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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Virginia Last in Connecting Teenagers with Foster Families

The Commonwealth is ranked last in the nation for connecting teenagers to permanent families, with 500 kids per year aging out of the foster care system.

Voices for Virginia’s Children wants the state to opt in to a provision of the Federal Fostering Connections Act, which would provide federal funds for housing, case support and independent living services to transition aged youth aged 18-21. Eligible kids would have to maintain a job or remain in school to receive these funds.

Richmond Outlines Preparations for UCI Cycling Championship

The City of Richmond is hard at work preparing for the upcoming UCI Cycling Championship this September 19th-27th. Some 450,000 people are expected to attend the nine-day event and 1,000 athletes from 70 countries will participate.

Mayor Jones expects the event to bring $130 million in economic impact to the city and another $158 million to the state.

City crews are in the process of adding or improving amenities that will make Richmond a great place to bike. Paving nearly 40 lane miles, adding 20 miles of bike lanes and installing 400 bike racks along the race routes.

Dominion Puts Offshore Wind Project on Hold After Cost Overruns

Dominion Virginia Power says its pilot project to build 2 offshore wind turbines likely will be delayed. Dominion says the project has gotten too expensive and it needs to regroup to find ways to control costs.

In 2013, the company won the right to develop a 2,000-megawatt wind site off Virginia’s coast, enough to power over 500,000 homes. The 12-megawatt pilot project to power 3,000 homes was the first step.

Cycling Championships Awarded Eco-Label

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones announced yesterday (4/22) that the upcoming 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships in Richmond have been awarded the first recycling eco-label.

Standing in Libbie Hill Park, one of the official fan zones for September’s championship race, Mayor Dwight Jones explained that the eco-label designates the race as a more environmentally responsible sporting event.

Organizers hope to reduce waste by recycling with color coded bins for attendees and composting using ecostations, donating leftover food and recycling cooking grease.

McAuliffe Signs Energy Bills on Earth Day

Governor Terry McAuliffe celebrated Earth Day yesterday (4/22) by signing 10 bills to grow renewable energy jobs.

In front of the 500 KW solar array at the Capitol One Meadowville Technology Park in Chester, McAuliffe signed legislation to create the Virginia Solar Development Authority, double the capacity for solar net energy metering and extend the existing $500 Green Jobs Tax Credit for 3 years.

Council Members Want More Money for Schools

Seven of the nine members of Richmond City Council have introduced amendments to Mayor Dwight Jones' budget to give more money to public schools.

This year, the School Board requested $24 million dollars in additional funds for day-to-day operations. Mayor Jones left it essentially flat but offered an additional $10 million in one time funds to reduce the empty seats in schools.

2nd District Councilman Charles Samuels included an amendment to fully fund the school board’s request.

When Should Non-Profits Disclose Their Donors?

Last night (4/21) WCVE PBS hosted a debate sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Institute on when non-profits should have to disclose their donors.

At the heart of the debate is the balancing of the right to privacy verses the right to transparency.

Miller Baker, who practices appellate and constitutional litigation, says non-profits should only have to disclose their donors when the donations are earmarked to support a specific candidate for public office.

McAuliffe Touts Environmental Record But Struggles With Activists

Terry McAuliffe made environmental issues a campaign issue in both his 2009 and 2013 campaigns for governor. Now that he’s in office, the reviews among environmentalists are mixed.

Speaking at a recent forum hosted by the New Republic magazine, the governor says he put climate change toward the top of his campaign issues in 2009.

In 2013, McAuliffe defeated a global warming skeptic, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who unsuccessfully sued to prove that a climate change scientist at the University of Virginia had defrauded the taxpayers.

Richmond School Board Approves $1 Million for New Trailers

Monday evening (4/20) the Richmond School Board approved a million dollars for nine new trailers, to be split between Broad Rock and Greene Elementary Schools for the upcoming school year.

While Richmond has 5,000 empty seats in it’s schools, they’re far away from the southside where the overcrowding is worst. Busing these children from overcrowded schools to less congested ones could increase a student’s travel time up to an hour each day, decreasing productivity and increasing costs.

McAuliffe Establishes Group To Fight Cyber Threats

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday (4/20) that Virginia will establish the nation’s first Information Sharing and Analysis Organization or ISAO to protect against cyber security threats.

In February President Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to encourage the creation of ISAO’s.

Governor McAuliffe says there are big career opportunities in cyber security.

In 2014 the Virginia Information Technologies Agency detected nearly 36 million attacks and blocked more 58,000 viruses.