12/02/22 - Virginia Tourism Corporation has pat...
The Virginia Tourism Corporation spent up to $11.8 million dollars on contracts that didn’t include a public bidding process, according to public records obtained by VPM News; The first death in Virginia connected to m-pox — which was previously known as monkeypox — has been reported; Representative Abigail Spanberger is vying for a new position within the national Democratic party that will focus on winning battleground districts; and other local news stories.
12/01/22 - Chesterfield oral history project co...
A recently launched oral history project called “Chesterfield Remembers” is gathering stories from residents that include a journey from Columbia to the county and about being a Black racecar driver at Southside Speedway; About nine months after a fire gutted Fox Elementary, all of Richmond Public Schools’ prior fire violations have been cleared; Congress is on the cusp of approving legislation that would protect same-sex and interracial marriage at the federal level; and other local news stories.
11/30/22 - Miyares’ office withholds records re...
The Virginia Chapter of the NAACP released documents on Attorney General Jason Miyares' election integrity unit that it received through a Freedom of Information Act request; A final decision from the Virginia Department of Education on draft model policies for transgender students is still pending more than a month after the open comment period closed; Virginia flags are flying at half-staff after 61-year-old Congressman Donald McEachin passed away Monday; and other local news stories.
11/29/22 - Inflation spikes Christmas tree prices
The holiday season is in full gear, and inflation means Christmas trees will cost more this season; Law enforcement units across the country designed to investigate voter fraud so far have not turned up major problems with this year’s midterms; Replacing Central State Hospital in Dinwiddie County could cost up to $400 million and run a year behind schedule; and other local news stories.
11/28/22 - Gun violence in our region, and who'...
The toll that gun violence takes on local communities goes beyond the recent shootings in Charlottesville and Chesapeake. Randi B. Hagi with Partner station WMRA looks at some of the root causes of gun violence and potential solutions.
11/24/22 - Seven dead, including shooter, after...
Five victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting were sent to Sentara Norfolk General, which is the biggest local trauma center; Representatives from the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indian Tribes delivered fresh game to Governor Glenn Youngkin Wednesday in lieu of paying taxes to the state; The family of Confederate general A.P. Hill will continue their fight to take control of Richmond’s last standing monument; and other local news stories.
11/23/22 - Rising RSV cases cause for concern o...
COVID-19 and the flu aren’t the only respiratory viruses Virginians should be mindful of this holiday season; New research from Old Dominion University shows Hampton Roads is nearly evenly split on the political spectrum; University of Virginia alumni have created a fund to honor the victims of last week’s fatal shooting on campus grounds; and other local news stories.
11/22/22 - Unemployment in Virginia up slightly...
Both University of Virginia students who were injured in last week’s fatal shooting have been discharged from the hospital; The Virginia General Assembly will now have to fill two seats on the state corporation commission; Unemployment in Virginia went up slightly in October from September; and other local news stories.
11/21/22 - In a small Eastern Shore community d...
A recent analysis found a long list of reasons why The Eastern Shore is facing a housing crunch, including poor infrastructure and demographic changes. But one small community in Exmore has become a unique model for affordable housing. Katherine Hafner with partner station WHRO News takes us to the historic New Road neighborhood.
11/18/22 - Uncertainty remains over permanent s...
Richmond opened two seasonal shelters for people experiencing homelessness this week, but details on permanent shelters remain unclear; Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares will look into the events surrounding Sunday’s shooting at the University of Virginia; Pharrell Williams' Something in the Water festival is set to return to his hometown, Virginia Beach, in 2023; and other local news stories.
11/17/22 - UVA shooting suspect set for Decembe...
University of Virginia Police say Christopher Darnell Jones Junior was required to disclose to the school his prior criminal convictions, but he never did; A single juvenile is a suspect in all of the January bomb threats made to historically black colleges and universities; Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares says the state could receive $60 million of a three-billion-dollar national settlement with Walmart over the retailer’s alleged connection to the opioid addiction crisis; and other local news stories.
11/16/22 - Mental health strategies, resources ...
UVA canceled class again Tuesday to give students time to process Sunday’s shooting and lockdown; Aaron Rouse, a Virginia Beach City councilperson, announced Monday that he will run in a special election for the state’s 7th Senate District seat; NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton played a significant role in the development of the Artemis 1 rocket; and other local news stories.
