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Posted in Virginia's News on August 1, 2019
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 31, 2019
The 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.
Citing 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.
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 29, 2019
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 26, 2019
Employers across Virginia are demanding more of workers, and that’s changing the job market. Michael Pope reports.
The 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.
Campaign-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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 24, 2019
For candidates trying to get elected, spending money isn’t everything. But as Michael Pope reports, it’s often a sign of success.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 23, 2019
According 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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 19, 2019
Democrats in the House of Representatives have taken action to raise the minimum wage. But will workers see a benefit? Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 18, 2019
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.
The latest round of campaign-finance documents are shedding new light on the contours of Election 2019. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.
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.
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.
Unemployment is going down in Southwest Virginia. But, that might be more alarming than you think. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 15, 2019
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 11, 2019
Hurricane 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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 10, 2019
Lawmakers 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.
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.
Cities across Virginia are dealing with a new form of transportation — electric scooters. And now, they have some new tools to regulate. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 5, 2019
Bars and restaurants can now advertise their happy hour prices, a restriction that’s long plagued the industry. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 3, 2019
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 2, 2019
Starting this week, winners of the Virginia lottery can remain anonymous. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on July 1, 2019
Virginia 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.
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.
Are 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.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 27, 2019
Virginia’s foreign-born population is skyrocketing, although the state’s approach to that segment of its population may be lagging behind. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 25, 2019
A 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.
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.