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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

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Former Virginia Attorney General and 2013 Republican candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelli has withdrawn his name for the Virginia Supreme Court.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.

General Assembly Approves $50 Civil Fine for “Dooring” Bicyclists

A bill headed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk would hold car drivers responsible if they injure oncoming byciclists by opening a car door in their path. The bill would establish a $50 civil fine for drivers who open their vehicle door into oncoming traffic.

Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax has been the patron of the bill for five years, inspired by his political director Alex Parker who was injured by a car door.

Between 2010 and 2015, 74 people, including 15 bicyclists, have been injured in 233 reported accidents caused by “dooring.”

Warner Discusses Entitlement Reform At Monacan High School

Virginia’s senior Senator Mark Warner (D) held a town hall with high school students at Monacan High School discussing entitlement reform, student debt and working across the aisle in an increasingly partisan Washington.

Warner says few millenials expect that Social Security or Medicare will still be solvent to help support them when they retire, but that some simple changes could preserve the programs for the next generation.

Warner told students he’s also hoping to draft legislation that would make employer provided benefits portable in the gig economy.*

Transition Age Foster Services Caught in Budget Limbo

Governor Terry McAuliffe included funding Foster care services for transition age youth, those 18-21, in his introduced budget. The House and Senate are now negotiating whether those dollars should stay in.

There are approximately 500 kids who age out of Virginia’s foster care system every year at 18. That’s the highest rate in the nation.

The Senate budget includes 1.9 million in state dollars to match 4 million in available federal funding for these services. The House budget does not.

CenterStage Becomes Dominion Arts Center

Today (3/3), Richmond CenterStage officially became the Dominion Arts Center as the performing arts complex and Dominion Resources unveiled it’s new Marquee. The naming rights came with a $5.5 million dollar investment from Dominion.

Tom Farrell, the companies’ President and CEO says the Dominion Arts Center will help continue to sustain Richmond culturally and economically.

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