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Stewart: End Race-Based College Admissions

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Lilly Qin speaks at a press conference featuring conservative Asian Americans who support Corey Stewart for Senate. (Credit: Michael Pope)

For decades, colleges and universities in Virginia have used race as a factor in their admissions policies to ensure a diverse student body. Now the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is calling for an end to that practice. Michael Pope has details.

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New Poll Shows More Support Than Ever for Medicaid Expansion

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Democrats have been pushing to expand Medicaid for years, although they weren’t able to gain any traction until they came within a few votes of seizing the House of Delegates. Now, as Michael Pope reports, the popularity of Medicaid expansion is soaring.

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Despite Not Being on Ballot, President Trump Looms Large Over Virginia Midterm Elections

473px-Donald_Trump_official_portraitPresident Trump will not be on the ballot this year in Virginia. But voters are likely to cast ballots thinking about him. Michael Pope is looking at new polling about the president in Virginia.

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The Coal Industry in Virginia May Have Hit Rock Bottom

coaljobsIn the last decade, Virginia’s coal industry has gone into a freefall. Michael Pope has details.

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Florence Storm Prep and Response Costs Virginia $60 Million

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A breakdown of two-weeks worth of Florence costs for Virginia.

Virginia has spent almost $60 million in the past two weeks on prep and response for tropical storm Florence. That figure was delivered to lawmakers in Richmond Monday during a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia Senators Warner, Kaine to Vote No On Kavanaugh Nomination

StateSeal00As the vote nears for Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both of Virginia’s senators are now announcing their intention to vote no. Michael Pope has the story.

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Arlington Remembers September 11th Attack on Pentagon

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People all across Virginia stopped today to recall the events of September 11th, 2001. But nowhere were the memories as raw as Arlington, where one of the hijacked planes slammed into the Pentagon. Michael Pope has the story.

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Supreme Court Debate Could Have Impact on Uranium Mining in Virginia

StateSeal00The fierce debate about filling the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court is likely to have an immediate impact here in Virginia. Michael Pope has this preview of a case headed to the court this fall.

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Job Growth is Uneven Across Virginia, Charlottesville Leads the Way

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Virginia is adding jobs, and that growth is happening across all parts of the commonwealth. But some parts are growing much faster than others. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Virginia Schools Have A Funding Gap New Report Finds

schoolspovertyIt’s back to school time in Virginia, and students are headed back to classrooms across the commonwealth. But those schools are not being funded at the same levels. Michael Pope has this look at the funding gap.

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RC Poll: Consumer Confidence Varies Widely By Political Party

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What do Virginians think about the state of the economy? According to one new poll, that depends on what they think of the party in power. Michael Pope has more.

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The figure is a time series showing the Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment by party affiliation. Note: Lines = Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment (Blue=D, Red=R), Dashed Lines = VAICS Historical Average (Credit: Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College)

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Virginia May Soon Take a Step Towards Providing Health Insurance Stability

StateSeal00For people who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, recent years have seen some massive premium hikes. But now lawmakers in Virginia may be on the verge of stabilizing the marketplace for the individual market. Michael Pope reports.

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New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on Virginia Property Values

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Climate change is more than a theory. Now it’s an economic reality. And, it’s already taking a toll on property values across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

You can access the tool here.

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Virginia Dems Propose New Legislative Districts

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Democratic Minority Leader David Toscano speaking at a press conference, along with Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring and Delegate Lamont Bagby. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Ahead of Thursday’s special legislative session, state Democrats have redrawn eleven legislative districts to comply with a court order. Democrats say their proposed map is constitutional, and that they did not rely on racial demographics. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia’s Efforts to Stop the Release of 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints

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Virginia is one of more than a dozen states working to prevent schematics for 3D printed guns from being posted online. Michael Pope reports.

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Should Virginia Schools Focus on Security or Mental Health?

securitypollAs students are going back to school, administrators are faced with the difficult choice: how to make sure the classrooms are safe. And, as Michael Pope reports, opinions are divided about the best approach.

You can find the entire poll here.