11/15/22 - Suspect in UVA shooting previously i...
The University of Virginia looked into former football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. several times prior to his arrest in Henrico County on Monday; After the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting, schools created safety measures to keep campuses safe from gun violence. But according to Tom Kapsidelis, author of “After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings,” more needs to be done; The Virginia Department of Education issued an updated draft of the state’s history standards on Friday; and other local news stories.
11/14/22 - Northam’s tumultuous tenure as Virgi...
It’s been 10 months since former Governor Ralph Northam handed over the keys to the Executive Mansion to Glenn Youngkin. A new book by former Virginian-Pilot reporter Margaret Edds takes a deeper look at Northam’s tenure. Edds’ book focuses on how the discovery of a racist photo on Northam’s medical school yearbook page nearly cost him his job — but, instead, led to an unusual rebound. VPM News reporter Ben Paviour spoke to Edds about the book.
11/11/22 - Earle-Sears calls for Republicans to...
Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears said Thursday she won’t support former President Donald Trump if he makes a third run for president; School boards in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake will look different after this week’s election; A Republican delegate from Virginia Beach has proposed a constitutional amendment that would introduce term limits for members of the General Assembly; and other local news stories.
11/10/22 - College students with the most need ...
Virginia’s two state-funded grant programs are supposed to benefit the neediest college students, but that’s not always the case; Students from Virginia’s historically Black colleges and universities will tutor and mentor children in K to 12 schools; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is set to propose a onetime real estate tax rebate on Monday; and other local news stories.
11/09/22 - Spanberger notches third term, defea...
Democrats were re-elected in two out of three close Virginia Congressional races Tuesday; Some voters in the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County faced issues while trying to cast their ballot; It will probably be next week before we know how many Virginians registered the same day they voted; and other local news stories.
11/08/22 - Are Virginia’s U.S. House races a be...
Three close Congressional elections in Virginia could give a hint of whether election night will bring a red wave; Nonpartisan state auditors say the COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on K through 12 students; A second G-R-T-C rapid bus transit route, similar to the Pulse, is in the works; and other local news stories.
11/07/22 - Poll workers focus on safety as elec...
In the past two elections, Virginia poll workers had to wear masks and keep their distance from voters because of the pandemic. This year, officials are turning their attention to poll worker safety for another concern – potential interference from people who don't trust the election process.
11/04/22 - Youngkin administration shut down ed...
Governor Glenn Youngkin’s tip line for parents is no more; The Cordish Companies is considering a Wagner Road location for a potential casino in Petersburg; The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently released a report on the economic benefits of fighting agricultural pollution in the Bay; and other local news stories.
The number of eviction hearings in Virginia is up since the middle of the year, and advocates fear it could get worse; A Richmond city council member has withdrawn a proposal to rename the Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge; A section of a popular hiking and biking trail now belongs to the Capital Region Land Conservancy; and other local news stories.
11/02/22 - Sen. Amanda Chase introduces “Life B...
State Senator Amanda Chase says she’ll introduce a bill designed to ban all abortions in Virginia; Latino voters drifted away Democrats in 2020. The abortion issue could bring them back; Some call center employees staged strikes across the country on Tuesday; and other local news stories.
11/01/22 - Virginia elections office finds anot...
The Virginia Department of Elections says they’ve found nearly 150,000 unprocessed voter registration records that were caught in limbo due to an IT glitch; The Supreme Court of Virginia will consider today whether an unannounced gathering of Prince William County supervisors was illegal; The process for college admissions might be different in the wake of the pandemic; and other local news stories.
10/31/22 - Young voters want more action on cli...
Research shows young Americans on both sides of the aisle are more likely than older Americans to think the government isn’t doing enough to protect the climate. Patrick Larsen spoke with two young clean energy advocates about what they want to hear from candidates this election.
10/28/22 - Volunteer groups affected by Enrichm...
Community groups that cared for many of Richmond’s well-known parks say they can’t operate in the wake of the dissolution of the Enrichmond Foundation in July; Bon Secours began work this week on an $80 million expansion to its Harbor View facility in North Suffolk; Representative Bob Good and Democratic challenger Josh Throneburg met Wednesday for a candidate forum ahead of the November Election; and other local news stories.
