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Virginia’s Board of Elections certified the state’s Congressional midterm and local November elections Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Lawmakers are about to consider tripling the state budget line-item for prepping economic development sites. Michael Pope has those details.
Prince Edward County has revised its official seal to recognize a landmark event in its history. And, a neighborhood in Newport News will soon have a food forest open to the entire community.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. news link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross with VPAP.
The death of Congressman Donald McEachin opens up a seat in the House of Representatives, and voters will choose a replacement in a special election. Michael Pope has some of the background.
Voters in Virginia could be considering a constitutional amendment allowing 16-year-olds to cast a ballot in local elections. Michael Pope has more on the proposal.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 30, 2022
The two recent mass shootings in Virginia are re-energizing the debate over preventing gun violence. And as Michael Pope reports, that’s once again raising talk about banning assault-style weapons.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 29, 2022
Friends and colleagues of the late Richmond-area Congressman Donald McEachin are mourning the loss of their friend and reflecting on his legacy. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 28, 2022
Two of Virginia’s indigenous tribes are working to reacquire and preserve more than a thousand acres of their ancestral lands with the help of grant money from the state. And, one of the few U.S. school systems with an ombudsman’s office says community complaints were up in the most recent school year.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. news link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross with the Virginia Public Access Project.
When Republicans take control of Congress, one Virginia lawmaker will lose a key leadership position. Michael Pope reports.
The holiday season is here, and for many people that means more time with family, but one Charlottesville woman says she can’t go home. Instead, she’s trying to fulfil her mother’s dying wish, as Sandy Hausman reports.
After two deadly shooting incidents in Virginia, State Senator Louise Lucas is attacking the governor and lieutenant governor for failing to support stronger gun controls in the Commonwealth.
Meanwhile, Senator Adam Ebbin is drafting legislation he’ll introduce when lawmakers meet in less than two months. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Regulators in Virginia are about to make an important determination about a potential new wind power operation off the coast of Virginia Beach. Michael Pope reports.
Looking for something to do over the holiday weekend? As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, many museums around the state offer free or reduced admissions to guests who get federal food assistance.
As many people hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, Virginians are taking advantage of the state’s inner-city bus service in record numbers.
In less than a year of service, a new line along I-81 from Bristol to D.C. is already exceeding expectations. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 17, 2022
Next month, Governor Glenn Youngkin will present his budget to the General Assembly. Michael Pope has this preview of one potential income tax issue.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 16, 2022
The November election may be over, but voters aren’t done yet. Michael Pope has this preview of two special elections in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 15, 2022
After a stunning election cycle that saw Republican hopes of a red wave dashed, Michael Pope reports that the party is trying to figure out its future as another election cycle begins.
What issues were driving voters to the polls this year? Michael Pope takes a look.
As more people have become vaccinated against COVID-19, testing for the virus isn’t as frequent. But, at the height of the pandemic it was vital. Mallory Noe-Payne visited a lab in southwest Virginia that played a crucial role in making testing accessible.
As COVID vaccines and at-home tests have become more accessible, labs across the country have shifted focus from COVID testing to genomic sequencing. Mallory Noe-Payne visited one lab in Roanoke and has more on how scientists are now working to stay ahead of the curve.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 9, 2022
Although most of the attention goes to close races, Michael Pope reports that most of Virginia’s congressional seats are seeing a lopsided result.
Election officials are gearing up for Election Day with some new rules. Michael Pope has this preview.
A new survey suggests Virginians may not fully recognize the risks of driving under the influence of marijuana. And, northern Virginia is finally getting its long-awaited extension of the DC Metro.
Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross with the Virginia Public Access Project.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 4, 2022
Early vote counts will work a bit differently this year. Michael Pope has this preview about what to expect after the polls close.
The craft brewing industry is driving up demand for barley- which can be used to make malt, one of the main ingredients to make beer. As Roxy Todd reports, a new effort is underway to help more farmers grow malt barley in southwest Virginia.
