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Pope, Church and State: A Weekly Look at This Year's General Assembly Session

Throughout Virginia's 2018 General Assembly session, All Things Considered host Luke Church and reporter Michael Pope will break down the highlights from the Capitol each week. The state Senate and House both approved a budget, but there are major differences between the two chambers that must be ironed out in the coming weeks.

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The University of Virginia on Thursday unveiled a brand new 17,000 square foot research lab aimed at connecting the cyber world with the physical.

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A new production opening next month in the Cube Theater in Blacksburg will give audiences the feeling they’re walking through a garden. And not just any garden: Shakespeare’s 17th century garden scenes, as he depicted them in his plays and sonnets. 

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Lawmakers may be on the verge of expanding health insurance to poor people. But they’re hearing opposition from the right and the left, according to Michael Pope at the Capitol.




In 2016, there were more than 2,000 crashes on Interstate 81. To help prevent more accidents, lawmakers in Richmond are considering ways to pay for improvements to the highway.

But the first suggestion - a regional gas tax - has already gone down.




In President Trump’s newly released budget, the administration calls for drastic cuts to environmental programs, including the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Lawmakers from Virginia are divided on the role the Environmental Protection Agency should play today.

Virginia Tech will host its third annual 'Uplifting Black Men' conference this Saturday, February 24th.  It will feature stories of persistence and resilience by black men. But people of all, genders, races and sexual orientations are encouraged to attend, to gain insight into their lives and strategies for success. 

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Lawmakers in Richmond are trying to balance the books, but the numbers aren’t adding up. At least not yet.

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Opponents of offshore drilling traveled to Richmond Wednesday to speak out against President Trump’s plan to open coastal waters for drilling. The public information session on the plan was the first and only in Virginia.

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Lawmakers in Richmond want to help at-risk students. But Michael Pope reports they’re struggling to find the money.

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Elected officials are often known for their blow-dry hairdos. Now they are debating whether the people on the other side of the blow-dryers need professional licenses.


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