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Kaine: Virginia Leads in Rent Disbursements

Almost 50,000 families have gotten rent relief since July of last year.

Jahd Khalil reports that even though Virginia may be doing better than other states, many families are still at risk.

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Virginia Republicans Say They’re Shut Out Of Relief Money Negotiations

Lawmakers are getting ready for a special session to determine how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money.

But as Michael Pope reports, some lawmakers are worried they won’t be able to offer much input.

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Special Session Will Remake Virginia Court Of Appeals

Judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals (Credit: Court of Appeals of Virginia Website)

Lawmakers will be back in Richmond next week to figure out how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money.

As Michael Pope reports, they’ll also elect several new judges.

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Governor Proposes $250 million for School HVAC Systems

(Credit: Jahd Khalil)

The air children breathe in schools has always been important, but during COVID-19 that importance is especially obvious.

With billions of Federal money coming into Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam proposed a good chunk of that to improve ventilation systems in schools.

Jahd Khalil was in Hopewell for the announcement.

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Va. News: New Names And New Rockets

Rockets have been launched from Virginia’s Wallop’s Island for years. Now they may also be made in Virginia.  And five Virginia community colleges are changing their names.

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.

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McAuliffe Promises Ban On Sale Of Assault-style Weapons, High Capacity Magazines

Terry McAuliffe and Gabby Giffords speak during a campaign event Wednesday. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Preventing gun violence is near the top of the agenda for many voters. 

And as Michael Pope explains, it’s already becoming a hot topic in the campaign for governor.

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Va. News: New Police Data And New COVID-19 Treatment Options

A group that provides free medical services in far Southwestern Virginia has brought advanced COVID-19 treatments to the region. And a Virginia law that requires police to compile data on traffic stops has produced some enlightening information.

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.

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Spending More To Make Dams Safer

Carvins Cove Dam in a 2015 photo (Credit: Western Virginia Water Authority)

As Congress moves toward approval of a bill to rebuild roads, bridges and water systems in this country, the nation’s civil engineers are calling for billions of dollars to repair aging dams. 

Sandy Hausman reports on four in Virginia that could pose risks to the public.   

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Broader Food Assistance Coming July 1

Starting July 1st thousands of more Virginians will be eligible for food assistance.

Jahd Khalil has this report on the new requirements and who can qualify. 

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Va. News: Debt Relief And Don’t Feed The Birds

Thousands of Virginians with unpaid medical bills are having those debts wiped out. And people in several Virginia counties are being asked not to feed wild 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.

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Health Officials: Don’t Fall Behind On Other Childhood Vaccinations

Credit: CDC

Virginia is on the cusp of reaching President Biden’s goal for Covid-19 vaccinations.

69.6% of adults in the state have gotten at least one dose. Biden wanted 70% to have one by the Fourth of July.

Jahd Khalil reports on the shots that come after this goal. 

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House Ag Committee Looks to Make HCBU Scholarships Permanent; VSU President Gives Testimony

The expiration of the federal Farm Bill is coming. And since the bill includes millions in scholarships for students at historically black land grant universities, Virginia State University’s president headed to DC this week.

Jahd Khalil reports on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s plans for the scholarship money.  

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Pallets Are The Latest Pandemic-related Supply Chain Pinch Point

Karl Millsap and an employee at Blue Ridge Pallets in Lyndhurst. (Credit: Christine Kueter)

First it was toilet paper, then yeast, garden gnomes, and gas.

Now, as society reopens, it’s pallets that are in short supply, a behind-the-scenes commodity used to transport goods from factories and farms to distributors, retailers, and us.

Christine Kueter has that story.

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Attorney General Candidates Debate

Now that Republicans and Democrats have chosen their candidates for attorney general, voters are already seeing a bit of what the fall campaign season will look.

Michael Pope reports.

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UVA Museum Returns Sacred Art

Aboriginal artists welcome the return of sacred works from America.
(Credit Kluge-Ruhe Museum at UVA)

Charlottesville is home to this country’s only museum of art created by indigenous Australians. 

The Kluge-Ruhe has more than 2,100 paintings, ornaments and tools, but some of those objects are going home after decades in America. 

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Va. News: Victim Assistance Funding Cuts And Eliminating An Eyesore

A pandemic-related funding cut is affecting some victims of domestic abuse in Virginia.  And Petersburg has had -no- success in trying to get rid of an abandoned hotel.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link.

