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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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New Study: The Number of Virginia Smokers is Now Below the National Average

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Virginia was once the epicenter of the smoking industry. But now, the number of people using cigarettes in Virginia is dropping. Michael Pope reports.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Visits Virginia, Talks Confederate Monuments

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Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was in Richmond Tuesday. He spoke with the city’s mayor and shared some of the things he learned in his quest to remove the Confederate monuments in his city. Mallory Noe-Payne was at the event and has this report.

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Northam Vetoes Two Immigration-Related Bills

governor-northam-official-photo_800Immigration is once again in the spotlight here in Virginia, where the issue has become a dividing line between the parties. Michael Pope reports.

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Supreme Court Justices Hear Oral Arguments in Virginia’s Redistricting Case

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Are Republicans in Virginia guilty of racial gerrymandering? That’s a question currently being considered by the highest court in the land. Michael Pope is at the Supreme Court with the latest.

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Virginia CSB’s Offer Same Day Services

StateSeal00Someone trying to get a mental health evaluation can now walk into any of the state’s community services boards and get one right away, instead of waiting days or even weeks for an appointment. It’s a dramatic shift that the state has been working towards for years. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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What to Expect When the Supreme Court Takes Up Virginia’s Redistricting Case

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Virginia’s racial gerrymandering case is headed back to the United States Supreme Court next week for yet another round of oral arguments. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Congressman Beyer: IRS Needs Additional Funding to Track Down Tax Evaders

Don_Beyer,_official_114th_Congress_photo_portrait.jpegTax season is upon us, and that means officials at the Internal Revenue Service are working overtime this time of year. But, one Virginia congressman worries that the IRS isn’t getting the funding it needs. Michael Pope reports.

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Congressman Denver Riggleman is Trying to Revamp the National Flood Insurance Program

400px-Denver_Riggleman,_official_116th_Congress_photo_portraitThis week is Flood Insurance Awareness Week, and Congress is responding by taking a look at how flood insurance works — and sometimes doesn’t work. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Weighs Sales Tax for Online “Marketplace Facilitators”

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Virginia’s sales taxes are currently stuck in the last century. But, state laws on sales taxes are about to go back to the future. Michael Pope has the story.

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What Will Virginia’s Population Look Like in 2040?

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Virginia is running up against two demographic trends that might be unwelcome news. Michael Pope explains the changes.

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School Counselor Funding is On the Way, But Not Nearly Enough

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School counselors are about to get a little more money. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s still nowhere close to the required ratio.

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Is Aid to High-Poverty Schools Distributed Fairly?

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School divisions with students who live in poverty are about to get some extra funding. Michael Pope is breaking down the numbers.

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Lawmakers Offer More Money, as Colleges Consider Tuition Increases

StateSeal00This spring, colleges in Virginia will be voting on whether to raise tuition for next school year. The latest state budget has a big incentive for them not to. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Congressman Bobby Scott Leading School Infrastructure Effort

BobbyScottNow that Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives, Tidewater-area Congressman Bobby Scott has become chairman of a key committee. And, he’s using that position to help high-poverty schools. Michael Pope has details.

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Telemedicine Measure Fails, But Hope Remains for Next Year

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For now, Virginia doctors will be writing prescriptions for Virginia patients. But, that could change next year. Michael Pope reports.

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ERA Goes Down Without a Full Vote

StateSeal00A last ditch effort to get lawmakers in Richmond to vote on the Equal Rights Amendment failed today. It ends this year’s push to make Virginia the final state needed to change the constitution. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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State Readies Review of Maternal Mortality

general assembly coverage 2019Lawmakers and administration officials in Richmond are working together to try to reduce the number of women dying in childbirth. Michael Pope reports.

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Legislation That Establishes FOIA Penalties Continues to Move Through the Capitol

foia_stockDo local governments hide public information? One senator is concerned about the possibility they do, and he’s moving forward with a bill to create new penalties to prevent it. Michael Pope reports.

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Gore Lambasts Dominion’s Plans for Union Hill

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Environmental activist Al Gore applauds his opening act, the Reverend William Barber II during an ecological justice tour.

It was a combination protest, spiritual revival and celebration as about 800 people packed the gym at a middle school in Buckingham County last night to hear from environmental activist Al Gore and political activist William Barber. They had come to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and construction of a massive compressor station in the historic black community called Union Hill. Sandy Hausman was there and filed this report.

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What Should State Lawmakers Do About Fairfax Allegations?

general assembly coverage 2019Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is denying the allegations of two women who accuse him of sexual assault. So what comes next? Michael Pope reports.

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Spanberger Takes Moderate Approach in First Town Hall

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Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger takes questions during her first town hall in Virginia’s 7th District. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

New congresswoman Abigail Spanberger kept a campaign promise and met with constituents Tuesday night for a town hall. It’s the first public forum Virginia’s seventh congressional district has had in two years. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Should Health Insurance Companies Be Able to Prioritize Cheaper Drugs?

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How much influence should health insurance providers have over which drugs you take? That’s an issue lawmakers are debating in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers Weigh Parental Oversight of Anti-Bullying Material

StateSeal00Should parents to able to veto some materials used in public schools when bullying or suicide prevention is on the agenda? Michael Pope reports.

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Effort to Increase Subcommittee Transparency Moving Through General Assembly

general assembly coverage 2019Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a proposal that would shed greater light on how state government works. Michael Pope has the story.

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State Leaders Weigh Equity Policies Amid Political Scandals

general assembly coverage 2019In the wake of the blackface scandal, Governor Ralph Northam is asking Cabinet members to come up with ways to address inequality. Michael Pope has the latest.

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Creating an Opportunity for HBCU Students out of Yearbook Scandal

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A GoFundMe campaign is aimed at helping students research Virginia’s politicians.

It took decades for a racist photo on Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page to come to light. Now one group wants to find out what else could be lurking out there, and they’re relying on a particular group of people to do the research. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

 

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Virginia’s Schools May Soon Be Able to Decide Whether to Open Before Labor Day

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King Dominion’s “Dominator” roller coaster. The Richmond-area amusement park has long been opposed to efforts to reverse a law requiring public schools to open after Labor Day weekend. (Credit: daveynin / Flickr)

School divisions across Virginia may be on the verge of starting classes before Labor Day, or least having that option. Michael Pope reports.

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Tax Deal Almost Derails Over Question About Who Gets Left Out

general assembly coverage 2019A handful of Democrats in the statehouse briefly blocked a tax relief package after progressive groups said it disproportionately hurt low-income African-Americans. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Fairfax Impeachment Talk On Hold… For Now

StateSeal00Embattled Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is back at work this week, presiding over the Senate and resisting calls for his resignation. Michael Pope has details.

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Governor Agrees to Sign Republican Tax Proposal

general assembly coverage 2019Governor Ralph Northam is agreeing to sign off on a Republican tax proposal, returning about half a billion dollars to taxpayers rather than investing the money in education and infrastructure. Mallory Noe-Payne has the latest from the Capitol.

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Virginia AG says he Wore Blackface at College Party

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The political crisis in Virginia escalated dramatically Wednesday when another top Democrat — Attorney General Mark Herring — admitted putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was in college. Michael Pope has more reaction.

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On Busiest Day of the Year, General Assembly Feeling Effects of Northam Controversy

general assembly coverage 2019The General Assembly is in a state of limbo. Lawmakers are trying to get work done on the busiest day of the year while people are wondering when — or if — the governor will resign. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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