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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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Pope & Schapiro: With mask legislation settled, attention turns to taxes and budgets

There have been a few wins, a few losses and plenty of draws so far for Governor Glenn Youngkin’s agenda in the first half of the General Assembly session.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more on what’s been done and what’s still to be decided.

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Family and faith propel retired teacher to finish Richmond Marathon 19 times

Eddie Gordon on the porch of her home in Richmond’s Northside. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

We’re bringing you a little inspiration this morning/afternoon. The story of a woman who recently celebrated her 80th birthday and whose long accomplished life, so far, has included running the Richmond Marathon 19 times.

Mallory Noe-Payne paid her a visit and has the story of a life that goes far beyond running. 

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Virginia Senate approves March 1 mask deadline

A sign on the door of a school in Hopewell informs visitors, students and staff of the school’s mask requirement. (Credit: Jahd Khalil)

Mask mandates in Virginia schools may be coming to an end as early as next month.

Michael Pope explains the latest developments.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Spirit and Frontier airlines hope to land big merger

Low-cost airlines Spirit and Frontier are trying to land a big-dollar merger.  If approved, the merger would bring a thousand daily flights to 145 destinations under one brand.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright talk through the potential impacts.

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Pope & Schapiro: Almost at the midpoint

The General Assembly session is almost at its midpoint.  And it’s clear that the split control of the legislature has sidelined numerous bills from both Democrats and Republicans.

But there have been a few areas of agreement so far, as Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope point out.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Volatility and the markets

It’s been a volatile couple of weeks for the stock market, highlighted by a big loss for the company formerly known as Facebook.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on Meta and where the markets might be heading.

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Pope & Schapiro: Help and hindrance for Youngkin’s agenda

Governor Glenn Youngkin’s getting plenty of help for his agenda in one chamber of the General Assembly, while he’s finding plenty of roadblocks in the other.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have a rundown of where those efforts stand as well as the court fight over masks in schools.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Alden Global Capital’s attempted takeover of Lee Enterprises

Since November, hedge fund Alden Global Capital has been attempting to buy out Lee Enterprises, one of the nation’s largest newspaper chains.  Lee’s properties include The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times, The News & Advance in Lynchburg and The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, among others.

Lee rejected an initial bid, but Alden Global persists.

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

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Va. News: A new way to commute and the end of a small town

The decline of the Virginia coalfields will apparently bring an end to a century-old town. And Northern Virginia commuters may one day be able to get to work in Washington DC by water.

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: School masks, snitch lines and Dominion donations

Glenn Youngkin has been facing a slew of self-made controversies in the first weeks of his governorship.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope bring us up to speed on what’s been happening at the state capitol.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: What’s driving unionization efforts at Starbucks?

Starbucks has grown exponentially in 50 years to more than 15,000 stores in the U.S.   All of this growth and success without union employees.

But now two stores in New York have unionized and petitions for unions have been filed at two stores in Richmond.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright discuss what’s driving the effort and how it might impact the company.

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Governor Youngkin outlines COVID-19 action plan

Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks to reporters outside Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. (Credit: David Seidel)

After his inauguration, Governor Glenn Youngkin removed requirements for masks in schools and vaccination of state employees.

Thursday, he rolled out a new plan to address the state’s vaccination rate and surge in hospitalizations.

David Seidel has more.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: How Youngkin’s business background might shape his term as governor

Glenn Youngkin took the oath of office as Virginia’s 74th Governor on Saturday.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright discuss Youngkin’s business background and the role that might play in his term as governor.

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Va. News: Hospital capacity and marking medical history

A Black woman who unknowingly made a major contribution to cancer research is finally receiving public recognition. And Virginia hospitals are struggling to provide care as more COVID-19 patients are admitted.

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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Youngkin lays out priorities to General Assembly

Gov. Glenn Youngkin address the General Assembly Monday afternoon. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Virginia’s new governor has asked lawmakers to introduce 59 bills, and he’s submitted 25 budget amendments.

But as Michael Pope reports, one issue is dominating his first few days in office.

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Youngkin, Education Secretary talk race & education policy

As a candidate, Glenn Youngkin spoke about schools and race.

Jahd Khalil reports that in his first few days as Governor, Youngkin and his pick for education secretary are looking to minimize race’s role in developing education policy. 

