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Could A Public Option Health Plan Hurt Rural Hospitals in Virginia?

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Democrats are divided about how much of America’s health insurance should be run by the government. That’s leaving some industry groups worried about the future of Virginia’s rural hospitals. Michael Pope reports.

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Public Business Requires Advance Notice, Although it Doesn’t Always Work Out That Way

StateSeal00Members of the Norfolk School Board are facing criticism over meeting without public notice. It’s an issue that every Planning Commission and water-control board in Virginia has to deal with. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Incumbents and Their Challengers Often Have More in Common Than Meets the Eye

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Who are the people running against all those incumbent members of the Virginia General Assembly this year? And just how rich are they? Michael Pope reports.

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Proposal for ICE Juvenile Center in Northern Virginia Meets Opposition

StateSeal00The Trump administration wants to build a new detention center for children in Northern Virginia. And, the idea isn’t all that popular in the region. Michael Pope reports.

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A Peaceful Anniversary for Charlottesville

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Charlottesville police kept a low profile as the city observed the second anniversary of Unite the Right. (Credit: RADIO IQ)

There were no protests, no chanting and no arrests this weekend as Charlottesville marked the second anniversary of a violent white supremacist rally. Instead, the city celebrated what it calls Unity Days – a range of events designed to bring people together. Sandy Hausman reports.

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Two Years Later, Still No Conclusion Over What Caused Helicopter Crash

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Two years ago Heather Heyer was killed during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Two others also died that day. Troopers Berke Bates and Jay Cullen were killed when their helicopter crashed. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With Republicans in Washington Considering Gun Control, Will the Virginia GOP Follow Suit?

rpv_logoAre Republicans in Virginia on the verge of moving their position on gun control? Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Transit Projects Show How Off Cost Estimates Can Sometimes Be

virginia_flag_map_0Estimating the cost of major transit projects can be difficult. And a new federal report points to Virginia as an example of how cost estimates can be dramatically wrong. Michael Pope reports.

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Medicaid Enrollment Numbers Offer Hope for Maternal Mortality Rate

StateSeal00The crisis of maternal mortality among African-American women in Virginia continues to raise alarm bells among state officials, although a new report has some good news on the subject. Michael Pope reports.

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Activists Want Twitter to Ban White Supremacists

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Activists say white supremacists are using Twitter to promote hate. The company says it has policies against that. (Credit: Twitter)

Community activists from Charlottesville are asking Twitter to ban white supremacists in advance of August 12th – the 2nd anniversary of a violent rally called Unite the Right. RADIO IQ’s Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Virginia Leaders on Both Sides of the Aisle Want to End the ACA’s “Cadillac Tax

StateSeal00Washington isn’t a place that’s known for bipartisan agreement on many things. But, as Michael Pope reports, Republicans and Democrats from Virginia are coming together in an effort to repeal a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Elections Board Denies GOP Another Chance in Central Virginia District

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Virginia’s Board of Elections will not allow Republican Delegate Nick Freitas on the ballot this November. That decision came during a board meeting Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northam Blasts Trump After Mass Shootings

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Following an event marking the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear, Governor Northam blasted President Trump and state lawmakers who failed to act during a special legislative session on gun control. (Credit: RADIO IQ)

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, Governor Northam is blaming Donald Trump and calling on voters to reject gun violence on November 5th. Sandy Hausman has the story.

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Some Virginia Districts Are Turning to Virtual Solutions to Teacher Shortage

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Schools across Virginia are having a hard time finding teachers. And, the lack of teachers in Virginia is causing some schools to take drastic measures. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Outlines School Readiness Proposal

governor-northam-official-photo_800Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is hoping to get his hands on new funding streams for early childhood education. Michael Pope reports.

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‘We Will Win It’ Says GOP Delegate Who Missed Filing Deadline

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Republican Delegate Nick Freitas (Credit: BingBong321 / Creative Commons)

A GOP state lawmaker says he’s willing to step aside as a candidate, if it means voters in his district can get a Republican on the ballot. The election in central Virginia could impact party control of the statehouse. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Measure Honoring Virginia Beach Shooting Victim Headed to the White House

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria, who introduced the legislation honoring Ryan Keith Cox.

It’s been two months since the Virginia Beach mass shooting, and the scars are still healing. Michael Pope has this report about one of the heroes of that day.

