Va. News: Plastic Bags And Public Records

A state lawmaker is trying to limit the costs of FOIA requests.  And Roanoke is the first city in the Commonwealth to enact a tax on plastic shopping bags.

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.

Leave a comment

As Mask Requirements Ease, Can Businesses Require Proof Of Vaccination?

Credit: CDC

It’s been a week since Governor Ralph Northam brought Virginia’s Mask guidance in line with the CDC’s. That meant vaccinated people wouldn’t have to wear masks inside in most situations.

Jahd Khalil spoke to a legal expert on how vaccination status could be verified by businesses. 

Leave a comment

As Democratic Field Targets McAuliffe, McAuliffe Goes After Republican Youngkin

The Democratic candidates for governor are heading into the final stretch of the primary campaign, and they’re making their closing arguments to voters.

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

New Assistance For Those Seeking Rent Relief

A new program hopes to connect people in need of rent relief with money that’s already here in Virginia.

Michael Pope explains how.

Leave a comment

Voter Turnout Low in Virginia Democrats’ Primary

The Democratic Primary is less than three weeks away, and so far officials say the turn-out for early voting is low.

Sandy Hausman spoke with one expert who is dismayed by the numbers.

Leave a comment

House Speaker: No More Virtual Sessions

(Credit: VA Capitol Police Twitter Page; @VaCapitolPolice)

The era of virtual government is about to draw to a close, at least at Virginia’s state capitol.

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

Can Democrats Put Trump On Ballot With Youngkin?

House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn speaks at the Alexandria stop of the ‘Where Trump Leads, Glenn Follows’ Tour.
(Credit Michael Pope)

Now that businessman Glenn Youngkin has secured the Republican nomination for governor, Democrats and Republicans are both trying to create a narrative around a candidate many voters have never heard of.

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

After Pandemic Shutdown, Some Indigenous Tribes In Virginia Bring Back Their Powows

Desmond Ellsworth (Nansemond Tribe), an award-winning basket-weaver, displays a favorite basket. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Last year, the pandemic forced Indigenous tribes in Virginia to cancel festivals and powwows.

With vaccines, safety protocols, and celebrations taking place outdoors, tribes are making their way back to community events.

Jamestown kicked the effort off with its first Indigenous Arts Day. Pamela D’Angelo was there.

Leave a comment

Federal Aid and Unexpected Revenues Could Fund ‘Historic Investments’

Credit: VA Capitol Police Twitter Page; @VaCapitolPolice

Lawmakers are eyeing major investments in infrastructure and programming, as the federal government appropriated billions in relief money and state revenues came in higher than expected. Jahd Khalil reports.


Leave a comment

Predatory Lending Takes Center Stage in Dem. AG Primary

Candidates in the Democratic primary for attorney general are clashing over predatory lending. Michael Pope reports.

, ,

Leave a comment

Population Projections Prove Precise

Predicting population growth is a tricky game.

But one Virginia institution has become the go-to source for state population predictions.

Michael Pope reports. 

Leave a comment

Va. News: Breaking The Cycle Of Violence

A community group dedicated to reducing gun violence is looking for more volunteers and more financial support. And the latest numbers show some changes in the list of most popular baby names in Virginia.

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.

Leave a comment

Virginia Governor Lifting Indoor Mask Mandate In Most Places

Gov. Ralph Northam announces the changes in a video message Friday.

Governor Ralph Northam lifted the indoor mask mandate for most settings a short time ago/Friday afternoon.

Virginia will also end COVID-19 mitigation measures on May 28th.

Jahd Khalil has more. 

Leave a comment

A Tick Closer to Understanding Lyme Disease

In Virginia, Lyme disease is transmitted by blacklegged ticks, infected with the Lyme disease-causing bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.
(Credit Virginia Tech)

Lyme disease is on the rise.  Higher global temperatures are part of the problem, helping ticks thrive. 

But it turns out, the infamous black legged deer tick that carries Lyme bacteria in North America, has a secret weapon that scientists have just identified. 

Robbie Harris reports.

Leave a comment

Kaine, Warner Call For End To Whiskey Tariff War

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are urging the Biden administration to take action to help Virginia whiskey makers.

Michael Pope explains why.

Leave a comment

Analysts: Relative Anonymity Could Be An Asset For Republican Statewide Ticket

Republicans now have a slate of candidates to head into the fall election season.

And, as Michael Pope reports, you might not have heard their names before.

