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Should constitutional offices have a party identification?

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Members of the state Senate are debating a bill that would change how local candidates appear on the ballot. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Va. News: Black poets archive, school lunches shortage

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Virginia will soon be home to a new digital archive dedicated to the work of Black poets. And supply chain issues are causing serious shortages for school lunch programs. 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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A number of bills currently under consideration in Richmond could change how utilities operate

Members of the General Assembly are considering a number of bills that would change how utilities operate. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Measure allowing medically questionable COVID-19 treatments fails in a Senate committee

Members of the General Assembly are fighting back against medical misinformation. Michael Pope reports.

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Housing pressures for refugees continue, advocates head to Capitol

During the legislative session, representatives of Virginians head to Richmond to make their case for new legislation or funding. Wednesday advocates for refugees headed to the Capitol to represent new Virginians and Americans. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Effort to decriminalize psilocybin gaining steam in Richmond

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Last year, the General Assembly legalized small amounts of marijuana. This year, as Michael Pope reports, they are debating decriminalizing psilocybin. Michael Pope reports.

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Gov. Youngkin’s mask order on schools gets pushback

A school in Hopewell notifies visitors they will need a mask to enter the building. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

School administrators and politicians are pushing back against Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that would allow parents to opt their children out of school mask requirements, saying masking is the best way to keep schools open and the order doesn’t override a law on the subject. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Electric vehicle parking spots bill moving to the House

The future of the automobile industry may end up being electric cars, which means that the future of parking spots might involve charging stations. Michael Pope reports on a bill under consideration in the General Assembly that would address that issue.

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Limiting campaign donations met with resistance in the Virginia Senate

Members of the state Senate are rejecting limits to campaign contributions. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Bill limiting excessive testing in Virginia schools likely to move forward

Members of the General Assembly are considering a bill to simplify how students are tested in public schools. Michael Pope reports.

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Bill limiting solitary confinement in Virginia clears first hurdle

Members of the General Assembly are considering a bill that would limit how long Virginia prisons can hold inmates in solitary confinement. Michael Pope has the latest from the Capitol.

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Republican efforts to expand charter schools in Virginia likely to stall in the state Senate

On the campaign trail Republicans talked about expanding charter schools. Now that they’ve been elected to lead the House of Delegates, they feel they have a mandate to make it happen. But as Michael Pope reports, they’ll encounter opposition in the Senate.

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The 2022 General Assembly session is now underway

Upholding a long tradition in the Virginia House of Delegates, members of both parties join together for a unanimous vote electing Todd Gilbert
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The General Assembly is now in session with Republicans in control of the Virginia House of Delegates. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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What to expect from the 2022 General Assembly session

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The General Assembly gavels into session Wednesday, and a new governor will be inaugurated this weekend. Michael Pope has this preview of what’s about to happen.

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One state lawmaker wants to expand Virginia’s education improvement scholarship tax credit

Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond. And, as Michael Pope reports, they’ll be talking about a variety of ways to fund education.

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Republicans may roll back automatic restoration of rights later this month

One of the casualties of the Republicans taking control of the House of Delegates may end up being the proposed constitutional amendment automatically restoring the right to vote for former felons. Michael Pope reports.

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Economics could keep Virginia in RGGI

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Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has announced that he will undo part of Virginia’s Clean Energy Act – pulling us out of an 11-state partnership designed to lower pollution from coal and gas-burning power plants. Environmentalists may challenge his right to do that, and as Sandy Hausman reports, there’s an economic argument that could keep the Commonwealth from leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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State lawmakers could expand Sunday hunting next month

Lawmakers are about to consider a bill that would expand hunting on Sundays. Michael Pope reports.

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Second Lee monument time capsule opened

Conservators inspect contents of a time capsule found inside the pedestal of Richmond’s removed Robert E. Lee Monument. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

When crews in Richmond removed the monument to General Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy, they looked for a time capsule stowed away inside its base. But they never found it, until Monday. Jahd Khalil has more on what was inside.

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School safety: should students be screened for weapons before school?

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Lawmakers are about to debate efforts to keep schools safe in an era of school shootings. Michael Pope reports.

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The Virginia Parole Board and the way it operates could soon be very different

On the campaign trail, Glenn Youngkin vowed to fire all the members of the parole board and appoint new people. Now, as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers are also debating some changes to how the board operates.

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Some state Democrats want a special session to protect abortion rights

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Republicans are about to take power in Richmond. But Democrats will still be in power until mid-January. And as Michael Pope reports, many of them are urging lawmakers to convene in a special lame duck session.

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Proposed legislation would establish an ombudsman for Virginia prisons

Lawmakers are about to consider creating new oversight at prisons across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Lawn parking and school resource officers

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Prince William County is redefining the role of School Resource Officers. And lawn parking will be curtailed in Hampton next year. Check out the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols.

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Bill drafting is impeded but continues, as leadership keeps mum on ransomware details

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The cyberattack affecting Virginia’s legislature continues. Last weekend, staffers saw suspicious activity in legislative systems. It turned out to be a ransomware attack. Jahd Khalil has this report on what it means going forward.

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Last Northam budget proposal includes tax relief, pay raises

A $2.6 billion surplus, rosy economic outlook, and federal relief funds created some options for Virginia’s state budget. Jahd Khalil breaks down the big picture of what’s in store.

