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Posted in Virginia's News on September 27, 2021
The race for governor is in the spotlight this week, as the two major-party candidates meet for the last time in a televised debate. Michael Pope has this preview.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 24, 2021
Virginia is in the midst of a transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. And as Michael Pope reports, that transition will require new ways to store energy for when it’s needed.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 23, 2021
The Supreme Court of Virginia is already weighing in on redistricting, closing the door on the practice of prison gerrymandering. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 22, 2021
A recent survey showed one in four nurses got mental health services in the last year, and more than half said they were exhausted by the COVID pandemic. Tuesday, the Virginia Nurses Association held a news conference to beg for public support as Sandy Hausman reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 21, 2021
How well is the federal government performing? A bill on the House floor this week from one Virginia congressman to improve performance in Washington. Michael Pope reports.
The pandemic has upended the economy and the supply chain.
As Michael Pope reports, it has also created a lucky break for the Virginia Lottery.
Chris Winter is a neurologist and author of The Rested Child. As an expert on sleep, he’s heard from plenty of parents who’ve gotten the wrong diagnosis for kids who stay up or sleep late. Sandy Hausman recently spoke with him about his new book.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 16, 2021
If you’re concerned about carrying around your vaccine card, the Department of Health made an announcement Thursday that’s probably of interest. Jahd Khalil reports a digital option is now live.
Long-awaited new political maps are going to be up for review on Monday. Wednesday, the redistricting commission gave map-drawers instructions. Jahd Khalil reports that they agreed on some things but vehemently disagreed on others.
Thursday, candidates for governor will square off in the first of two debates. Michael Pope has this preview.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 9, 2021
Virginia is one of the wealthiest states in America. But as Michael Pope reports, it also ranks toward the bottom of the pack for education spending.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 8, 2021
History was made in Richmond Wednesday, as a massive statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee finally came down. Jahd Khalil was there and has this report.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 7, 2021
Local governments across Virginia are considering implementing a new plastic bag tax. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 2, 2021
After a year and a half of legal battles the Supreme Court of Virginia cleared Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to remove a statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from downtown Richmond Thursday. Brad Kutner has more.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 30, 2021
Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin is providing some more detail about what he might do if elected. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 26, 2021
A new poll in the race for governor is showing a significant lead for one candidate. Michael Pope has details.
You can see the entire poll here.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 25, 2021
Governor Ralph Northam and Democrats in the General Assembly recently appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband across rural parts of Virginia. But as Michael Pope reports, advocates complain that only a small fraction of that money is set aside for helping low-income people connect to the internet.
The FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine has created a new twist the race for governor. Michael Pope reports.
The Virginia Redistricting Commission voted to start their maps from scratch Monday, instead of modifying current political districts, marking a victory for citizen commissioners. Jahd Khalil has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 23, 2021
New numbers from the Census Bureau show how the housing boom is shaping construction across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 17, 2021
The future’s so bright for solar energy, some local governments want to put on shades. Many planning commissions and county supervisors across Virginia are considering restrictions on solar panels. Michael Pope reports.
Schools across Virginia are about to get federal stimulus money to help them pay for upgrades to their HVAC systems. But, some are concerned about how that money will be distributed. Michael Pope reports.
As cities all over the South remove confederate monuments, most are also debating what to do with statues that weigh 8,000 pounds or more. In Charlottesville, members of city council have suggested melting them down and providing bronze to local artists who could make new sculptures from it.
We asked reporter Sandy Hausman to find out how that might work.
Officials are asking for public help in tracking a bug that threatens Virginia’s fruit crops and vineyards. The spotted lanternfly, first seen here in 2018, is on the move – invading counties where it wasn’t found before. Sandy Hausman has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 12, 2021
Labor groups across Virginia are hoping that Virginia joins other states in ditching its controversial right-to-work law, which prevents employers from compelling employees to pay union dues. Michael Pope reports that that’s an issue former Governor Terry McAuliffe doesn’t have much to say about.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 11, 2021
The August temperatures aren’t the only thing getting hotter. The campaign for governor is heating up as the fall election season draws closer. Michael Pope reports.
Here’s a link to the poll.
The General Assembly approved a budget compromise between the House of Delegates and the Senate Monday, adding millions for public safety and law enforcement, but which amounted to a small fraction of the $4.3 billion legislators appropriated. Jahd Khalil reports.
The Virginia Appeals Court is getting a makeover, including new powers and new judges. Michael Pope reports the Democrat majorities in the House and Senate have approved a diverse slate of new judges.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 9, 2021
Legislators were in Richmond Monday to make a final decision on $3 billion of federal relief money. But, a debate over equity programs in public schools produced the bigger fireworks. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 5, 2021
Many lawmakers were hoping for a lightning fast special session this week. But, now members of the House and Senate are haggling over the details. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 4, 2021
The House of Delegates is moving forward with a massive spending plan to appropriate billions of dollars of stimulus cash. Michael Pope has details.
Members of the Virginia Senate say the stimulus spending plan the governor sent them isn’t good enough, and they’re suggesting a change that would help sheriff’s deputies. Reporter Michael Pope has more on their proposed amendments.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 3, 2021
Lawmakers are back in Richmond trying to figure out how to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money. Michael Pope reports the spending bill is also expected to have language aimed at helping guard against evictions.
Democrats who are in charge of the General Assembly are hoping to oversee a swift special session to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money. Michael Pope reports.
Legislators returned to the Virginia State Capitol for the first time since the spring of 2020. Reporter Jahd Khalil reports from the capitol.
Governor Ralph Northam said he was going to stick with encouraging vaccination and other safeguards rather than mandating them in a variety of contexts Thursday, despite accelerating new cases. Jahd Khalil reports.
Lawmakers will be back in Richmond next week to figure out how to spend $4 billion of federal stimulus money. One agenda item they’ll be debating is affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s Redistricting Commission chose a new member Monday, leaving the commission without a member from Southwest Virginia. Jahd Khalil reports.
Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a special session to determine how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money. Some advocates want them to take action to protect people against evictions. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to figure out how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money. Michael Pope has this preview.
It’s been 25 years since two women were found dead at their Shenandoah National Park campsite. Now, the FBI has put up posters, hoping to generate new leads, but the Innocence Project in Charlottesville has another idea. Sandy Hausman reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 19, 2021
Local governments across Virginia are considering entering into collective bargaining agreements with their employees. Michael Pope reports.
The Virginia Clean Economy Act has been law in Virginia for a year now. However, many environmental groups are still fighting against natural gas projects. Michael Pope reports.
Governor Ralph Northam proposed a historic investment in the state’s continued efforts to get Virginians connected to broadband Friday. Nick Gilmore has details.
A state health official updated lawmakers on the dire situation at Virginia’s mental hospitals Thursday, after she she told five of eight state-run hospitals to stop admitting new patients last week. Jahd Khalil reports.
The lack of broadband connection across parts of Virginia has been a source of concern for years. Now, a new book explores why. Michael Pope reports.
In a Wednesday meeting the Board of Forensic Science made regulatory changes in light of Marijuana legalization and was briefed on a backlog of firearms and toxicology cases. Jahd Khalil reprots.
Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin is on the campaign trail talking to voters. But, he’s not answering questions about one hot-button issue. Michael Pope reports.
In a win for Second Amendment advocates, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided this week with two Central Virginians in their quest to purchase a handgun despite being under the federally required age limit. Brad Kutner reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 13, 2021
As Virginia’s redistricting commission prepares for its first public hearings, one the commission’s most pressing issues is replacing one of its members and considering geographic representation on the body in the process. Jahd Khalil reports.