Goodlatte Legislation Seeks to Modernize Music Industry

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Members of Congress are about to take up a bill from Congressman Bob Goodlatte this week that might end up being a revolutionary change to the music business. Michael Pope has the story.

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VA News: Natural Bridge Safety, Virginia Beach Inmate Video Visits

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Inmates at the Virginia Beach jail can’t have visitors now because old technology has
failed. And a new study shows the state will at some point have reroute the highway that has crosses Natural Bridge.

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

More on that from Fred Echols.

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VPAP Analysis: General Assembly Committee Assignments = $

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For elected officials, getting into office is not the only goal on the agenda.

There’s also the issue of getting key committee assignments.

And, as Michael Pope reports, that is likely to influence how much money they’re able to raise.

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In Virginia, Should You Buy or Rent? A Look Into the Numbers

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Is buying a home always better than renting a home? Experts say it depends on how long you’re staying.

Michael Pope has this look at the numbers.

 

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Virginia Students Participate in National School Walkout

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Students rally in Richmond. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Hundreds of young people marched on the capitol in Richmon Friday to protest gun violence.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, it was part of a nationwide event on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

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Republican Senate Debate Turns Testy

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Three Republicans vying to get the nomination to run for the Senate have drastically different approaches to politics.

This week, Nick Freitas, Corey Stewart and EW Jackson met for a debate at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Pipeline Protests Get the Attention of Lawmakers

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As tree clearing for the Mountain Valley Pipeline moves forward in southwest Virginia, some Democratic lawmakers in Richmond are asking for things to slow down. They’re also demanding support for a protester, who has been sitting in the pipeline’s path. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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GA Meets for Veto Session

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Virginia’s House of Delegates met for a veto session Wednesday, lawmakers tried to override only one of Governor Ralph Northam’s vetoes. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Space Designed for Maximum Impact

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Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute of Contemporary Art is a modern building in the heart of Richmond. (Credit: VCU ICA)

The corner of Broad and Belvidere is one of Richmond’s busiest intersections, and it’s about to get a bit busier. The intersection is now home to Richmond’s newest, and long anticipated, art museum. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Campaign Cash is Piling Up for Republican Senate Candidates

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Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart is facing a tough fundraising challenge from state Delegate Nick Freitas. (Credit: facebook.com/coreystewartva/)

The primary is only weeks away, and it’s not just the politics that’s heating up. It’s also the race for campaign cash. Michael Pope is adding up the numbers.

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The Vietnam Graffiti Project

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Lee and Art Beltrone share one of about 400 works of graffiti on canvas, left by U.S. servicemen en route to Vietnam. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

More than 50 years ago a troop ship in Oakland, California sailed for Vietnam, carrying over 3,000 men.

They slept in very tight quarters on canvas hammocks – one just a few inches above the man who slept below.  That canvas was a tempting target for graffiti – lots of it, and a Virginia couple has saved much of it as a tribute to those who fought in Southeast Asia.

Sandy Hausman reports on the Vietnam Graffiti Project, which will visit Blacksburg this month and Charlottesville in June.

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How Does Virginia’s Tax Burden Compare to Other States?

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Have you filed your taxes yet? Perhaps you’re concerned about the tax burden you face. Michael Pope has this breakdown of how much money Virginians owe in federal, state and local taxes.

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Virginia Dedicates Memorial to Native Tribes

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Like a labyrinth, a stone pathway spirals in to a small fountain.  Inscribed under the water are the names of many of Virginia’s rivers. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Virginia has a new memorial at Capitol Square in Richmond. The spiral stone footpath with a fountain in the center is a tribute to Virginia’s native tribes.

Mallory Noe-Payne was at the dedication ceremony and has this report.

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VA News: Richmond Security Cameras, Polling Site called Inadequate

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There’s a polling place in Dickenson County with no restrooms, no wheelchair access and not enough for space for people to vote without turning sideways. It appears the precinct’s voters won’t see improvements anytime soon. And Richmond is considering a plan that would reimburse homeowners for setting up security cameras.

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.

