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Full Disclosure Briefing: Inflation’s impact on holiday spending

Inflation has changed the financial equation in many parts of life.  But how is it impacting holiday shopping?

Roben Farzad, host of public radio’s Full Disclosure, and Craig Wright have more on the early indicators.

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Pope & Schapiro: McEachin’s legacy and what happens next

Rep. Donald McEachin

Virginia’s political world was shaken by the sudden death of Congressman Donald McEachin this week.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope discuss McEachin’s legacy and what might happen next.

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Richmond couple reflects on 20 years leading the fight to memorialize Shockoe Bottom

Phil Wilayto and Ana Edwards pose with a piece of the asphalt that was once a parking lot over the burial ground in Shockoe Bottom. (Credit: Phil Wilayto & Ana Edwards)

Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom was once the epicenter of the Virginia slave trade, the second largest site of human trafficking in North America.

Experts estimate the majority of Black Americans can trace their ancestry to this spot.

Today politicians and local leaders have thrown their support behind a memorial park and museum here. But two decades ago, this history was buried under a parking lot.

Mallory Noe-Payne caught up with the husband and wife team who have spent 20 years leading the grassroots movement to get this site memorialized.

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UVA, Chesapeake shootings renew calls for action on gun violence

Chesapeake officials hold a press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to discuss a mass shooting at the Sam’s Circle Walmart the night before. (Credit: Ryan Murphy)

The latest mass shootings in Virginia are prompting yet another round of soul searching. 

And, as Michael Pope reports, they’ve renewed calls for action.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Food banks face impact of inflation

Food banks often get added attention around holidays.  And they, like all of us, are dealing with the impact of inflation.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on that.

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Pope & Schapiro: Primary season is underway

There’s an old adage that in Virginia, you’re never more than a few months away from the next election.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope have more on the upcoming primary season that’s been shaken up by redistricting.

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Housing advocates like some of what they’ve seen in Youngkin’s housing plan, but want to see more

Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Affordable housing might take a bigger role in the upcoming General Assembly session.

Michael Pope reports on the new plan proposed by the governor.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Thanksgiving inflation

Many of us are putting the finishing touches on holiday menus today.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright explain how inflation is hitting the Thanksgiving table this year.

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Federal report calls for improvements in pipeline inspections and investigations

A new watchdog report says the federal government should do a better job inspecting pipelines and investigating accidents.

Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: DNA revelations and write-in candidate success

A teenager who wasn’t on the ballot has been elected to the Timberville Town Council.  And DNA research has produced some stunning news for a Fredericksburg man.

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

More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross.

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Virginia lawmakers may weigh what to do about precious metal mining next session

Members of the General Assembly are getting ready for another session.

Michael Pope says one of the issues on the agenda this year is what to do about the potential mining of precious metals.

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Criticism, confusion swirl around changes to history standards

Zowee Aquino, alongside members of the Hamkae Center, spoke at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.
(Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Virginia’s Board and Department of Education continues to struggle through a divisive and confusing process of re-writing the state’s history and social studies SOL standards.

Mallory Noe-Payne was at an hours-long meeting of the Board of Education today and has this report. 

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Aging in prison: Elderly population may triple in 20 years

Last year, Virginia spent well over a billion dollars on corrections – keeping nearly 24,000 people in prison.  And the bill is about to get much bigger as that population ages. 

Sandy Hausman reports on what we can expect in the years to come and how the state is preparing to care for elderly inmates behind bars.

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Pope & Schapiro: Questions about the UVA shooting & fallout from the November election

The fallout from the November election was quickly overshadowed by the shooting at the University of Virginia.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope recap the week in politics and state government.

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‘My young kings are on the wrong end of it.’ Remembering the victims of the UVA shooting

(Credit: University of Virginia Athletics)

The three students who were killed at the University of Virginia Sunday night were all football players.

Mallory Noe-Payne spoke to someone who knew the victims. 

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Va. News: Voter registration and cat claws

The Virginia General Assembly will consider a bill to make de-clawing of cats illegal. And Election Day brought a surprise for some Virginia voters when they learned they’d been registered in the wrong county for decades.

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

More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross.

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Advocates say challenge to federal law threatens Tribal sovereignty in Virginia

(Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Removal of Indigenous children from their families and Tribes was stopped by Congress in 1978.