10/27/22 - National search to be conducted to f...
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney won’t say whether he asked for Chief Gerald Smith’s resignation; The former Colonial Heights Police Chief can no longer serve as a police officer after being decertified earlier this month; The Inspector General of Virginia is looking into whether the Virginia Tourism Corporation broke state procurement rules; and other local news stories.
Today is the final day to submit online comments related to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s proposed model policies regarding transgender students; New test data released this week from the National Center for Education Statistics illustrates the scope of pandemic-related learning loss for Virginia students; Chesterfield County voters can now cast their early ballots in person at multiple places; and other local news stories.
10/25/12 - Richmond eateries join forces to sup...
Starting Monday, 40 locally owned restaurants are participating in Richmond Restaurant Week; Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC has suspended eminent domain proceedings for about 70 tracts of private land in North Carolina; The ACLU of Virginia has filed a lawsuit against the Hanover County school board over its policies for transgender students; and other local news stories.
10/24/22 - Chesterfield and Henrico voters each...
Henrico County is asking voters to authorize $511 million in bonds to pay for investments like a replacement for the middle school. In Chesterfield County, a $540-million bond authorization is on the ballot.
10/21/22 - Richmond City Council is debating va...
Mayor Levar Stoney supports keeping the city’s real property tax rate unchanged, instead favoring a three-percent rebate; A nonprofit and the Wells Fargo Foundation are partnering to expand home ownership in Black and brown communities around Richmond; Petersburg City Council approved The Cordish Companies as its preferred developer for a proposed casino in the city; and other local news stories.
10/20/22 - Superintendent requests further dela...
Virginia’s superintendent of public instruction wants another delay in approving new history standards for the K-12 curriculum; College enrollment is down nationally, but Virginia State University is seeing its highest enrollment numbers in three decades; Charlottesville is putting new personnel policies in place after a city employee attended the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol building; and other local news stories.
10/19/22 - Will younger voters turn out at the ...
Historically, the stereotype of younger voters is that they’re apathetic, disinterested or disengaged with voting and don’t show up at the polls, but a University of Virginia professor says that’s not the case; A nonpartisan commission is recommending a single state agency oversee gambling in Virginia; The organizers of a planned forum on Friday between Representative Abigail Spanberger and Republican Yesli Vega say the event won’t happen; and other local news stories.
10/18/22 - Proposed rail-to-trail path could co...
The City of Richmond planning commission gave first approval for the city to buy an abandoned right of way from freighting giant CSX on Monday; Governor Glenn Youngkin was in Southwest Virginia last week to further sketch out his vision for the state’s energy plan; Richmond police say they’re investigating eight shooting incidents over the weekend in which two people were killed and 10 were injured; and other local news stories.
10/17/22 - Emails: Some state officials promote...
Members of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s administration pressed officials to cancel a no-bid state contract awarded to the ad firm he used during his campaign; and a group of teenagers in Norfolk have transformed a vacant lot into a “green oasis."
10/14/22 - Jackson Ward residents look to be ma...
Jackson Ward residents are seeking reparations after Interstate 95 split the neighborhood in the 1950s; The Richmond Folk Festival entertained a record number of attendees last weekend; Many colleges across the country started a new type of grading system early in the pandemic, and some are keeping that system around for this school year; and other local news stories.
10/13/22 - CNU poll finds support for abortion ...
Abortion continues to be a major concern across Virginia; Gas prices are rising in Virginia following OPEC’s announcement that it is cutting oil production by 2 million barrels per day; Congressman Donald McEachin is asking Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and city council president Cynthia Newbille to initiate a flood wall climate resiliency study; and other local news stories.
10/12/22 - Youngkin commission looks to fight a...
There’s been a rise in reports of antisemitism in Virginia, according to data from the Anti-Defamation League; A new report from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services says Black and Latino drivers are more likely to be stopped by police than their white counterparts; The pandemic has intensified a shortage of school bus drivers across the state, but in Richmond Public Schools, all driver vacancies have been filled; and other local news stories.
10/11/22 - Black history museum to face trial o...