Leave a comment

How much is your community getting from ARPA?

The Treasury Department released much-awaited figures regarding aid from the American Rescue Plan Act Monday evening. In total Virginia’s set to receive $7.2 billion. $4.3 billion will go to the state, and $2.9 billion directly to localities. Jahd Khalil has details.

How much will your community receive in ARPA funds?

Accomack County: $6,277,004

Albemarle County: $21,236,071

Alexandria: $59,633,833

Alleghany County: $2,886,381

Amelia County: $2,553,262

Amherst County: $6,138,901

Appomattox County: $3,090,525

Arlington County: $46,003,782

Augusta County: $14,676,256

Bath County: $805,506

Bedford County: $15,344,241

Blacksburg: $13,364,987

Bland County: $1,219,816

Botetourt County: $6,491,249

Bristol: $10,027,374

Brunswick County: $3,152,681

Buchanan County: $4,079,781

Buckingham County: $3,330,798

Buena Vista: $1,258,276

Campbell County: $10,660,768

Caroline County: $5,967,971

Carroll County: $5,786,553

Charles City County: $1,352,481

Charlotte County: $2,307,551

Charlottesville: $19,609,709

Chesapeake: $76,025,897

Chesterfield County: $68,527,653

Christiansburg: $3,115,411

Clarke County: $2,839,569

Colonial Heights: $6,010,090

Covington: $1,075,692

Craig County: $996,637

Culpeper County: $10,217,905

Cumberland County: $1,929,175

Danville: $29,142,851

Dickenson County: $2,781,104

Dinwiddie County: $5,544,337

Emporia: $1,038,398

Essex County: $2,127,492

Fairfax County: $222,894,638

Fairfax City: $4,665,409

Falls Church: $2,839,181

Fauquier County: $13,834,039

Floyd County: $3,059,059

Fluvanna County: $5,296,878

Franklin County: $10,885,502

Franklin City: $1,547,496

Frederick County: $17,348,003

Fredericksburg: $10,782,747

Galax: $1,232,830

Giles County: $3,247,664

Gloucester County: $7,254,411

Goochland County: $4,613,742

Grayson County: $3,020,405

Greene County: $3,849,608

Greensville County: $2,201,885

Halifax County: $6,586,814

Hampton: $48,660,418

Hanover County: $20,932,282

Harrisonburg: $23,834,094

Henrico County: $64,257,518

Henry County: $9,820,105

Highland County: $425,382

Hopewell: $9,998,813

Isle of Wight County: $7,207,988

James City County: $14,863,696

King George County: $5,212,578

King William County: $3,330,798

King and Queen County: $1,364,524

Lancaster County: $2,059,508

Lee County: $4,549,643

Leesburg: $5,927,673

Lexington: $1,446,298

Loudoun County: $80,324,909

Louisa County: $7,301,611

Lunenburg County: $2,368,930

Lynchburg: $33,328,529

Madison County: $2,575,794

Manassas Park: $3,394,897

Manassas: $7,980,280

Martinsville: $2,438,467

Mathews County: $1,715,901

Mecklenburg County: $5,941,166

Middlesex County: $2,055,429

Montgomery County: $19,139,269

Nelson County: $2,899,977

New Kent County: $4,485,156

Newport News: $66,794,246

Norfolk: $154,141,050

Northampton County: $2,274,530

Northumberland County: $2,349,312

Norton: $773,263

Nottoway County: $2,958,637

Orange County: $7,196,722

Page County: $4,642,683

Patrick County: $3,420,148

Petersburg: $20,961,839

Pittsylvania County: $11,723,057

Poquoson: $2,383,498

Portsmouth: $56,842,564

Powhatan County: $5,759,553

Prince Edward County: $4,429,021

Prince George County: $7,449,621

Prince William County: $91,357,060

Pulaski County: $6,609,346

Radford: $8,228,392

Rappahannock County: $1,431,536

Richmond County: $1,752,612

Richmond City: $154,879,828

Roanoke County: $18,294,526

Roanoke City: $64,576,671

Rockbridge County: $4,384,541

Rockingham County: $15,917,438

Russell County: $5,164,019

Salem: $4,914,423

Scott County: $4,188,943

Shenandoah County: $8,471,897

Smyth County: $5,847,349

Southampton County: $3,424,615

Spotsylvania County: $26,458,167

Stafford County: $29,695,536

Staunton: $12,955,826

Suffolk: $30,065,296

Surry County: $1,247,398

Sussex County: $2,167,505

Tazewell County: $7,885,103

Virginia Beach: $136,429,703

Warren County: $7,801,386

Washington County: $10,438,365

Waynesboro: $9,046,603

Westmoreland County: $3,499,203

Williamsburg: $2,904,639

Winchester: $12,337,682

Wise County: $7,261,210

Wythe County: $5,571,531

York County: $13,262,590

Leave a comment

Beyer Legislation Seeks to Educate About New Number for Suicide Prevention Hotline

