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.

 

After a near miss in 2006, Virginia may soon have an official state reptile. And a bill now in the General Assembly would give local school districts a new way to raise revenue. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

A new strategy for killing bedbugs has gotten the attention of the Richmond Fire Department. And, the Town of Amherst has a gun for sale. But if you're interested, you should know it won't be cheap. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

There's a petition in Henrico County to remove of the name one of Virginia's most famous segregationists from a public school...and the Virginia half of the city of Bristol says it can't afford to help the Tennessee half with some civic promotion efforts. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

In Virginia you can have photographic evidence of cars illegally passing school buses but still not be able to prosecute the drivers...and a bill to introduced in the General Assembly would allow some convicted drug offenders to clear their records.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link at vpap.org.

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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.

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