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Rural broadband may be coming to a farm near you, thanks to new money from the United States Department of Agriculture. Michael Pope reports.
It’s tax time again. Michael Pope reports that meeting the end of this month deadline will pay off.
Budget officials in Washington are considering an accounting tweak that could harm people who live in poverty. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 19, 2019
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 18, 2019
How 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.
Virginia is still waiting on the federal government to make a determination on work requirements for Medicaid expansion. And, new research shows they might be counterproductive. Michael Pope reports.
Two presidential candidates will be in Virginia this weekend. They’re speaking to hundreds of state Democrats at the annual Blue Commonwealth Gala. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 13, 2019
Is America falling behind the rest of the world in aeronautics? Senator Mark Warner fears that might be happening, and now he’s working with Republicans in Congress to help fund new research capabilities. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 12, 2019
Two local races in Northern Virginia might have big implications for the criminal justice system in Virginia. Michael Pope explains why.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 10, 2019
Virginia Tech is going back to the drawing board with a new graduate school campus in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 7, 2019
Under normal circumstances, candidates would welcome money from the governor to help finance their campaigns. But this year, it’s a little different. Michael Pope is following the money.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 6, 2019
One Virginia congressman is fighting against the Trump administration’s efforts to limit free or reduced-price lunches in public schools. Michael Pope reports.
Rural parts of Virginia may have lower average incomes. But that’s only one measure of success. Michael Pope reports on the surprising resurgence across rural Virginia.
Virginia’s James River Park System, in Richmond, became the latest public green space today to be recognized as part of the Old Growth Forest Network. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Mallory Noe-Payne has further details.
Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond for a special session on guns. But will anything happen? Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 3, 2019
The shooting in Virginia Beach over the weekend is prompting a familiar discussion about firearms and whether new restrictions are needed. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s workforce is losing young people and gaining older people. Michael Pope explains.
State lawmakers have cut funding for a Department of Health program that pays for certain abortions. The budget amendment slid under the radar during a busy legislative session. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 29, 2019
As May comes to a close, the issues surrounding mental health continue to resonate during Mental Health Awareness Month. Some parts of the state are struggling more than others. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 27, 2019
Just in time for Memorial Day, one member of Congress is delivering some good news to members of the armed services. Michael Pope has the story.
Democrats in Virginia are divided about whether to impeach President Trump. Michael Pope reports.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed almost 30 years ago. And since then public spaces and businesses have become much more accessible. But that doesn’t mean anything to someone who can’t make it out of their home. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 23, 2019
Should transgender youth be turned away from homeless shelters? One Virginia member of Congress is taking issue with the Trump administration’s position on that question. Michael Pope reports.
Wexton also had this to say on Twitter:
As a former prosecutor, I take Congressional testimony very seriously.
This week, Secretary Carson lied to me and to Congress.
He lied again when he called me to “clarify” his testimony.
He’s proven himself to be deceitful & inept as HUD Secretary.
He should resign. https://t.co/nM3hDf6rx6
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) May 23, 2019
She also posted details related to her bill:
The full text of the bill can be viewed here: pic.twitter.com/sdzVQ5LIBr
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) May 23, 2019
Posted in Virginia's News on May 22, 2019
We just don’t know. That’s the result of a months-long investigation into a racist photo found on Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page. Mallory Noe-Payne has the latest from a press conference today.
Virginia’s political world was waiting for big news from the investigation of the Eastern Virginia Medical School into the blackface photo that appeared on Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook page. But, as Michael Pope reports, reaction to the investigation was muted.
You can find the full report here.
Campaign-finance numbers show several members of the General Assembly need to play catch up now that the session has ended. Michael Pope has details.
The politics of climate change are dividing members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation. Michael Pope reports from Capitol Hill.
Should older workers have a higher burden to prove age discrimination? One Virginia congressman says no, and he’s moving forward with a bill to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 17, 2019
New data from the state shows enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program is on target. And now there’s a new campaign to target Spanish speakers. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 16, 2019
For many years, young people in Southside and Southwest Virginia have been leaving the area after graduating from college. But, that may not be the case for much longer. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 14, 2019
Congress is expected to vote this afternoon on a bill introduced by a freshman Virginia congressman that could provide a much better window into the intersection between banking and terrorism. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 10, 2019
The primary is only one month away, but most voters don’t even know — or care — about the election. Michael Pope reports.
Across Virginia there’s been an uptick in psychiatric admissions to hospitals, to the point where beds are filling up. Thursday a group from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association rolled out some ideas on what can be done. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
A city once on the verge of economic collapse may be on the verge of making a dramatic comeback. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on May 7, 2019
Will Virginia voters press their luck with casinos? Michael Pope has details.
Governor Ralph Northam made headlines last week when he vetoed a bill that would have established a minimum two month prison sentence for third-time domestic abusers.
In a statement sent out Monday, Republicans say the governor’s veto undercuts protections for people trapped in abusive relationships. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The dinosaur world is getting a new addition thanks to a Virginia Tech paleontologist. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 30, 2019
Democrats in Congress are pushing back against a Trump administration directive on racial disparities in student discipline. And, a Virginia congressman is leading the charge. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on April 29, 2019
Virginia is urbanizing at a faster rate than the rest of the country. Michael Pope is looking into the numbers.
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.