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Urban-Rural Divide: Examining Incarceration Rates at Rural Jails Across Virginia

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Virginia’s rural communities are struggling with an aging population and stagnant job growth. And there’s another trend behind bars. Michael Pope reports.

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Richmond Begins Removing Confederate Monuments

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Contractors prepare to remove the statue of Stonewall Jackson Wednesday. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Contractors began removing Confederate monuments located on city-owned land in Richmond Wednesday afternoon. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

 

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The State’s Felony Larceny Threshold Goes Up This Week

StateSeal00This week, a number of new laws will go into effect, including an increase to Virginia’s felony larceny threshold. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Marijuana Decriminalization: How Will It Impact Racial Inequities in Arrests?

chartWednesday, Virginia will decriminalize marijuana possession. But, that does not mean that enforcement of the law won’t fall disproportionately on Black people. Michael Pope reports.

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As Virginia Considers Workplace Health Requirements, Businesses Are Already Lashing Out

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Virginia is considering strict new workplace safety requirements for businesses that are now reopening. And, the proposed standard is controversial in the business community. Michael Pope reports.

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Police Reform with Representatives Bobby Scott and Donald McEachin

StateSeal00For the only two African American members of the Commonwealth’s delegation in Congress, the House passage of policing reform last evening was personal. Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.

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Localities Stepping Up to Provide Paid Leave for Employees

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond in August to write a new budget and consider a host of criminal justice reforms. And, they’ll also be considering paid leave. Michael Pope reports.

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What Exactly is an “Unlawful Assembly?”

StateSeal00It’s been almost a month since protests began on Monument Avenue in Richmond. In the time since, police have declared these gatherings to be “unlawful assemblies” on multiple occasions, leaving many to wonder what that really means.

Cat Modlin-Jackson spoke with a Constitutional law specialist and has this report.

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A First Look at the U.S. Senate Race

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Now that the primary is over, the fall campaign season is underway. Michael Pope has this preview of the race for United States Senate.

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A Temporary Moratorium on Evictions Will Soon End

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The Supreme Court of Virginia is ending the eviction moratorium, a move that could spell trouble for people caught up in the economic crisis. Michael Pope reports.

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Defund the Police? One Suggestion is to Work Towards Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

virginia_flag_map_0Calls to defund the police are echoing across the country, but where should the money go? Cat Modlin-Jackson has this report about what it will take to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.

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Richmond City Council Moves to Rename Lee Memorial Bridge

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After years of deliberation over Confederate icons, Richmond city council members voted last night to set the wheels in motion for the process of renaming the Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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After Another Night of Unrest in Richmond, Mayor Stoney Outlines Public Safety Revisions

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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney outlined a plan to revise public safety Tuesday afternoon. His presentation came after weeks of demonstrations and repeated clashes between police and protestors. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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Voting in a Pandemic: A Look at Safety Precautions for Tuesday’s Primary Elections

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Voters across Virginia will vote in primary elections Tuesday – casting ballots during a pandemic. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Apologies after Black Pastor’s arrest, Some School Districts seek to re-open on their own

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A Virginia sheriff has apologized for the arrest of a black pastor who says he was defending himself when he pulled a handgun on four white men. And counties with low numbers of COVID-19 cases want to open their schools without following statewide guidelines. Fred Echols reports.

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

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A Look at the Potential Republican Challengers to Senator Mark Warner

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Republicans across Virginia will head to the polls Tuesday to select a candidate to go up against Senator Mark Warner. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Prince William County Set to End Agreement with Federal Immigration Officials

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Should local law enforcement officials carry out federal immigration enforcement? Fewer local governments in Virginia are willing to enter into agreements with the federal government. Michael Pope reports.

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Another Democrat Joins 2021 Gubernatorial Race

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The race for Virginia’s governor is heating up, and now yet another Democrat is jumping into the race: Senator Jennifer McClellan of Richmond. Michael Pope has details.

