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House Democratic Leader Could Face Leadership Challenge This Week

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House Democratic Leader David Toscano (Credit: Creative Commons)

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.

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Virginia’s Sales Tax System Places Heavier Burdens on Low-Income Individuals

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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.

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What Should Virginia Do With Its Tax Cut Windfall?


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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.

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Recession Recovery Doesn’t Look the Same Across Virginia

hardrecoveryThe 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.

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New Poll: Race Relations Remain a Hot-Button Issue in America

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Views about race relations remain incredibly complicated in America, even a year after the riot in Charlottesville. Michael Pope reports.

 

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Recent Fraudulent Signature Case Isn’t Virginia’s First

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2nd District Republican Representative Scott Taylor

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.

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Offshore Wind Project Could Spark Significant Change for Virginia’s Energy Profile

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What’s the future of energy generation in Virginia? Some recent developments could be a turning point. Michael Pope reports.

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Change May Be On the Way for Virginia Democrats

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Democratic Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville. Some Democrats are hoping to install a new party leader before next year’s General Assembly session begins. (Credit: Creative Commons)

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.

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Democratic Socialism is Nothing New in Virginia

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Delegate Lee Carter is a Democratic Socialist who was elected to the General Assembly last year. (Credit: Creative Commons)

Democratic Socialism is gaining new traction across the country, but as it turns out, Virginia was ahead of the trend. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Still Has Significant Wage Disparity A Decade After the Recession

wagedisparityThe 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.

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“Dopesick” Roanoke Author on the Dealers, Doctors and Drug Company That Addicted America

macy_dopesickA 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.

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Virginia’s Unemployment Rate May Not Tell the Whole Story

laborforceVirginia’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.

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Virginia Emergency Departments Connect with New System

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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.

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African-American Unemployment Rates Struggling to Reach Pre-Recession Numbers in Virginia

blackunemploymentBlack 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.

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Charlottesville Democratic Socialists Host Free Brake Light Repair Clinic

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The DSA offered drivers an invitation to their group picnic next week. (Credit: Emily Richardson – Lorente)

This past weekend, the Charlottesville branch of the Democratic Socialists of America held its first free Brake Light Repair Clinic. Emily Richardson-Lorente stopped by to see what it was all about.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Hits Snag Over National Forest Crossing

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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.

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Despite Habeeb Retirement, Republicans Are Likely to Maintain Majority in House of Delegates

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Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) announced his plans to retire from the General Assembly last week. (Credit: Friends of Greg Habeeb / Creative Commons)

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.

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Va News: Colonial Downs Betting, Workforce Training Program

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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.

Click here for the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News Link.

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Local Governments Continue to Bring Lawsuits In On-Going Opioid Crisis

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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.

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ACA Premiums Set to Jump In Virginia… Again

virginia_flag_map_0People 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.

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Outreach Effort for Expanded Health Insurance Ramps Up

IMG_6960_0Beginning 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.

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Stewart Nomination Throws Republican Party of Virginia Into Disarray

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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.

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Will New Medicaid Patients Be Able To Find Doctors?

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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.

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State Democrats Hope Stewart Nomination Will Help Flip Key House Seats

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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.

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Virginia Is Now Above the National Average in Reported Identity Theft Crimes

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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.

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Virginia is a National Leader in School Safety, But There’s Still Room for Improvement

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State lawmakers get a security tour of Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

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.

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Congressman Taylor Introduces Legislation That Seeks to Stop Continuing Resolutions

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Republican Congressman Scott Taylor

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.

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Citing Safety, Police Scanners Across Virginia Go Silent

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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.

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Medicaid Expansion in Virginia Could Cut Down on Maternal Mortality Rates

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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.

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New Exhibit Explores Richmond’s Monuments

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Richmond’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee along the city’s Monument Avenue. (Credit: Ron Cogswell / Flickr)

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.

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Celebrating Independence Day by Becoming American

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Matthew and Zaima Fox with their daughter. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

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.

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Fundraising Totals Paint An Uphill Battle for Corey Stewart in Senate Race

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The campaign for U.S. Senate in Virginia has some seriously lopsided fundraising totals. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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New Tool Seeks to Show Impacts of Defense Spending in Virginia

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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.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Temporarily Halted

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A section of pipeline construction near Sinking Creek in Giles County. (Credit: Mountain Valley Watch)

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.

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UVA’s Crystal Ball Predicts Trouble for Some of Virginia’s Republican Incumbents

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According to the UVA School of Politics, evidence points to a significant possibility that Representative Barbara Comstock could lose her seat this fall.

The politics of Virginia’s congressional elections may be shifting, according to new projections. Michael Pope explains.

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Congressman Beyer Says Migrant Children Should Be Provided With Lawyers

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  Rep. Don Beyer and other lawmakers speak to reporters outside the Immigration Court in Arlington. (Credit Michael Pope)

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.

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Virginia Joins Other States in Suing Purdue Pharma

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (Edward Kimmel / Flickr)

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.

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Virginia Lawyers Detail Work With Immigrant Families

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A team of volunteer lawyers from Northern Virginia spent four days interviewing more than 200 undocumented immigrants in Texas who were desperate to be reunited with their children. (Credit: Michael Pope)

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.

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New Bike Helmet Ratings from VT; Newer Models Better at Preventing Injury

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Megan Bland, a biomedical engineering and mechanics doctoral student, positions a bicycle helmet for testing. Bland conducted most of the research behind new five-star safety ratings that describe how well different helmets reduce head-injury risk. (Credit: Virginia Tech)

Most people know that wearing a bike helmet reduces the chances you’ll be injured if you crash. But until now, there were no ratings that tracked actual, real world head impacts to determine which helmets protect best. Robbie Harris reports.

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Controlled Burns Boost Songbird Populations

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Nikole Simmons (left) and Laurel Schablein count birds following several controlled burns in the forests near Warm Springs.

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.

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New Law Sets Cap on Suspensions

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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.

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Why Are So Many Virginia Children Still Living in Poverty?

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Downtown Danville. Nearly half of the city’s children live in poverty. (Credit: Miguel Gereda / Creative Commons)

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.

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New Federal Program Seeks to Pay for Lunches at High-Poverty Schools

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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.

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Republicans Respond to Corey Stewart Nomination

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Corey Stewart will face off with Democratic incumbent Senator Tim Kaine in November. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Republicans are divided about the Senate candidate at the top of their ticket in Virginia this year. Michael Pope reports.

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Now That Medicaid Expansion Has Passed, What’s Next?

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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.

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Thanks to Federal Tax Code, Virginia Could See Millions in New Revenue

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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.

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Examining Fundraising Numbers for Virginia’s Republican Senate Hopefuls

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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.

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Mixed News for Higher Ed in State Budget

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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.

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With Next Week’s Primary Elections Looming, Which Candidates Have a Leg Up in Fundraising?

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Democrat Alison Friedman is hoping to unseat Republican-incumbent Barbara Comstock in the state’s 10th Congressional District. (Credit: alisonforvirginia.com)

Candidates for Congress are raising and spending millions of dollars in advance of next week’s primary election. Michael Pope reports.

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Three Republicans Battle To Take On Tim Kaine

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Republicans will be heading to the polls June 12 to select a candidate to take on Senator Tim Kaine this fall. Michael Pope reports.

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