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Beyer Calls for Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump; Will Others Join Him?

Don_Beyer,_official_114th_Congress_photo_portrait.jpegDemocrats in Virginia are divided about whether to impeach President Trump. Michael Pope reports.

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Helping the Disabled Out of Their Homes

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Notes written for the Martin family became a part of their ramp. (Credit: SAW Virginia)

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.

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Congresswoman Wexton Working to Protect Obama-Era HUD Regulation

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

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:

She also posted details related to her bill:

 

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Probe Inconclusive Regarding Racist Photo on Governor Ralph Northam’s Yearbook Page

governor-northam-official-photo_800We 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.

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Incumbents in some Key Races Trail in Fundraising

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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.

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Virginia’s Congressional Delegation Goes on Record with Climate Change Vote

StateSeal00The politics of climate change are dividing members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation. Michael Pope reports from Capitol Hill.

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Congressman Scott Wants to Eliminate Age Discrimination in the Workplace

BobbyScottShould 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.

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State Targets Spanish Speakers for Medicaid Expansion

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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.

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Virginia’s Talent Pipeline May Soon See a Big Shift

StateSeal00For 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.

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Riggleman Wants to Track Down Bad Actors in Banking

400px-Denver_Riggleman,_official_116th_Congress_photo_portraitCongress 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.

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Analyzing What Turnout May Look Like for This Year’s Primary Elections

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The primary is only one month away, but most voters don’t even know — or care — about the election. Michael Pope reports.

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Tackling the Growing Demand for Psychiatric Services in Virginia’s Hospitals

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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.

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Petersburg’s Fortunes Are Now Looking Up

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A city once on the verge of economic collapse may be on the verge of making a dramatic comeback. Michael Pope reports.

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Casinos May Be on the Way to Some Economically Struggling Communities in Virginia

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Will Virginia voters press their luck with casinos? Michael Pope has details.

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Governor Northam’s Mandatory Minimums Decision Continues to Spark Controversy

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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.

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New T-Rex Relative Discovered Thanks to Virginia Tech Researcher

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The Suskityrannus hazelae is believed to be a relative of the more ferocious T-Rex. (Credit: Virginia Tech)

The dinosaur world is getting a new addition thanks to a Virginia Tech paleontologist. Michael Pope reports.

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School Discipline Disparities Get Attention on Capitol Hill

BobbyScottDemocrats 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.

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A Look at Virginia’s Rate of “Urbanization”

urbanizationVirginia is urbanizing at a faster rate than the rest of the country. Michael Pope is looking into the numbers.

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Analyzing Virginia’s “Economic Mobility”

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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.

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Following FAA Approval, Drone Deliveries on the Way to New River Valley

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The Wing company, a Google spinoff, has won federal approval to operate its drone delivery system as an airline in the U.S. That system will begin in the New River Valley. (Credit: Wing)

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.

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Who Needs Broadband? Virginia Pushes Forward with Expansion Despite Not Having the Answer

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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.

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A Breakdown of New Crime Statistics from the Virginia State Police, FBI

StateSeal00New data suggests crime is down across Virginia. Michael Pope has details.

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New Census Data Suggests Southwest Virginia is Continuing to Shrink

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New Census data shows Tazewell County has lost 10% of its population over the last decade. (Credit: visittazewellcounty.org)

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.

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Virginia Set to Lower Carbon Emissions

StateSeal00Virginia 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.

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Now That the Presidency is Off the Table, What’s Next for McAuliffe?

McAuliffeFormer 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.

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Could Medicaid Reimbursement Be a Solution to Black Maternal Mortality?

StateSeal00This 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.

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Financial Reports Show What Races Are a Priority for Republicans and Democrats This Fall

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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.

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O’Rourke is First Presidential Hopeful to Visit Virginia

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The 2020 Presidential campaign has arrived in Virginia. The first of 18 Democratic candidates is campaigning today in the Commonwealth. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Examining Tax Freedom Day in Virginia

StateSeal00This week’s tax filing deadline has many people thinking about the tax burden they face. But today marks another significant tax-related event. Michael Pope has details.

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Va. News: Norfolk offers Teacher Stipend at ‘troubled schools’, Historic Marker recognizes dark past

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For the first time, Virginia is acknowledging a dark aspect of its history with a roadside marker. And Norfolk has a plan to encourage teachers to stay in troubled schools. More now from Fred Echols.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link.

