and when Mom or Dad is released, returning to family life may be difficult.

Virginia offers several programs to help incarcerated people become full-time parents again. 

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Pope & Schapiro: No sign of budget progress

There’s no sign of progress in the negotiations to form a state budget.

So how long can the gridlock go? And can the governor break the logjam?

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope ponder those questions.

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War in Ukraine spurs legislation here in U. S.

The war in Ukraine is prompting some members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation to introduce a range of bills addressing the issue.

Michael Pope reports.

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Group aims to preserve overlooked Civil War battlefield, site of U.S. Colored Troops victory

Damon Radcliffe (left) and Parker Agelasto (right) stand in a field new the battle site of New Market Heights. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Virginia is filled with Civil War battle sites. That’s nothing new.  But one location has special significance in African American military history.

Sixteen Black soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service in the Civil War and almost every one of those medals was given to men who fought in the Battle of New Market Heights.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more. 

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Virginia’s move to renewable energy

A new United Nations report says countries aren’t cutting greenhouse emissions fast enough to stay below key global climate limits.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on Virginia’s pace.

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Several new bills look to accelerate broadband expansion

Virginia still has large segments of the population that have no access to broadband.

But, as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers are hoping to implement some new laws to change that.

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Rappahannock Tribe takes ownership of ancestral town on Fones Cliffs

Sec. Haaland (left), Dr. Carol Angle, Chief Anne Richardson, Joel Dunn at the cliffs of Pissacoack. (Credit: Chesapeake Conservancy)

Nearly 400 years after the Rappahannock Tribe was forced from their lands, they will finally return as owners to one of their towns on Fones Cliffs.  

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, herself a member of the Pueblo Laguna Tribe, spoke during the ceremony.  

Pamela D’Angelo was there. 

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Full Disclosure Briefing: War’s impact on agriculture

The war between Russia and Ukraine is impacting much more than gas prices.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on the potential effect on agriculture here in Virginia and around the world.

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Enrollment increases in Virginia’s ‘G3’ community college programs


Spartanburg Community College welding instructor Teresa Elder (left) grades Harris during class.

One of former Governor Ralph Northam’s signature policy proposals is known as G3 — that’s an investment in community colleges that helps low-income students get in-demand work credentials at little or no cost to them.

This past fall was the first full semester of the program. And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports it bucked the trend of low-enrollment. 

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Va. News: College refugees & birds vs. buildings

College campuses are emerging as prime destinations for refugee families.  And new building designs are being developed to help save birds.

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: A new elections commissioner & Youngkin’s public pitch to budget negotiators

The negotiations to set Virginia’s budget have entered a new, rather public, phase.

Richmond Times-Dispatch political columnist Jeff Schapiro and Michael Pope have more on that.

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With plenty of jobs available, technical education classes are booming

Students work in the auto shop at Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Ed Center. (Credit: Christine Kueter)

With four-year and community college enrollments on a two-year decline, technical education is emerging as a bright spot for students interested in skilled trades like carpentry, car repair, energy, and electrical work.

Christine Kueter has that story.

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Shockoe Hill African Burial Ground in Richmond gets landmark designation

The Shockoe Hill African Burial Ground as it appears today (Credit: Ryan Smith)

What may be the country’s largest burial ground for enslaved and free African-Americans is one step closer to federal recognition.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the site in Richmond recently earned a spot on the Virginia Landmarks Register.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Rising interest rates

Interest rates are starting to move higher as federal regulators try to bring inflation under control.

But will it be enough?

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright talk about the impact and the potential outcomes.

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Va. News: School board representation and tree canopies

Students are asking for more of a voice in decisions made by a Virginia school board. And Charlottesville is looking for ways to restore its tree canopy.

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: The new normal of overtime budget negotiations

The scheduled General Assembly session may be over, but there’s still major work to be done by legislators.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope talk about the new normal of overtime budget negotiations.

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Virginia Tech hopes for upset in NCAA Tournament

The University of Richmond upset Iowa in the NCAA tournament Thursday.

And Virginia Tech hopes to do the same in its first-round game Friday afternoon.

Greg Echlin has more from Milwaukee.

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FD Briefing: Gas prices and the potential for relief

Crude oil prices dipped a bit this week, though gas prices are still at record highs in the US.

Roben Farzad, host the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright talk about what’s driving those prices and the potential for some relief.

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Legislators left Richmond without a budget. What happens next?

Lawmakers ended the General Assembly session Saturday.

But as Michael Pope reports, they left town without passing a budget.

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Pope & Schapiro: Budget negotiations and lessons from the session

The final act of this General Assembly session will likely be an agreement on Virginia’s budget.

But Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond-Times Dispatch, and Michael Pope say there’s likely to be more action even after adjournment.

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At Jamestown, there’s still time to see a special exhibit celebrating the resiliency of Tribes in Virginia

One of several story quilts made by Denise Lowe Walters (Nottaway) that tell the history of her Tribe. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

It’s not often we have the chance to experience some of the more personal cultural treasures of Indigenous communities in Virginia.

Pamela D’Angelo reports the exhibit of them at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg is open for just a few more weeks.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: The race for gambling entertainment dollars

The company that puts on the Kentucky Derby is now a player in Virginia.   In a multi-billion dollar deal, Churchill Downs will acquire the parent company of Colonial Downs and its Rosie’s Gaming locations.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright discuss the race for gambling entertainment dollars.

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Pope & Schapiro: As time runs out on General Assembly, some big issues are left behind

Time is running out on this year’s General Assembly session.  And that means some high-profile issues are likely out of time as well.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times Dispatch and Michael Pope have this update from the state capitol.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: The economic impact of sanctions on Russia

Western governments have been steadily tightening the economic sanctions on Russia, targeting everything from banks to airline flights to Russian-made liquor on the shelves of Virginia ABC stores.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright discuss some of the economic side-effects that might be felt here.

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Pope & Schapiro: Budget battles, election audits and approval numbers

The battle over Virginia’s budget is creating fireworks at the state capitol.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Time-Dispatch and Michael Pope bring us up to speed on some of the big story lines at the General Assembly this week.

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Senate committee delays decision on criminal case files

Last year lawmakers opened up public access to some police documents in closed cases.

Now, as Michael Pope reports, they’re considering rolling that back.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Luring the Washington Commanders to the Commonwealth

The Washington Commanders’ contract at FedEx Field in Maryland expires after the 2026-27 season.  And an effort to lure the football team to a new stadium in Virginia is working its way through the General Assembly.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright have more on the proposal that comes with a whole lot of strings attached.

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