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Legislation would ban political donations from public utilities

Senator Chap Petersen, left, and Delegate Lee Ware appear at a press conference to announce their bill banning campaign contributions from public utilities. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Members of the General Assembly are prohibited from taking campaign contributions during the General Assembly.

And as Michael Pope reports, some would like to see even more restrictions on where lawmakers are able to get their money.

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Youngkin calls for turning down the political temperature, as he takes aim at education and environmental issues

Gov. Glenn Youngkin delivers his inaugural address. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Glenn Youngkin is starting his first week as governor.

And he outlined a wide-ranging agenda during his inaugural address over the weekend, as Michael Pope reports.

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Pope & Schapiro: Changes at the state capitol

It’s an eventful week at Virginia’s state capitol as one administration ends and a new one begins.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope got together in the halls of the capitol to talk about what those changes mean.

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Northam: We are leaving this Commonwealth better than it was

Gov. Ralph Northam delivers his State of the Commonwealth address. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Governor Ralph Northam delivered his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

David Seidel has more.

Northam’s farewell address did not sit well with the new Republican Speaker of the House.

Michael Pope explains why.

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General Assembly faces decisions on marijuana licenses

Marijuana is now legal in Virginia in small amounts, but there’s no way to buy it legally because nobody has a license to sell it.

Michael Pope reports that’s a problem lawmakers are trying to fix.

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Northam announces new COVID-19 emergency order

Gov. Ralph Northam announces the new emergency order. (Credit: Governor’s Office livestream)

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spiking, Governor Ralph Northam announced a new emergency order Monday.

David Seidel explains what it does and does not do.

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Va. News: Stranded by snow and starting a new chapter in Virginia’s COVID-19 fight

A 93-year-old driving to Florida needed 39 hours to get through Virginia. And the man who has shaped Virginia’s response to COVID-19 will be stepping down.

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: Governors facing criticism

Virginia’s outgoing and incoming governors have both been dealing with criticism this week.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more on that and a preview of the General Assembly session coming next week.

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Delegate looks to remove state caps on some school board salaries

Lawmakers will be debating a bill that would allow local governments to set any salary they want for appointed school boards.

Michael Pope reports.

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VDH: Overwhelming demand, staff shortages impacting COVID-19 testing

Many people who need a COVID-19 test here in Virginia have encountered long waits.

But state officials say it’s not a supply problem.

David Seidel explains.

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New General Assembly maps pair plenty of incumbents

A map of approved state senate districts (Credit: Supreme Court of Virginia)

The next election for the General Assembly will feature new maps.

And as Michael Pope reports, that will mean many incumbents will have to face each other.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: What’s ahead for 2022

2022 is starting with a lot of highs—high prices for many goods and high values for many stocks.

So will those trends last?

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright talk about what may be coming in the year ahead.

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Legislation would ease tobacco tax stamp trouble

Tobacco was once the centerpiece of Virginia’s economy.

Now that fewer cigarettes are sold, lawmakers are trying to figure out how retailers should handle taxing tobacco.

Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Sniffing out COVID-19 and a missing time capsule

Dogs are being trained to detect the odor of COVID-19.   And workers failed to find a time capsule said to be in the base of the Lee Monument in Richmond. But they did find something else.

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

More from Fred Echols.

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Concealed carry legislation to be considered by General Assembly

Some gun rights supporters want to make getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon easier to get.

Michael Pope reports.

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Pope & Schapiro: Cabinet picks, calls for a special session, and Congressional redistricting

The calendar year may be drawing to a close. But with a new administration about to take office in Richmond, there’s still plenty of political activity underway.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope bring us up to speed on the week in state government and politics.

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Virginia Republicans say they have mandate to increase standard deduction

On the campaign trail, Republicans promised tax cuts.

Now that lawmakers are about to convene in Richmond for the next General Assembly session, they’ll need to figure out how to make it happen.

Michael Pope reports.

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Debate over handgun purchases will be back at the General Assembly

The debate about guns may become one of the big themes of the upcoming General Assembly session, thanks to a new Republican majority.

Michael Pope explains one bill.

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Pope & Schapiro: Budgets, boundaries and a groundbreaker

 Can Virginia’s outgoing governor and his successor see eye-to-eye on the state budget?

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

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Virginia’s crisis in mental health care

While Virginia has been coping with COVID-19, the state has also been overwhelmed by people in need of mental health services. 

As Sandy Hausman reports, hospitals and community programs are unable to meet the need, and the situation could get worse over the holidays.

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