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Consumer Behavior: What Have Virginians Been Buying During the Pandemic?

virginia_flag_map_0New numbers from the federal government show how the pandemic is influencing consumer choices in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Ralph Northam Proposes Juneteenth as a State Holiday

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Musician and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams spoke at the news conference announcing plans for a Juneteenth state holiday.

Governor Ralph Northam wants to add a state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery. Nick Gilmore has details.

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Could a “Digital Tax” Be on the Way for Virginia?

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a special session, and they’ll be looking for ways to fund criminal justice reform during an economic crisis. Michael Pope has this report about one possible new source of money.

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State Lawmakers to Consider Policing Reforms

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A coalition of 28 groups wants Virginia to reform policing — to emphasize community support rather than military tactics. (Credit: Ashton Erler)

When the General Assembly returns to Richmond in August to address a budget shortfall tied to the COVID pandemic, lawmakers will also be looking at reforms and possible cuts to policing. Sandy Hausman reports.

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State Officials Weighing Emergency Medicaid Services for Undocumented Immigrants

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Undocumented immigrants are being hit hard by the COVID-19 health crisis, and access to health care is a major stumbling block for many. But, Virginia could take action to increase availability of testing and treatment. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Schools Face Another Financial Crisis Thanks to COVID-19 and Economic Woes

povertyIn August, lawmakers will return to Richmond for a special session, and money for schools will be one of the key areas they’ll focus on. Michael Pope reports.

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State Officials Outline Plan for Reopening Virginia’s Public Schools This Fall

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State officials outlined a plan Tuesday to reopen Virginia’s public and private schools this fall amid the ongoing pandemic. Nick Gilmore has details.

Here is more information from Governor Northam on the school plan, and details about what each phase of his reopening plan will mean for the state’s schools.

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Down Ballot Races May Drive Turnout for Primary Elections This Month

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Later this month, Republicans will go to the polls in a statewide primary to determine a U.S. Senate candidate. That election might end up being heavily influenced by what happens in two congressional districts. Michael Pope reports.

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Rent Still a Concern for Many Struggling Economically, But Some Relief Possibly on the Way

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The Virginia Supreme Court halted evictions Monday while state leaders work on a rent-relief program.

Meanwhile, new data from the Legal Aid Justice Center shows just how tenuous the situation is for many families struggling with the ongoing health and economic crisis.

Michael Pope reports.

You can find the court’s order here. And you can find more information on the report from the Legal Aid Justice Center here.

**Editor’s note: this story has been updated to include the eviction order from the Virginia Supreme Court.

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Expungement Among Some Criminal Justice Reforms Left Behind by General Assembly

General Assembly 2020Democrats campaigned on the issue of criminal justice reform last year. But advocates say when they took power in the House and Senate, a lot of reform still got left behind. Michael Pope reports.

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No More Debate: Alexandria Confederate Monument Now Gone

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The statue honoring Alexandria’s Confederate war dead has been on this pedestal since the 1880s. Now it’s gone, and city leaders say the pedestal will be removed soon. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Confederate statues across the country have long been targets for protesters. But, one Confederate monument in Alexandria is no longer a problem… because it’s not there. Michael Pope reports.

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Protestors Demand More than an Apology, After Police Tear Gas Demonstrators

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Hundreds gathered on the steps of Richmond City Hall Tuesday to hear the apology of Mayor Levar Stoney. That’s after the city’s police force fired tear gas into a peaceful rally Monday evening. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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State Lawmakers on Both Sides of the Aisle Call for Criminal Justice Reform

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests across the country has lawmakers in Virginia considering criminal justice reform. And, there’s already some bipartisan agreement emerging during this time of crisis. Michael Pope reports.

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As Unemployment Rate Soars, Will Job Losses Be Temporary?

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Unemployment in Virginia hit a new record this week. Michael Pope reports.

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An Early Look at the 2021 Gubernatorial Race

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The election for governor is still 18 months away. But, as Michael Pope reports, candidates are already coming out of the woodwork.