A February trial date has been set in a lawsuit over plans to melt down the statue of Robert E. Lee that was taken down in Charlottesville last year; It’s been nearly a century since a statue of Christopher Columbus was unveiled in Richmond’s Byrd Park, and a little over two years since protesters tore it down; Researchers at the University of Virginia are getting more than three and a half million dollars to help treat Crohn’s disease; and other local news stories.
10/10/22 - Candidates for 6th Congressional Dis...
Election Day in Virginia is less than a month away; The candidates running to represent Virginia's sixth district in the U.S. House of Representatives recently met on the debate stage; Richmond City Council may take up a final vote on legislation to create a civilian review board tonight; and other local news stories.
10/07/22 - Virginia Dept. of Education refuses ...
Local registrars in Virginia are getting a late start updating voter rolls, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch; The Virginia Department of Education is refusing to release more than 300 pages of documents related to recently proposed policies for transgender students; Several roads will be closed near Brown’s Island in Richmond starting Friday afternoon because of the Richmond Folk Festival; and other local news stories.
10/06/22 - Tourism CEO says Youngkin ad agency ...
FEMA has approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Buchanan and Tazewell Counties, where extreme rainfall caused floods and landslides in July; Virginia Democrats are calling for an investigation into a state contract awarded to an ad agency connected to Governor Glenn Youngkin; For the second month in a row, Amtrak ridership in Virginia hit record highs; and other local news stories.
10/05/22 - Richmond School Board votes to revie...
Richmond school leaders will soon be convening workgroups to review curriculum materials; A new state report shows the number of people working remotely for the commonwealth of Virginia has nearly tripled from pre-pandemic levels; Organizations in Virginia are providing support in the wake of Hurricanes Ian and Fiona; and other local news stories.
10/04/22 - State energy plan emphasizes nuclear...
Governor Glenn Youngkin outlined the 2022 Virginia Energy Plan yesterday during a press conference in Lynchburg; Yesterday, parts of Hampton roads were preparing for significant tidal flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian; The Menokin Glass House Project in Warsaw is getting $1 million from the state; and other local news stories.
09/03/22 - Military faces challenges in retaini...
The Navy met its retention goal last year. But whether the military is keeping people with the skills it needs is a bigger question. Anthony Cordesman is a national security analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He spoke with Paul Bibeau with our partner station WHRO about the challenges.
Special Edition of VPM Daily Newscast: How one ...
Over the past four months, VPM News reporters have explored ways Virginians are trying to curb the devastating effects of gun violence in our communities and how survivors and their families are learning to heal. This edition of the VPM Daily Newscast includes all of the stories from our special series “Another Way: How one Virginia city reckons with gun violence,” hosted by Sara McCloskey. To read more about this coverage head to VPM.org/gun-violence.
09/30/22 - Virginia pilot program shows promise...
In Virginia, there were more eviction hearings scheduled in September compared to any month since October 2017; GRTC has approved a new plan that would improve over half of its bus stop locations; On Thursday, a Richmond court heard arguments in a case regarding the city’s last standing confederate monument; and other local news stories.
09/29/22 - The fate of Richmond’s A.P. Monument...
Two years since the city started removing its own confederate monuments, one still stands in a Richmond neighborhood; Central and Southeast Virginia should expect several days of wind and rain starting Friday as Hurricane Ian moves north; The Virginia DMV has issued roughly 5,600 IDs with a nonbinary gender designation; and other local news stories.
09/28/22 - Richmond Mayor calls on federal revi...
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney called on federal officials to investigate a hospital on the city’s east side, which was the focus of a recent New York Times report; Virginians are sounding off on Governor Glenn Youngkin’s proposed rollback of protections for transgender students. The proposal prompted several school protests yesterday; State officials are looking into why maternal mortality rates have more than doubled in Virginia; and other local news stories.
09/27/22 - Dozens of student protests planned a...
Students are planning to walk out of close to 100 Virginia schools today to protest the Youngkin administration’s draft policies on the treatment of transgender students in school; The Navy is ramping up staffing to deal with a backlog of discharge papers; Bon Secours and Richmond Community Hospital are allegedly using a program to buy discounted medication available to nonprofit hospitals and being reimbursed at a much higher rate by insurance companies; and other local news stories.
