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Lawmakers started the session with a resolve to do something about the problem of mental illness in Virginia jails, an effort that has urgency this year because of a tragic death that happened last year. But as Michael Pope reports, now lawmakers are saying they can’t find the money to change the system.

 

Week Five at the General Assembly: Approaching the End

Feb 17, 2017
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Each week during Virginia's General Assembly we get a quick debrief on the action from reporter Michael Pope. This week was as busy one, as this year's session nears its end. 

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Lawmakers in Richmond are not moving forward with an effort to expand the number of psychiatric beds in Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

Oil Change International

According to a new analysis released this week, two proposed pipeline projects in the state could have significant environmental impacts.

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Lawmakers in Richmond are considering an effort to increase transparency of internet providers. As Michael Pope reports, the effort is what’s left of a bill that would have cracked down on the ability of local governments to provide wireless access. 

Virginia Commonwealth University Library

Concerned about the high cost of text books for their students, some professors have begun creating their own free or low cost materials, and their universities are making it worth their while. 

Sandy Hausman / RadioIQ

 

As Republicans search for ways to replace the Affordable Care Act, some doctors in this country are doing something new.  Tired of the expense and time required to process insurance claims, they’re charging patients a modest monthly fee and bypassing insurance entirely.  This model is called direct primary care.

Steve Helber / AP

 

It’s been more than two years since former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted of corruption, but lawmakers are still reacting to the scandal.

Redistricting Reform Dead for Now

Feb 14, 2017
Steve Helber / AP

Attempts to change how Virginia lawmakers draw political boundaries died today in the House of Delegates. Advocates of reforming the system watched on this morning in Richmond, as the final three bills to prevent gerrymandering were voted on in a subcommittee.

Dan Addison / University of Virginia Office of Communications

Matthew McLendon is the newest director and chief curator for the University of Virginia's art museum. McLendon began as director of The Fralin Museum of Art in January.

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