Posts Tagged Richmond

Richmond Preps for 13th Annual Folk Festival

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Upwards of 200,000 people are expected to descend on Richmond this weekend for the 13th annual Folk Festival — three days of continuous music, dance, and food. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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The Search For Paw Paw, North America’s Most Mysterious Fruit

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James River Park System employee Andrew Alli holding a cut paw paw. (Credit: Brad Kutner)

If you’ve ever walked along the James River, you might have spotted a weird, oblong green or brown fruit hanging from a tree or rotting on the ground. But, the only thing weirder than the taste of this mysterious fruit is its story. Brad Kutner reports.

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‘This is the Beginning of Bringing People Together,’ Residents Express Optimism After Richmond Rally

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Adria Scharf of the Richmond Peace Education Center hosting a unity rally at Richmond’s Maggie Walker statue. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

About half a dozen Neo-Confederates came from out of state to Richmond Saturday, stirring tensions and drawing hundreds of counter protesters. Many of the anti-racism protesters began their day at a unity rally at the city’s Maggie Walker monument. Mallory Noe-Payne covered the rally and has this report.

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Va News Topics: New Richmond High School, Amazon to Virginia Beach?

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Despite some apparent disadvantages, Virginia Beach has joined the competition for Amazon’s new headquarters. And, a new high school in Richmond is breaking with tradition to try and give its students a head start on the future. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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Richmond Commission Now Directed To Consider Removing Confederate Monuments

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A commission considering the future of Richmond’s Confederate monuments now has new orders. Last week, Mayor Levar Stoney directed the commission to include an examination of removal or relocation of the monuments. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Congress Votes to Defund Dog Experiments at Richmond’s VA Hospital

 

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Virginia Congressman Dave Brat sponsored the legislation to strip funding from painful experiments on dogs happening in Richmond’s VA Hospital. ( Credit J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Richmond has come under fire for using dogs in painful medical testing. Now a Congressman has stepped in to eliminate funding for the program. Mallory Noe- Payne has more.

 

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Governor Kicks Off ‘Virginia is for Computer Science Lovers’ Campaign

14c68d2b-8449-4045-85db-51cb5a857023-originalVirginia launched a new PR campaign Monday to draw attention to the state’s quickly growing computer science industry. The campaign ties in neatly with Richmond Tech Week, which also kicked off Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne has more details.

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GRTC in Richmond Launches Training Program for Mechanics

 

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Public transportation plays a big role in a community — helping people get to and from work and school. But now Richmond’s public transport agency is trying something new: workforce development. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Richmond Public Transport Partners with Tech Company to Serve Elderly, Disabled

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The disabled and elderly often rely on public transportation to get them where they need to go. Now, Richmond officials are hoping to make things a bit easier by partnering with a local tech start-up.  Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Richmond Mayor Calls for ‘Context’ to Confederate Monuments

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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney gestures during a news conference at City Hall Thursday, June 22, 2017. Stoney announced the formation of a commission tasked with redefining the narrative of the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The mayor of Virginia’s capital city is weighing in on how to deal with Confederate monuments. Richmond mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday he’d like to revamp Monument Avenue. The broad tree-lined boulevard in Richmond features memorials to several Confederate generals.

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Virginia Cities Top List of Millennial Growth

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Richmond and the Hampton Roads areas topped a list of cities attracting millennials. (Credit: AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

It’s no surprise that millennials are flocking to America’s cities. But it may be a surprise which urban centers top the list. New data shows two Virginia cities are the most popular destinations in the country. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Black Restaurant Week Kicks Off in Richmond

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Ajay Brewer, owner of Brewer’s Cafe. Credit: Kelley Libby

Today kicks off Black Restaurant Week in Richmond. The city’s Office of Minority Business Development is encouraging the public to support the event, which promotes Richmond tourism and the city’s diverse food culture. Kelley Libby reports.

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Virginians Take to the Streets in March on Monument

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Marchers this weekend took to Monument Avenue in Richmond. (Credit: Kelley Libby / WVTF / RADIO IQ)

This past Saturday, over 1,000 Richmonders streamed down Monument Avenue in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, planned for this weekend. The March on Monument drew a crowd of advocates from all corners of the Richmond social justice community. Nicki Stein was there and filed this report.

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Lawmakers to Consider Extra Funding For Historically Black Cemeteries

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The four cemeteries include East End Cemetery, a children’s cemetery and what may be a cemetery for black Confederate soldiers. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF / RADIO IQ)

After integration, historically black cemeteries around the state fell to the wayside, often unkempt, uncared for, and forgotten. Now a state lawmaker is hoping to bring them some much-needed attention. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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A Little Thanksgiving Inspiration

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If you don’t already have your Thanksgiving meal prepped and ready to go, don’t worry — it’s not too late. Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne attended a “Friendsgiving” in Richmond and brings us this last-minute inspiration.

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Urban Agriculture Taking Root in Richmond

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Nearly a third of Virginia is farmland. But farms don’t always have to be in the countryside, they can on rooftops in cities and in small neighborhood gardens. One group in Richmond is training the next generation of URBAN farmers. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, they’re now offering a federally-approved certificate in urban farming.

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Virginia Moves Forward with Plans for Slave Site Memorial

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Delegate McQuinn (left) and other state and local politicians plant a tree at the historical site of a slave market and jail in Richmond. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF)

The architecture firm responsible for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. has been brought on board to lead another historical project, this time here in Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Meet Virginia’s Newest Citizens: Attending a Naturalization Ceremony

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Rafah Al Ameri stands alongside about 60 new citizens, saying the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time as Americans (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF)

This election year, illegal immigration has often been a talking point. So much so, it’s easy to lose sight of the country’s legal immigration process. In 2014, the U.S. welcomed almost 700,000 new citizens. It’s not an easy process, and for many it takes years. Mallory Noe-Payne attended a naturalization ceremony and filed this report.

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State Gives Housing Grants to Richmond, Blacksburg

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The Governor announced Wednesday the first of a new type of grant, state dollars going towards housing and community development projects. The first two recipients of the Vibrant Community Initiative are in Richmond, and Blacksburg. Mallory Noe-Payne has this report.

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