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Assessing Higher Education in a Post-Pandemic Virginia

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Since 2011, private colleges and universities have offered more online learning opportunities. (Credit: Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA)

The pandemic is changing many aspects of life as we now know it, and that’s a trend that will only continue for the rest of the year. Michael Pope has this preview for the fall semester of higher education.

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Virginia Finalizing Phone App For COVID-19 Tracking

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State officials expect to have an online COVID-19 self-check tool up and running within the next few days. Virginians will be able to record symptoms and get referred to testing. It’s just one aspect of the digital effort to control the pandemic. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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COVID-19 Benefits: Should Virginia Provide Them to Undocumented Immigrants?

virginia_flag_map_0Should state and local governments in Virginia be helping undocumented immigrants who are being left behind in federal recovery programs? Michael Pope reports.

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Controversial 287(g) Program Causing Debate in Prince William County Once Again

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Should local governments be involved in federal immigration enforcement? It’s an issue that’s once again in the spotlight in Prince William County. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Nursing Homes Report Lack of N95 Masks, Isolation Gowns

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Nursing homes in Virginia continue to have difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment. That’s according to new data published this week by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Working Groups to Northam: Recommendations Should Be Requirements

virginia_flag_map_0Most of Virginia is about to start opening back up for business, and groups representing Virginia workers are hoping the governor adopts some emergency regulations first. Michael Pope reports.

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COVID-19’s Economic Impact is Hitting Communities of Color Harder, Too

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Virginia is seeing massive amount of unemployment, and massive amount of claims for unemployment insurance. But, some groups are being hit harder than others. Michael Pope reports.

Here’s more information from the Commonwealth Institute.

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“The hardest decision I’ve ever made…” Why One Northern Virginia Official Says More Time is Needed

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Virginia may be on the verge of opening back up for business, at least most of Virginia. The governor is now moving toward a regional approach. Michael Pope reports.

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Wexton Pushes for More Flexibility in Paycheck Protection Program

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Congress is about to put together another coronavirus relief package, and one member of the Virginia delegation has a suggestion on helping businesses. Michael Pope reports.

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Unemployment Benefits: What Happens after the Pandemic?

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Unemployment insurance is temporary, and it’ll eventually run out. That’s why one Virginia congressman is trying to expand it, although not everywhere all in the same way. Michael Pope explains.

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Stress Injuries Common During COVID Crisis

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been watching for certain symptoms – fever, for example, or cough. But for anyone touched by this crisis there may also be psychological symptoms. Sandy Hausman reports.

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A Congressional Push to Ensure Localities Don’t Shutoff Utilities During Pandemic

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Before the pandemic struck, the city of Petersburg shut off water to thousands of homes — leaving many without running water during Governor Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order. (Credit: Ken Lund / Flickr, CC)

Congress is now considering the next round of economic relief prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. And, it might have a provision aimed at helping restore water to dozens of homes in Petersburg. Michael Pope reports.

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Churches and COVID-19

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Virginia may be on the verge of opening up again soon. But for now, churches across the Commonwealth are closed. And, that’s led to a legal challenge. Michael Pope reports.

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Some State Lawmakers Want to Make it Easier for Long-Term Care Facilities to Share Case Information

VDH_logoHow many cases of Coronavirus are in your neighborhood? Localized data on the pandemic has been difficult to come by. Michael Pope reports.

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Expired Sticker? How the State is Handling Vehicle Inspections During a Pandemic

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Did your inspection sticker expire at the end of April? There is some good news: You don’t have to worry about it – for the most part. Michael Pope reports.

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Elective Surgeries Will Soon Be Allowed to Resume

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In his Wednesday afternoon briefing, Governor Northam said medical, dental and veterinary facilities will be allowed to resume non-emergency procedures on Friday. Nick Gilmore has details.

 

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Racial Inequity and COVID-19

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The pandemic is hitting blacks and Hispanics hardest in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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