Celebrating the First Amendment in Floyd, VA

Feb 22, 2017
Kurt Holtz

The first amendment to the U.S. constitution is just a few short lines, but it speaks volumes. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

This past weekend, more than a hundred people in Floyd, Virginia came out to celebrate those words and explore their meaning.  Robbie Harris prepared this report.

When it comes to military veterans, Virginia is number one with more vets per capita than any other state.  Because most qualify for educational benefits under the GI bill, many end up in college, but the transition isn’t always easy. 

Could Skype Become a Court Testimony Tool?

Feb 21, 2017
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Should court testimony happen in person? Or would a video feed work just as well? As Michael Pope tells us, lawmakers in Richmond say Skype should be coming to a courthouse near you.

Governor Vetoes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Feb 21, 2017
Mallory Noe-Payne / RadioIQ

Virginia’s Democratic governor and lawmakers are appealing to their base - making a big show in Richmond Tuesday of vetoing legislation that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. 

TomTom to Celebrate Small Cities, Big Ideas

Feb 21, 2017

In less than two months, the city of Charlottesville will host a festival that celebrates founders – people who come up with good ideas and turn them into thriving companies and organizations.  At a preview event, planners said they would focus on how small cities can become big players in the 21st century.

Steve Helber / AP

As we approach the end of Virginia’s General Assembly, Democrats in Richmond have complained the Republican majority has used underhanded tactics to push their legislative agenda, steam rolling bills by not scheduling hearings, killing proposals in unrecorded votes. But what happened when Democrats were in control?

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Virginia’s longstanding Speaker of the House of Delegates is stepping down after 14 years. Michael Pope has the story.

Virginia Public Access Project

A new study shows Virginia's population growth has fallen to its lowest annual rate in nearly a century. And, Charlottesville is the latest city in the state to face controversy over a Confederate memorial, in this case a downtown statue of Robert E Lee. 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.

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Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte represents the western part of the state, and he's come under recent fire for his involvement in President Trump's controversial travel ban. Goodlatte had his staff help President Trump craft the executive order. 

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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.

 

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