Can Virginia elections be hacked? Michael Pope reports the experts say not likely.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 2, 2022
Early voting locations across the country have been the scene of armed poll watchers, prompting concerns about voter intimidation. Michael Pope has this report about what voters need to know if they see someone armed outside a polling place.
When approaching an election location, voters might be presented with a sample ballot. Michael Pope reports that they’re often the product of party advertising.
Volunteer acorn collectors are playing a major role in supporting Virginia’s forests. And, VCU has decided to delay distribution of a craft beer carrying the school’s logo.Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 28, 2022
In some other states, voters at early polling locations have been confronted by campaign workers or poll watchers holding a camera and asking questions. As Michael Pope reports, that’s not necessarily illegal.
Early votes are not counted early. But as Michael Pope explains, they are processed early.
More than a million Virginia families have septic systems at home. State officials estimate about half those systems are so old they pose health risks. The same goes for thousands of drinking water systems.
Now, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, a new grant program to help families get safe water and septic has been so popular it’s already running out of money.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 26, 2022
Voters aren’t just determining the future of Congress in this election. As Michael Pope reports, many local elections will determine important land-use questions.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 25, 2022
As more and more people choose to vote early, the pace of campaigns is changing. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 24, 2022
Numbers released Monday by the Department of Education show unprecedented declines nationwide in math and reading for American 4 and 8th grade students.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the numbers show academic setbacks throughout the pandemic, including here in Virginia.
And, as Michael Pope reports, the scores are creating a new discussion about what’s happening in public school classrooms across Virginia.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 17, 2022
Chesterfield County says federal law blocks it from approving a marijuana dispensary even though Virginia law allows it. And, a reward is being offered for the return of a giant squash that went missing after winning a Blue Ribbon at the Virginia State Fair.
Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross with VPAP.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 14, 2022
What should happen to a school that doubles test scores but still does not make the grade? Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 13, 2022
Fuel and utilities are leading the items that are more expensive now than a year ago in Virginia. Michael Pope explains some of the details.
Abortion is one of the hottest issues on the campaign trail this year, and a new poll from Christopher Newport University shows voters have conflicted opinions. Michael Pope explains.
Monkeypox is affecting a very small portion of Virginians – but officials are still taking the virus seriously.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, Virginia’s Department of Health has learned some lessons from early on in the monkeypox outbreak and is now adjusting outreach strategies.
A new report takes aim at an industry that makes money by promising to return defendants to court. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s often law enforcement agencies that end up doing the work.
Governor Glenn Youngkin has been in office for less than a year, but his national campaigning has put him in the spotlight ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright discuss Youngkin’s national profile.
As the race for Congress heats up, one prominent Republican is throwing his support behind a Democrat. Michael Pope reports.
People opposed to the demolition of a Potomac River bridge have taken the issue to federal court. And, one of Virginia’s busiest malls wants to add alcohol to its list of attractions.
Those have been among the most read stories during the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 7, 2022
Environmentalists are taking issue with the governor’s new energy plan that keeps fossil fuels in the mix, while also growing alternative sources like nuclear. Michael Pope reports.
Educators across Virginia are pushing for better wages and working conditions. Michael Pope reports that in some places that could mean collective bargaining.
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A warmer climate means rainfall events can be more intense – creating a greater risk for flash floods.
Now, the Natural Resources Defense Council is advising people considering a home purchase to try and find out if the property has been swamped in the past. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 5, 2022
The Virginia Tourism Corporation has a new ad campaign featuring Governor Glenn Youngkin. Michael Pope tells us the ad agency doing the spots helped the governor get elected last year.
Posted in Virginia's News on October 4, 2022
The war in Ukraine is creating a humanitarian crisis in Europe. But it’s also creating demand for defense industries in Virginia, as Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 30, 2022
The Youngkin administration’s guidelines for transgender students led to classroom walkouts across Virginia this week.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope discuss that and the week that was in state politics.