For years, suicide prevention advocates have been pressing for a three digit telephone number that could serve as a hotline to save lives. Now, one Virginia congressman has a bill to help make it a reality. Michael Pope reports.


Leave a comment

VDH Spends $1.7 Million on Ads in March and April

The Virginia Department of Health spent $1.7 million in March and April on ads promoting vaccinations and public health measures, according to April 21st data from the department. Jahd Khalil reports.

, , ,

Leave a comment

Political Newcomer Youngkin Wins Virginia GOP Governor Race

Republicans are heading into the fall election with a relatively unknown candidate for governor.

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

GOP Vote Counting Begins; Miyares Wins Attorney General Nomination

An observer looks on as votes from the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2021 convention are tabulated on Sunday May 9th. (Credit: Jahd Khalil)

The drama during past Republican nomination contests has played out on the convention floor over hours.

Jahd Khalil reports that this year it’s being measured in rounds.

Leave a comment

Republican Convention Voters Cast Ballots In Ranked Choice System

Republican officials are adding up the convention votes cast in about 40 different polling places over the weekend.

Some of the voters from the 6th Congressional District shared their views on the process with Joe Staniunas.

Leave a comment

Va. News: Ramps And Rebel X-Wing Fighters

Foraging for ramps has become a popular, and risky, pastime. And a spacecraft flown long ago in a galaxy far away is in Virginia getting ready for its debut.

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.

Leave a comment

A Final Preview of Saturday’s Republican Convention

This weekend, Republicans will be holding a multi-location convention to select their statewide nominees. Michael Pope has this preview.


Leave a comment

Dem. Gov. Candidates Promise Investment, Environmental Cleanup And Broadband At Southwest Va. Debate

Voting has already started for the June Democratic primary, and candidates for governor are moving toward the close of the campaign.

Michael Pope has more from their most recent debate.

Leave a comment

Northam: Virginia on Track to See COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted on June 15th

Some changes related to pandemic restrictions in Virginia are on the horizon. Nick Gilmore reports.

, , ,

Leave a comment

Blackface Scandal Resurfaces In Democrat Attorney General Debate

Mark Herring and Jay Jones debate Wednesday evening. (Credit: WJLA livestream)

In 2019, the state was rocked by two separate blackface scandals.  

Now, as Michael Pope reports, those scandals are playing out in the statewide Democratic primary.

Leave a comment

Democratic AG Candidates Focus on New Units

The Democratic primary for attorney general is entering its final phase, and the candidates are trying to draw distinctions between each other over how they will run the office. Michael Pope reports.


Leave a comment

Collective Bargaining: Will Other Localities Follow Alexandria Model?

Credit: City of Alexandria Facebook Page

Last year, the General Assembly passed a new law that allows employees of local governments to engage in collective bargaining. Michael Pope reports on the first local government that has entered into a new agreement with labor.


Leave a comment

Vote Counting In Republican Nominating Convention Could Take Days

Republicans are getting ready for a multi-location convention, when they’ll select their candidates for statewide office.

As Michael Pope reports, don’t expect results for a few days.

Leave a comment

Va. News: Books Behind Bars and Back To School

A new plan for in-person education seems to be working well in one of the country’s biggest school systems… And a group from UVA is hoping inmates at the regional jail will benefit from studying Russian literature.

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.

Leave a comment

Virginia Minimum Wage Increases to $9.50

Virginia’s minimum wage will increase on Saturday to $9.50 an hour.

Economists say the trade off to higher wages could be higher unemployment. But Jahd Khalil reports if that happens it might not be for a while. 

Leave a comment

Delegate Suggests Removing Financial Incentive For Traffic Stops

(Credit: Va Capitol Police Twitter Page; @VaCapitolPolice)

Do local governments have a financial incentive for their police officers to make traffic stops?

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

Does Attack Ad Signal Republican Front-Runner?

For weeks, groups aligned with Republican candidates have been attacking other Republican candidates for governor.

