Four hundred youth between the ages of 15 and 24 died from opioid overdoses in Virginia between 2010 and 2014, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. An alternative treatment model - recovery high school - seeks to help young people who are addicted. In WCVE’s ongoing series Facing Addiction, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp reports.
Several initiatives in Richmond are asking the public how the city should recognize buried history and past injustices. Last week we learned about the recommendations of the Marshall Street Well Project. Today, we examine community efforts envisioning a memorial park in Shockoe Bottom. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The “East Marshall Street Well Project” continues making progress on how to honor human remains found more than 20 years ago on VCU’s medical campus. After gathering community input last Spring, a group standing in for relatives of the deceased has shared their recommendations. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Once prolific in Virginia, the longleaf pine was decimated by European settlers in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Less than 200 mature, native trees remain. But efforts to bring back the species are seeing progress. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
“reTyped” is a growing collection of stories and portraits to get people re-thinking stereotypes. An Alexandria-based writer teamed up with a Richmond artist for the project, which they hope sparks dialogue and understanding. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
As young people spend more hours of the day with electronic screens, some educators are concerned about a growing disconnect with nature. In response, some teachers are expanding environmental education and moving the classroom outdoors. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
After years of preparations, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center is re-opening in the Leigh Street Armory. The building has more than a century of history in Richmond, including a decades-long effort to save it. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp reports.
Teens in Virginia are learning how to combat bullying and prejudice in their communities. The multi-day “Project Inclusion” retreat provides tools and strategies to diffuse tension and build trust. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Learn More: Find details about Project Inclusion and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.
A growing number of universities are pledging to become climate neutral. In Central Virginia, some schools are using green building techniques, alternative energy and education to reach sustainability goals. On this Earth Day edition of Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.
There are hundreds of Civil War sites across Virginia and one of the latest to be preserved tells a unique story. Not far from Fredericksburg, the Stafford Civil War Park is where a major Union Army recuperated before a turning point in the war. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.