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Medicaid Isn’t the Only Funding Debate Left in Richmond

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Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week, still trying to hammer out a deal to finalize the budget. Although most of the attention has been focused on expanding health insurance to poor people, that’s not the only funding debate still playing out. Michael Pope has details.

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What is 287(g)? And How Does it Impact the Immigration Debate?

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Should local law-enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration law? That’s a debate that’s currently playing out in jails across Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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House Panel Adds Punishment to Medicaid Work Requirement

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Virginia could become the next state to add work requirements for Medicaid. The conservative reforms are being proposed by lawmakers in Virginia’s House. It’s part of a strategy to convince the state Senate to support Medicaid expansion. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Democrats Consider Choices to Take on Dave Brat

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Virginia’s Seventh District is a small slice of the state, but the Congressional race there is drawing a lot of attention. Democrats think they can pick up the seat in the 2018 midterms. But first they have to choose a candidate. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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House Rejects Goodlatte Balanced Budget Amendment

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Critics of Washington spending say something needs to be done to reign in the excess, and one Virginia Congressman is pushing for a new constitutional amendment to make it happen.

Michael Pope has the story.

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American Chestnut Trees Grew Taller in People’s Memories

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American Chestnut in Warspur, Virginia with a dead, broken, main trunk and live small sprouts. The non-hybrid sprouts will soon succumb to the blight, which is still in the environment.

The American Chestnut tree has mythic stature in tree lore. Today the old giants of people’s memories are long gone from the landscape, wiped out by an Asian blight a hundred years ago. And even though they still loom large in the history and culture of Appalachia, new research suggests, their mythic proportions are likely, just that. Robbie Harris reports.

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An Answer on Medicaid Could Still be Weeks Away

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The gallery of Virginia’s State Senate was filled with supporters of Medicaid expansion Wednesday as lawmaker gaveled in for a special session.

State legislators will be working on the budget, as well as deciding whether to expand health insurance to the poor. The final decision on could still be weeks away, but advocates still made an effort to have their voices heard.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Before Leaving Congress, Goodlatte Will Again Attempt to Pass Balanced Budget Legislation

Bob_Goodlatte_official_photoSince the Great Depression, budget deficits have been the norm in Washington. That’s created a federal debt north of $21 trillion dollars. Now, one Virginia congressman is hoping to change that. Michael Pope reports.

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What is Medicaid Expansion? And What Does it Have to Do With Virginia’s Budget? Here’s a Primer

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State lawmakers are back in Richmond for a special session.

They didn’t finish their work during the regular legislative session because they couldn’t agree on Medicaid expansion and the coverage gap.

Those phrases are used a lot in the news.

Mallory Noe-Payne breaks down what they mean.

Medicaid is expensive. It’s a huge chunk of the state budget, and growing quickly.

Even still, an expansion of the program to about 400,000 poor Virginians is projected to save the state money— if lawmakers make an agreement during a special legislative session.

Mallory Noe-Payne explains that part of the story.

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More and More Students Are Defaulting On Loans in Virginia

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More and more students are defaulting on their college loans. Michael Pope is digging into the data for Virginia schools.

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How Has Medicaid Expansion Impacted Other States?

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As Virginia considers expanding Medicaid this week, many people are looking to the experience of other states. Have any of the 33 states that expanded health insurance for the poor and the disabled come to regret the decision? Michael Pope looks for answers.

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Va News: Richmond-area Newspapers End, Hackers Hit Vienna School District

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Two Virginia communities have lost their weekly newspapers, and hackers have attacked a Virginia high school’s computer network.

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 Va. News from the Virginia Public Access Project.

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MVP Protestor on Monopod Cut Off From Receiving Supplies

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Activists opposing the Mountain Valley natural gas Pipeline in southwest Virginia are camped in the Jefferson National forest, hoping to delay construction. One woman has been living on a monopod blocking the pipeline’s path. U.S. Forest Law enforcement have closed an access road, preventing supporters from getting food and water to her. Robbie Harris reports.

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Congressman Garrett Wants More Time for Lawmakers to Review Legislation

399px-Tom_Garrett_official_congressional_photoHow long should members of Congress have to actually read the legislation they are voting on? Michael Pope has this report about one Virginia congressman who says lawmakers shouldn’t be so hasty.

