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Posted in Virginia's News on April 25, 2019
Is Virginia a place where individuals can move up the income scale based on merit and hard work? One new study challenges that idea. Michael Pope explains why.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 24, 2019
The Old Dominion is about to start looking a bit like a science fiction movie. Michael Pope reports on the future of drone deliveries in Virginia.
Some residents of Virginia still hear that annoying dial up tone when they connect to the Internet. The state estimates more than 600,000 residents don’t have high speed broadband. There’s a surprising barrier, but the state isn’t letting it stop them from getting people connected. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
New data suggests crime is down across Virginia. Michael Pope has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 22, 2019
New numbers from the Census show Northern Virginia continues to add population. But, the new numbers also show a slow and steady decline in Southwest Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 19, 2019
Virginia regulators have made environmental history Friday, making the Commonwealth the first southern state to take drastic moves to lower carbon emissions by joining a regional cap and trade program. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 18, 2019
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s announcement that he will not be running for president may end up reshuffling the deck for this year’s statehouse elections. Michael Pope reports.
This year, lawmakers took action to start collecting data on Virginia’s maternal mortality rate. But, that may end up being just the beginning of the effort. Michael Pope reports.
All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs this November. Campaign finance reports released this week show what races Republicans and Democrats are prioritizing. Micheal Pope has details.
The 2020 Presidential campaign has arrived in Virginia. The first of 18 Democratic candidates is campaigning today in the Commonwealth. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
This week’s tax filing deadline has many people thinking about the tax burden they face. But today marks another significant tax-related event. Michael Pope has details.
Va. News: Norfolk offers Teacher Stipend at ‘troubled schools’, Historic Marker recognizes dark past
Posted in Virginia's News on April 15, 2019
For the first time, Virginia is acknowledging a dark aspect of its history with a roadside marker. And Norfolk has a plan to encourage teachers to stay in troubled schools. More now from Fred Echols.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link.
Black residents in Richmond are more likely to be stopped by police than white residents. That’s according to data the police department has handed over to a grassroots group pushing for more police accountability. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
A former Virginia governor may be on the verge of announcing for president. Michael Pope reports.
Students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will have the opportunity next year to pursue a new minor in LGBT+ and Queer Studies. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Nine lawmakers are calling it quits, stepping down from their position in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has the breakdown.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 10, 2019
Researchers at the University of Virginia are using some new data to learn about a very old subject: the Civil War. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 9, 2019
International trade is playing an increasing role in Virginia’s economy, which means that a debate about to take place in Congress could have dramatic consequences for the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 8, 2019
Workers across Virginia are about to get a new guarantee — a paystub showing how their salary was calculated and what kind of withholdings were taken out. Michael Pope reports.
Drivers along the Interstate 81 corridor are about to see higher gas taxes and new infrastructure improvements. Michael Pope reports.
Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is asking law enforcement to investigate claims he sexually assaulted two women. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the statehouse are pushing for a public legislative hearing as a means to determine the truth.
Delegate Todd Gilbert suggests a lie detector test is meaningless.
Democrats say a bipartisan hearing would merely be political spectacle. Their lack of support leaves the possibility in limbo.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 2, 2019
Lawmakers are returning to Richmond Wednesday, where they’ll be considering a proposal from the governor to invest more money into affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers will return to Richmond this week to finish up some loose ends from this year’s General Assembly session. And one issue that is expected to be at the top of the agenda is suspended drivers licenses. Michael Pope reports.
Two women accusing Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault are now going public, giving their first television interviews since coming forward in February. Fairfax continues to deny the accusations, saying the encounters were consensual. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The deadline for new candidates running in primaries for the General Election was this week. Michael Pope has this preview of the upcoming election cycle.
Hundreds of educators from across the state are in Richmond this weekend, considering their next steps in pushing for more state funding. It comes at a time when new numbers show Virginia teachers are paid almost $10,000 below the national average. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 28, 2019
Virginia’s poorest school districts are not receiving the funding they need, according to a new study. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 27, 2019
Virginia’s Governor signed legislation Wednesday to improve the state’s foster care system. The measures increase health and safety standards, plus make it easier for children to be placed with a family member. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
It’s a legislative success story. Reporting from the New York Times brought attention to Virginia’s eviction crisis, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers responded. In just a single year, the General Assembly passed a suite of legislation to bring clarity to the eviction process and give renters a second chance.
Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Drivers in Virginia may soon be subject to a strict new law preventing them from holding their cell phones. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 25, 2019
A recent report indicates many of Virginia’s children live in poverty – a major concern for the long-term health of the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 21, 2019
Drunk driving is a major problem in Virginia, especially in certain areas according to a new report. Michael Pope has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 20, 2019
Virginia was once the epicenter of the smoking industry. But now, the number of people using cigarettes in Virginia is dropping. Michael Pope reports.
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was in Richmond Tuesday. He spoke with the city’s mayor and shared some of the things he learned in his quest to remove the Confederate monuments in his city. Mallory Noe-Payne was at the event and has this report.
Immigration is once again in the spotlight here in Virginia, where the issue has become a dividing line between the parties. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 18, 2019
Are Republicans in Virginia guilty of racial gerrymandering? That’s a question currently being considered by the highest court in the land. Michael Pope is at the Supreme Court with the latest.
Someone trying to get a mental health evaluation can now walk into any of the state’s community services boards and get one right away, instead of waiting days or even weeks for an appointment. It’s a dramatic shift that the state has been working towards for years. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Virginia’s racial gerrymandering case is headed back to the United States Supreme Court next week for yet another round of oral arguments. Michael Pope has this preview.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 14, 2019
Tax season is upon us, and that means officials at the Internal Revenue Service are working overtime this time of year. But, one Virginia congressman worries that the IRS isn’t getting the funding it needs. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 13, 2019
This week is Flood Insurance Awareness Week, and Congress is responding by taking a look at how flood insurance works — and sometimes doesn’t work. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 12, 2019
Virginia’s sales taxes are currently stuck in the last century. But, state laws on sales taxes are about to go back to the future. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 11, 2019
Virginia is running up against two demographic trends that might be unwelcome news. Michael Pope explains the changes.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 5, 2019
School counselors are about to get a little more money. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s still nowhere close to the required ratio.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 4, 2019
School divisions with students who live in poverty are about to get some extra funding. Michael Pope is breaking down the numbers.
This spring, colleges in Virginia will be voting on whether to raise tuition for next school year. The latest state budget has a big incentive for them not to. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Now that Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives, Tidewater-area Congressman Bobby Scott has become chairman of a key committee. And, he’s using that position to help high-poverty schools. Michael Pope has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 26, 2019
For now, Virginia doctors will be writing prescriptions for Virginia patients. But, that could change next year. Michael Pope reports.
A last ditch effort to get lawmakers in Richmond to vote on the Equal Rights Amendment failed today. It ends this year’s push to make Virginia the final state needed to change the constitution. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
Lawmakers and administration officials in Richmond are working together to try to reduce the number of women dying in childbirth. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 20, 2019
Do local governments hide public information? One senator is concerned about the possibility they do, and he’s moving forward with a bill to create new penalties to prevent it. Michael Pope reports.