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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Herring Attends Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Arguments

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to hear the arguments for and against legalizing same sex marriage.

The Attorney General told reporters the landmark Loving vs. Virginia case, which legalized interracial marriage, was mentioned more than once during oral arguments.

Last year the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 to strike down Virginia’s 2006 voter approved amendment banning same sex marriage.

Herring changed the commonwealth’s position on the case and chose not to defend the law.

Solarize RVA Launches 2015 Program

A coalition of environmental groups known as the Richmond Region Energy Alliance or RREA and local elected leaders have announced the 2015 Solarize RVA bulk purchasing program at a newly installed solar panel system in south Richmond.

The Solarize RVA program will offer special commercial and residential pricing, giving a 15% discount. Residents of surrounding counties and the city of Ashland are eligible.

NAACP Plans Listening Tour

The Central Virginia NAACP is holding a listening tour on social justice issues in response to local and national stories of police brutality toward African-Americans.

At one point Richmond’s per capita crime rate was among the top 5 in the nation, though it has dropped dramatically over the past decade.

Former Richmond City Councilman Marty Jewell says while Richmond has not seen a tragic incident of police violence against African-Americans as in Ferguson, it could happen if systemic problems aren’t addressed.

Dominion Puts Offshore Wind Project on Hold

Dominion Virginia Power says its pilot project to build two offshore wind turbines likely will be delayed.

Dominion says the project has gotten too expensive and they need to regroup to find ways to control costs.

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

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.

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.