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How Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates Are Handling Big Names on the Campaign Trail


With just days to go before Election Day, the candidates for governor are taking radically different approaches on bringing in big name supporters. Michael Pope reports.


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ARPA Funds Not Addressing Recruitment at State Hospital for Children


This summer, five state hospitals that serve Virginians with mental illness had to pause admissions due to staffing shortages American Rescue Plan funding was supposed to help address that, but as Jahd Khalil reports, the situation has continued to worsen at the hospital that treats children.


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Va. News: Vaccination Mandates And Mental Health Days


The University of Virginia will soon require employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19.  And public school staff in Richmond will be getting a break from pandemic stress. 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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Pope & Schapiro: The New Impact Of Early Voting


Virginia’s fall election is breaking new ground. Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope discuss new voting rules and their impact.


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The Potential Environmental and Racial Justice Implications of the Mountain Valley Pipeline


State officials are about to make a key decision that could have environmental ramifications for generations to come. But as Michael Pope reports, the decision could also have racial justice implications.


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A Closer Look at the Narrative Surrounding Virginia’s Crime Rate


If you’ve seen many political ads this fall, you may have the impression that Virginia is experiencing a crime wave. But, criminal justice advocates say the numbers tell a different story. Michael Pope reports.


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Dominion Settlement Yields Money for Offshore Wind, Smart Meters and Refunds to Consumers


In 2015, Virginia’s General Assembly passed a law that barred state regulators from looking at the financial records kept by the state’s largest utility – Dominion.  This year the books were open, and customers will be paying a little less for power as Sandy Hausman reports.


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State Psychiatric Hospitals Reopened During The Pandemic But Are Still Full


Across Virginia, mental health services are stretched beyond the breaking point. Michael Pope reports advocates want changes.


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Federal Hemp Survey Could Help Lack of Info in Virginia


Virginia legalized small amounts of marijuana this July, but hemp, which comes from the same plant, has been regulated in the state since 2015. The USDA is asking farmers about their hemp crops for the first time nationwide. The survey could give valuable data to hemp farmers who lack information and for investors looking to […]


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Congressional Map Gets Chilly Reception


After the process for redrawing new state legislative districts broke down, Virginia’s redistricting commission has moved onto drawing congressional districts. Jahd Khalil reports the commission avoided a major pitfall of the last process but may have exacerbated another.


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