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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

Kaine Discusses Sexual Assault Provisions of Every Student Succeeds Act

Senator Tim Kaine made a floor speech today (12/9) in favor of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the bill written to replace No Child Left Behind.

The bill includes several provisions authored by Kaine, including measures to increase career and technical education programs as well as the authorization of federal funds to teach high school students about sexual assault prevention, dating violence and how to get help. Kaine says people are most at risk of sexual assault from age 16-24.

The House approved the bill last week. The Senate is expected to vote tomorrow (12/10).

Kaine Speaks Out In Support Of Refugees

Today (12/2) Virginia’s Junior U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke against the American Security Against Foreign Enemies or SAFE Act. The GOP authored bill, passed by the House shortly before Thanksgiving, would restrict the admission of Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the US by requiring extra security procedures. Kaine says it demonizes them.

Kaine commended the President’s recent efforts to tighten the Visa waiver program. Roughly 2,500 Syrian refugees out of 4 million who have fled the country, have made it into the U.S. since 2011.

Richmond to Pay $1.8 Million More For Schools Due to State Funding Changes

Under new calculations to the formula by which the state funds public schools, Richmond will have to pay $1.8 million in additional city dollars to pay for the same services and facilities they currently offer.

The Local Composite Index uses real estate assessments, median income and the school age population to determine a school system’s ability to pay. Richmond School Board member Kim Gray says the formula incorrectly labels Richmond as the 5th wealthiest locality in the state.

Norment will Remain Majority Leader, Co-Chair Senate Finance

Senator Tommy Norment, the current Majority Leader will continue in that post and become co-chairman of the Senate finance committee, sharing power with fellow Republican Senator Emmett Hanger of Augusta.

As the most senior Republican member on Senate Finance Norment, a moderate, had hoped to chair that committee and serve as Majority Leader, though he faced some opposition from an increasingly conservative caucus who did not want him to hold both positions.

2,000 VA Students Receive $2.29 Million In Loan Forgiveness In Multi-State Settlement

2,000 Virginia students will receive a total of $2.29 million in loan forgiveness through a multi-state settlement with the for-profit, Education Management Corporation.

EDMC, who operates 110 schools in 32 states including South University and the Art Institutes, will have to forgive over $100 million dollars in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 students nationwide.

Michael Kelly, spokesman for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, says the settlement resolves claims that EDMC engaged in misleading tactics to boost enrollment.

Governor McAuliffe Begins Trade Mission to India

Governor Terry McAuliffe and members of his administration have begun a trade mission to the Middle East and India where they plan to attend over 100 meetings in 11 days.

The Middle Eastern portion of the trip will include a visit to the Air Show in Dubai, business outreach in the United Arab Emirates and stops in Oman and Kuwait for various Agriculture projects.

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore says the commonwealth already has a foothold in India where we sell lumber, grain and apples.

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