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Data Shows Racial Disparity in Richmond Policing

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Black residents in Richmond are more likely to be stopped by police than white residents. That’s according to data the police department has handed over to a grassroots group pushing for more police accountability. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Is McAuliffe About to Announce His Presidential Campaign?

McAuliffeA former Virginia governor may be on the verge of announcing for president. Michael Pope reports.

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VCU to Offer New Minor in LGBTQ Studies

584b7ab80be21.image_Students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will have the opportunity next year to pursue a new minor in LGBT+ and Queer Studies. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With Every Seat Up for Grabs, Many Republicans are Calling it Quits at the General Assembly

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Nine lawmakers are calling it quits, stepping down from their position in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has the breakdown.

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New Data Offers Insight into Civil War Population

StateSeal00Researchers at the University of Virginia are using some new data to learn about a very old subject: the Civil War. Michael Pope reports.

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Proposed Changes to NAFTA Could Be Very Damaging to Virginia’s Economy

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International trade is playing an increasing role in Virginia’s economy, which means that a debate about to take place in Congress could have dramatic consequences for the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports.

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Paystub Protections Are Now Law in Virginia, With One Notable Exception

StateSeal00Workers across Virginia are about to get a new guarantee — a paystub showing how their salary was calculated and what kind of withholdings were taken out. Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers Approve Funding Plan for Interstate 81 Improvements

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Drivers along the Interstate 81 corridor are about to see higher gas taxes and new infrastructure improvements. Michael Pope reports.

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Fairfax Seeks Investigation of Assault Allegations

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Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is asking law enforcement to investigate claims he sexually assaulted two women. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the statehouse are pushing for a public legislative hearing as a means to determine the truth.

Delegate Todd Gilbert suggests a lie detector test is meaningless.

Democrats say a bipartisan hearing would merely be political spectacle. Their lack of support leaves the possibility in limbo.

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Northam Working to Increase Affordable Housing Options, GOP Support Remains Unclear

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers are returning to Richmond Wednesday, where they’ll be considering a proposal from the governor to invest more money into affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia May End Driver’s License Suspensions for Unpaid Court Fees After All

StateSeal00Lawmakers will return to Richmond this week to finish up some loose ends from this year’s General Assembly session. And one issue that is expected to be at the top of the agenda is suspended drivers licenses. Michael Pope reports.

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‘I Was So Ashamed’ Fairfax Accuser Describes Alleged Assault

screen_shot_2019-04-01_at_3.26.21_pmTwo women accusing Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault are now going public, giving their first television interviews since coming forward in February. Fairfax continues to deny the accusations, saying the encounters were consensual. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia Incumbents Facing Primary Challengers From Their Own Parties

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The deadline for new candidates running in primaries for the General Election was this week. Michael Pope has this preview of the upcoming election cycle.

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Teachers in Virginia Consider Way Forward

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Hundreds of educators from across the state are in Richmond this weekend, considering their next steps in pushing for more state funding. It comes at a time when new numbers show Virginia teachers are paid almost $10,000 below the national average. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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New Study: Virginia Needs to Spend Much More on Students in High-Poverty Districts

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Virginia’s poorest school districts are not receiving the funding they need, according to a new study. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Signs Foster Care Reform

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, signs foster care reforms into law. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s Governor signed legislation Wednesday to improve the state’s foster care system. The measures increase health and safety standards, plus make it easier for children to be placed with a family member. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Avoiding Eviction: How Virginia is Making the System Easier for Tenants

virginia_flag_map_0It’s a legislative success story. Reporting from the New York Times brought attention to Virginia’s eviction crisis, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers responded. In just a single year, the General Assembly passed a suite of legislation to bring clarity to the eviction process and give renters a second chance.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Northam Renews Push for a Virginia Hands-Free Law

governor-northam-official-photo_800Drivers in Virginia may soon be subject to a strict new law preventing them from holding their cell phones. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Large Numbers of Children in Poverty Could Adversely Impact the State’s Health

StateSeal00A recent report indicates many of Virginia’s children live in poverty – a major concern for the long-term health of the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports.

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New Data Suggests Virginia Has a Drunk Driving Problem

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Drunk driving is a major problem in Virginia, especially in certain areas according to a new report. Michael Pope has details.

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