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The Effort to Diversify Virginia’s Teachers

StateSeal00The vast majority of teachers in Virginia are white, a cause of concern for some who say more diversity is needed in the classroom. Michael Pope reports.

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Trump and Other Leaders Celebrate 400th Anniversary of American Democracy at Jamestown

StateSeal00Citing what he called “four incredible centuries of history, “President Donald Trump closed out Tuesday’s ceremony in Jamestown, celebrating in the same place where the legislative body first met. Jeff Bossert reports.

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The Port of Virginia Would Face Significant Impacts From Proposed Tariffs

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The Port of Virginia and other port and terminal operators across the country are pushing back against a new round of proposed tariffs on imports from China. Michael Pope reports.

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A Look Back at the Virginia Colony in 1619

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A map of the Colony of Virginia, drafted by Dutch cartographer Willem Blaeu.

A number of events are scheduled to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first General Assembly session on July 30th, 1619.

Michael Pope has this look at what was happening at the time.

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Middle-Skills Jobs Becoming Harder to Find

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Employers across Virginia are demanding more of workers, and that’s changing the job market. Michael Pope reports.

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Congressman Cline’s Bankruptcy Bill Headed to Senate With Bipartisan Support

400px-Ben_Cline,_official_portrait,_116th_CongressThe Mueller hearings dominated the headlines on Capitol Hill this week. But action was still happening on the House floor with a Virginia congressman’s reform of chapter 11 bankruptcy. Michael Pope has details.

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When it Comes to Small-Dollar Donations, Democrats Are Out-Raising Republicans

virginia_flag_map_0Campaign-finance disclosures show business groups and corporations are donating to Republican incumbents in this year’s General Assembly races. But, Democrats are leading in smaller donations. Michael Pope reports.

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Big Spenders Don’t Always Win Elections, But They Win Quite Often

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For candidates trying to get elected, spending money isn’t everything. But as Michael Pope reports, it’s often a sign of success.

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Marijuana Arrests in Virginia Reach 20 Year High

StateSeal00According to Virginia police, arrests for possessing marijuana are on the rise in the Commonwealth. In 2018, almost 30,000 people were impacted. That’s triple the number from the late 90’s. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Virginia’s Congressional Delegation Takes Opposite Sides on Minimum Wage Vote

virginia_flag_map_0Democrats in the House of Representatives have taken action to raise the minimum wage. But will workers see a benefit? Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers Too

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You’ve heard that Virginia is for lovers, but state officials are hoping you’ll also soon think of the Commonwealth as a home for outdoor lovers too. Nick Gilmore explains.

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Some Incumbents Facing Stiff Fundraising Challenges from Opponents

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The latest round of campaign-finance documents are shedding new light on the contours of Election 2019. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Advocates Look for Warning Signs from ICE in Virginia

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This past weekend undocumented immigrants across Virginia braced for raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As of Tuesday, those threats appear not to have materialized. Still advocates say there’s been an uptick in safety checkpoints. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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The Future of Congressman Scott’s Effort to Raise the Minimum Wage is Unclear

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The House of Representatives is set to vote this week on raising the minimum wage. And, Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott is leading the charge. Michael Pope reports.

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Southwest Virginia’s Unemployment Rate May Be Misleading

StateSeal00Unemployment is going down in Southwest Virginia. But, that might be more alarming than you think. Michael Pope reports.

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New Data Shows Several Shrinking Localities Across Virginia

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Danville is one locality that could see a significant population decline over the next couple of decades. That’s according to some new data from UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center. (Credit: Miguel Gereda / Creative Commons)

Many parts of Virginia are declining in population, a trend that’s only expected to increase in the coming years. Michael Pope has this forecast.

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FEMA Says Now is the Time to Sign Up for Flood Insurance

800px-FEMA_logo.svgHurricane season is officially here, and FEMA is encouraging residents across Virginia to get flood insurance now before it’s too late. Michael Pope reports.

You can see what kind of danger you’re in by visiting the FEMA’s online Flood Map Service Center. Just type your address in to see what the risk of flooding is at your property.

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Special Session Demonstrates Issues with Guns in Public Spaces

StateSeal00Lawmakers are returning home to their districts this week after a special session on gun control empty handed. Michael Pope reports Republicans blocked all reform efforts, even ones suggested by Republicans.

