More than 33,000 people live behind bars in Virginia, and from their cells few have a view of the outside world, but a Richmond artist aims to change that.
If you were locked up for months, years or a lifetime and could look out a window, what would you most like to see? That’s the question Mark Strandquist has put to inmates in Virginia jails and prisons.
“And then I go to that place, photograph it and bring the image to them, and then they write about it.”
There’s a new controversy brewing - one that could mean trouble for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. It involves a lawsuit on behalf of landowners in Southwestern Virginia.
They claim two energy companies failed to pay them royalties on methane gas wells. One of those firms has given $100,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign - and now a judge in the case says she’s shocked by e-mails from the attorney general’s office to those energy companies. Sandy Hausman reports on the history of the case.
A Southside Virginia city remembers the day civil rights marchers were attacked by police a half-century ago and a reminder of an invasive fish that’s threatening the Chesapeake Bay. Those are among the most clicked stories of the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link on V-PAP-dot-org. Fred Echols reports.
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The IRS has agreed to release 115 million dollars in Medicaid fraud settlement money to the Commonwealth just hours after Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli accused the agency of holding out on the 125 million owed to the state.
This comes at a time when the IRS is under scrutiny for its spending and other questionable practices, but the Attorney General says that's just a coincidence. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, after months of trying to get the agency to ante up, he spoke about the problem through the media in the hope of getting a response.