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Beer Boom Leads to More Classes

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As Virginia’s craft beer industry continues to boom, it means more job openings. To help fill the demand, the University of Richmond is expanding its class options in beer making. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Conversation with Mark Warner: Russia, Facebook and the Trump Campaign

Virginia Senator Mark Warner is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which recently released its bipartisan findings that Russia did try to interfere in the 2016 elections.

Correspondent Matt Laslo recently sat down with him to discuss everything from the ongoing investigation of potential collusion by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to the Facebook hacks that have garnered international attention. Here’s a slightly edited version of their conversation.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

What’s the most important takeaway from the Russia investigation to date?

“Russia massively intervened in our elections. They hacked both political parties. They released information to help Mr. Trump and hurt Clinton. They scanned or hacked into 21 states’ electoral systems, and they found ways to use social media in an unprecedented way in terms of not just political advertising, but more specifically creation of fake accounts that spread misinformation and disinformation.”428px-Mark_Warner_113th_Congress_photo

What do you think of President Trump’s continued insistence that nothing happened?

“I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but for someone who says there’s no there there, he continually tries to interfere in the Mueller investigation. His failure to acknowledge this threat means we are not as secure as we should be in terms of election security. That’s why the Congress and our Senate Intelligence Community acted in a bipartisan way to say that every vote in 2018 should have a paper ballot or a paper trail.”

Facebook has been under fire for this most recent leak. What role does Congress have in this to protect people’s data?

“I first called out Facebook and some of the social media platforms in December of 2016. For the first six months, the companies just kind of blew off these allegations, but these proved to be true; that Russia used their social media platforms with fake accounts to spread false information, they paid for political advertising on their platforms. Facebook says those tactics are no longer allowed — that they’ve kicked this firm off their site, but I think they’ve got a lot of explaining to do.”

What’s next for the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Russia investigation?

“We hope we can keep putting pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to work with state electoral boards so that people have the appropriate security clearances. We also need to now move into the realm of how we grapple with the question around social media and what our recommendations are there. And then, we will still have a lot of questions about what level of collusion or collaboration might have taken place between Russians and individuals connected with the Trump campaign.”

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State Leaders Push Richmond to Modernize Schools

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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney advocating for more state money for education during the General Assembly. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

In November voters in Richmond overwhelmingly supported a change to the city’s charter, pressuring leaders to come up with a plan to fully renovate city schools. This week, Virginia’s Governor signed that ballot measure into law. That means the clock is now ticking for the Mayor’s office. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Northern Virginia Hospital is Leading the Way in Cutting Down on C-Sections

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In the last few decades, the number of cesarean section births has skyrocketed, and many leaders in the medical community feel it’s at a crisis level. But one hospital in Northern Virginia may have come upon a way of solving the problem. Michael Pope has the story.

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Democratic Hopefuls Across Virginia Have Differing Positions on Trump Impeachment

473px-Donald_Trump_official_portraitAs Democrats across Virginia prepare to head to the polls in June, they will be choosing between candidates who are taking a variety of positions on impeaching President Trump. Michael Pope has that story.

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Kaine Kicks off Senate Re-Election Campaign with ‘Crisp’ Economic Message

220px-Tim_Kaine,_official_113th_Congress_photo_portraitDemocrat Tim Kaine lost the last election he ran in, as Vice President on Hillary Clinton’s ticket. But he’s hoping to win the next one: his reelection bid to the US Senate. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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The Medicaid Expansion Debate May Come Down to Rural Hospitals, Which Could Need it to Survive

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Rural Virginia hospitals may end up playing a significant role in the ongoing debate over Medicaid expansion. Michael Pope has the story.

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Saying Gun Control is a Must, Va Dems Create Separate School Safety Group

unnamedAfter the shooting at a Florida high school, Republican leadership in Virginia’s General Assembly created a bipartisan work group on school safety. The group hasn’t even met yet, but Virginia Democrats are already criticizing it for not tackling gun control. Now, Democrats are starting their own group. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Lawmakers Press Local Governments to Pass Gun Measures

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Democratic state Senator Scott Surovell is part of a group pressing local governments to adopt ordinances outlawing loaded shotguns and rifles on public highways.

