Data Shows Racial Disparity in Richmond Policing

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Black residents in Richmond are more likely to be stopped by police than white residents. That’s according to data the police department has handed over to a grassroots group pushing for more police accountability. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Is McAuliffe About to Announce His Presidential Campaign?

McAuliffeA former Virginia governor may be on the verge of announcing for president. Michael Pope reports.

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VCU to Offer New Minor in LGBTQ Studies

584b7ab80be21.image_Students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will have the opportunity next year to pursue a new minor in LGBT+ and Queer Studies. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With Every Seat Up for Grabs, Many Republicans are Calling it Quits at the General Assembly

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Nine lawmakers are calling it quits, stepping down from their position in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has the breakdown.

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New Data Offers Insight into Civil War Population

StateSeal00Researchers at the University of Virginia are using some new data to learn about a very old subject: the Civil War. Michael Pope reports.

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Proposed Changes to NAFTA Could Be Very Damaging to Virginia’s Economy

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International trade is playing an increasing role in Virginia’s economy, which means that a debate about to take place in Congress could have dramatic consequences for the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports.

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Cardiac Cavs Force Overtime, Win National Championship

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The University of Virginia outlasted Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77, Monday night in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game.

Greg Echlin has more from Minneapolis where UVA made team history with its first men’s hoops title.

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Paystub Protections Are Now Law in Virginia, With One Notable Exception

StateSeal00Workers across Virginia are about to get a new guarantee — a paystub showing how their salary was calculated and what kind of withholdings were taken out. Michael Pope reports.

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UVA Squeaks by Auburn, Will Play for National Championship Monday Night

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After a bizarre finish to the first national semifinal game on Saturday night, the Virginia Cavaliers are in their first men’s basketball title game Monday night against Texas Tech.

Greg Echlin has more from Minneapolis.

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Va. News: Empty boxes at the Port of Virginia, One Person’s FOIA requests tying up Pulaski County

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The Port of Virginia says many of the containers it’s shipping out are empty. That’s not a good sign for the U.S. balance of trade.  And Pulaski County leaders say one person is using the Freedom of Information Act to tie up months of staff time.

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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Advocates for Menstrual Equity Shift Attention to Schools

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Women across Virginia are about to get a tax break on feminine hygiene products.

Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Cavaliers Ready for Final Four

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The University of Virginia men’s basketball team is getting ready to play Auburn in the Final Four Saturday night.

Greg Echlin  has more from Minneapolis.

UVA coach Tony Bennett isn’t far from his roots at the Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis.

Greg Echlin explains why.

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General Assembly Agrees to End License Suspensions for Unpaid Court Costs

 

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More than half a million people in Virginia with outstanding court fines are about to get their driver’s licenses back.

That’s thanks to a budget amendment from Democratic Governor Ralph Northam that was approved yesterday by a Republican-led General Assembly.

Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers Approve Funding Plan for Interstate 81 Improvements

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Drivers along the Interstate 81 corridor are about to see higher gas taxes and new infrastructure improvements. Michael Pope reports.

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Fairfax Seeks Investigation of Assault Allegations

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Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is asking law enforcement to investigate claims he sexually assaulted two women. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the statehouse are pushing for a public legislative hearing as a means to determine the truth.

Delegate Todd Gilbert suggests a lie detector test is meaningless.

Democrats say a bipartisan hearing would merely be political spectacle. Their lack of support leaves the possibility in limbo.

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Northam Working to Increase Affordable Housing Options, GOP Support Remains Unclear

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers are returning to Richmond Wednesday, where they’ll be considering a proposal from the governor to invest more money into affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia May End Driver’s License Suspensions for Unpaid Court Fees After All

StateSeal00Lawmakers will return to Richmond this week to finish up some loose ends from this year’s General Assembly session. And one issue that is expected to be at the top of the agenda is suspended drivers licenses. Michael Pope reports.

