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Virginia’s Supreme Court Rejects Prison Gerrymandering Lawsuit

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The Supreme Court of Virginia is already weighing in on redistricting, closing the door on the practice of prison gerrymandering. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Nurses in Crisis

A recent survey showed one in four nurses got mental health services in the last year, and more than half said they were exhausted by the COVID pandemic.  Tuesday, the Virginia Nurses Association held a news conference to beg for public support as Sandy Hausman reports.

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One Virginia Lawmaker is Working to Boost the Federal Government’s Performance

How well is the federal government performing? A bill on the House floor this week from one Virginia congressman to improve performance in Washington. Michael Pope reports.

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The Virginia Lottery Has Thrived During the Pandemic

The pandemic has upended the economy and the supply chain.

As Michael Pope reports, it has also created a lucky break for the Virginia Lottery.

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Are Virginia’s Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Chris Winter is a neurologist and author of The Rested Child. As an expert on sleep, he’s heard from plenty of parents who’ve gotten the wrong diagnosis for kids who stay up or sleep late. Sandy Hausman recently spoke with him about his new book.

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More Secure Digital Vaccine Status Now Live

Virginias will no longer have to carry oddly-shaped vaccination cards in many circumstances.

If you’re concerned about carrying around your vaccine card, the Department of Health made an announcement Thursday that’s probably of interest. Jahd Khalil reports a digital option is now live.

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Redistricting Commission Gives Map Instructions, but Deadlocks on Key Questions on Race

Republican counsel Christopher Bartolomucci, left, speaks with Senator Ryan McDougle, Mackenzie Babichenko, and Delegate Marcus Simon during a break of the Virginia Redistricting Commission’s meeting on September 15, 2021. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

Long-awaited new political maps are going to be up for review on Monday. Wednesday, the redistricting commission gave map-drawers instructions. Jahd Khalil reports that they agreed on some things but vehemently disagreed on others.

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McAuliffe, Youngkin Set to Meet in First Gubernatorial Debate Thursday

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Thursday, candidates for governor will square off in the first of two debates. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Virginia Ranks Towards the Bottom in Education Spending Per Student

Virginia is one of the wealthiest states in America. But as Michael Pope reports, it also ranks toward the bottom of the pack for education spending.

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Statue Of Confederate Robert E. Lee Comes Down In Virginia

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History was made in Richmond Wednesday, as a massive statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee finally came down. Jahd Khalil was there and has this report. 

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Other Virginia Localities May Soon Follow Roanoke’s Lead on Plastic Bag Tax

Local governments across Virginia are considering implementing a new plastic bag tax. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Supreme Court Rules State Can Remove Lee Statue

Protesters gather around the Lee Monument in 2020. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

After a year and a half of legal battles the Supreme Court of Virginia cleared Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to remove a statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from downtown Richmond Thursday. Brad Kutner has more.

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Republican Glenn Youngkin Rolls Out Tax Proposals

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Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin is providing some more detail about what he might do if elected. Michael Pope reports.

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New CNU Poll: Nine Point Lead for McAuliffe

McAuliffe’s official photo from his previous stint as Virginia’s governor.

A new poll in the race for governor is showing a significant lead for one candidate. Michael Pope has details.

You can see the entire poll here.

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Advocates Worry Virginia’s Broadband Plans Don’t Do Enough for Low-Income People

Governor Ralph Northam and Democrats in the General Assembly recently appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband across rural parts of Virginia. But as Michael Pope reports, advocates complain that only a small fraction of that money is set aside for helping low-income people connect to the internet.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Taking Center Stage in Gubernatorial Race

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The FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine has created a new twist the race for governor. Michael Pope reports.

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Citizen Commissioners Win in Mapping Debate

Members of Virginia’s Redistricting Commission discuss how to proceed after the US Census Bureau released data used for drawing new political maps. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

The Virginia Redistricting Commission voted to start their maps from scratch Monday, instead of modifying current political districts, marking a victory for citizen commissioners. Jahd Khalil has details.