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Realtors could get health insurance coverage if one state senator gets their way

Once again, lawmakers will be talking about health insurance during the upcoming session. One bill would help Realtors get coverage. Michael Pope reports.

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Clean cars: Will the new mandate remain under Republican leadership?

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Republicans may be about to take control in Richmond, but some of the changes Democrats put in place are just now taking effect. Michael Pope explains how one of those changes might impact what you drive.

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A look at how Virginia could be impacted by Youngkin tax cuts

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Republicans are about to take control in Richmond. And, as Michael Pope reports, they’re hoping to deliver on their campaign promises.

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Tony Elliott formally introduced as UVA’s next head football coach

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In what may be one of the fastest coaching searches ever, the University of Virginia formally introduced their new head coach Monday. Nick Gilmore reports.

You can watch the entire press conference here.

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Va. News: HBCU funding and big donations

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Higher education funding was a dominant topic over the past week. Check out the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols.

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Former Congressman Tom Garrett working on a new documentary series

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A former Virginia congressman is working with a documentary filmmaker to spotlight displacement of minority populations across the globe. Michael Pope reports.

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Congressman Beyer: NASA should be able to lease out some of its facilities

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A Virginia congressman is hoping that NASA might be able to raise some extra money to help fund infrastructure on Wallops Island. Michael Pope reports.

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As Lee pedestal comes down, the question how to display altered monuments comes to the fore

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Work to remove the pedestal that held up the statue of Robert E Lee on Richmond’s Monument Avenue started Monday. Workers removed the statue three months ago. Its final home hasn’t been decided yet. Jahd Khalil reports that when it comes to the monuments, context is everything.

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State regulators reject heat stress standard for Virginia workers

Advocates for protecting workers from heat stress were unsuccessful in persuading state officials to create a new standard. Michael Pope reports.

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Eliminating the grocery tax would leave some local governments looking to replace that revenue

On the campaign trail, the Republican candidate for governor said he wanted to eliminate the sales tax on groceries. Now that Glenn Youngkin’s about to take office, lawmakers are about to start considering how to make that happen. Michael Pope reports.

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Brent Pry ready to go as Virginia Tech’s new head football coach

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There’s a new man in charge of the Virginia Tech football team. Brent Pry was introduced at a press conference Thursday. Nick Gilmore has details.

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Va. News: Permanent open alcohol zones, Norfolk litter data gathering

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Data science is about to be brought in to fight littering in Norfolk. And it’s getting easier in Virginia to have a drink while you browse in your favorite shop.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.

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Republicans could work to roll back Virginia’s red flag law

Now that Republicans are about to come into power in Richmond, many of the new laws passed by Democrats may be reconsidered. Michael Pope reports on one gun violence prevention measure that some are hoping to overturn.

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Lawmakers to consider legislation that would change how absentee votes are counted

Lawmakers are about to consider a bill that supporters say would make elections more transparent and produce better data. Michael Pope reports.

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Renewed focus on clemency as Gov Northam’s term nears its end

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Those incarcerated in Virginia before 1995 generally only have one option to get out of jail early: the governor has to grant them clemency. As Governor Ralph Northam enters his last full month in office, his time to make those decisions is running out. Jahd Khalil has this report.

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Credible messengers legislation will be up for debate during the upcoming General Assembly session

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Lawmakers may soon consider legislation aimed at a unique method that will hopefully prevent children from getting caught up in the criminal justice system. Michael Pope reports.

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Advocates hope more minor peer courts pop up across Virginia

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The effort to prevent young people from finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system has a new tool. Michael Pope reports on the emergence of peer courts.

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With Medicaid funding returning to normal, what’s in store for the next budget?

The pandemic has been a watershed moment in public health. That’s been especially apparent when it comes to Medicaid, which insures half a million people in Virginia. Reporter Jahd Khalil has a preview of what could be in store for the state’s Medicaid budget. 

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Mattaponi and Pamunkey fulfill 1677 treaty obligations at governor’s mansion

Governor Ralph Northam receives tributes under the 1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday November 24, 2021. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

Each year the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Tribes fulfill a legal obligation that has become a Thanksgiving fixture in Virginia. Jahd Khalil has more.

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Lawmakers will consider how much say school officials have over crime reporting

How much discretion should school officials have about contacting law enforcement when they suspect a crime has been committed? Michael Pope reports on a bill that would take away some of that discretion.

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Family leave is up for debate in Congress, but one state lawmaker wants even more than the current proposal

Lawmakers are preparing to return to Richmond for next year’s General Assembly session, and lawmakers are already introducing bills, including one expanding family and medical leave. Michael Pope has details.

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The pandemic and its impact on instruction is wreaking havoc on some school kids

Research is still being conducted, but early data suggests about 20% of school children are experiencing moderate to clinical levels of psychological trauma symptoms – things like anxiety, depression or even aggression. Nick Gilmore reports.

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Lt Governor Fairfax and Lt Governor-elect Sears meet for the first time

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Winsome Sears made history this November as the first woman of color to be elected to statewide office. On the sidelines of a routine revenue meeting Monday, reporter Jahd Khalil witnessed another, quieter, historic moment.

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Democrats in the state Senate likely to serve as a check on the Youngkin administration’s agenda

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Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin will enter the Executive Mansion with a Republican House of Delegates. But, he’ll also be facing a Democratically-controlled Senate. Michael Pope reports.

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