More now from Fred Echols.

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Incumbents Face Unusual Number of Primary Challenges, And Some Fall

Tuesday’s primaries for House of Delegates were unusually competitive for incumbents.

Five lost the nomination for their current seats.

Jahd Khalil has more. 

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McAuliffe, Ayala, Herring Win Democratic Nominations

Terry McAulife speaks to supporters Tuesday night. (Credit: Michael Pope)

With Tuesday’s primaries now decided, the general election is already in high gear.

Michael Pope reports on the race for governor.

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No Immediate Decision On Lee Monument From Virginia Supreme Court

Protesters gather near the Lee Monument in the summer of 2020. (Credit: Mallory Note-Payne)

The Supreme Court of Virginia heard arguments Tuesday from people hoping to block the removal of the Lee Monument from the former Capital of the Confederacy.

Brad Kutner has more from Richmond.

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Va. News: Discolored Water And Reparations For The Descendants of Slaves

The Virginia Theological Seminary has begun paying annual reparations to the descendants of slaves who built it.  And public water in a Northern Virginia neighborhood is so discolored people are afraid to use it.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A news link.

More now from Fred Echols.

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Hikers Return to Appalachian Trail, Looking for Post-Covid Guidance

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We know that being outside is one of the safest activities during Covid-19.  But last year, restrictions forced most long-distance hikers off the Appalachian Trail.

This year though, they are back probably above pre-pandemic levels.

Jahd Khalil hiked parts of the AT to find out why so many people are on the trail this year.  

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Democratic Candidates For Governor Meet For A Final Debate

The five Democrats running for governor in next week’s primary met for one final debate Tuesday night.

Michael Pope has a recap.

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Report Details Culture of Sexism, Racism at Virginia Military Institute

A state-ordered investigation into Virginia Military Institute found institutional racism and sexism are “present, tolerated, and left unaddressed.”

David Seidel says the report’s authors also accuse school administrators of trying to derail the investigation.

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Va. News: Pool Season Problems And Outdoor Performances

As public swimming pools re-open they’re finding it’s not quite so simple as just unlocking the gates. And a group of determined high school students refused to let the pandemic get in the way of their spring musical.

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.

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Debate Moderator Becomes The Story With Question To Muslim Candidate

Televised debates often make a splash when a candidate makes a gaffe.

But sometimes it’s the moderator that draws all the attention, as Michael Pope reports.

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Former Sen. John Warner Dies At 94

Former Senator John Warner hands Rappahannock Tribe Chief Anne Richardson a piece of Fones Cliffs during a 2017 ceremony. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Virginians are remembering a political giant.

Former U. S. Senator John Warner died Tuesday night at age 94.

David Seidel has more on his life and career.

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As Eviction Moratorium Ends, What Comes Next?

As the moratorium on evictions draws to a close at the end of next month, many renters are wondering what happens next.

Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Plastic Bags And Public Records

A state lawmaker is trying to limit the costs of FOIA requests.  And Roanoke is the first city in the Commonwealth to enact a tax on plastic shopping bags.

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.

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As Mask Requirements Ease, Can Businesses Require Proof Of Vaccination?

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It’s been a week since Governor Ralph Northam brought Virginia’s Mask guidance in line with the CDC’s. That meant vaccinated people wouldn’t have to wear masks inside in most situations.

Jahd Khalil spoke to a legal expert on how vaccination status could be verified by businesses. 

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As Democratic Field Targets McAuliffe, McAuliffe Goes After Republican Youngkin

The Democratic candidates for governor are heading into the final stretch of the primary campaign, and they’re making their closing arguments to voters.

Michael Pope reports.

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New Assistance For Those Seeking Rent Relief

A new program hopes to connect people in need of rent relief with money that’s already here in Virginia.

Michael Pope explains how.

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Voter Turnout Low in Virginia Democrats’ Primary

The Democratic Primary is less than three weeks away, and so far officials say the turn-out for early voting is low.

Sandy Hausman spoke with one expert who is dismayed by the numbers.

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House Speaker: No More Virtual Sessions

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The era of virtual government is about to draw to a close, at least at Virginia’s state capitol.

Michael Pope reports.

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Can Democrats Put Trump On Ballot With Youngkin?