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‘I Was So Ashamed’ Fairfax Accuser Describes Alleged Assault

screen_shot_2019-04-01_at_3.26.21_pmTwo women accusing Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault are now going public, giving their first television interviews since coming forward in February. Fairfax continues to deny the accusations, saying the encounters were consensual. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va. News: Virginia Lottery faced 1990’s controversy, new rules for Roanoke dog owners

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Rental property owners are bringing 21st-Century technology into the battle against dog poop…and we take a look back at the time the Virginia State Lottery was at the center of an intercontinental controversy. 

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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Data Shows Steady Decline of Virginia Manufacturing Jobs

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Manufacturing in Virginia is suffering, according to data from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Michael Pope looked into the numbers.

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Virginia Incumbents Facing Primary Challengers From Their Own Parties

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The deadline for new candidates running in primaries for the General Election was this week. Michael Pope has this preview of the upcoming election cycle.

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Teachers in Virginia Consider Way Forward

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Hundreds of educators from across the state are in Richmond this weekend, considering their next steps in pushing for more state funding. It comes at a time when new numbers show Virginia teachers are paid almost $10,000 below the national average. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia’s First Green Cemetery

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The National Funeral Directors Association reports a typical viewing and burial can cost more than seven-thousand dollars on average, and that doesn’t count the price of a spot in the cemetery.

That’s one factor feeding a growing trend toward cremation and natural burials.

Sandy Hausman stopped by Virginia’s first green cemetery and filed this report.

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Northam Proposes Regional Gas Tax, Fee Increases to Fund Interstate 81 Improvements

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The governor and state transportation officials are making a second run at funding improvements on Interstate 81.

David Seidel explains how.

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New Study: Virginia Needs to Spend Much More on Students in High-Poverty Districts

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Virginia’s poorest school districts are not receiving the funding they need, according to a new study. Michael Pope reports.

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Fields Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges, Will Not Face Death Penalty

 

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After a conviction in state court earlier this year, James Fields has pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the death of Heather Heyer and the injury of 28 others after a racist rally in Charlottesville.

As Sandy Hausman reports, the U.S. Attorney and Heyer’s mother are both satisfied that Fields will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Governor Signs Foster Care Reform

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Virginia’s Governor signed legislation Wednesday to improve the state’s foster care system. The measures increase health and safety standards, plus make it easier for children to be placed with a family member. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northam Moves to Restore 627,000 Licenses Suspended Over Court Fees and Fines

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More than 620,000 Virginians have lost their driver’s license, because they couldn’t afford to pay court fines or fees that had nothing to do with driving.

Tuesday, Governor Northam announced a plan to restore driving privileges as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Avoiding Eviction: How Virginia is Making the System Easier for Tenants

virginia_flag_map_0It’s a legislative success story. Reporting from the New York Times brought attention to Virginia’s eviction crisis, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers responded. In just a single year, the General Assembly passed a suite of legislation to bring clarity to the eviction process and give renters a second chance.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Northam Renews Push for a Virginia Hands-Free Law

governor-northam-official-photo_800Drivers in Virginia may soon be subject to a strict new law preventing them from holding their cell phones. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Large Numbers of Children in Poverty Could Adversely Impact the State’s Health

StateSeal00A recent report indicates many of Virginia’s children live in poverty – a major concern for the long-term health of the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Bath County school buses offer WiFi, Establishing a Line between two Va. Counties

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Two Virginia counties now know exactly where one of them ends and the other begins, something that hasn’t been clear for almost 200 years. And elementary school students in another county are getting a chance to make better use of their time on the bus.

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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Study Shows Many Virginia Communities Suffer from Poor Air Quality

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Virginia’s air quality has been a topic of debate in recent years, as environmentalists have clashed with business interests.

Meanwhile, as Michael Pope reports the quality of Virginia’s air has suffered.

 

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New Data Suggests Virginia Has a Drunk Driving Problem

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Drunk driving is a major problem in Virginia, especially in certain areas according to a new report. Michael Pope has details.

