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Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond next week for a special session. And, as Michael Pope reports, one of the things they’ll be considering is a gas tax holiday.
Education was a hot topic on the campaign trail last year. And, as Michael Pope reports, the issue remains at the forefront of a debate over what students should be learning in classrooms.
Agricultural industry figures gathered in Richmond Tuesday for the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade. Jahd Khalil reports that even as they highlighted Virginia’s farm exports, the war in Europe cast its shadow on an important import.
Lawmakers left the Capitol earlier this month without passing a budget, and House and Senate leaders remain divided on a number of issues. Michael Pope has this look at how education spending is a major budget debate heading into the special session.
Over 72% of Virginians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That number is even higher for Adults – 82%. Efforts to vaccinate the rest are continuing. Jahd Khalil tells us about a new program in Richmond.
The General Assembly session may be over, but the process of a bill moving from just an idea to becoming a law is far from over. Governor Glenn Youngkin still has hundreds of bills to consider, as Michael Pope reports.
The dynamics of how solar energy will work in Virginia is far from settled. Michael Pope has this report on a debate over how much people should be charged for it.
Governor Youngkin is urging lawmakers back to the Capitol to finish work on Virginia’s two-year budget. One item still on their to-do list is deciding the most effective way to spend millions earmarked to help reduce gun violence.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on which state agency should oversee the funds.
One of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s first moves in office was to weaken school mask mandates. Some parents and administrators quickly challenged that move in court. Reporter Jahd Khalil has this update on one lawsuit that stood out from the others.
Police departments across Virginia may soon be using your Facebook photo to see if you are a suspect in a crime. Michael Pope reports.
Last year, Virginia made a significant reform that prevented defendants from being automatically held in detention. Michael Pope has this report on how the reform is working.
Virginia has a new elections commissioner who will oversee voting in the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports the appointment comes with some controversy.
Lawmakers ended their General Assembly session without any major accomplishments. Michael Pope has this report on why.
Virginia’s community colleges find a new leader, as Youngkin wants more focus on workforce development
Virginia’s search for a new head of the state’s community college system ended Thursday. Jahd Khalil reports that Governor Youngkin was not pleased with the process.
The General Assembly session is done and dusted. But as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers are still negotiating on the budget.
Gas prices across Virginia are more than four dollars a gallon. As Michael Pope reports, that has consequences for lawmakers trying to balance the budget.
There are three big players in Virginia’s budget negotiations. On one side are Republicans who control the House and Governor Glenn Youngkin. On the other are Senate Democrats who held up much of the Governor’s agenda. Jahd Khalil reports on one signal about how those discussions are going.
Members of the Monacan Indian Nation declared victory Wednesday in a years-long battle to prevent construction on a sacred spot along the James River.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, local officials have agreed to an alternative path for a water pipeline; one that archeologists say won’t impact native burial grounds.
Governor Glenn Youngkin’s controversial pick for Cabinet secretary was rejected by lawmakers, although he’ll be sticking around as an advisor. Michael Pope reports that this has happened only one other time in Virginia history.
Public school students across Virginia may soon be getting more input into education policy. Michael Pope reports.
Members of the General Assembly concluded their session without passing a budget. Michael Pope reports.
Efforts are underway to preserve a school built to educate Black children a century ago. And a high-tech vegetable farm will be producing its first crop near Danville later this 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.
Governor Glenn Youngkin is considering a bill that would allow police departments to use facial recognition technology. Michael Pope reports.
During the pandemic, many local governments started conducting business virtually. Now as Michael Pope reports, some of that is about to continue into the future.
Later this month, college swim teams will take part in the NCAA Championship. The University of Virginia is favored to win many races thanks to high-tech training and advice from one of the world’s leading mathematicians. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Governor Glenn Youngkin is now considering legislation that’s passed the House and the Senate. As Michael Pope reports, one of those bills is about school lunch debt.
Members of the Virginia state Senate are considering a bill that would expedite the approval process for prescription drugs and medical devices. Michael Pope reports that some senators have concerns.
Virginia has a new law that finally makes some police documents available to the public after the case has been closed. As Michael Pope reports, lawmakers are trying to roll that back.
Lawmakers are debating how much power your local government has to prohibit fossil fuels. Michael Pope has more from Richmond.
Last year, Republicans campaigned on cleaning up the Virginia Parole Board. Now, as Michael Pope reports, they’re making some changes.
Lawmakers are trying to balance the books before heading out of town Saturday. Michael Pope reports.
The Senate is rejecting a bill that would allow some active duty military to vote in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Some drivers in the Richmond area have been traveling over recycled plastic since last fall but most would never know. And the pandemic has brought much more work for the staff of a state sponsored helpline.
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.
As the pandemic continues to claim lives, lawmakers in Richmond are talking about taking steps to prompt medical innovation. Michael Pope reports.
Governor Glenn Youngkin was elected on a platform of giving parents more choice. But as Michael Pope reports, homeschool students will not be joining public school sports anytime soon.
Two significant changes to Virginia’s Constitution are being considered by the General Assembly. But it’s an uphill battle, as Jahd Khalil reports. He has this update on a last-ditch effort by Democrat legislators.
Governor Glenn Youngkin may soon consider a bill that would create a statute of limitations for medical debt. Michael Pope reports.
Candidates for some offices in Virginia are identified by party affiliation and some are not. Michael Pope has this report on an unsuccessful attempt to add more party affiliation.
Governor Glenn Youngkin will soon be considering a bill allowing local police departments to use controversial facial recognition technology. Michael Pope has details.
Voters will not have an opportunity to reject Virginia’s unconstitutional ban on gay marriage. Michael Pope explains why.
The same House subcommittee also killed a proposed referendum on the automatic restoration of voting rights of former felons.
Virginia has a red-flag law designed to combat gun violence. As Michael Pope reports, a Republican effort to overturn the law has failed.
The effort to create a regulated marijuana marketplace is going nowhere, at least for this year. Michael Pope has more from the General Assembly.
Almost four dozen police officers have been decertified in Virginia since a new law took effect last year. And wildlife officers are having success finding foster moms for orphaned bear cubs.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
Mask mandates are being lifted in schools across Virginia. And as Michael Pope reports, COVID-19 protocols may also be changing in the state Senate.
Governor Glenn Youngkin campaigned on eliminating the grocery tax. Now lawmakers are debating how much of it they want to eliminate. Michael Pope reports.
It’s been a little over six months since Virginians with Medicaid also began receiving dental insurance. Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services estimates that in that time more than 100,000 people have gotten dental care.
As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the next hurdle is getting more dentists to accept Medicaid.
Lawmakers are rejecting an effort to end solitary confinement. As Michael Pope reports, they’re moving forward with a study instead.
The House of Delegates is considering a Senate bill that would strip permitting authority from two citizen boards. Michael Pope reports.
In the age of climate change, this country’s land grant universities are working overtime to assure that farmers can feed a growing world population. For Virginia State and Virginia Tech, that means reaching out to cities and to countries around the world. Sandy Hausman has that story.
House Republicans began the session hoping to roll back some of the new voter access laws Democrats put in place over the last two years. As Michael Pope reports, they have been unable to make any of those changes.