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Virginia Women Are Putting Off Childbirth Until Later in Life

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Women in Virginia are choosing to give birth later and later in life. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Last Year’s SOL Scores are Out

doe_logo_transThe latest standardized test scores are out. According to a release today from the Department of Education, Virginia students’ performance on the SOL’s have dropped very slightly from last year. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Are Colleges and High Schools Turning Out ‘Engaged Citizens?’

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What does it take to become an engaged citizen? Opinions are divided along party lines. Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers in Richmond Are at Odds Over What to Do with Federal Tax Cut Money

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Usually it’s a lack of money that creates friction at the state capitol. But now it’s an abundance of it that is causing disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Richmond. Michael Pope has the story.

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Wage Growth Is Widely Uneven Across Virginia

StateSeal00Virginia emerged from the recession with a low unemployment rate and higher wages. But that success is not shared across all of Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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House Democratic Leader Could Face Leadership Challenge This Week

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House Democratic Leader David Toscano (Credit: Creative Commons)

Lawmakers will be back in Richmond this week, which will allow Democrats to go behind closed doors and fight over who is leading their party in the House of Delegates.

Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Sales Tax System Places Heavier Burdens on Low-Income Individuals

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Virginia’s system of sales taxes hits everyone with the same percentage on items they purchase. But it has a heavier burden for people with low incomes. Michael Pope explains.

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What Should Virginia Do With Its Tax Cut Windfall?


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Remember that tax cut the president signed into law late last year? It cut many federal taxes. But, it may have also increased state taxes here in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Recession Recovery Doesn’t Look the Same Across Virginia

hardrecoveryThe recession ended nearly a decade ago, and jobs are returning to Virginia. But, the recovery from this last recession is unlike what happened after previous recessions. Michael Pope reports.

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New Poll: Race Relations Remain a Hot-Button Issue in America

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Views about race relations remain incredibly complicated in America, even a year after the riot in Charlottesville. Michael Pope reports.

 

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Recent Fraudulent Signature Case Isn’t Virginia’s First

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2nd District Republican Representative Scott Taylor

Roanoke’s prosecutor will be investigating allegations of fraudulent voter petitions in Virginia Beach, a case that puts Republican Congressman Scott Taylor’s reelection campaign in the crossfire. But, fraudulent signatures are nothing new in Virginia politics. Michael Pope reports.

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Offshore Wind Project Could Spark Significant Change for Virginia’s Energy Profile

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What’s the future of energy generation in Virginia? Some recent developments could be a turning point. Michael Pope reports.

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Change May Be On the Way for Virginia Democrats

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Democratic Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville. Some Democrats are hoping to install a new party leader before next year’s General Assembly session begins. (Credit: Creative Commons)

The retirement of a Republican in the House of Delegates is prompting a new wave of soul searching among Democrats. Michael Pope has the story.

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Democratic Socialism is Nothing New in Virginia

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Delegate Lee Carter is a Democratic Socialist who was elected to the General Assembly last year. (Credit: Creative Commons)

Democratic Socialism is gaining new traction across the country, but as it turns out, Virginia was ahead of the trend. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Still Has Significant Wage Disparity A Decade After the Recession

wagedisparityThe recession is now a distant memory, and in many ways Virginia’s economy has improved. But, that rising tide has not lifted all boats. Michael Pope reports.

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“Dopesick” Roanoke Author on the Dealers, Doctors and Drug Company That Addicted America

macy_dopesickA best-selling author from Roanoke has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel. Former Roanoke Times Reporter, Beth Macy, wrote “Factory Man” and “Truevine.” Now, she’s out with her third book, this one, about the opioid crisis and its origins here in Virginia. It’s called “Dopesick.” Robbie Harris reports.

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Virginia’s Unemployment Rate May Not Tell the Whole Story

laborforceVirginia’s unemployment rate is now down to levels that haven’t been seen since before the recession hit a decade ago. That’s the good news. But, there’s an important part of the story those numbers don’t tell. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Emergency Departments Connect with New System

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Emergency departments across Virginia are now connected by a tech system that lets doctors share real-time information about patients, drug use and care plans. Virginia is the first state in the country to take this step. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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African-American Unemployment Rates Struggling to Reach Pre-Recession Numbers in Virginia

blackunemploymentBlack unemployment may be at a record low now in the United States. But the numbers here in Virginia tell a different story. Michael Pope reports.