But advocates say a challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court threatens the law and the sovereignty of Virginia’s tribal nations.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Pope & Schapiro: The impact of the 2022 congressional elections

The outcome of the 2022 election is settled, at least in Virginia.  So what does that mean for the future?

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope recap the week in politics and state government.

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Republicans pick up one seat in Virginia congressional races

(Credit: David Seidel)

All but one of Virginia’s members of Congress are heading back to Washington for another term in office.

Michael Pope has more from some of the winners.

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Pope & Schapiro: Overnight analysis of Virginia’s congressional races

Republicans and Democrats alike are savoring victories in Virginia this morning.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope have more on the outcome of the state’s highest-profile races.

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Virginia voters head to the polls

Sam Woolsey casts a ballot at a precinct in the Blacksburg area. (Credit: Roxy Todd)

Election Day used to be the first opportunity to cast a ballot. Now, with early voting, it’s the last chance for Virginians to vote in the races for their representatives in Congress as well as some town and city councils.

As people across the state headed to the polls Tuesday, Joe Staniunas found that many had issues of national importance on their minds.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Economic concerns on the minds of voters

(Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Economic concerns are never far from the minds of voters as they head to the polls.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright talk about the potential impact.

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Report: COVID-19 pandemic caused “unprecedented disruption” to Virginia classrooms

A new report says it will take time to reverse the learning loss fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As David Seidel reports, lawmakers have a number of recommendations that could help the recovery.

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Pope & Schapiro: The last days of Campaign 2022

The clock is ticking down to Election Day.  And that means candidates and election officials alike are in high gear.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope have more from the week in politics and state government.

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One man reflects on almost 30 years as an election worker in Virgini

Jimmy Whitney has served as poll worker for almost 30 years in Roanoke. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

There are more than 2,000 voting locations across Virginia. And each one is staffed by a handful of dedicated poll workers.

These folks don’t work in elections year round but choose each year to spend a day helping make democracy run.

Mallory Noe-Payne spoke with one man in Roanoke who’s been doing it for almost 30 years. 

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Scientists say state is not ready to regulate gold mines

When a Canadian company started looking for gold in Buckingham County, area residents were alarmed. 

They knew that activity could threaten their water supply, and they asked the state legislature to step in. 

Lawmakers asked the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to do a report on the possible impacts of gold mining here. 

Today, the report is out, and Sandy Hausman spoke with one of its authors.

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FD Briefing: The Fed’s tightrope walk

The Federal Reserve seems headed toward another big interest rate hike this week.  But inflation has remained stubbornly high and the economy keeps creating new jobs.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright talk about the tightrope regulators have been walking.

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Pope & Schapiro: Virginia’s high-profile campaigns can’t get much tighter

One of Virginia’s high profile Congressional races may be getting closer.  And another can’t get any tighter.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope recap a busy week in state politics and the General Assembly.

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25-mile bike trail planned from Cville to Afton

Albemarle County Planners Jessica Hersh-Ballering and Kevin McDermott (Credit; Sandy Hausman)

The area around Charlottesville has grown dramatically in the last decade, and so has the traffic. 

Now, with a $2 million grant from Washington, local leaders are planning one way to take cars off the road and put people on bikes. 

The Three Notched Trail will stretch 25 miles from the city to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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In a win for conservation, Nansemond Indian Nation is given back ancestral land

Chief Keith Anderson and Dr. Karen Waldrop, Chief Conservation Officer for Ducks Unlimited during the signing ceremony.
(Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Last week, the Nansemond Indian Nation was given back 504 acres of their ancestral lands in Suffolk County.

For the seven federally recognized Tribes in Virginia, getting back ancestral lands for conservation is key to their sovereignty.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Federal student loan forgiveness

A new federal student loan forgiveness program is up and running.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright talk through some of the financial and policy implications.

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Va. News: Same day voter registration & saving grassland birds

(Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

If you missed the voter registration deadline in Virginia you still have a chance to cast a ballot.  And grassland birds are disappearing from the Commonwealth but there’s a new effort underway to help them.

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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AG Miyares to bring Operation Ceasefire to 16 partner cities

Attorney General Jason Miyares (Credit: Virginia Attorney General’s Office)

Several Virginia cities are about to receive new funding to crack down on gang violence.

