Envisionsioning escalated Voices of African-Americans in Broadcast Media

June 23, 2022

By Hazel Trice Edney  ( – In the early days of broadcasting, the faces of local television newscasters, reporters and management were almost exclusively White and male.  Although progress in diversity has been made, much work remains to assure that local media teams look like the communities they serve. Advocates for newsroom and media diversity […]

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Bill to boost economic growth in low-income communities

June 17, 2022

~ Bipartisan legislation will create a new tax credit to promote private investment in community lenders ~ WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) led senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) in introducing bipartisan legislation to promote lasting economic prosperity in Black, brown and low-income communities. […]

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‘Completely bogus and silly’: Trump spread claims of election fraud debunked by his own legal team

June 14, 2022

Former President Donald J. Trump disembarks Marine One at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, and boards Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) BY JACOB FISCHLER Former President Donald Trump planted the seeds for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. […]

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‘My mom’s life mattered’: Son of shooting victim urges Congress to act

June 9, 2022

Garnell Whitfield Jr. the son of 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield who was killed during a mass shooting at Tops market speaks during a press conference with attorney Benjamin Crump and members of his extended family by his side on May 16, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. A gunman opened fire at the store on Saturday killing […]

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After months of wrangling, Virginia has a budget deal. What’s in it?

June 2, 2022

BY: GRAHAM MOOMAW AND SARAH VOGELSONG (VM) – Lawmakers, lobbyists, activists and other Virginia Capitol watchers were scrambling Tuesday to speed-read a 370-page budget deal that was quietly released over a long holiday weekend, the product of months’ worth of secretive negotiations between a select few legislators from the Republican House of Delegates and the Democratic Senate. Gov. […]

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Shootings expose myth of the ‘good guy with a gun’

May 27, 2022

A Texas state trooper stands in front of crosses placed outside of the Robb Elementary School in remembrance of those killed, in in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.(ALLISON DINNER/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) By Susan Milligan(USN) – From white-hatted cowboys in movie Westerns to cigarette-smoking, trench-coated fictional private detectives, the gun-packing hero has been celebrated in American […]

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Virginia bans private funds for election offices after grants from Zuckerberg-allied group

May 24, 2022

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW (VM) – Election offices in Virginia will no longer be able to accept private grant money under a new law passed in response to a $3.7 million infusion local election administrators got in 2020 from a nonprofit funded partly by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, which says […]

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Five takeaways from the landmark Virginia Solar Survey

April 27, 2022

Solar panels on the roof of Powhatan Elementary School. (Sarah Vogelsong/VM) BY SARAH VOGELSONG (VM) – After a slow start, solar has been booming in Virginia.  From having zero large-scale solar farms in 2015, the commonwealth now has 51 in operation, with more than half found in the central and Southside regions. Distributed solar — which […]

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Tiny micro-plastics huge environmental problem for rivers, ocean, researchers say

April 18, 2022

This tray has a half-life in water of at least two years. The plastic bag, exposed to sunlight, has a half-life of more than five years. (Photo by Lisa Sorg) By Lisa Sorg (VM) – If the plastic food container that contained your lunch today winds up in a river, a local creek, or the […]

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Recreational marijuana still isn’t legal in Virginia and medical patients face access challenges

April 4, 2022

By Kate Masters (VM) – While recreational marijuana is technically legal in Virginia, the path to purchasing it in stores is still a long way off. In February, Republicans in the House of Delegates killed legislation that would have allowed limited retail sales later this year. The state’s recreational market is scheduled to begin in 2024, but with […]

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