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Virginia Democrats split on Medicare for All Proposals

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The Democratic Party seems to be moving to the left with most of its high-profile presidential candidates embracing proposals like Medicare for All.

But Virginia Democrats are resisting the trend, as correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Washington.  

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New Study: The Number of Virginia Smokers is Now Below the National Average

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Virginia was once the epicenter of the smoking industry. But now, the number of people using cigarettes in Virginia is dropping. Michael Pope reports.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Visits Virginia, Talks Confederate Monuments

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Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was in Richmond Tuesday. He spoke with the city’s mayor and shared some of the things he learned in his quest to remove the Confederate monuments in his city. Mallory Noe-Payne was at the event and has this report.

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Northam Vetoes Two Immigration-Related Bills

governor-northam-official-photo_800Immigration is once again in the spotlight here in Virginia, where the issue has become a dividing line between the parties. Michael Pope reports.

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Supreme Court Justices Hear Oral Arguments in Virginia’s Redistricting Case

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Are Republicans in Virginia guilty of racial gerrymandering? That’s a question currently being considered by the highest court in the land. Michael Pope is at the Supreme Court with the latest.

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“I thank God every day” — Exhibit Traces Impact of Immigrants on Virginia

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More than a million Virginians were born in another country.

 

Those immigrants are just the latest in a long line of people who have shaped the state.

 

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, their stories are being highlighted in an exhibit at the Library of Virginia.

 

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Virginia CSB’s Offer Same Day Services

StateSeal00Someone trying to get a mental health evaluation can now walk into any of the state’s community services boards and get one right away, instead of waiting days or even weeks for an appointment. It’s a dramatic shift that the state has been working towards for years. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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What to Expect When the Supreme Court Takes Up Virginia’s Redistricting Case

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Virginia’s racial gerrymandering case is headed back to the United States Supreme Court next week for yet another round of oral arguments. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Congressman Beyer: IRS Needs Additional Funding to Track Down Tax Evaders

Don_Beyer,_official_114th_Congress_photo_portrait.jpegTax season is upon us, and that means officials at the Internal Revenue Service are working overtime this time of year. But, one Virginia congressman worries that the IRS isn’t getting the funding it needs. Michael Pope reports.

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How Forests Help Mitigate Flooding

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Trees are big money in Virginia, generating some $21 billion each year, according to the state department of Forestry.

Another $6.6 billion is attributed to forest contribution to air and water quality.

 

Now, the city of Virginia Beach is looking at the value of the city’s forests as one solution to their flooding problems caused by climate change and the region’s sinking lands.

 

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Congressman Denver Riggleman is Trying to Revamp the National Flood Insurance Program

400px-Denver_Riggleman,_official_116th_Congress_photo_portraitThis week is Flood Insurance Awareness Week, and Congress is responding by taking a look at how flood insurance works — and sometimes doesn’t work. Michael Pope reports.

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Study: Virginia Bucks National Trend for School Spending

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Many school districts across the country remain largely segregated by race.

Nationally, nonwhite school districts get $23 billion less in funding than white districts do.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne tells us, Virginia actually bucks that trend.

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Virginia Weighs Sales Tax for Online “Marketplace Facilitators”

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Virginia’s sales taxes are currently stuck in the last century. But, state laws on sales taxes are about to go back to the future. Michael Pope has the story.

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Public Protest Casts a Shadow on Solar Arrays

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A group called Conservatives for Clean Energy recently surveyed 500 Virginia voters and found 72% want more emphasis on solar power here.

But as developers share plans with the public, they’re finding plenty of resistance.

Sandy Hausman reports on why some people object to solar arrays and whether their fears are founded.

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What Will Virginia’s Population Look Like in 2040?

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Virginia is running up against two demographic trends that might be unwelcome news. Michael Pope explains the changes.

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VT Biologists Find Cancer Connection to Our Body Clock

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A new discovery finds that timing is everything when it comes to preventing and treating cancer.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are the first to confirm the important role our body’s internal clocks play in whether we are more prone to develop the disease.

Robbie Harris reports.

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