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Spanberger’s Efforts to Expand Rural Broadband Access in Virginia

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Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives about expanding broadband in rural areas.

Rural broadband may be coming to a farm near you, thanks to new money from the United States Department of Agriculture. Michael Pope reports.

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One-Time Tax Checks Could Be Headed Your Way Later This Year

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It’s tax time again. Michael Pope reports that meeting the end of this month deadline will pay off.

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Federal Accounting Change Could Have Serious Impacts for Low-Income Virginians

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Budget officials in Washington are considering an accounting tweak that could harm people who live in poverty. Michael Pope reports.

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VCU Shows Congress How Intrusive Advising Can Help Achieve Equity in Higher Ed

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Tomika LeGrande is vice provost for strategic enrollment management at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Are colleges and universities in Virginia equitable? Or should the federal government be doing more to achieve racial and income equity? Michael Pope has this report from Capitol Hill.

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Virginia Democrats Are Pushing for Election Security, But How Far Will Their Efforts Go?

StateSeal00How safe are elections? As the 2020 presidential cycle gets started this summer, Virginia lawmakers in Washington have proposals they say would make elections more secure. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Medicaid Work Requirements Are Still Up in the Air

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Virginia is still waiting on the federal government to make a determination on work requirements for Medicaid expansion. And, new research shows they might be counterproductive. Michael Pope reports.

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Presidential Candidates Attend Annual Virginia Democratic Gala

DPVA_facebookTwo presidential candidates will be in Virginia this weekend. They’re speaking to hundreds of state Democrats at the annual Blue Commonwealth Gala. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Senator Warner is Pushing for Expanded Aeronautics Research

428px-Mark_Warner_113th_Congress_photoIs America falling behind the rest of the world in aeronautics? Senator Mark Warner fears that might be happening, and now he’s working with Republicans in Congress to help fund new research capabilities. Michael Pope has the story.

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This Week’s Primary Results May Spark Significant Changes to Virginia’s Criminal Justice System

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Two local races in Northern Virginia might have big implications for the criminal justice system in Virginia. Michael Pope explains why.

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Virginia Tech Selects a Different Site for Its NOVA Innovation Campus

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Tech’s Innovation Campus in Alexandria is just south of Amazon’s proposed headquarters site in Arlington. (Credit: Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech is going back to the drawing board with a new graduate school campus in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Analysts: Accepting PAC Money from the Governor Could Have Mixed Results

StateSeal00Under normal circumstances, candidates would welcome money from the governor to help finance their campaigns. But this year, it’s a little different. Michael Pope is following the money.

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Congressman Scott is Trying to Defend Free or Reduced-Price School Lunches

BobbyScottOne Virginia congressman is fighting against the Trump administration’s efforts to limit free or reduced-price lunches in public schools. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Rural Localities Appear to Be Bouncing Back

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Rural parts of Virginia may have lower average incomes. But that’s only one measure of success. Michael Pope reports on the surprising resurgence across rural Virginia.

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Organization Recognizes Virginia’s Old Growth Forests

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North Bank Park — one portion of the James River Park System (Credit: jamesriverpark.org)

Virginia’s James River Park System, in Richmond, became the latest public green space today to be recognized as part of the Old Growth Forest Network. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Virginia Governor Announces Special Session on Gun Control

StateSeal00Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Mallory Noe-Payne has further details.

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What Impacts Could the Special Session Have In November?

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Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond for a special session on guns. But will anything happen? Michael Pope reports.

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Political Operatives Say Response to Virginia Beach Shooting Strikes a Familiar Tone

StateSeal00The shooting in Virginia Beach over the weekend is prompting a familiar discussion about firearms and whether new restrictions are needed. Michael Pope reports.

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The Shifting Identity of Virginia’s Labor Force

laborforceparticipationVirginia’s workforce is losing young people and gaining older people. Michael Pope explains.

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Lawmakers Eliminate State-Funded Abortion Program

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State lawmakers have cut funding for a Department of Health program that pays for certain abortions. The budget amendment slid under the radar during a busy legislative session. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia is Facing a Critical Shortage of Mental Health Professionals

StateSeal00As May comes to a close, the issues surrounding mental health continue to resonate during Mental Health Awareness Month. Some parts of the state are struggling more than others. Michael Pope reports.

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Luria Snags A Pair of Legislative Victories for Veterans and Their Families

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Just in time for Memorial Day, one member of Congress is delivering some good news to members of the armed services. Michael Pope has the story.

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Beyer Calls for Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump; Will Others Join Him?

Don_Beyer,_official_114th_Congress_photo_portrait.jpegDemocrats in Virginia are divided about whether to impeach President Trump. Michael Pope reports.

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Helping the Disabled Out of Their Homes

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Notes written for the Martin family became a part of their ramp. (Credit: SAW Virginia)

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed almost 30 years ago. And since then public spaces and businesses have become much more accessible. But that doesn’t mean anything to someone who can’t make it out of their home. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Congresswoman Wexton Working to Protect Obama-Era HUD Regulation

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Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

Should transgender youth be turned away from homeless shelters? One Virginia member of Congress is taking issue with the Trump administration’s position on that question. Michael Pope reports.

Wexton also had this to say on Twitter:

She also posted details related to her bill:

 

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Probe Inconclusive Regarding Racist Photo on Governor Ralph Northam’s Yearbook Page

governor-northam-official-photo_800We just don’t know. That’s the result of a months-long investigation into a racist photo found on Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page. Mallory Noe-Payne has the latest from a press conference today.

Virginia’s political world was waiting for big news from the investigation of the Eastern Virginia Medical School into the blackface photo that appeared on Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook page. But, as Michael Pope reports, reaction to the investigation was muted.