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New Census Data Suggests Housing Construction is Bouncing Back

New numbers from the Census Bureau show how the housing boom is shaping construction across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Some Localities in Virginia Throwing Shade at Solar Projects

The future’s so bright for solar energy, some local governments want to put on shades. Many planning commissions and county supervisors across Virginia are considering restrictions on solar panels. Michael Pope reports.

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Concerns Over Distribution of Funds for School HVAC Upgrades Heating Up

Schools across Virginia are about to get federal stimulus money to help them pay for upgrades to their HVAC systems. But, some are concerned about how that money will be distributed. Michael Pope reports.

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Can Confederate Monuments Be Recycled?

James O’Neil, owner of the O.K. Foundry in Richmond, poses with the iron chair commissioned by a New York City gallery. (Credit: RADIO IQ)

As cities all over the South remove confederate monuments, most are also debating what to do with  statues that weigh 8,000 pounds or more.  In Charlottesville, members of city council have suggested melting them down and providing bronze to local artists who could make new sculptures from it. 

We asked reporter Sandy Hausman to find out how that might work.

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Asian Fly Threatens Fruit Crops, Vineyards and Everyone’s Back Yard

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Officials are asking for public help in tracking a bug that threatens Virginia’s fruit crops and vineyards. The spotted lanternfly, first seen here in 2018, is on the move – invading counties where it wasn’t found before. Sandy Hausman has details.

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Advocates Lament Lack of Funding for Social Services at Community Schools

Many advocates across Virginia are hoping local community schools could become a hub for social services. But, they’re dealing with a major setback. Michael Pope reports.

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McAuliffe Not Saying Much About Right to Work… For Now

Labor groups across Virginia are hoping that Virginia joins other states in ditching its controversial right-to-work law, which prevents employers from compelling employees to pay union dues. Michael Pope reports that that’s an issue former Governor Terry McAuliffe doesn’t have much to say about.

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New Poll: McAuliffe Holds a 5-Point Advantage Over Youngkin

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The August temperatures aren’t the only thing getting hotter. The campaign for governor is heating up as the fall election season draws closer. Michael Pope reports.

Here’s a link to the poll.

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General Assembly Agrees to Budget for ARPA billions

The General Assembly approved a budget compromise between the House of Delegates and the Senate Monday, adding millions for public safety and law enforcement, but which amounted to a small fraction of the $4.3 billion legislators appropriated. Jahd Khalil reports.

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State Democrats Send Eight New Judges to the Virginia Court of Appeals

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The Virginia Appeals Court is getting a makeover, including new powers and new judges. Michael Pope reports the Democrat majorities in the House and Senate have approved a diverse slate of new judges.

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Equity Programs Debate Leads to Fireworks in the House of Delegates

Legislators were in Richmond Monday to make a final decision on $3 billion of federal relief money. But, a debate over equity programs in public schools produced the bigger fireworks. Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers Going Behind Closed Doors to Come Together on State Budget

Many lawmakers were hoping for a lightning fast special session this week. But, now members of the House and Senate are haggling over the details. Michael Pope reports.

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House OK’s State Budget, But Virginia Senate Adds a Few Amendments

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The House of Delegates is moving forward with a massive spending plan to appropriate billions of dollars of stimulus cash. Michael Pope has details.

Members of the Virginia Senate say the stimulus spending plan the governor sent them isn’t good enough, and they’re suggesting a change that would help sheriff’s deputies. Reporter Michael Pope has more on their proposed amendments.

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Lawmakers Working to Iron Out Wrinkles in Eviction Protections

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Lawmakers are back in Richmond trying to figure out how to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money. Michael Pope reports the spending bill is also expected to have language aimed at helping guard against evictions.

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State Democrats Pushing for a Speedy Special Session

The Virginia Senate chamber has been outfitted with individual plexiglass boxes for every senator. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Democrats who are in charge of the General Assembly are hoping to oversee a swift special session to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Lawmakers Convene In Person For Special Session

The House of Delegates prepares to begin the special session. Some members wore masks but many others did not. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

Legislators returned to the Virginia State Capitol for the first time since the spring of 2020. Reporter Jahd Khalil reports from the capitol. 

