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New Law Sets Cap on Suspensions

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In Virginia, some students are suspended for months, or even an entire school year. A new law that takes effect July 1st, seeks to change that. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Why Are So Many Virginia Children Still Living in Poverty?

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Downtown Danville. Nearly half of the city’s children live in poverty. (Credit: Miguel Gereda / Creative Commons)

The number of children who live in poverty is coming down across the country. But not in Virginia. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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New Federal Program Seeks to Pay for Lunches at High-Poverty Schools

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Census figures show that the number of children who live in poverty in Virginia is on the rise, and school administrators across the commonwealth are using new money from the federal government to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.

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Republicans Respond to Corey Stewart Nomination

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Corey Stewart will face off with Democratic incumbent Senator Tim Kaine in November. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Republicans are divided about the Senate candidate at the top of their ticket in Virginia this year. Michael Pope reports.

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Now That Medicaid Expansion Has Passed, What’s Next?

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Democrats are still celebrating their huge victory in expanding Medicaid, a goal they’ve sought for years and only accomplished after last year’s wave election. What comes next? Michael Pope reports.

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Thanks to Federal Tax Code, Virginia Could See Millions in New Revenue

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The new federal tax code may be having an unintended consequence here in Virginia: higher state taxes. And, that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue. Michael Pope reports.

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Examining Fundraising Numbers for Virginia’s Republican Senate Hopefuls

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Republicans are about to select their candidate to take on incumbent Senator Tim Kaine. Whichever candidate emerges as the winner next week will face a huge financial challenge. Michael Pope reports.

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Mixed News for Higher Ed in State Budget

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State lawmakers have signed off on a budget that includes increased spending on K-12 education, health care, and raises for state employees. But the outlook for higher education funding is mixed. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With Next Week’s Primary Elections Looming, Which Candidates Have a Leg Up in Fundraising?

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Democrat Alison Friedman is hoping to unseat Republican-incumbent Barbara Comstock in the state’s 10th Congressional District. (Credit: alisonforvirginia.com)

Candidates for Congress are raising and spending millions of dollars in advance of next week’s primary election. Michael Pope reports.

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Three Republicans Battle To Take On Tim Kaine

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Republicans will be heading to the polls June 12 to select a candidate to take on Senator Tim Kaine this fall. Michael Pope reports.

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The Politics of ICE in Virginia

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As the campaign season heats up heading into the primary this month, the issue of immigration is at the forefront in many campaigns. Michael Pope explains.

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‘Help not Death’ Rallying Cry of Crowd

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Princess Blanding, the sister of Marcus-David Peters, who was fatally shot by Richmond police, speaks before a march on Saturday. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Hundreds took to the streets in Richmond this weekend to demand more from Richmond Police, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who charged at an officer. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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How Much Local Government Business Should Go On Behind Closed Doors?

foia_stockA legal fight over public access to local government is raising new questions about Virginia’s Freedom of Information law. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia’s Recently Passed Budget Has a Few Other Perks

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Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, a teacher of 30 years, helped craft the budget. It includes a 3% pay raise for teachers. (Credit: kirkcox.com)

The historic agreement to expand Medicaid was the centerpiece of the General Assembly session this year. But the recently passed budget has another important attraction — raises for teachers and state employees. Michael Pope has the story.

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Census Data Shows Growth in Virginia’s Asian Population

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Sang Yi is one of two new City Councilors in Fairfax born in South Korea. (Credit: Republican Party of Virginia)

New numbers from the Census show an important shift in Virginia, one that might surprise you. Michael Pope has details.

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Census Data Suggests Gap Between the Rich and Poor Varies Across Virginia

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Wealth inequality is more prevalent in some parts of Virginia than others. Michael Pope has the story.

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Analysts Say Used Clothing Can Still Make a Difference

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That old sweater you’re no longer wearing just might make the world a better place. Michael Pope has the story.

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Chesterfield Superintendent to Take on Statewide Role

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Virginia has a new superintendent of public instruction, current Chesterfield County superintendent James Layne. Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement in Richmond Thursday. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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A Look at the Impact of Refugee Placements on Virginia’s Economy

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The number of refugee placements has declined dramatically since President Trump took office. And, that has an impact on economies across Virginia. Michael Pope explains.

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Supreme Court to Take Up Virginia Uranium Mining Lawsuit

Supreme CourtAdvocates for uranium mining have given up the fight of changing state law in Richmond. Now they’re taking their case to the Supreme Court in Washington. Michael Pope has the story.

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The Number of Homeless Veterans in Virginia Has Plummeted in Recent Years

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Homelessness among veterans is down in Virginia, way down. Michael Pope explains why.

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Virginia’s Rent Rates Have Stayed Flat in Recent Years

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The cost of renting property in Virginia has historically been well above the national average. But recent years have seen a shift. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Senate Committee Puts off Budget Vote

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Virginia’s slow moving budget process is only getting slower, as the Senate Finance Committee declined to vote on a budget proposal Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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As Lawmakers Mull Medicaid Expansion, ER Visits Related to Opioid Use Continue to Rise

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Downtown Waynesboro. The small town in the Shenandoah Valley has seen the largest increase of emergency room visits related to opioid use in the state since 2015. (Credit: Creative Commons)

The opioid crisis continues to plague Virginia, and some are hoping members of the General Assembly might be able to take action to do something about it. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Lawmakers Weigh In On Net Neutrality Debate

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Net neutrality has become one of the hottest issues in Washington, and the debate is likely to come to a campaign trail near you. Michael Pope explains why.