09/26/22 - "Another Way" Special Series Part 1:...
This week, VPM News is exploring ways Virginians are trying to curb the devastating effects of gun violence in our communities and how they’re learning to heal. Our special series, “Another Way,” starts with the story of a 17-year-old student from Richmond’s George Wythe High School. Samiyah Yellardy was shot and killed in her own home in April. VPM News reporter Megan Pauly spoke with her mother, who reflects on her daughter’s life, loss and hopes for the future.
09/23/22 - Diamond redevelopment deal could bri...
Richmond city council is ready to select RVA Diamond Partners LLC for a $2.4 billion redevelopment project near Scott's Addition; Virginia Union University may get to keep its bell tower logos, but at a cost; Virginia’s Executive Mansion will get an extra layer of security; and other local news stories.
09/22/22 - GRTC riders will have to adapt again...
Virginia Beach helped a nonprofit access state financing for a proposed community for people with developmental disabilities; The new General Assembly building will not be finished this fall as originally planned; Construction has started on a new GRTC bus transfer station in Richmond’s downtown; and other local news stories.
09/21/22 - Law experts, state Democrats questio...
Governor Glenn Youngkin’s administration has rolled out a new draft policy regarding the treatment of transgender students; Gov. Youngkin is set to campaign next month for Kari Lake, who has leaned into election conspiracy theories as a candidate in the Arizona governor's race; This Friday is the first day of in-person early voting in Virginia for the November 8th election; and other local news stories.
09/20/22 - Youngkin administration unveils new ...
Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced new policies last week regarding transgender students in public schools; Community members marched to the John Marshall Court building on Sunday to call for the gun violence to stop; Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith is continuing a series of community conversations he says are intended to rebuild community trust; and other local news stories.
09/19/22 - Local volunteers help rebuild, and p...
Volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service are deployed all over the country to help communities rebuild after floods, fires, and storms. Randi B. Hagi, from partner station WMRA, spoke with volunteers from the Shenandoah Valley about the support they provide to other communities when disaster strikes.
09/16/22 - Left unchecked, sea-level rise could...
A new report from Old Dominion University puts a dollar figure on how much coastal Virginia could lose from flooding and sea level rise; The newest form of protection against COVID-19 became available this week at the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts; Hanover County’s Board of Supervisors is considering whether to remove the county’s school board chair; and other local news stories.
09/15/22 - Plans for The Diamond District attem...
Richmond City officials picked a developer this week to oversee revitalization of the area dubbed The Diamond District; Governor Glenn Youngkin left Virginia a dozen times for personal or political travel between March and August; U.S. Representative Elaine Luria will have additional security while she is home in Norfolk; and other local news stories.
09/14/22 - Youngkin headlines gala for group ba...
Virginians will soon find out if they can get a tax rebate from the state; Governor Glenn Youngkin was a featured guest at a national anti-abortion group’s annual fundraiser last night; Richmond city officials are pushing to choose RVA Diamond Partners LLC to develop a large piece of land surrounding the Diamond baseball stadium; and other local news stories.
09/13/22 - Lunenburg County schools closed foll...
Lunenburg County closed all four of its schools yesterday after the Sheriff’s office located a school shooting threat on social media Sunday afternoon; Citizens gathered on Sunday at the Virginia War Memorial in remembrance of civilians and first responders killed in the September 11th terror attacks; Veterans will see some relief on their taxes under new legislation signed by Governor Glenn Youngkin; and other local news stories.
09/12/22 - State Boards of Censors turns 100
It’s been 100 years since Virginia lawmakers created the Virginia State Board of Censors. The all-white board required edits to over 2,000 movies from the 1920s through ‘60s, and were especially concerned about depictions of race. Melissa Ooten with the University of Richmond wrote a book about the board. She sat down with VPM News reporter Ben Paviour to discuss her research.
09/09/22 - Queen Elizabeth reflected on history...
Queen Elizabeth the Second, who died yesterday at the age of 96, visited the commonwealth several times during her reign; It's been a year since crews removed the Robert E Lee monument in Richmond. Now plans are in the works to reopen the site; A Petersburg assisted living facility is facing the loss of its license; and other local news stories.
