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Virginia Board of Elections certifies results, ending congressional midterm election season

Virginia’s Board of Elections certified the state’s Congressional midterm and local November elections Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Youngkin proposes $500 million for economic development site readiness

Lawmakers are about to consider tripling the state budget line-item for prepping economic development sites. Michael Pope has those details.

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Va. News: Newport News food forest, Price Edward County seal

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Prince Edward County has revised its official seal to recognize a landmark event in its history. And, a neighborhood in Newport News will soon have a food forest open to the entire community.

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 with VPAP.

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Some background on Virginia’s 4th Congressional district

The death of Congressman Donald McEachin opens up a seat in the House of Representatives, and voters will choose a replacement in a special election.  Michael Pope has some of the background.

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Should Virginia lower its voting age for local elections? One delegate thinks so

Voters in Virginia could be considering a constitutional amendment allowing 16-year-olds to cast a ballot in local elections. Michael Pope has more on the proposal.

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State Senator Morrissey says now is the time to ban assault-style weapons

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The two recent mass shootings in Virginia are re-energizing the debate over preventing gun violence. And as Michael Pope reports, that’s once again raising talk about banning assault-style weapons.

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“It’s a huge loss,” remembrances pour in for Congressman Donald McEachin

Friends and colleagues of the late Richmond-area Congressman Donald McEachin are mourning the loss of their friend and reflecting on his legacy. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: School community complaints, Tribes reacquire land

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Two of Virginia’s indigenous tribes are working to reacquire and preserve more than a thousand acres of their ancestral lands with the help of grant money from the state. And, one of the few U.S. school systems with an ombudsman’s office says community complaints were up in the most recent school year.

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 with the Virginia Public Access Project.

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Congressman Bobby Scott reflects on his time as House Education and Labor Committee chair

When Republicans take control of Congress, one Virginia lawmaker will lose a key leadership position. Michael Pope reports.

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UVA nurse fights stigma surrounding lung cancer

UVA nurse Lee Ann Johnson promised her mother she would “fix” lung cancer, so she’s involved with research and fighting the stigma surrounding that disease. (Credit: UVA)

The holiday season is here, and for many people that means more time with family, but one Charlottesville woman says she can’t go home.  Instead, she’s trying to fulfil her mother’s dying wish, as Sandy Hausman reports.

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State Senator Adam Ebbin to propose new gun control legislation

After two deadly shooting incidents in Virginia, State Senator Louise Lucas is attacking the governor and lieutenant governor for failing to support stronger gun controls in the Commonwealth.  

Meanwhile, Senator Adam Ebbin is drafting legislation he’ll introduce when lawmakers meet in less than two months.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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The State Corporation Commission is in flux, as big ruling looms

Regulators in Virginia are about to make an important determination about a potential new wind power operation off the coast of Virginia Beach. Michael Pope reports.

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Several Virginia museums participating in national effort to get more people in the door

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Looking for something to do over the holiday weekend? As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, many museums around the state offer free or reduced admissions to guests who get federal food assistance.

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The Virginia Breeze continues to exceed expectations

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As many people hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, Virginians are taking advantage of the state’s inner-city bus service in record numbers.

In less than a year of service, a new line along I-81 from Bristol to D.C. is already exceeding expectations. Mallory Noe-Payne has details. 

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Should Virginia index its income tax to inflation?

Next month, Governor Glenn Youngkin will present his budget to the General Assembly. Michael Pope has this preview of one potential income tax issue.

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Virginia has two special elections on the horizon

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The November election may be over, but voters aren’t done yet. Michael Pope has this preview of two special elections in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

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Virginia Republicans do some soul searching, as the next election cycle looms

After a stunning election cycle that saw Republican hopes of a red wave dashed, Michael Pope reports that the party is trying to figure out its future as another election cycle begins.

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The loss of abortion rights brought voters out to the polls this year

What issues were driving voters to the polls this year? Michael Pope takes a look.

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Southwest Virginia lab switches focus from COVID testing to genomic sequencing

Since April 2020, the Virginia Tech COVID-19 lab has processed more than 220,000 samples. The lab’s director is Carla Finkielstein, a professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. (Credit: Clayton Metz / Virginia Tech)

As more people have become vaccinated against COVID-19, testing for the virus isn’t as frequent. But, at the height of the pandemic it was vital. Mallory Noe-Payne visited a lab in southwest Virginia that played a crucial role in making testing accessible. 

As COVID vaccines and at-home tests have become more accessible, labs across the country have shifted focus from COVID testing to genomic sequencing. Mallory Noe-Payne visited one lab in Roanoke and has more on how scientists are now working to stay ahead of the curve. 

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Despite redistricting, Virginia districts largely saw lopsided margins of victory Tuesday

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Although most of the attention goes to close races, Michael Pope reports that most of Virginia’s congressional seats are seeing a lopsided result.

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The 2022 election will have many, new firsts in Virginia

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Election officials are gearing up for Election Day with some new rules. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Va. News: DC Metro expansion, marijuana driving survey

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A new survey suggests Virginians may not fully recognize the risks of driving under the influence of marijuana. And, northern Virginia is finally getting its long-awaited extension of the DC Metro.

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 with the Virginia Public Access Project.

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A look at how early votes will be counted in Virginia this year

Early vote counts will work a bit differently this year. Michael Pope has this preview about what to expect after the polls close.

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Craft beer is driving demand for barley. Could farmers in southwest Virginia benefit?

Dan Brann is a barley farmer in Riner, Virginia. For eight years he’s been selling barley to a malting company in Charlottesville. The barley in his hand was harvested in June and has aged in a grain silo for several months. (Credit: Roxy Todd / Radio IQ)

The craft brewing industry is driving up demand for barley- which can be used to make malt, one of the main ingredients to make beer. As Roxy Todd reports, a new effort is underway to help more farmers grow malt barley in southwest Virginia.

