Absentee Voting Starts Today in Virginia

Sep 23, 2016
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Voting in Election 2016 is underway in Virginia. Absentee voting began this morning. As Michael Pope tells us, the last few election cycles have seen a dramatic rise in absentee balloting in Virginia.

Suffolk Police Department

A Virginia lawmaker known for his extreme opposition to abortion has been charged with cruelty and injury to children.  Richard Lee Morris of Suffolk was arrested earlier this week.

Virginia Pride

This Saturday more than 15,000 people from around central Virginia are expected to flock to Richmond for one of the state’s largest Gay Pride Festivals. 

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Opponents of Virginia’s photo ID law made their case today before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  They claim the requirement creates an unnecessary burden for people who want to vote.

Virginia Department of Education

Strapped for cash, some public schools in Virginia are operating without a principal or a nurse, but the state’s board of education met today to discuss requiring those jobs be filled.

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Around the Chesapeake Bay, a stalled weather system and remnants of Tropical Storm Julia dumped between eight and 13 inches of rain over the past few days. Flooding closed and delayed schools in the eastern part of the state.

Reversing the Cycle of the Mobile Home Money Pit

Sep 22, 2016

If you’re spending more than 30% of your income on housing, you are officially ‘cost burdened’ according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  That means it’s tough to afford other necessities. But People who live in mobile homes can sometimes spend that on utility bills alone. And that means something that seems like an affordable housing option turns out to be a ‘mobile home money pit.’ 

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

A new poll released today by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, suggests that Virginians are not happy with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s stance on proposed fracked-gas pipelines and coal ash deposits by large power companies.

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On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are at odds over how to hand out federal dollars to local school divisions in Virginia and across the county. 

Are high-poverty schools getting all the funding they need? That’s the question at the heart of a debate in Washington about a new rule directing federal dollars to help at-risk children.

Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia Beach put that question to Scott Sargrad at the Center for American Progress during a congressional hearing this week.

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The success of physical healing is dependent on a patient’s emotions and mood, and art impacts those in wonderful ways. Carilion Clinic in Roanoke is one of many health care facilities in the country that is integrating art into healing.

Both in and out patients at Carilion Clinic are encouraged to explore, among other things, painting, crafts, music and literary arts.

Marie Webb, a consultant with the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program at the clinic, says the outcomes are remarkable. 

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