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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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Congressman Bobby Scott

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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Virginia’s Medicaid Work Requirements Are Still Up in the Air

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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.

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Presidential Candidates Attend Annual Virginia Democratic Gala

DPVA_facebookTwo 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.

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Senator Warner is Pushing for Expanded Aeronautics Research

428px-Mark_Warner_113th_Congress_photoIs 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.

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This Week’s Primary Results May Spark Significant Changes to Virginia’s Criminal Justice System

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Two local races in Northern Virginia might have big implications for the criminal justice system in Virginia. Michael Pope explains why.

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Virginia Tech Selects a Different Site for Its NOVA Innovation Campus

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Tech’s Innovation Campus in Alexandria is just south of Amazon’s proposed headquarters site in Arlington. (Credit: Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech is going back to the drawing board with a new graduate school campus in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Analysts: Accepting PAC Money from the Governor Could Have Mixed Results

StateSeal00Under 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.

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Congressman Scott is Trying to Defend Free or Reduced-Price School Lunches

BobbyScottOne Virginia congressman is fighting against the Trump administration’s efforts to limit free or reduced-price lunches in public schools. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Rural Localities Appear to Be Bouncing Back

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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.

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Organization Recognizes Virginia’s Old Growth Forests

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North Bank Park — one portion of the James River Park System (Credit: jamesriverpark.org)

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.

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Virginia Governor Announces Special Session on Gun Control

StateSeal00Governor 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.

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What Impacts Could the Special Session Have In November?

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Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond for a special session on guns. But will anything happen? Michael Pope reports.

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Political Operatives Say Response to Virginia Beach Shooting Strikes a Familiar Tone

StateSeal00The shooting in Virginia Beach over the weekend is prompting a familiar discussion about firearms and whether new restrictions are needed. Michael Pope reports.

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The Shifting Identity of Virginia’s Labor Force

laborforceparticipationVirginia’s workforce is losing young people and gaining older people. Michael Pope explains.

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Lawmakers Eliminate State-Funded Abortion Program

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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.

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Virginia is Facing a Critical Shortage of Mental Health Professionals

StateSeal00As 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.

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Luria Snags A Pair of Legislative Victories for Veterans and Their Families

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria

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.

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