Lawmakers who were unsuccessful in accomplishing gun control during the General Assembly are shifting their focus to local governments across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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When It Comes to the State’s Debt Management, Times Have Changed

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For many years, Virginia had a reputation for avoiding debt. But recent years have seen the commonwealth taking on increasing amounts of debt. Michael Pope has the story.

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African-American Enclaves Provide Social And Professional Networks

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Enclaves are comfortable spaces where people convene, laugh and sometimes even cry. There are enclaves for sports fans, foodies, college alumni. During the early 20th Century, though, it wasn’t easy for African-Americans to build enclaves in the Commonwealth.

Jason Fuller has been exploring the significance black enclaves across Virginia and starts in Alexandria.

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Virginia Congressman Fights for the CFPB

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Since the election of President Trump in 2016, efforts to crack down on predatory lending in Washington have all but ended. That’s causing a fair amount of concern among people who oppose high interest rates. Michael Pope reports.

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Liberty’s Quiet Win

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While many in Virginia have been focused on March Madness, a team at Liberty
University is quietly celebrating its victory.

The school took top national honors for its turf grass.

Sandy Hausman reports on how the Lynchburg campus captured that win.

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The Chinese Feast on Virginia’s Turtles

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With the coming of spring, snapping turtles have emerged from their winter homes in the mud – ready to reproduce and to spend the summer trolling ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.

They’re a hearty species with few natural enemies.

Now, however, turtles which can live more than a hundred years are in danger.

Sandy Hausman tells why.

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Is Virginia Missing Out On Federal Grant Money?

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Virginia gets a lot of money from the federal government, so much that it’s often seen as being overly reliant on Uncle Sam.

But there’s one part of the state’s budget where the federal government plays a minimal role.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Gun Control Groups, Not The NRA, Are The Big Spenders In State Races

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Much has been made of the role that campaign contributions from the NRA has on elected leaders in Washington.

But, as Michael Pope reports, money is flowing on both sides of the gun debate.

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VA News: Chesterfield County uses Uber, ‘Speed Limit Enforced by Aircraft’ signs

VPAPnewChesterfield County is trying a new approach to providing transportation for residents in need. And if you don’t believe those signs on Virginia highways that warn of speed limits being enforced by aircraft then you may be right.
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.

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Weed Warriors Train New Troops

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A central Virginia group is declaring war on weeds this spring.

Blue Ridge PRISM will hold free workshops to teach landowners how to identify and remove some of the 91 non-native plants that threaten our forests.

Sandy Hausman has that story.

To sign up for training, visit http://blueridgeprism.org/

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‘We’re Being More Mindful’ Monument Avenue Commission Quietly Continues Work

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Richmond’s Monument Avenue Commission held one of its final community meetings Thursday night. Almost a year ago the group was tasked with a big question: What should Virginia’s capitol city do with its confederate monuments?

In the months since, that issue has become a flashpoint. Caught in the middle of that tension, the Monument Avenue Commission has aimed to keep things civil. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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An Early Look At Fundraising Totals For Virginia’s Mid-Term Congressional Candidates

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Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock currently holds a large lead over Virginia’s other Congressional candidates in fundraising.

The race is on for 2018, and a huge slate of candidates will be on the ballot during primary season this year. The election is only two months away, so candidates are furiously trying to raise money. Michael Pope reports.

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Clapper Stresses the Importance of the Intelligence Community at Roanoke College

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave a talk on the ethics and importance of information gathering at Roanoke College last night. Nick Gilmore was there and filed this report.

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Virginia Prisoner Sues Over Food Behind Bars

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Virginia has about thirty thousand people in its prisons, and for each one it spends two dollars and ten cents a day on food.

Now, one inmate is suing, alleging the daily diet puts him at high risk for obesity, cancer and many chronic conditions.

The state says it’s a security risk to allow recording in person, so Sandy Hausman spoke with the plaintiff by phone and filed this report.

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