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Posted in Virginia's News on September 23, 2019
How much money should people make before they are denied food stamps? That’s a question being debated in Washington and Richmond. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 20, 2019
Campaign finance numbers from the summer show Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans in several campaigns for the General Assembly. Michael Pope is following the money.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 19, 2019
A national group that represents home healthcare workers has jumped into politics, and one of their first investments is here in Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
In the next 20 years, white people in Virginia are expected to become a minority. But, the story of race is a bit more complicated than that. Michael Pope reports.
For the past few years fewer people have been moving to Virginia. Instead more are actually leaving the Commonwealth, moving to other states — and they’re heading south. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 17, 2019
This month is Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the contribution Hispanic voters have made to Virginia politics. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on September 16, 2019
Candidates for the General Assembly are facing a key deadline this week for campaign finance. Michael Pope is following the money.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 30, 2019
Across Virginia, schoolchildren are heading back to school. And now school divisions are no longer required to wait until Labor Day to open their doors. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s largest electric utility earned $277 million more in profits last year than what regulators say is reasonable and its customers could see huge bill increases in coming years, state regulators said Thursday in a new report. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Service sector employees in Virginia have been struggling for years with low wages. And now, they are looking ahead to an uncertain future. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 28, 2019
Is Virginia’s economy headed for a rough patch? Michael Pope looks into the crystal ball.
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Tourism is booming in Virginia. And, the forecast for the next decade is also strong. Michael Pope reports.
When can employees take time off? And how much time should they get to leave work? Lawmakers are expected to consider these questions next year, and the results will depend on what happens during this year’s election. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 21, 2019
The senior population in Virginia is about to experience a boom. Michael Pope explains why that’s important.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 20, 2019
Virginia’s State Crime Commission heard hours of public testimony Tuesday – all on gun violence. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, comments are falling along expected lines, but there is one emerging point of consensus.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 19, 2019
This week, Governor Ralph Northam will outline the state of Virginia’s finances to the House and Senate money committees of the General Assembly. And, opinions are divided about the best way to balance the books. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 16, 2019
Democrats are divided about how much of America’s health insurance should be run by the government. That’s leaving some industry groups worried about the future of Virginia’s rural hospitals. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 15, 2019
Members of the Norfolk School Board are facing criticism over meeting without public notice. It’s an issue that every Planning Commission and water-control board in Virginia has to deal with. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 14, 2019
Who are the people running against all those incumbent members of the Virginia General Assembly this year? And just how rich are they? Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 13, 2019
The Trump administration wants to build a new detention center for children in Northern Virginia. And, the idea isn’t all that popular in the region. Michael Pope reports.
There were no protests, no chanting and no arrests this weekend as Charlottesville marked the second anniversary of a violent white supremacist rally. Instead, the city celebrated what it calls Unity Days – a range of events designed to bring people together. Sandy Hausman reports.
Two years ago Heather Heyer was killed during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Two others also died that day. Troopers Berke Bates and Jay Cullen were killed when their helicopter crashed. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Are Republicans in Virginia on the verge of moving their position on gun control? Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 9, 2019
Estimating the cost of major transit projects can be difficult. And a new federal report points to Virginia as an example of how cost estimates can be dramatically wrong. Michael Pope reports.
The crisis of maternal mortality among African-American women in Virginia continues to raise alarm bells among state officials, although a new report has some good news on the subject. Michael Pope reports.
Community activists from Charlottesville are asking Twitter to ban white supremacists in advance of August 12th – the 2nd anniversary of a violent rally called Unite the Right. RADIO IQ’s Sandy Hausman has that story.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 7, 2019
Washington isn’t a place that’s known for bipartisan agreement on many things. But, as Michael Pope reports, Republicans and Democrats from Virginia are coming together in an effort to repeal a key part of the Affordable Care Act.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 6, 2019
Virginia’s Board of Elections will not allow Republican Delegate Nick Freitas on the ballot this November. That decision came during a board meeting Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, Governor Northam is blaming Donald Trump and calling on voters to reject gun violence on November 5th. Sandy Hausman has the story.
Schools across Virginia are having a hard time finding teachers. And, the lack of teachers in Virginia is causing some schools to take drastic measures. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on August 2, 2019
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is hoping to get his hands on new funding streams for early childhood education. Michael Pope reports.
A GOP state lawmaker says he’s willing to step aside as a candidate, if it means voters in his district can get a Republican on the ballot. The election in central Virginia could impact party control of the statehouse. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
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.