09/08/22 - Fencing around former site of Richmo...
History was made one year ago today in the former capital of the Confederacy with the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument; Virginia Democrats say Glenn Youngkin was wrong to attend a fundraiser for Maine Republican Paul LePage last night; Pro-abortion rights advocates gathered at the Virginia Capitol yesterday to rally against any changes to the commonwealth’s abortion laws; and other local news stories.
09/07/22 - General Assembly returns for short s...
Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond today for a short session; Dominion Energy threatened to pull the plug on its offshore wind project if state regulators don't shift risk to ratepayers for unexpected fuel costs; Attorney General Jason Miyares announced yesterday that Virginia is set to receive more than $16 million dollars as part of a multi-state agreement with e-cigarette maker JUUL; and other local news stories.
09/06/22 - What would it take to permanently cl...
Tonight, Richmond City council members are going to be briefed on an ongoing controversy regarding police transparency; Carytown locals say now is the time to close the area to cars; Virginia ranked 13th among states where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest on a per-person basis; and other local news stories.
09/02/22 - Youngkin administration blocks the r...
Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office has rejected VPM News’ public record request to see his calendar; The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority has a new CEO; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney withdrew legistlation that would have created a civilian review board for police, but is set to introduce a new proposal; and other local news stories.
09/01/22 - State officials say the process to l...
The Youngkin administration told the state Air Pollution Control Board yesterday that the process to leave a regional carbon emissions market will begin in the coming weeks; The Environmental Protection Agency recently updated the status of two sites in the region with contamination; Federal officials announced this week they’re giving $310,000 to a marsh restoration project on Virginia’s Eastern Shore; and other local news stories.
08/31/22 - Charlottesville city leaders move to...
City officials in Charlottesville are asking a court to dismiss the wrongful termination lawsuit filed against them by former police chief RaShall Brackney; A Virginia Beach judge threw out a lawsuit that would have prevented book sellers and libraries from selling or lending minors two books without parental consent; Food pantries in the region are serving more people because of rising costs for food and gas caused by inflation; and other local news stories.
08/20/22 - The death of a cyclist renews attent...
The death of a cyclist earlier this month is renewing attention across central Virginia to road design and safety; A Virginia Beach judge will decide today whether kids would have to get a parent’s permission to buy or rent two books some call ‘obscene'; Petersburg’s first Black woman mayor has died; and other local news stories.
08/29/22 - Over half of Virginia grads affected...
More than half of all college graduates in Virginia will be affected by the White House's announcement to forgive between 10 to 20-thousand dollars-worth of federal student loans. Mechelle Hankerson, from partner station WHRO, spoke with Scott Kemp, the Student Loan Advocate from the State Council of Higher Education, about the plan.
08/26/22 - School safety worries Richmond paren...
Parents attending a backpack giveaway hosted by Attorney General Jason Miyares yesterday say school safety remains a top concern in the aftermath of school shootings; After filing a public information request, VPM News has obtained more details from the City of Richmond about the gun buyback event last weekend; The Virginia Department of Health is expanding eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine; and other local news stories.
08/25/22 - Youngkin hire previously accused of ...
In May, Governor Glenn Youngkin quietly offered a controversial conservative a post in his administration, and is downplaying talk that he’s interested in running for president in 2024; City officials say Richmond’s latest gun buyback event was a success; The number of naloxone kits, also known by the brand name Narcan, are being rationed by the Virginia Department of Health due to a funding shortage; and other local news stories.
08/24/22 - Member of NASA Langley’s aerodynamic...
NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton has played a big role in the development of the Artemis 1 rocket, which is the first step in sending Americans back to the moon; The city of Petersburg began demolishing the Ramada Inn along Interstate-95 this week; Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC has requested federal approval for a pipe stabilization plan in the Jefferson National Forest; and other local news stories.
08/23/22 - First class enters Maggie Walker aft...
A new freshman class at the Maggie Walker Governor’s School is the first class admitted under a new admission policy; When middle and high school students return to class in Chesterfield County this week, they’ll find a book on library shelves that was almost removed by the school district; A sixth former member of the Delta Chi fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges connected to the death of student Adam Oakes; and other local news stories.