Michael Pope explains the project.

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New opioid far stronger than fentanyl

Experts warn new class of opioids may be mixed with other drugs. (Credit Drug Enforcement Administration)

Virginia saw a small decrease in overdose deaths during the first quarter of this year, but the opioid epidemic is still taking a heavy toll. 

Last year, more than 2,600 people died – most from an overdose of fentanyl. 

And now doctors warn there’s an even more potent form of the drug being sold.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Pope & Schapiro: Debates, lack of debates, and law & order

Debates… and lack of debates… are among the political headlines over the past week.

Jeff Schapiro, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope discuss the week in politics and state government.

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To battle misinformation, more elections offices are hiring PR pros

Katherin Cardozo-Robledo, Richmond’s elections communication specialist, works on creating election officer spotlights for the office’s social media feeds. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

In less than a month voters head to the polls for the Congressional midterms and municipal elections.

Talk to local officials running those elections and they’ll tell you their job has become busier in the past few years and complicated by the fight against misinformation. 

Mallory Noe-Payne has this look at how local registrars are turning to communication pros to help wage that battle. 

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State study: Restrictive local zoning biggest challenge to affordable housing

Members of the General Assembly are starting to consider what kind of bills they’ll consider next year.

And as Michael Pope reports, many people are calling on them to find a way to increase affordable housing.

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Lower income earners face bigger tax burden thanks to “bracket creep”

Virginia’s income tax hasn’t been updated since 1990.

As Michael Pope reports, that means low-income people shoulder a disproportionate burden.

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While Virginia tracks COVID-19, other respiratory viruses are attacking

VCU pediatrician Tiffany Kimbrough (Credit: VCU)

Virginia is still tracking cases of COVID-19, but other viruses are popping up earlier than usual. 

Sandy Hausman reports on one which puts about 58,000 children and three times as many elderly patients in the hospital each year.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: The big business of college football

It’s college football season, with all its pageantry and prognostications.  But there’s even more at play.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and host Craig Wright talk about the big business of college football.

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Study tries to determine if casinos can coexist in Richmond and Petersburg

Virginia may be about to roll the dice on casino gambling. But who will benefit the most?

Michael Pope has more on a new state report.

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Pope & Schapiro: Checking on Virgnia’s hottest Congressional races

Early votes are already being cast for this year’s Congressional election.  And Election Day is less than a month away.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope bring us up to speed on developments in some of Virginia’s most contested races.

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The tenacity of Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive (Credit: Christine Kueter)

Autumn Olive, an Asian plant originally prized for its ability to control erosion and thrive in harsh environments, is quickly choking out native East Coast species.

While it’s likely too late to eradicate it, there are ways to help manage it— one small bite at a time.

Christine Kueter reports.

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Pope & Schapiro: Tourism campaigns, political campaigns, and public input campaigns

Campaigns in Virginia and beyond made headlines over the past few days.

Jeff Schapiro, political columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope have more on the week in politics and state government.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: What’s ahead for the e-cigarette market?

Can a Virginia-based company re-ignite the e-cigarette market?

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on the business ramifications for Altria Group.

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Debate topic: Defending democracy

(Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Candidates for Congress in Virginia are debating everything from abortion and the economy to transgender students and gun violence.

Michael Pope reports that they’re also being asked about threats to democracy.

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Securing Virginia’s ballot drop boxes

Election season has begun, and voters can either mail in their ballots or deposit them in a drop box.

Michael Pope explains some of the steps taken to ensure security.

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Va. News: Gun laws and driver’s licenses

Over the past two years several thousand Virginians have received non-binary driver’s licenses. And the City of Winchester has seen parts of its gun ordinance suspended by a judge pending a lawsuit.

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

More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross.

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VCU researcher: Property tax delinquency a strong predictor of neighborhood violence

Professor Samuel West conducted the research at Virginia Commonwealth University. He’s now a professor at Virginia State University. (Credit: Samuel West)

A recent study found that negligent landlords are a significant predictor of violence in Richmond neighborhoods.

Caitlin Pierce has more on the research and how it might be used in other areas struggling to reverse trends of increasing violence.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Slides in the stock and bond markets take their toll

As the stock market continues to slide and high inflation seems to hang on, a lot of investors are wondering where to turn.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on the concerns and the outlook for the future.

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