You can find the full report here.

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Incumbents in some Key Races Trail in Fundraising

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Campaign-finance numbers show several members of the General Assembly need to play catch up now that the session has ended. Michael Pope has details.

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Virginia’s Congressional Delegation Goes on Record with Climate Change Vote

StateSeal00The politics of climate change are dividing members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation. Michael Pope reports from Capitol Hill.

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Congressman Scott Wants to Eliminate Age Discrimination in the Workplace

BobbyScottShould older workers have a higher burden to prove age discrimination? One Virginia congressman says no, and he’s moving forward with a bill to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.

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State Targets Spanish Speakers for Medicaid Expansion

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New data from the state shows enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program is on target. And now there’s a new campaign to target Spanish speakers. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia’s Talent Pipeline May Soon See a Big Shift

StateSeal00For many years, young people in Southside and Southwest Virginia have been leaving the area after graduating from college. But, that may not be the case for much longer. Michael Pope reports.

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Riggleman Wants to Track Down Bad Actors in Banking

400px-Denver_Riggleman,_official_116th_Congress_photo_portraitCongress is expected to vote this afternoon on a bill introduced by a freshman Virginia congressman that could provide a much better window into the intersection between banking and terrorism. Michael Pope reports.

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Analyzing What Turnout May Look Like for This Year’s Primary Elections

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The primary is only one month away, but most voters don’t even know — or care — about the election. Michael Pope reports.

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Tackling the Growing Demand for Psychiatric Services in Virginia’s Hospitals

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Across Virginia there’s been an uptick in psychiatric admissions to hospitals, to the point where beds are filling up. Thursday a group from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association rolled out some ideas on what can be done. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Petersburg’s Fortunes Are Now Looking Up

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A city once on the verge of economic collapse may be on the verge of making a dramatic comeback. Michael Pope reports.

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Casinos May Be on the Way to Some Economically Struggling Communities in Virginia

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Will Virginia voters press their luck with casinos? Michael Pope has details.

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Governor Northam’s Mandatory Minimums Decision Continues to Spark Controversy

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Governor Ralph Northam made headlines last week when he vetoed a bill that would have established a minimum two month prison sentence for third-time domestic abusers.

In a statement sent out Monday, Republicans say the governor’s veto undercuts protections for people trapped in abusive relationships. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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New T-Rex Relative Discovered Thanks to Virginia Tech Researcher

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The Suskityrannus hazelae is believed to be a relative of the more ferocious T-Rex. (Credit: Virginia Tech)

The dinosaur world is getting a new addition thanks to a Virginia Tech paleontologist. Michael Pope reports.

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School Discipline Disparities Get Attention on Capitol Hill

BobbyScottDemocrats in Congress are pushing back against a Trump administration directive on racial disparities in student discipline. And, a Virginia congressman is leading the charge. Michael Pope reports.

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A Look at Virginia’s Rate of “Urbanization”

urbanizationVirginia is urbanizing at a faster rate than the rest of the country. Michael Pope is looking into the numbers.

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Analyzing Virginia’s “Economic Mobility”

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Is Virginia a place where individuals can move up the income scale based on merit and hard work? One new study challenges that idea. Michael Pope explains why.

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Following FAA Approval, Drone Deliveries on the Way to New River Valley

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The Wing company, a Google spinoff, has won federal approval to operate its drone delivery system as an airline in the U.S. That system will begin in the New River Valley. (Credit: Wing)

The Old Dominion is about to start looking a bit like a science fiction movie. Michael Pope reports on the future of drone deliveries in Virginia.

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Who Needs Broadband? Virginia Pushes Forward with Expansion Despite Not Having the Answer

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Some residents of Virginia still hear that annoying dial up tone when they connect to the Internet. The state estimates more than 600,000 residents don’t have high speed broadband. There’s a surprising barrier, but the state isn’t letting it stop them from getting people connected. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Breakdown of New Crime Statistics from the Virginia State Police, FBI

StateSeal00New data suggests crime is down across Virginia. Michael Pope has details.

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New Census Data Suggests Southwest Virginia is Continuing to Shrink

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New Census data shows Tazewell County has lost 10% of its population over the last decade. (Credit: visittazewellcounty.org)

New numbers from the Census show Northern Virginia continues to add population. But, the new numbers also show a slow and steady decline in Southwest Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Set to Lower Carbon Emissions

StateSeal00Virginia regulators have made environmental history Friday, making the Commonwealth the first southern state to take drastic moves to lower carbon emissions by joining a regional cap and trade program. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Now That the Presidency is Off the Table, What’s Next for McAuliffe?

McAuliffeFormer Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s announcement that he will not be running for president may end up reshuffling the deck for this year’s statehouse elections. Michael Pope reports.

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Could Medicaid Reimbursement Be a Solution to Black Maternal Mortality?

StateSeal00This year, lawmakers took action to start collecting data on Virginia’s maternal mortality rate. But, that may end up being just the beginning of the effort. Michael Pope reports.

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Financial Reports Show What Races Are a Priority for Republicans and Democrats This Fall

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All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs this November. Campaign finance reports released this week show what races Republicans and Democrats are prioritizing. Micheal Pope has details.

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O’Rourke is First Presidential Hopeful to Visit Virginia

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The 2020 Presidential campaign has arrived in Virginia. The first of 18 Democratic candidates is campaigning today in the Commonwealth. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Examining Tax Freedom Day in Virginia

StateSeal00This week’s tax filing deadline has many people thinking about the tax burden they face. But today marks another significant tax-related event. Michael Pope has details.

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