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Kaine, Warner Hopeful About Avoiding Government Shutdown

StateSeal00Leaders in Washington may be heading toward yet another government shutdown, although Virginia’s two senators are hopeful Congress can avoid brinkmanship. Michael Pope reports.

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Congress Likely to Pass “Ashanti Alert” Legislation from Virginia Lawmakers

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Democrats and Republicans in Congress may be deadlocked over a potential government shutdown and funding a wall on the southern border. But, they’re also coming together to pass significant bipartisan legislation at the end of the year. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Unemployment Numbers Show More Women Are Out of Work Than Men

virginia_flag_map_0Gender disparity in employment and salaries is well established. But there is another aspect of the gender gap that has not received as much attention. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Proposes 5-Percent Teacher Raise

governor-northam-official-photo_800Governor Ralph Northam is proposing a five-percent pay raise for teachers. It’s just one among a list of education priorities the Governor will present to lawmakers next week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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School Divisions Closely Watching Stafford County Policy Decision

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School divisions across Virginia are in the midst of a transformation, one that may have profound consequences for transgender students. Michael Pope reports.

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With 2019 Session Around the Corner, State Lawmakers Already Looking Ahead

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Lawmakers are about to assemble in Richmond for the next session of the General Assembly. But, as Michael Pope reports, many of them are already thinking ahead to the next election.

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Richmond Start-Up Offers “Adventurer” Insurance Plans

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A new start-up in Richmond is looking to fill a gap – insurance for adventurers. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Should Gun Owners Be Liable If Their Guns Are Used in a Crime?

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Gun control is expected to be a major flashpoint in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly, and lawmakers are preparing a long list of potential new laws. Michael Pope reports on one measure in the works.

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Proposed Legislation Would Change the Way Virginia Investigates Child Abuse

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Child abuse investigations are at the center of one bill that’ll be considered next month in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

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General Assembly May Consider Expanding Attorney General’s Jurisdiction for Hate Crimes

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Virginia’s attorney general is hoping members of the General Assembly will give his office new authority to go after hate crimes. Michael Pope reports.

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A Look at Life Expectancy in Virginia

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Men outnumber women in Virginia until they reach their mid-thirties. After that, women outnumber men until very late in life. Michael Pope reports on the gender gap at the end of life.

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RC Poll: Consumer Sentiment Heavily Dependent on Political Affiliation in Virginia

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How healthy is Virginia’s economy? The answer to that question might just depend on how you vote. Michael Pope reports.

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Yes, There ARE Fewer Stink Bugs This Year

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Have you noticed there are fewer Stink Bugs around this year? Robbie Harris reports on why that it is and what we might expect going forward.

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Millenials Are Leading the Way in Virginia’s Rising Homeownership Rate

homeownershipThe recession ended a decade ago. But in some ways, Virginia’s housing industry is just now starting to recover. Michael Pope reports.

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Auto Loan Delinquencies On the Rise in Virginia

Auto Loan Delinquency in VirginiaIt’s been a decade since the subprime mortgage crisis tanked the global economy. Now, there’s another potential bubble about to burst. Michael Pope reports.

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RC Poll: Virginia Shoppers Looking to Spend This Holiday Season

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The holiday shopping season is now officially upon us. And one recent survey of shoppers reveals this is likely to be a lucrative year. Michael Pope reports.

You can find the survey here.

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Even With Medicaid Expansion, There’s Still Debate Over Work Requirements

StateSeal00Democrats have been trying to expand Medicaid for years, and they were unsuccessful until this year when they cut a deal with Republicans to institute work requirements. Now, as Michael Pope reports, those work requirements are creating a new set of difficulties.

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Congress to Consider Beyer’s School Seclusion Bill

399px-Don_Beyer,_official_114th_Congress_photo_portraitMembers of Congress are about to consider a piece of school legislation that has its origins in the Virginia General Assembly. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers May Soon Consider Ethics of Medicaid Aid in Dying

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Should doctors help terminally ill patients end their lives? That’s a moral debate that’s about to unfold in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

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Does Virginia Need So Many Occupational Licenses?

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For many jobs in Virginia, workers are required to get a license. But what’s the cost of all those licenses? Michael Pope reports.

You can find the new report here.

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Affordable Housing in Virginia Remains Difficult to Find

rentersThe economy is booming, and Virginia is doing well in a number of areas. But, some are being left behind. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Think School Counselors Should Spend More Time Counseling

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What will it take for Virginia schools to be more secure? A panel of lawmakers recently looked at the issue and made a number of key recommendations. Michael Pope reports.

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Environmental Groups Warn of Coal Ash Health Risk at Conservation Area

StateSeal00It could cost billions to recycle toxic coal ash currently sitting in lagoons across Virginia. That’s according to a report Dominion Energy gave to lawmakers this week. At the same time, two environmental groups now say coal ash ponds in Chesterfield could pose a risk to human health. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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In Potential New Leadership Role, Scott Planning to Join Fight for 15

BobbyScottAs Democrats plan to take control of the House of Representatives, one Virginia congressman is poised to control a key committee. And he’s already making plans for what he wants to do in that position. Michael Pope reports.

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State Regulators Consider Buckingham Compressor Station

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A state regulatory board is preparing to vote on a key permit for a giant compressor station in rural Virginia. Dominion will use the station to push natural gas through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

But opponents say the construction is being thrust on a historically black community. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia Democrats Seem Likely to Take on New Leadership Roles in Congress

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Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation are about to take on a new and more significant role in the next Congress. Michael Pope reports.