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Governor Avoids Mandates Despite Rising New Cases

Governor Ralph Northam on a tour of Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Health Professions on July 22, 2021 (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

Governor Ralph Northam said he was going to stick with encouraging vaccination and other safeguards rather than mandating them in a variety of contexts Thursday, despite accelerating new cases. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Federal Pandemic Aid: Advocates Call for More Affordable Housing

Lawmakers will be back in Richmond next week to figure out how to spend $4 billion of federal stimulus money. One agenda item they’ll be debating is affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.

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With Monday Vote, SW Virginia Stays Unrepresented on Redistricting Commission

Members of the Virginia Redistricting Commission meet in Richmond on July 19, 2021. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s Redistricting Commission chose a new member Monday, leaving the commission without a member from Southwest Virginia. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Federal Pandemic Aid: Advocates Push for Eviction Protections

Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a special session to determine how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money. Some advocates want them to take action to protect people against evictions. Michael Pope reports.

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Interest Groups Lining Up Proposals on How to Spend Federal Funding

Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to figure out how to spend more than four billion dollars of federal stimulus money. Michael Pope has this preview.

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UVA’s Innocence Project Calls on FBI to Take Another Look at 25-Year-Old Cold Case

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It’s been 25 years since two women were found dead at their Shenandoah National Park campsite. Now, the FBI has put up posters, hoping to generate new leads, but the Innocence Project in Charlottesville has another idea. Sandy Hausman reports.

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Another Virginia Locality Implements Collective Bargaining Agreements Under New Law

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Local governments across Virginia are considering entering into collective bargaining agreements with their employees. Michael Pope reports.

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Environmentalists Still Battling Fossil Fuels Despite Clean Economy Act

The Virginia Clean Economy Act has been law in Virginia for a year now. However, many environmental groups are still fighting against natural gas projects. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Proposal Would See All Virginia Households Connected to Broadband by 2024

Governor Ralph Northam proposed a historic investment in the state’s continued efforts to get Virginians connected to broadband Friday. Nick Gilmore has details.

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Resignations, Injuries at State Hospitals Increasing

The Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents is one of several state hospitals facing a staffing shortage. (Credit: DBHDS)

A state health official updated lawmakers on the dire situation at Virginia’s mental hospitals Thursday, after she she told five of eight state-run hospitals to stop admitting new patients last week. Jahd Khalil reports.

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New Book Explores Why Lack of Broadband Access Has Been a Struggle in Virginia

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The lack of broadband connection across parts of Virginia has been a source of concern for years. Now, a new book explores why. Michael Pope reports.

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Marijuana and Firearms Updates at the Board of Forensic Science

In a Wednesday meeting the Board of Forensic Science made regulatory changes in light of Marijuana legalization and was briefed on a backlog of firearms and toxicology cases. Jahd Khalil reprots.

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Glenn Youngkin Still Not Ready to Answer Questions About Abortion

Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley campaigns with Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin in McLean. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin is on the campaign trail talking to voters. But, he’s not answering questions about one hot-button issue. Michael Pope reports.

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Fourth Circuit Says People Under 21 But Older Than 18 Can Buy Handguns

In a win for Second Amendment advocates, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided this week with two Central Virginians in their quest to purchase a handgun despite being under the federally required age limit. Brad Kutner reports.

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Will SW Virginia Still be Represented on the Redistricting Commission?

Virginia’s Redistricting Commission meets July 6th, 2021 (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

As Virginia’s redistricting commission prepares for its first public hearings, one the commission’s most pressing issues is replacing one of its members and considering geographic representation on the body in the process. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Rebuild VA Program Aims to Get Small Businesses Back on Their Feet

Governor Ralph Northam presents small business owners with checks from Rebuild Virginia, a grant program that has awarded $120 million to 3,000 small businesses across Virginia. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Governor Ralph Northam is hoping a grant program for small businesses will help them stay open and reorient themselves coming out of the pandemic. Michael Pope reports.

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Spanberger Talks Up Expanded Child Tax Credit, But Some Say More is Needed

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Central Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger held a round table in her district office Tuesday to discuss a new expanded child tax credit championed by the Biden administration. The mothers and child care providers in attendance were excited about the new benefit, but after a year and a half in a pandemic some are hoping for more support. Brad Kutner has more.

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