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Charlottesville Democratic Socialists Host Free Brake Light Repair Clinic

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The DSA offered drivers an invitation to their group picnic next week. (Credit: Emily Richardson – Lorente)

This past weekend, the Charlottesville branch of the Democratic Socialists of America held its first free Brake Light Repair Clinic. Emily Richardson-Lorente stopped by to see what it was all about.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Hits Snag Over National Forest Crossing

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Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are celebrating a recent court ruling. It effectively cancels permits allowing pipeline developers to build through Jefferson National Forest. And that’s leaving many to ask: what happens next? Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Despite Habeeb Retirement, Republicans Are Likely to Maintain Majority in House of Delegates

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Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) announced his plans to retire from the General Assembly last week. (Credit: Friends of Greg Habeeb / Creative Commons)

Republicans in the House of Delegates have a one-vote majority. So any shake up of that composition could mean dramatic change. But, even a new vacancy isn’t causing a lot of hope among Democrats. Michael Pope reports.

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Va News: Colonial Downs Betting, Workforce Training Program

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People will soon be betting on horse races again at Virginia’s Colonial Downs track but it’ll be done in a whole new way. And, a new statewide program that matches worker training to industry needs is about to get a real test at the Newport News shipyards.

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.

Click here for the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News Link.

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Local Governments Continue to Bring Lawsuits In On-Going Opioid Crisis

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Local governments across Virginia say they have become overwhelmed by the cost of the opioid epidemic. Michael Pope reports they’re now taking their case to court.

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ACA Premiums Set to Jump In Virginia… Again

virginia_flag_map_0People who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are about to see yet another increase to their premiums. Michael Pope is looking into the numbers.

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Outreach Effort for Expanded Health Insurance Ramps Up

IMG_6960_0Beginning next year, hundreds of thousands of Virginians who can’t afford health insurance will have a new option: Medicaid. That’s because state lawmakers expanded the program this year. One of the top concerns for the state agency that runs Medicaid is outreach. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Stewart Nomination Throws Republican Party of Virginia Into Disarray

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The Republican Party of Virginia is in a state of transition. Several of its local leaders have resigned, and the party is currently looking for a new chairman. Michael Pope reports.

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Will New Medicaid Patients Be Able To Find Doctors?

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Hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia are about to gain access to health insurance through Medicaid. But will they be able to find doctors? Michael Pope has details.

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State Democrats Hope Stewart Nomination Will Help Flip Key House Seats

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Virginia Democrats are trying to tie vulnerable House members in the Commonwealth to the GOP’s controversial U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Virginia Is Now Above the National Average in Reported Identity Theft Crimes

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Identity theft is on the rise in Virginia, which now has a rate of reported crimes higher than the national average. Michael Pope explains why.

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Virginia is a National Leader in School Safety, But There’s Still Room for Improvement

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State lawmakers get a security tour of Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Although Virginia has taken school safety seriously, there’s still room for improvement. That’s what members of the Select Committee on School Safety, formed after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, heard today when they met for the second time. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Congressman Taylor Introduces Legislation That Seeks to Stop Continuing Resolutions

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Republican Congressman Scott Taylor

Congress doesn’t have a reputation for managing money well. But these days it seems like lawmakers are unwilling — or unable — to balance the checkbook on time. And, as Michael Pope reports, one Virginia congressman says that poses a danger to national security.

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Citing Safety, Police Scanners Across Virginia Go Silent

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Across Virginia, and the country, police scanners are going quiet — at least for the public. Mallory Noe-Payne reports on the growing trend of encrypting first responder communication.

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Medicaid Expansion in Virginia Could Cut Down on Maternal Mortality Rates

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When black women give birth in Virginia, they are far more likely to die as a result of the pregnancy than white women. Now, as Michael Pope reports, those numbers might be about to change.

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