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Craig Carper

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88.9 WCVE Public Radio News Director.

Articles by Craig Carper

Herring Says Heroin And Prescription Drug Deaths Rise, But Progress Has Been Made

Attorney General Mark Herring says one year after the implementation of his plan to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse progress has been made but fatalities continue to rise and there is more work to be done.

The Chief Medical Examiners says 728 Virginians lost their lives in 2014 to heroin and prescription drug overdoses, over 3,000 in the last five years alone.

Attorney General Mark Herring says that’s a staggering and disheartening number, but progress has been made.

Kasich Believes in Path to Legalization Not Citizenship

Speaking to several hundred people during a town hall campaign stop at the University of Richmond yesterday Ohio Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich, told supporters that he believes in a path to legalization for illegal immigrants but not to citizenship.

Governor Kasich says those who immigrated to the country illegally but have since obeyed our laws, should have to pay a penalty but be allowed to stay.  

Kasich says the United States needs a physical border but that we should maintain guest worker programs.

Same Sex Marriage Legalized in Virginia 1 Year Ago Today

It’s been one year since same sex marriage was legalized in Virginia.

Attorney General Mark Herring, who worked to overturn Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage, says the anniversary shows that Virginia is open and welcoming to all and that discrimination is not tolerated and no longer sanctioned by the Commonwealth.

Kasich Says Medicaid Expansion is Working in Ohio

During a town hall campaign stop at the University of Richmond today (10/5) Ohio Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich, told a group of several hundred why he expanded his state’s Medicaid program.

Kasich says those addicted to drugs can receive treatment through Medicaid and save the states money that would otherwise go to incarceration, and that the working poor could get preventative care and save the shared expense of their emergency room treatment.

McAuliffe Says Congress Needs a Real Budget

Last week Congress temporarily avoided large reductions in federal funding that remove billions of dollars in defense and other areas right here in Virginia, but Governor Terry McAuliffe says the hard work is yet to be done.

The cuts are still pending but the deadline was moved from October 1st to December 11th.

For now in the absence of a new budget, Congress is keeping the country running on a continuing resolution.

Governor McAuliffe says these CR’s don’t help Governors across the country.

McAuliffe Touts New Pre-K Funding, Promises More K-12 Dollars in December

Yesterday Governor McAuliffe visited Ecoff Elementary School in Chester to observe one of the newest pre-k classrooms in the state made possible by a 17.5 million dollar federal grant for the VPI Plus program.

Governor McAuliffe says the grant allows Virginia to provide pre-k for about 13,000 additional students over the 4-year period.

McAuliffe has said new investment in public education will be the centerpiece of the budget he introduces in December.

Gun Rights Supporters React to Governors Gun Control Proposals

Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah, a member of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee says proposed legislation that would restrict the gun rights of those convicted of domestic violence or those with protective orders filed against them, is the wrong way to combat the problem.

Gilbert says demonizing firearms doesn’t make sense when there are other deadly weapons without the same level of regulation.

Gilbert says there are already federal laws that do what the Governor is proposing but that the concept is a bad one.

State Ethics Advisory Council Holds First Meeting

State lawmakers are still working to repair the political fallout following the corruption convictions of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. A new Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council held it’s first meeting yesterday.

The panel’s purpose is to offer guidance to elected officials on ethics issues. The bipartisan group of lawmakers is led by two retired judges.

Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah sits on the advisory panel.

Hundreds Gather To "End The Wait" For Treatment

Several hundred people gathered in Capitol Square today (9/29) to ask Governor Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly to “End the Wait” for the 10,000 Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are not receiving the appropriate treatment.

This treatment used to be provided primarily in institutions, though there has been a transition over the past 40 years to community based treatment.

These community-based services are expensive. Most families require Medicaid waivers in order to pay for them.