House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn speaks at the Alexandria stop of the ‘Where Trump Leads, Glenn Follows’ Tour.
(Credit Michael Pope)

Now that businessman Glenn Youngkin has secured the Republican nomination for governor, Democrats and Republicans are both trying to create a narrative around a candidate many voters have never heard of.

Michael Pope reports.

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After Pandemic Shutdown, Some Indigenous Tribes In Virginia Bring Back Their Powows

Desmond Ellsworth (Nansemond Tribe), an award-winning basket-weaver, displays a favorite basket. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Last year, the pandemic forced Indigenous tribes in Virginia to cancel festivals and powwows.

With vaccines, safety protocols, and celebrations taking place outdoors, tribes are making their way back to community events.

Jamestown kicked the effort off with its first Indigenous Arts Day. Pamela D’Angelo was there.

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Population Projections Prove Precise

Predicting population growth is a tricky game.

But one Virginia institution has become the go-to source for state population predictions.

Michael Pope reports. 

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Va. News: Breaking The Cycle Of Violence

A community group dedicated to reducing gun violence is looking for more volunteers and more financial support. And the latest numbers show some changes in the list of most popular baby names in Virginia.

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.

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Virginia Governor Lifting Indoor Mask Mandate In Most Places

Gov. Ralph Northam announces the changes in a video message Friday.

Governor Ralph Northam lifted the indoor mask mandate for most settings a short time ago/Friday afternoon.

Virginia will also end COVID-19 mitigation measures on May 28th.

Jahd Khalil has more. 

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A Tick Closer to Understanding Lyme Disease

In Virginia, Lyme disease is transmitted by blacklegged ticks, infected with the Lyme disease-causing bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.
(Credit Virginia Tech)

Lyme disease is on the rise.  Higher global temperatures are part of the problem, helping ticks thrive. 

But it turns out, the infamous black legged deer tick that carries Lyme bacteria in North America, has a secret weapon that scientists have just identified. 

Robbie Harris reports.

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Kaine, Warner Call For End To Whiskey Tariff War

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are urging the Biden administration to take action to help Virginia whiskey makers.

Michael Pope explains why.

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Analysts: Relative Anonymity Could Be An Asset For Republican Statewide Ticket

Republicans now have a slate of candidates to head into the fall election season.

And, as Michael Pope reports, you might not have heard their names before.

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Political Newcomer Youngkin Wins Virginia GOP Governor Race

Republicans are heading into the fall election with a relatively unknown candidate for governor.

Michael Pope reports.

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GOP Vote Counting Begins; Miyares Wins Attorney General Nomination

An observer looks on as votes from the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2021 convention are tabulated on Sunday May 9th. (Credit: Jahd Khalil)

The drama during past Republican nomination contests has played out on the convention floor over hours.

Jahd Khalil reports that this year it’s being measured in rounds.

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Republican Convention Voters Cast Ballots In Ranked Choice System

Republican officials are adding up the convention votes cast in about 40 different polling places over the weekend.

Some of the voters from the 6th Congressional District shared their views on the process with Joe Staniunas.

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Va. News: Ramps And Rebel X-Wing Fighters

Foraging for ramps has become a popular, and risky, pastime. And a spacecraft flown long ago in a galaxy far away is in Virginia getting ready for its debut.

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.

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Dem. Gov. Candidates Promise Investment, Environmental Cleanup And Broadband At Southwest Va. Debate

Voting has already started for the June Democratic primary, and candidates for governor are moving toward the close of the campaign.

Michael Pope has more from their most recent debate.

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Blackface Scandal Resurfaces In Democrat Attorney General Debate

Mark Herring and Jay Jones debate Wednesday evening. (Credit: WJLA livestream)

In 2019, the state was rocked by two separate blackface scandals.  

Now, as Michael Pope reports, those scandals are playing out in the statewide Democratic primary.

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Vote Counting In Republican Nominating Convention Could Take Days

Republicans are getting ready for a multi-location convention, when they’ll select their candidates for statewide office.

As Michael Pope reports, don’t expect results for a few days.

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Va. News: Books Behind Bars and Back To School

A new plan for in-person education seems to be working well in one of the country’s biggest school systems… And a group from UVA is hoping inmates at the regional jail will benefit from studying Russian literature.

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.

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Virginia Minimum Wage Increases to $9.50

Virginia’s minimum wage will increase on Saturday to $9.50 an hour.

Economists say the trade off to higher wages could be higher unemployment. But Jahd Khalil reports if that happens it might not be for a while. 

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