08/22/22 - PolitiFact Virginia: Good "Mostly Fa...
Democrats' newly enacted Inflation Reduction Act includes about $80 billion dollars for the Internal Revenue service. Some Republicans are criticizing the new money as a tool for the Biden administration to target small businesses and the middle class. PolitiFact Virginia Editor Warren Fiske spoke with VPM News Legal Reporter Whittney Evans about how one Virginia Congressman is adopting that theory.
08/19/22 - VDOE: Higher standardized test score...
While Virginia students made gains in most topics this year, standardized test results remain below pre-pandemic levels; NASA will soon launch the Artemis 1 rocket into space; The State Board of Education delayed taking up new history and social science standards for K through 12 students this week; and other local news stories.
The city of Richmond has backed out of a proposed casino referendum, at least until next year; Higher education institutions can soon begin applying for $5 million in state funding to prepare applications for laboratory schools; Family members say the cyclist who sustained life-threatening injuries in a crash that killed her friend is recovering; Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith spoke at length about the alleged mass shooting plot at the Dogwood Dell July Fourth celebration; and other local news stories.
08/17/22 - New details released about errors in...
One of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s top education officials wants to push back a first review of new history and social science standards for K through 12 students; The ACLU of Virginia is suing to force the state to release a man from prison; A new report says the city of Hopewell, the Richmond-area and much of eastern Virginia will be dealing with even more scorching temperatures in the coming decades; and other local news stories.
Representative Donald McEachin says he’s declined invitations to debate his Republican opponent; Activists opposing the Mountain Valley Pipeline gathered less than a mile from its path over the weekend; Dulles International is set to join dozens of other airports across the country developing solar and battery capacity that could power 37,000 homes in Northern Virginia; and other local news stories.
08/15/22 - Photojournalist Amos has a new exhib...
08/15/22 Photojournalist Amos has a new exhibit "The story of us” features Charlottesville residents who were at the Unite the Right Rally and includes QR codes that link to short recordings of those featured in the pictures.
08/12/22 - Five years after Unite the Right, Ch...
Five years after Unite the Right, Charlottesville grapples with its identity; Virginia Department of Education reviews standards for teaching history; VCU loses half a million dollars in email scam; and other local stories.
08/11/22 - Governor Glenn Youngkin signals a de...
Governor Glenn Youngkin signals a desire to change a recently adopted statewide transgender model policy; VPM News Director speaks with Pulitzer prize winning photographer about Unite the Rite anniversary; Hanover School Board lays out policy around transgender bathroom use; and other local stories.
08/10/22 - The Hanover County school board bega...
The Hanover County school board began discussing a new draft policy around transgender facility uses; Social justice protesters have been paid more than $1 million by the City of Richmond; Sixty-six patients died in state-operated behavioral health facilities during fiscal year 2021; and other local stories.
08/09/22 - Richmond Police Chief shuts down que...
Richmond Police Chief shut down questions about an alleged July 4th mass shooting plot; Richmond names a new street sweeper after late Hip Hop artist; Virginia Beach high schooler wins who runs a tree-planting nonprofit wins national award; and other local stories.
08/05/22 - The first of three phases in a proje...
The first of three phases in a project to replace Creighton Court in Richmond concluded last month; VDOE is near finalizing model policy on explicit material; North Carolina Gov visits VA's wind turbines; and other local stories.
08/04/22 - Prosecutors present no evidence of p...
Prosecutors present no evidence of planned Dogwood Dell shooting, toss gun charges; Hanover schools removes controversial T-shirt; Update on traffic stop in the town of Windsor that made national headlines; and other local stories
08/03/22 - Richmond judge decides today on trai...
Richmond judge decides today on trail around July 4th mass shooting plot; A Charlottesville city employee who attended the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will remain on the payroll; Windsor police officer won't face criminal charges over controversial stop; and other local stories.
08/02/22 - Richmond Public Schools has many unf...
Richmond Public Schools has many unfilled vacancies as the new school starts soon; A House of Delegates redistricting lawsuit has been tossed; Youth Crimes are on the rise in Hampton Roads; and other local stories
08/01/22 - Old Dominion University starts new s...
