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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.
Republicans will be heading to the polls June 12 to select a candidate to take on Senator Tim Kaine this fall. Michael Pope reports.
As the campaign season heats up heading into the primary this month, the issue of immigration is at the forefront in many campaigns. Michael Pope explains.
Hundreds took to the streets in Richmond this weekend to demand more from Richmond Police, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who charged at an officer. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 1, 2018
A legal fight over public access to local government is raising new questions about Virginia’s Freedom of Information law. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 31, 2018
The historic agreement to expand Medicaid was the centerpiece of the General Assembly session this year. But the recently passed budget has another important attraction — raises for teachers and state employees. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 30, 2018
New numbers from the Census show an important shift in Virginia, one that might surprise you. Michael Pope has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 29, 2018
Wealth inequality is more prevalent in some parts of Virginia than others. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 28, 2018
That old sweater you’re no longer wearing just might make the world a better place. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 24, 2018
Virginia has a new superintendent of public instruction, current Chesterfield County superintendent James Layne. Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement in Richmond Thursday. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 23, 2018
The number of refugee placements has declined dramatically since President Trump took office. And, that has an impact on economies across Virginia. Michael Pope explains.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 22, 2018
Advocates for uranium mining have given up the fight of changing state law in Richmond. Now they’re taking their case to the Supreme Court in Washington. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 21, 2018
Homelessness among veterans is down in Virginia, way down. Michael Pope explains why.
The cost of renting property in Virginia has historically been well above the national average. But recent years have seen a shift. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.
Virginia’s slow moving budget process is only getting slower, as the Senate Finance Committee declined to vote on a budget proposal Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The opioid crisis continues to plague Virginia, and some are hoping members of the General Assembly might be able to take action to do something about it. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 17, 2018
Net neutrality has become one of the hottest issues in Washington, and the debate is likely to come to a campaign trail near you. Michael Pope explains why.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 16, 2018
Judges in Richmond have thrown out a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Environmental groups are celebrating the decision as a big victory, but Dominion Energy says they plan to keep building anyway. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 15, 2018
Recent years have seen a growing sense of distrust between some members of the community and police. Now one Virginia congressman is trying to forge a new sense of cooperation. Michael Pope is on Capitol Hill with the latest.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 14, 2018
Lawmakers are in Richmond this week to figure out what to do with industrial pollution created by decades of fossil fuels. Michael Pope has the story.
Voting has already started for the June primaries. Michael Pope has the story.
Disclosure forms show that lawmakers are taking far fewer gifts than they once did, before former Governor Bob McDonnell found himself in federal court defending gifts from a wealthy businessman. Michael Pope has this look at the latest round of disclosure forms.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 9, 2018
While shareholders of Dominion Energy met in Richmond Wednesday for their annual update, pipeline protesters took to the street. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Richmond is taking steps to end its cash bail system, and now some state lawmakers are pushing for similar changes in other parts of the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Congress is considering a massive change to the food stamp program. And, as Michael Pope reports, the change would hit rural parts of Virginia the hardest.
Lawmakers in Richmond are still haggling over the details of the budget, and talks have broken down over whether health insurance should be expanded to people who live in poverty or with disabilities. But, another part of the state’s budget is also a hot topic. Michael Pope reports.
Former Virginia Tech President Charles Steger died Sunday night, according to a statement from the university. Robbie Harris reports.
The recession is long gone, and the economy is making a comeback. But, one economic indicator is lagging behind. Michael Pope reports.
Unemployment in Virginia has been going down steadily since it peaked during the recession. But, poverty is going up. Michael Pope reports.
After the shooting at a high school in Florida, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia have formed a task force on gun safety. Their first community meeting is this weekend in Richmond. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Can data solve the opioid crisis? One member of Congress from Virginia thinks it’s worth a try. Michael Pope has the story.
*Editor’s Note: After this story was published, Rep. Comstock’s office vigorously disputed any implication from political analyst Quentin Kidd that the legislation has any political motivation. In a phone call, Comstock said the opioid crisis “is not a partisan issue.” She also noted her previous involvement in speaking about and addressing the issue both in Congress and in the Virginia General Assembly. That context should have been included in the original story.
Lawmakers won’t be tackling the issue of Medicaid expansion for another two weeks, when the state Senate is to reconvene and negotiate the budget. But activists are trying keeping up the pressure. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 30, 2018
Several communities across Virginia are saying goodbye to their local newspapers. Michael Pope has the story.
Charlottesville High School’s orchestra won four of the top prizes at a national competition in Orlando last week, but that was just the start of their adventure. Sandy Hausman reports on what happened when they were ready to head home.
Since a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, students have taken to the streets – demanding more gun control in this country. Their actions are inspiring, but this is not the first time young people have led a social movement. Sandy Hausman reports.
Despite already being one month into overtime, state lawmakers will wait until mid May to restart budget negotiations. Leaders in the Senate say they want updated data on tax collections before they dive back in. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte may be on his way out of Congress. But he’s not ready for his swan song yet. Michael Pope reports.
As the politics of 2018 heat up, money is flooding in from across the country. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.
Law students around the state are demanding a change in Virginia’s Bar Exam. They say a question that asks for mental health history has a chilling effect on future lawyers. The push comes after the American Bar Association recently recommended states re-evaluate whether to ask for the sensitive information. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 23, 2018
Members of Congress are about to take up a bill from Congressman Bob Goodlatte this week that might end up being a revolutionary change to the music business. Michael Pope has the story.
As tree clearing for the Mountain Valley Pipeline moves forward in southwest Virginia, some Democratic lawmakers in Richmond are asking for things to slow down. They’re also demanding support for a protester, who has been sitting in the pipeline’s path. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.