This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark law extending civil rights to millions of people across the country. Longtime disability rights advocate Jim Rothrock was at the signing ceremony. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spoke to him about the impact of the ADA and the challenges that remain.
A new book, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, examines the history of the five-year long public school shutdown in rural Virginia.
A new community collaboration is responding to Virginia’s high rates of sending youth to the juvenile justice system. Calling the trends a “crisis,” the project combines art, education and legal advocacy to push for reform. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Richmond is one of five cities selected by the EPA for this year’s Greening America's Capitals program. The initiative develops solutions to improve air and water quality while also creating friendlier streets with social and economic benefits. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Learn More: Find out about the Greening America's Capitals program and what solutions other cities are implementing.
Residents of a North Richmond community are coming together to document and share the history of the neighborhood. “Battery Park Stories” seeks to honor the legacy of longtime residents and bring neighbors of different ages and races together. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The Hispanic population is growing in the Commonwealth, but many are not enrolling in college. A Virginia non-profit aims to close that education gap. Each summer, they bring together Latino high school students to help them prepare for college and to be inspired by those who’ve learned how to navigate the system. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.
About one-quarter of Petersburg residents are food insecure. In a city grappling with high rates of poverty, diabetes and obesity, many have better access to corner markets than grocery stores. Community organizers and agricultural specialists are aiming to change that through grassroots organizing and an innovative indoor farm. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Thousands of Virginians have taken workshops sponsored by the state that help people self-manage chronic disease. Conducted at hospitals, health clinics and community centers, the program is also offered in some state prisons. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp recently sat in on a class and brings you this report.
The UCI Road World Championships are expected to draw hundreds of thousands to Richmond this September. An event that size has a big environmental footprint. But the city and green advocates are working to make the race and other events as sustainable as possible. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
As agri-tourism grows across Virginia, a regional effort in the Shenandoah Valley is promoting the region’s abundance of homegrown products and services. The state’s first “farm trail,” Fields of Gold connects the public to growers, ranchers and producers and aims to boost economic activity for these small businesses. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.