After years of discussion with industry leaders, Old Dominion University has started a brand-new school to train people for the maritime industry. Elspeth McMahon, a long-time maritime educator and U.S. Navy Reserve officer, recently took the job to lead the new school. Ryan Murphy from partner station WHRO sat down with her to talk about the school's priorities
07/29/22 - Richmond official breaks down method...
Richmond is researching what it would take to provide free preschool to all 3 and 4 year olds in the city; More than a dozen public figures and LGBTQ advocacy groups want the Virginia Supreme Court to uphold a decision that says requiring teachers to use a student’s preferred pronoun is not in violation of their rights; A new poll released on Thursday from VCU’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs shows that about 50% of Virginians are satisfied with current abortion laws and that they shouldn’t be changed; and other local news stories.
07/28/22 - Miyares says Biden’s new LGBTQ+ disc...
FEMA will help state officials determine the extent of flood damage in Buchanan County; This week, Virginia’s Attorney General joined a coalition of 21 other Republican attorneys general in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture; A federal appeals court has sided with Virginia Beach in a case about how the city conducts local elections; and other local news stories.
07/27/22 - AG Miyares: Virginia law enforcement...
Attorney General Jason Miyares says Virginia law enforcement agencies recognize the bungled response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas and they’re taking notes; Former Virginia Tech Football player Isi Etute will be enrolling at Iowa Western Community College for the 2022 football season; A new discount airline is coming to the Newport News-Williamsburg Airport; and other local news stories.
07/26/22 - Richmond police arrest dozens based ...
The Richmond Police Department says they’ve compiled a list of about a hundred potential perpetrators of gun violence in the city; Deaths among teen drivers increased by more than 55 percent in Virginia last year; The public can now get a behind the scenes look at Richmond Police communications before officers teargassed protesters at the former Robert E. Lee monument during protests in 2020; and other local news stories.
Last Month, Richmond’s Branch Museum unveiled its Re(Framing) protest exhibit, which takes a look at the positive community outcomes that resulted from the racial justice protests in the summer of 2020 through the photography of Regina Boone and Sandra Sellars. VPM News intern Davis spoke with both of them recently.
07/22/22 - Hanover School officials say new bat...
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are doing additional outreach to provide Monkeypox vaccinations to people who are more likely to be exposed to the illness based on certain risk factors; Unity Day in Charlottesville is cancelled for the third year in a row; Hanover County is in the process of replacing John M. Gandy Elementary School in Ashland. The new building will include non-gendered, single-occupant bathrooms; and other local news stories.
07/21/22 - Fillmore Place under investigation o...
Adult Protective Services is investigating a Petersburg assisted living facility after residents reported never receiving federal stimulus money; Yesterday, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts started vaccinating people at high risk of contracting monkeypox; According to the Virginia Department of Health, more than 96 percent of abortions in the state have taken place during the first trimester since 2016; and other local news stories.
07/20/22 - Youngkin and GOP board majorities co...
Governor Glenn Youngkin has now appointed majorities on the state boards regulating education and air pollution; State regulators signed off on Appalachian Power’s latest renewable energy plan, as well as a rate increase to help cover some of the costs; As summer temperatures are expected to settle in the high 90s through the rest of the week, local health officials want to remind residents of the dangers of heat-related illnesses; and other local news stories.
07/19/22 - Richmond City Council poised to appr...
Flooding in Buchanan County last week destroyed 33 properties and caused major damage to 32 others; 36 people in Central Virginia have been arrested on charges-related to sex trafficking; Norfolk’s City Council will vote on a resolution today that aims to refocus Hampton Roads Ventures’ money back to Hampton Roads; and other local news stories.
Governor Glenn Youngkin caused a stir with some comments he recently made on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about same-sex marriage laws in Virginia. Politifact Virginia Editor Warren Fiske spoke with VPM News Legal Reporter Whittney Evans about the comments.
07/15/22 - New study shows most Virginians in p...
A new report shows exactly where people in Virginia prisons and jails come from; Attorney General Jason Miyares called the people who vandalized a pregnancy center in Lynchburg quote “cowards” who carried out an act of “political violence"; Last month was Norfolk International Airport’s busiest month in its 80 year history; and other local news stories.