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Women Win Big in Virginia

virginia_flag_map_0Yesterday, Virginians elected three new congress-women to represent the state on Capitol Hill. It was one of the largest gains for women in the country. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northern Virginia is No Longer a Republican Stronghold

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Northern Virginia was once a bastion of economic conservatism. But now, as Michael Pope reports, the region has only one elected Republican official at the state or federal level.

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Ben Cline Wins 6th District Seat

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Republican Ben Cline gives his victory speech in Roanoke Tuesday evening. (Credit: Nick Gilmore / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s 6th Congressional District has been represented by a Republican for more than two decades. And, as Nick Gilmore reports, that trend will continue with a new face.

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Justices Hear Arguments Over Virginia Uranium Mining Ban

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Justices of the United States Supreme Court are now considering a legal challenge to Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. Michael Pope is at the court with the latest.

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What Will Turnout Look Like on Election Day?

midtermturnoutVoters are headed to the polls next week to vote in the midterm elections. But how many are expected to show up? Michael Pope has a forecast.

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Who is Showing Up on Election Day in Virginia?

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Voters are about to head to the polls across Virginia, deciding a U.S. Senate race as well as several hotly contested congressional races. But, the universe of voters who shows up in a mid-term is not the same as a presidential year. Michael Pope reports.

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Algae Bloom Persists in Lake Anna

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Florida has its Red Tide. Virginia’s Lake Anna is dealing with a similar situation. A significant algae bloom has persisted into the Fall, and is the first in the state to earn a human health advisory. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia’s Beer Industry Continues to Grow

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Raise a mug to the beer industry in Virginia, which is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia’s LG Makes Case for Dems Across the Country

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Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor may not be up for election this year, but that hasn’t stopped him from hitting the campaign trail. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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How Well Do State Colleges Prepare Students for the Future?

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Are Virginia colleges and universities preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow? Perceptions are split along partisan lines and geographic areas. Michael Pope reports.

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New Report: Suspension Rates Higher Among Black Students in Virginia

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Discipline in Virginia’s schools is not colorblind, according to a new report that suggests lawmakers take a closer look at school discipline practices. Michael Pope has the story.

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A Surge in Early Voting May Not Mean Higher Voter Turnout

virginia_flag_map_0Voters are heading to the polls in record numbers to cast early ballots. But, that won’t necessarily lead to higher turnout on Election Day. Michael Pope reports.

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Va Attorney General Launches Investigation into Catholic Church

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring at a press conference in Richmond Wednesday. Herring announced a new tip line for survivors of sexual abuse. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s Attorney General has received multiple reports of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the state. His office is investigating, and announced Wednesday a new hotline in hopes of receiving further tips. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Medicaid Expansion Gets Federal Approval

virginia_flag_map_0Virginia officials announced Thursday that Medicaid Expansion is a go, and newly eligible populations will be able to sign up during this year’s open enrollment. That comes after federal officials gave the state approval last week. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Campaign Cash Is Starting to Flow From One Competitive Race to Another

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Election Day is fast approaching, and that means the campaign cash is flying around Virginia politics. Michael Pope is digging into the latest round of financial disclosures.

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400 Years Later, Campaign Looks to Share Virginia History

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Virginia officials are rolling out a year-long campaign to honor the state’s history. It’s called American Evolution, and is pegged to the 400th anniversary of several big firsts for North America. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Richmond Passes Teacher Free Speech Resolution

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As more teachers in Virginia organize and advocate for more money in public schools, some worry that advocacy isn’t welcome. Now Richmond is seeking to reassure teachers they have the right to speak up. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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A Record-Breaking Amount of Outside Money Is Pouring into Virginia’s Elections This Year

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Republican Representative Barbara Comstock. The state’s 10th District is widely seen as one Democrats could flip this November.

As Election Day approaches, voters are considering which candidates they’ll support in November. And outside groups are spending a lot of money to influence that decision. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Tech Expert Predicts Good Season for Fall Foliage

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With cooler temperatures expected across Virginia this weekend, it may soon start to finally feel like fall. And with fall temperatures comes the changing colors of leaves on trees across the state. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Is Virginia’s 5th Congressional Race “Competitive?”

5th_districtHow many competitive congressional races does Virginia have this year. Three? Perhaps four? As Michael Pope reports, one may or may not be on the list.

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage at 5th District Debate

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Following the United Nation’s recent report on climate change, the issue was a hot topic at a debate Monday night between the two candidates in Virginia’s 5th District. Nick Gilmore reports.

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When Should Virginia Hold Primary Elections?

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Voters are headed to the polls in a few weeks to cast their ballots in the November general election. But lawmakers and elected officials are already thinking ahead to the June primaries. Michael Pope reports.

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Should Virginians Continue to Vote at Public Schools?

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Since the school shooting at Parkland Florida in February, school officials across Virginia have been looking at ways to harden classrooms. One potential way of doing that is finding other places to conduct elections. Michael Pope reports.

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Electric Scooters Sneak into Virginia Markets

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Earlier this week, Virginia Beach began confiscating electric scooters, saying they violate city code. The two-wheeled machines are being dropped off in cities across Virginia, by a company called Bird Scooters. Mallory Noe-Payne went to chase one down.

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