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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

Dominion To Build New Solar Facility

Dominion Virginia Power, in a partnership with Microsoft and the state of Virginia, announced that they will build a new 20 megawatt solar power facility. The plant will produce enough energy to power 5,000 homes.

The state will purchase a large portion of that.

Tom Farrell, President and CEO of Dominion Virginia Power, says it’s just part of the company’s growing renewable portfolio.

Glen Besa, Director of the Sierra Club of Virginia, says the company is not doing enough to offset the carbon they produce from other sources.

Offshore Drilling Protest Turns Into Celebration

At the state capitol today (3/15) a protest planned by environmental advocates turned into a celebration of the Obama Administration’s decision not to allow oil drilling off Virginia’s coast.

Environmental advocates poured chocolate syrup over a tarp covered with sand to illustrate the damage from potential oil spills to Governor Terry McAuliffe, who supports offshore drilling.

Glen Besa, Director of the Sierra Club of Virginia, says the U.S. needs to more aggressively invest in renewable energy and electric cars to slow climate change.

Harrington Approves Of Assembly's Sexual Assault Bills

The mother of Morgan Harrington says bills passed this year by the General Assembly to fight sexual assault will save girls from sexual victimization when they take effect.

The bills will integrate dating violence and sexual assault prevention into family life education in schools, require the retention of physical evidence from rape cases and provide better training for law enforcement officers who investigate the cases.

Gil Harrington’s daughter Morgan was just 20 when she was raped and murdered.

McAuliffe Vetos Coal Tax Credit

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill to renew existing coal tax credits that supporters say support jobs in Southside and Southwest Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe invited the press into his office at the state capitol as he vetoed the bill in front of the cameras, saying the coal tax credit doesn’t work. McAuliffe says he has the votes to ensure the legislature cannot override this veto.

Assembly Works Towards Transparency In Drug Costs

The General Assembly is set to take some small steps toward bringing greater transparency to the costs of prescription drugs.

Republican Senator Emmett Hanger of Augusta tried unsuccessfully earlier this session to require pharmaceutical companies to offer an explanation if their drug treatments exceed $10,000.

Drug-makers said sharing the costs of developing, manufacturing and marketing such medications would give inside information to their competitors.

State Invests in Mental Health

The state will invest $31 million in mental health services and substance abuse treatment in the agreement budget lawmakers are expected to pass Friday (3/11). The money will increase capacity for treatment through prevention and community based services.

Democratic Senator Barbara Favola of Fairfax says she’s particularly excited about $3.5 million in new spending for child psychiatric and crisis intervention services.

Favola says localities will be able to leverage the state’s investment with their local dollars for maximum impact.

Cuccinelli Withdraws From Supreme Court Nomination

Former Virginia Attorney General and 2013 Republican candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelli has withdrawn his name for the Virginia Supreme Court. Cuccinelli told Senate leadership that he had discussed the position with his family and decided it was not the right decision at this time.

Instead Senate Republican Caucus Chair Ryan McDougle says the upper chamber will elect Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen R. McCollough tomorrow (3/10) with 21 votes. McCollough was interviewed this afternoon.

Assembly Considers 'Closer To My Grocer' Project

The American Heart Association says over 1.7 million Virginians live in areas with limited access to grocery stores with healthy and affordable fresh food. They’re working now to encourage lawmakers to provide incentive funding for grocers to open stores in these food deserts.

Melissa Assalone, manager of the American Heart Association’s Closer to My Grocer campaign, says with help retailers can overcome the expensive barriers of land acquisition and workforce development to lower the rate of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity in food deserts.

Dominion Moves Forward to Drain Coal Ash Ponds

As Dominion Virginia Power will spend half a billion dollars to cap and drain 11 coal ash ponds from 4 power plants across the state in compliance with state and federal rules.

Dominion will drain millions of gallons of water filtered from coal ash into the James and other Virginia rivers in the process.

Jason Williams, Environmental Manager with Dominion says the water quality will be well within state and federal safety limits and promises to post all data on the company’s website.

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