Fred Echols

WVTF/RADIO IQ News Host, Producer and Reporter

Fred Echols is a long time member of the WVTF/RADIO IQ news department and produces news content as well as public affairs programs. Fred's career in broadcasting began in North Carolina's Triad before switching from commercial radio where he'd held numerous positions including program director to hosting public radio programming at WVTF.

 

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As Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring kicks off a study aimed at encouraging more minorities to enter law enforcement in the Commonwealth one of the Southside Virginia cities set to take part is dealing with severe financial problems that could make recruiting even more difficult. 

Martinsville has 51 police officers. Four of those officers are black. That number is even more striking when you consider that African-Americans make up 45% of the city's population.

Two advocacy groups are asking Virginia to streamline the process for changing gender identification on birth certificates. And,  Lynchburg saw a record number of votes for write-in candidates on Election Day. 

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VA News Link. More from Fred Echols.

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The Virginia Attorney General's Office is developing a plan to increase
diversity in police departments around the state beginning with a pilot
program in Danville and Martinsville.

Attorney General Mark Herring came here to the Bible Way Cathedral in Danville to launch the first phase of the minority recruitment program, which will be implemented in three steps.

A Virginia small business is trying a new approach to raising capital, soliciting donations on the internet...and a York County school board election illustrates how important one vote can be. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link at vpap.org. 

Virginia's favorite NFL team is making the case that its nickname and logo are no more offensive than many others that are allowed to stand....and some international students at Virginia Tech are among those accused of using fraudulent test scores to obtain student visas. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org

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