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Lawmakers will be back in Richmond this week, which will allow Democrats to go behind closed doors and fight over who is leading their party in the House of Delegates.
Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s system of sales taxes hits everyone with the same percentage on items they purchase. But it has a heavier burden for people with low incomes. Michael Pope explains.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 14, 2018
Remember that tax cut the president signed into law late last year? It cut many federal taxes. But, it may have also increased state taxes here in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 13, 2018
The recession ended nearly a decade ago, and jobs are returning to Virginia. But, the recovery from this last recession is unlike what happened after previous recessions. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 9, 2018
Views about race relations remain incredibly complicated in America, even a year after the riot in Charlottesville. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 8, 2018
Roanoke’s prosecutor will be investigating allegations of fraudulent voter petitions in Virginia Beach, a case that puts Republican Congressman Scott Taylor’s reelection campaign in the crossfire. But, fraudulent signatures are nothing new in Virginia politics. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 7, 2018
What’s the future of energy generation in Virginia? Some recent developments could be a turning point. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 3, 2018
The retirement of a Republican in the House of Delegates is prompting a new wave of soul searching among Democrats. Michael Pope has the story.
The recession is now a distant memory, and in many ways Virginia’s economy has improved. But, that rising tide has not lifted all boats. Michael Pope reports.
A best-selling author from Roanoke has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel. Former Roanoke Times Reporter, Beth Macy, wrote “Factory Man” and “Truevine.” Now, she’s out with her third book, this one, about the opioid crisis and its origins here in Virginia. It’s called “Dopesick.” Robbie Harris reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 1, 2018
Virginia’s unemployment rate is now down to levels that haven’t been seen since before the recession hit a decade ago. That’s the good news. But, there’s an important part of the story those numbers don’t tell. Michael Pope reports.
Emergency departments across Virginia are now connected by a tech system that lets doctors share real-time information about patients, drug use and care plans. Virginia is the first state in the country to take this step. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Black unemployment may be at a record low now in the United States. But the numbers here in Virginia tell a different story. Michael Pope reports.
Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are celebrating a recent court ruling. It effectively cancels permits allowing pipeline developers to build through Jefferson National Forest. And that’s leaving many to ask: what happens next? Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Republicans in the House of Delegates have a one-vote majority. So any shake up of that composition could mean dramatic change. But, even a new vacancy isn’t causing a lot of hope among Democrats. Michael Pope reports.
People will soon be betting on horse races again at Virginia’s Colonial Downs track but it’ll be done in a whole new way. And, a new statewide program that matches worker training to industry needs is about to get a real test at the Newport News shipyards.
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.
Local governments across Virginia say they have become overwhelmed by the cost of the opioid epidemic. Michael Pope reports they’re now taking their case to court.
People who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are about to see yet another increase to their premiums. Michael Pope is looking into the numbers.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 26, 2018
Beginning next year, hundreds of thousands of Virginians who can’t afford health insurance will have a new option: Medicaid. That’s because state lawmakers expanded the program this year. One of the top concerns for the state agency that runs Medicaid is outreach. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 25, 2018
The Republican Party of Virginia is in a state of transition. Several of its local leaders have resigned, and the party is currently looking for a new chairman. Michael Pope reports.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia are about to gain access to health insurance through Medicaid. But will they be able to find doctors? Michael Pope has details.
Virginia Democrats are trying to tie vulnerable House members in the Commonwealth to the GOP’s controversial U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.
Identity theft is on the rise in Virginia, which now has a rate of reported crimes higher than the national average. Michael Pope explains why.
Although Virginia has taken school safety seriously, there’s still room for improvement. That’s what members of the Select Committee on School Safety, formed after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, heard today when they met for the second time. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Congress doesn’t have a reputation for managing money well. But these days it seems like lawmakers are unwilling — or unable — to balance the checkbook on time. And, as Michael Pope reports, one Virginia congressman says that poses a danger to national security.
Across Virginia, and the country, police scanners are going quiet — at least for the public. Mallory Noe-Payne reports on the growing trend of encrypting first responder communication.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 9, 2018
When black women give birth in Virginia, they are far more likely to die as a result of the pregnancy than white women. Now, as Michael Pope reports, those numbers might be about to change.
One of the recommendations of the recently-released Monument Avenue report is to create a permanent exhibit that takes a deep dive into the history of Richmond’s Confederate monuments. As of this week, those monuments are already getting some historical treatment at Richmond’s Valentine Museum. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
There may be no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July, then by becoming an American citizen. About a hundred people, originally from 40 different countries, gathered in Richmond Wednesday to take the oath of citizenship.
The naturalization ceremony was hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and introduces us to one of Virginia’s newest citizens.
The campaign for U.S. Senate in Virginia has some seriously lopsided fundraising totals. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.
Between 2012 and 2017, defense spending in Virginia fell 20%. This year, however, the Pentagon’s budget is up, and just in time the state has introduced a website where communities can find out what that means for them. Sandy Hausman has details.
Construction work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been temporarily suspended. A statement from the company Friday says recent heavy rain has heightened erosion control concerns. Robbie Harris reports.
The politics of Virginia’s congressional elections may be shifting, according to new projections. Michael Pope explains.
The crisis at the border is still playing out in courtrooms across the country, including many immigration courts here in Virginia.
Michael Pope went to one of those courts in Arlington to get a sense of how it works.
Purdue Pharma says it’s ended programs promoting opioids, and they’re disappointed by a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Virginia’s Attorney General. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
A team of Virginia lawyers spent much of the last week volunteering to help more than 200 immigrant parents separated from their children. Michael Pope has the story.
Year after year, scientists report falling numbers of songbirds in Virginia. One likely reason – changes in the places they like to feed, mate and nest. To provide them with more healthy habitat, the Nature Conservancy is doing something bold – burning large sections of an 18,000 acre forest in western Virginia. Sandy Hausman reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 19, 2018
In Virginia, some students are suspended for months, or even an entire school year. A new law that takes effect July 1st, seeks to change that. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 15, 2018
The number of children who live in poverty is coming down across the country. But not in Virginia. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 14, 2018
Census figures show that the number of children who live in poverty in Virginia is on the rise, and school administrators across the commonwealth are using new money from the federal government to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 13, 2018
Republicans are divided about the Senate candidate at the top of their ticket in Virginia this year. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 8, 2018
Democrats are still celebrating their huge victory in expanding Medicaid, a goal they’ve sought for years and only accomplished after last year’s wave election. What comes next? Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 7, 2018
The new federal tax code may be having an unintended consequence here in Virginia: higher state taxes. And, that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 6, 2018
Republicans are about to select their candidate to take on incumbent Senator Tim Kaine. Whichever candidate emerges as the winner next week will face a huge financial challenge. Michael Pope reports.
State lawmakers have signed off on a budget that includes increased spending on K-12 education, health care, and raises for state employees. But the outlook for higher education funding is mixed. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Candidates for Congress are raising and spending millions of dollars in advance of next week’s primary election. Michael Pope reports.