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What to Expect From This Week’s Special Legislative Session

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Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond once again this week to consider gun-control legislation in the wake of the Virginia Beach shooting. Michael Pope has this preview.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been filing gun-related legislation to be considered during the session.

That includes Democratic Senator John Edwards. He has a bill that would allow local governments to ban firearms from meeting places like city council chambers.

Edwards has tried to get the measure passed before on behalf of Roanoke’s city council.

Other proposed legislation from Democratic lawmakers would reinstate Virginia’s one handgun purchase-a-month law, allow courts to remove guns from people deemed a risk to themselves or others, and make the penalty for leaving a loaded gun where a child can get it a felony.

Republican legislation includes efforts to increase the penalties for using a firearm during a crime, brandishing a gun at a law enforcement officer, and allowing state and local government employees to carry their gun on the job if they also have a concealed carry permit.

Republican Senator Amanda Chase says gun owners who are following the law shouldn’t be penalized for the bad behavior of others.

This November, ever seat in the General Assembly will be on the ballot — all 100 seats in the House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the state Senate.

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Virginia Localities Can Now Better Regulate Electric Scooters

StateSeal00Cities across Virginia are dealing with a new form of transportation — electric scooters. And now, they have some new tools to regulate. Michael Pope reports.

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Happy Hour Advertising is Now a Go in Virginia

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The A-frame sign advertising happy hour prices outside Pork Barrel Barbecue in Alexandria would have been illegal last month. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Bars and restaurants can now advertise their happy hour prices, a restriction that’s long plagued the industry. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia is a Leader in Saving Animals’ Lives

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Brittany Pierri, with the Richmond SPCA, is pictured with Jake Roos of Norfolk Animal Care Center. The Norfolk facility transfers animals to the Richmond facility. (Credit: Richmond SPCA)

Across Virginia fewer dogs and cats are being killed at shelters than ever before. In fact, 88% of dogs and cats in shelters now avoid euthanization. But animal welfare advocates want more. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Big Winners in Virginia Can Now Stay Anonymous

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Starting this week, winners of the Virginia lottery can remain anonymous. Michael Pope reports.

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Amidst Growth and New Goals, Virginia Celebrates 50 Years of Medicaid

StateSeal00Virginia is celebrating 50 years of Medicaid this week. The state-run program provides health insurance to the poor. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam celebrated with state employees. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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James Fields Receives Life Sentence for UTR Car Attack

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An avowed white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters during a white supremacist rally in Virginia was sentenced to life in prison earlier today on hate crime charges. David Seidel has more from Charlottesville.

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New Report: Rural Seniors in Virginia Receive Fewer Services Than Urban Seniors

gaoAre senior citizens in rural areas getting all the services they need? Michael Pope has this report on a new federal study that shows some gaps.

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Foreign-Born Population in Virginia: More Educated, Fewer Earnings

ed.pngVirginia’s foreign-born population is skyrocketing, although the state’s approach to that segment of its population may be lagging behind. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Lawmakers Take Sides on Recent Religious Freedom Ruling

StateSeal00A recent Supreme Court decision upended how courts view religious freedom, making it possible for corporations to deny certain health services to female employees based on a religious exemption. Now, two Virginia Congressman are now heavily involved in the debate. Michael Pope reports.

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Spanberger’s Efforts to Expand Rural Broadband Access in Virginia

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Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives about expanding broadband in rural areas.

Rural broadband may be coming to a farm near you, thanks to new money from the United States Department of Agriculture. Michael Pope reports.

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One-Time Tax Checks Could Be Headed Your Way Later This Year

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It’s tax time again. Michael Pope reports that meeting the end of this month deadline will pay off.

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Federal Accounting Change Could Have Serious Impacts for Low-Income Virginians

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Budget officials in Washington are considering an accounting tweak that could harm people who live in poverty. Michael Pope reports.

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VCU Shows Congress How Intrusive Advising Can Help Achieve Equity in Higher Ed

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Tomika LeGrande is vice provost for strategic enrollment management at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Are colleges and universities in Virginia equitable? Or should the federal government be doing more to achieve racial and income equity? Michael Pope has this report from Capitol Hill.

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Virginia Democrats Are Pushing for Election Security, But How Far Will Their Efforts Go?

StateSeal00How safe are elections? As the 2020 presidential cycle gets started this summer, Virginia lawmakers in Washington have proposals they say would make elections more secure. Michael Pope reports.

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