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Can election systems in Virginia be hacked?

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Can Virginia elections be hacked? Michael Pope reports the experts say not likely.

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How does Virginia handle guns at polling places?

Early voting locations across the country have been the scene of armed poll watchers, prompting concerns about voter intimidation. Michael Pope has this report about what voters need to know if they see someone armed outside a polling place.

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Medicare and Social Security take center stage as midterms loom

As the final day of voting approaches, Republicans and Democrats are clashing over Social Security and Medicare. Michael Pope reports.

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The true role of sample ballots

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When approaching an election location, voters might be presented with a sample ballot. Michael Pope reports that they’re often the product of party advertising.

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Va. News: VCU craft beer delay, volunteer acorn collectors

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Volunteer acorn collectors are playing a major role in supporting Virginia’s forests. And, VCU has decided to delay distribution of a craft beer carrying the school’s logo.

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

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A closer look at the legality of poll watching

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In some other states, voters at early polling locations have been confronted by campaign workers or poll watchers holding a camera and asking questions. As Michael Pope reports, that’s not necessarily illegal.

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Early votes in Virginia aren’t counted… early, but they are processed

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Early votes are not counted early. But as Michael Pope explains, they are processed early.

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Program provides safe water and septic to Virginians, but now it’s out of funding

Sherry Angell walking on her family’s property past the spring-fed system that has provided water to her house for more than 60 years. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / Radio IQ)

More than a million Virginia families have septic systems at home. State officials estimate about half those systems are so old they pose health risks. The same goes for thousands of drinking water systems.

Now, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, a new grant program to help families get safe water and septic has been so popular it’s already running out of money.

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The role of affordable housing on this year’s election

Voters aren’t just determining the future of Congress in this election. As Michael Pope reports, many local elections will determine important land-use questions.

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What an “October surprise” looks like in the age of the election season

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As more and more people choose to vote early, the pace of campaigns is changing. Michael Pope reports.

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First ‘Nation’s Report Card’ since pandemic shows steep learning loss for Virginia students

Numbers released Monday by the Department of Education show unprecedented declines nationwide in math and reading for American 4 and 8th grade students.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the numbers show academic setbacks throughout the pandemic, including here in Virginia.

And, as Michael Pope reports, the scores are creating a new discussion about what’s happening in public school classrooms across Virginia.

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Va. News: A missing squash, Chesterfield County marijuana dispensary

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Chesterfield County says federal law blocks it from approving a marijuana dispensary even though Virginia law allows it. And, a reward is being offered for the return of a giant squash that went missing after winning a Blue Ribbon at the Virginia State Fair.

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 with VPAP.

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How should Virginia schools measure student progress?

What should happen to a school that doubles test scores but still does not make the grade? Michael Pope reports.

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CPI numbers show energy costs continue to rise in Virginia

Fuel and utilities are leading the items that are more expensive now than a year ago in Virginia. Michael Pope explains some of the details.

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New poll shows the many opinions among Virginians on abortion access

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Abortion is one of the hottest issues on the campaign trail this year, and a new poll from Christopher Newport University shows voters have conflicted opinions. Michael Pope explains.

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State health officials tweak monkeypox vaccination outreach strategy

Monkeypox is affecting a very small portion of Virginians – but officials are still taking the virus seriously.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, Virginia’s Department of Health has learned some lessons from early on in the monkeypox outbreak and is now adjusting outreach strategies.

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Report: Virginia’s bail bond industry often avoids accountability

A new report takes aim at an industry that makes money by promising to return defendants to court. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s often law enforcement agencies that end up doing the work.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: The national profile of Governor Glenn Youngkin

Governor Glenn Youngkin has been in office for less than a year, but his national campaigning has put him in the spotlight ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright discuss Youngkin’s national profile.

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Riggleman endorses Spanberger, continuing a long line of cross-party endorsements in Virginia

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As the race for Congress heats up, one prominent Republican is throwing his support behind a Democrat. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Potomac River bridge dispute and alcohol at a busy, Virginia mall

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People opposed to the demolition of a Potomac River bridge have taken the issue to federal court. And, one of Virginia’s busiest malls wants to add alcohol to its list of attractions.

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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Environmental groups aren’t a fan of Governor Youngkin’s energy plan

Environmentalists are taking issue with the governor’s new energy plan that keeps fossil fuels in the mix, while also growing alternative sources like nuclear. Michael Pope reports.

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A new report suggests collective bargaining is a boon for Virginia teachers and schools

Educators across Virginia are pushing for better wages and working conditions. Michael Pope reports that in some places that could mean collective bargaining.

Click here for the findings from the Commonwealth Institute.

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Has this home been flooded? Ask before you buy

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A warmer climate means rainfall events can be more intense – creating a greater risk for flash floods.

Now, the Natural Resources Defense Council is advising people considering a home purchase to try and find out if the property has been swamped in the past.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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A new tourism ad featuring Governor Glenn Youngkin is raising questions

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation has a new ad campaign featuring Governor Glenn Youngkin. Michael Pope tells us the ad agency doing the spots helped the governor get elected last year.

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New data shows Virginia’s military industrial complex is booming

The war in Ukraine is creating a humanitarian crisis in Europe. But it’s also creating demand for defense industries in Virginia, as Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia offers millions of dollars each year in film incentives, but is that investment worth it?

A still from the show ‘Dopesick’, which partially filmed in Virginia. (Credit: Gene Page / Hulu)

The state spends more than $10 million a year to attract television shows and motion pictures to Virginia. Is it worth it? Michael Pope reports.

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