But now, as Michael Pope reports, Democrats are getting involved.

Leave a comment

Next Stop For Passenger Rail: The New River Valley?

An Amtrak passenger train rolls into Roanoke’s new station in 2017. (Credit: David Seidel)

As Amtrak marks its 50th anniversary Friday, Virginia may be on the verge of finally accomplishing a dream that’s been years in the making– expanding passenger rail into the New River Valley.

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

Studies Document Impact Of Continuing School Segregation

Two new reports suggest Virginia schools are increasingly segregated by race and economic status. 

Sandy Hausman reports for many kids that means less access to educational opportunities.

Leave a comment

VDOE: Accelerated Math Not Being Eliminated

Virginia education officials are working to reassure families that they aren’t doing away with accelerated math courses.

Jahd Khalil reports on what is going on. 

Leave a comment

UVA Research May Improve Treatment of Anemia

Dr. Adam Goldfarb, chief of UVA Health’s Division of Experimental Pathology, led the research team studying anemia treatment.
(Credit UVA)

Scientists at the University of Virginia report what may be an important medical breakthrough. 

Laboratory testing shows the use of two cheap oral drugs can treat a common form of anemia that causes fatigue, headaches and dizziness in millions of patients. 

Sandy Hausman has that story.

Leave a comment

State Lab Tracks COVID Variants in Virginia

Virginia’s Consolidated Laboratory does more than 9 million tests per year.
(Credit: Commonwealth of Virginia)

The CDC is keeping a nervous eye on COVID-19 – watching for genetic changes that could mean a more dangerous form of the coronavirus is around. 

The analysis is time-consuming, so scientists in Atlanta can only check a small percentage of the cases being diagnosed, but they’re getting help from Virginia as Sandy Hausman reports.

Leave a comment

Self-Financing In The Race For Governor

Running for office usually requires a lot of fundraising.

But as Michael Pope reports, sometimes it also involves writing a check to finance your own campaign. 

Leave a comment

Va. News: Drug Dogs And Greenhouse Jobs

Virginia will soon be home to one of the largest greenhouses on the east coast. And with changes in marijuana laws this summer many drug sniffing dogs will be headed for retirement.

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.

Leave a comment

A Look at the Voting Changes That Will Be in Place This Year

Voters will be heading to the polls on June 8th in primary elections across Virginia. And, the voting has already started. Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

CNU Poll: McAuliffe Holds Commanding Lead in Democratic Primary

Credit: NPR

With six weeks before the Democratic primary, a new poll shows the race for the party’s gubernatorial nomination is a lopsided one. Michael Pope has details.


Leave a comment

Richmond Artist Up for an Oscar

David Crank is nominated for an Oscar as production designer for the film News of the World. (Credit: David Crank)

The Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday from Los Angeles, and one Virginia man will be in the audience, hoping for his first Oscar.

Sandy Hausman has his story.

Leave a comment

Republicans to Use Ranked Choice Voting for May 8th Primary

Republicans are preparing to select their statewide candidates in a May 8th convention. And, as Michael Pope reports, they’ll be using a new method of selecting winners.

, , ,

Leave a comment

School Discipline System Reforms Coming Next Year

The Virginia Board of Education is moving towards reforming its discipline system for students.

Reform has been studied for a while but a presentation to the board of Education Tuesday indicated that changes are coming soon.

Jahd Khalil has this report. 

Leave a comment

Reopening Schools and Curriculum Become Hot Topics Among Republican Candidates

Credit: NPR

On the campaign trail, education is a hot topic. And, the debate doesn’t just revolve around reopening schools. It’s also about what’s being taught. Michael Pope explains.

, ,

Leave a comment

Legislation Would Make Silencers Easier To Get

Rep. Bob Good (Credit: House of Representatives)

The debate over curbing gun violence has taken a new urgency in the wake of several recent shootings.

But one Virginia congressman is hoping to make silencers easier to get.

Michael Pope explains.

Leave a comment

Facing Two Primaries, Del. Elizabeth Guzman Drops Campaign For Lt. Governor

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

One of the candidates in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor is dropping out of the race to focus on keeping her current seat in the House of Delegates.

Michael Pope reports.

Leave a comment

Va. News: Eviction Representation And A Candidate Coincidence

Charlottesville City Council will decide whether the city should provide lawyers for low income tenants facing eviction. And two first-time candidates for the House of Delegates have something very personal in common.

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.

Leave a comment