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Craig Carper is the News Director for 88.9 WCVE Public Radio. Craig studied journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked in broadcast news since 2001. He’s worked in various capacities covering Virginia politics for WCVE PBS since 2006. For six years starting in 2009 he served as the political reporter for 88.9 WCVE before being promoted to News Director in July of 2015.

Craig served as the host of Capitol Events during the General Assembly Session on WCVE PBS, a daily one-minute update on legislative issues.

In 2012 he conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. In 2015 he interviewed former President Jimmy Carter.

Craig has contributed over 100 nationally run news stories to NPR and has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

He’s covered 3 Governors, the 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial campaigns, the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Senate races, the 2012 Presidential campaign and in 2014 he provided daily national coverage of the trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell for NPR.

Articles by Craig Carper

House Republicans Roll Out Education Agenda

House Republicans rolled out their education agenda today (1/26) at the State Capitol, with many of the bills focusing on school choice.

One bill would increase the tax credit for donations to nonprofit scholarship groups from 65-90%.

Another would give students the option to transfer to any school within their school district.

There’s also a proposal to create Education Savings Accounts to give parents the ability to put their kids in private schools.

Several bills would aim to expand access to early childhood education, but not universal Pre-K.

Transgender Restroom Case Goes to Federal Appeals Court Wednesday

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear oral arguments Wednesday morning (1/27) in the ACLU case against the Gloucester County School Board for what they say are discriminatory restroom policies for transgender students.

Gavin Grimm, a 16-year-old transgender Junior at Gloucester High School was born female but identifies as male.

General Assembly to Consider Further Changes to Mental Health System

The General Assembly will consider additional reforms to the state’s mental health system this year, changes the legislature hopes will empower families with loved ones struggling with the commitment process.

One bill would require treatment centers to make greater efforts to reach out to families once a loved one is involuntarily committed.

Other legislation would allow families to appeal a clinicians decision not to commit a family member.

Virginia Senate Approves Eliminating Employer Names from Sex Offender Registry

The General Assembly was back in session today (1/25) after taking a snow day on Friday.

The Virginia Senate passed a bill 22 to 17 that would remove a requirement that businesses who employ sex offenders have their name included in the sex offender registry. Democratic Senator Janet Howell of Northern Fairfax, the bill’s patron, says the current requirement serves as a barrier to hiring those who have served their time, and making it harder for them to get on with their lives.

Senator Tom Garrett of Buckinham says you can’t go too far to protect children.

Bill Would Lower Food to Liquor Sales Ratio

According to Virginia law, there are no bars in the Commonwealth. Restaurants who sell liquor must collect the majority of their revenue from food. One Virginia Beach delegate is trying to change that.

Republican Delegate Scott Taylor says the law which requires that 45 percent of a restaurant’s sales must come from food is outdated and should be lowered to 25 percent. It would also change the requirement to reflect the wholesale price of the food and alcohol and not the retail price.

Currently there is no food to alcohol ratio requirement for beer or wine.

House Committee Reviews Private Drone Use

Last year the General Assembly discussed when law enforcement can use drones for surveillance purposes. This year they’re looking at how drones should be operated by hobbyists.

Republican Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle, Chair Of the House Courts of Justice Sub Committee on Criminal Laws, says using drones to spy in people’s windows or peep in someone’s backyard is already banned by other statutes but they want to specifically ban hovering over someone’s property.

Hospitals at Odds With Republican Lawmakers on Healthcare Agenda

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association had their first lobby day at the Capitol Wednesday (1/20), finding themselves at odds with Republican lawmakers agenda for healthcare.

Hospitals, who’ve long supported Medicaid expansion, say they’re willing to cover the state’s part of the cost through a self-imposed provider fee.

Environmental Activists Protest 4 Proposed Virginia Natural Gas Pipelines

Fifty environmental activists gathered at Capitol Square yesterday (1/19) to protest the 4 proposed natural gas pipelines in Virginia.

Roberta Bondurant, a protestor from Bent Mountain says if all 4 of those pipelines are complete, “We will witness the largest seizure of private property in generations in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The protestors are working to repeal a controversial 2004 law that requires utility developers to ask permission to survey, but allows them to proceed if landowners refuse to grant that permission.

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Combat Student Debt

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing legislation to help Virginians refinance their student debt and give new borrowers better information about the terms of their loans.

There’s over $1.3 trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt nationally and Democratic Delegate Marcus Simon of Fairfax, says it’s starting to cripple the economy as people in their 20’s and 30’s wait longer to form households.

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