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Judge Rules Pipeline Does Not Do Enough to Protect Endangered Animals

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Judges in Richmond have thrown out a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Environmental groups are celebrating the decision as a big victory, but Dominion Energy says they plan to keep building anyway. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Taylor Proposal Calls for Partnerships Between Police and Local Communities

480px-Scott_Taylor_official_photoRecent years have seen a growing sense of distrust between some members of the community and police. Now one Virginia congressman is trying to forge a new sense of cooperation. Michael Pope is on Capitol Hill with the latest.

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Could Virginia Recycle Its Stockpile of Coal Ash?

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Lawmakers are in Richmond this week to figure out what to do with industrial pollution created by decades of fossil fuels. Michael Pope has the story.

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Absentee Voting for June 12th Primaries Now Underway

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Voting has already started for the June primaries. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Lawmakers Are Taking Less and Disclosing More

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State Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) landed at the top of the gift disclosures list this year. (Credit: barbarafavola.org)

Disclosure forms show that lawmakers are taking far fewer gifts than they once did, before former Governor Bob McDonnell found himself in federal court defending gifts from a wealthy businessman. Michael Pope has this look at the latest round of disclosure forms.

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Environmentalists Picket Dominion Shareholder Meeting

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While shareholders of Dominion Energy met in Richmond Wednesday for their annual update, pipeline protesters took to the street. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Lawmakers Take Up Call to End Cash Bail Bonds

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Richmond is taking steps to end its cash bail system, and now some state lawmakers are pushing for similar changes in other parts of the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Proposed Cuts to SNAP Benefits Could Hit Rural Virginia Especially Hard

391px-Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_Program_logo.svgCongress is considering a massive change to the food stamp program. And, as Michael Pope reports, the change would hit rural parts of Virginia the hardest.

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Education Spending is Also a Sticking Point of Budget Talks in Richmond

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Lawmakers in Richmond are still haggling over the details of the budget, and talks have broken down over whether health insurance should be expanded to people who live in poverty or with disabilities. But, another part of the state’s budget is also a hot topic. Michael Pope reports.

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Charles Steger Remembered As Visionary Leader At Virginia Tech

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Former Virginia Tech President Charles Steger died Sunday night, according to a statement from the university. Robbie Harris reports.

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Despite Positive Economic Gains, Building Permits Are Lagging Behind

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The recession is long gone, and the economy is making a comeback. But, one economic indicator is lagging behind. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Unemployment Numbers May Be Misleading

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Unemployment in Virginia has been going down steadily since it peaked during the recession. But, poverty is going up. Michael Pope reports.

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Dems Hold First Gun Safety Meeting

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After the shooting at a high school in Florida, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia have formed a task force on gun safety. Their first community meeting is this weekend in Richmond. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Could Big Data Help Curb the Opioid Crisis?

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Can data solve the opioid crisis? One member of Congress from Virginia thinks it’s worth a try. Michael Pope has the story.

*Editor’s Note: After this story was published, Rep. Comstock’s office vigorously disputed any implication from political analyst Quentin Kidd that the legislation has any political motivation.  In a phone call, Comstock said the opioid crisis “is not a partisan issue.”  She also noted her previous involvement in speaking about and addressing the issue  both in Congress and in the Virginia General Assembly.  That context should have been included in the original story.

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Activists Keep Up Pressure for Medicaid Expansion

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Lawmakers won’t be tackling the issue of Medicaid expansion for another two weeks, when the state Senate is to reconvene and negotiate the budget. But activists are trying keeping up the pressure. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Local Newspapers Continue to Disappear Across Virginia

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Several communities across Virginia are saying goodbye to their local newspapers. Michael Pope has the story.

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The “Southwest Symphony” Wows Airport Audience

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Charlottesville High School musicians delighted travelers with a spontaneous concert at the airport in Orlando. (Credit: Laura Mulligan Thomas)

Charlottesville High School’s orchestra won four of the top prizes at a national competition in Orlando last week, but that was just the start of their adventure. Sandy Hausman reports on what happened when they were ready to head home.

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Virginia Honors Young Civil Rights Warrior Barbara Johns

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At the age of 16, Barbara Johns organized a strike that would launch the student civil rights movement. (Credit: Moton Museum)

Since a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, students have taken to the streets – demanding more gun control in this country. Their actions are inspiring, but this is not the first time young people have led a social movement. Sandy Hausman reports.

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Budget Talks Restart in May

Virginia_State_Capitol3Despite already being one month into overtime, state lawmakers will wait until mid May to restart budget negotiations. Leaders in the Senate say they want updated data on tax collections before they dive back in. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Goodlatte Music Legislation Unanimously Passes House

Bob_Goodlatte_official_photoCongressman Bob Goodlatte may be on his way out of Congress. But he’s not ready for his swan song yet. Michael Pope reports.

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Outside Money Again Looks Likely to Play A Role in Virginia’s Elections

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As the politics of 2018 heat up, money is flooding in from across the country. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Law Students Challenge Need for Mental Health Question

VSB_0Law students around the state are demanding a change in Virginia’s Bar Exam. They say a question that asks for mental health history has a chilling effect on future lawyers. The push comes after the American Bar Association recently recommended states re-evaluate whether to ask for the sensitive information. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Goodlatte Legislation Seeks to Modernize Music Industry

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Members of Congress are about to take up a bill from Congressman Bob Goodlatte this week that might end up being a revolutionary change to the music business. Michael Pope has the story.

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Pipeline Protests Get the Attention of Lawmakers

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As tree clearing for the Mountain Valley Pipeline moves forward in southwest Virginia, some Democratic lawmakers in Richmond are asking for things to slow down. They’re also demanding support for a protester, who has been sitting in the pipeline’s path. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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GA Meets for Veto Session

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Virginia’s House of Delegates met for a veto session Wednesday, lawmakers tried to override only one of Governor Ralph Northam’s vetoes. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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