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Craig Carper

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88.9 WCVE Public Radio News Director.

Articles by Craig Carper

Our Sincere Apology

To our 88.9 WCVE listeners -- Unfortunately there was content within a 88.9 WCVE news report which aired this morning that was inconsistent with our values and respect for our listeners.

Background sound of the shooting in Roanoke was included in a report on the story. Many listeners found this gratuitous and unnecessary. I understand and agree with your concerns.

Governor Terry McAuliffe Makes Surprise Visits To State Agencies

Governor Terry McAuliffe likes to make surprise visits to state agencies. He says it gives him a great opportunity to engage with state employees in a way he can’t by reading agency reports.

I had the opportunity to join the Governor for a recent unannounced stop at the Department of Juvenile Justice Training Center in Hanover.

Several Dozen Gather To Protest Natural Gas Expansion

Several dozen protesters gathered outside of Dominion Virginia Power this afternoon (8/18) to send a message to Dominion, FIRC and Governor McAuliffe to speak against the expansion of natural gas infrastructure.

Whitney Whiting, a community organizer with Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, says Governor McAuliffe has refused to meet with those opposed to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Lehigh Silo Demolition Makes Room for Green Space

Yesterday afternoon (8/13) Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones was on hand to kick off the demolition of the Lehigh Cement Silos, which he says marks the beginning of the transformation of the downriver portion of the Riverfront.

The silos will be gone by the end of the month, replaced by a new park that connects Shockoe Bottom to Rockett’s Landing and terraces that take visitors to the water.

Jones says it’s just part of a lot of good news for the area recently including upcoming improvements to port of Richmond, the recently announced Low Line project with CSX and Capitol Trees.

House Announces Redistricting Session Agenda

House Republican leaders have announced they will return to Richmond on Monday (8/10) to begin the process of adjusting the 3rd congressional district, which a federal court found was racially gerrymandered and ordered redrawn by September 1st.

After a full day of meetings, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed changes before the House Privileges and Elections Committee at 3:00 p.m.

Americans For Prosperity Rally To Protest Clean Energy Plan

The conservative tax policy group Americans for Prosperity held a rally at the University of Richmond yesterday (8/10) to protest the EPA’s Clean Energy Plan which will require Virginia to cut emissions by 15% but 32% nationwide over the next 30 years.

Though the rules for Virginia are less stringent than those originally planned when proposed last year, conservatives say coal remains under attack from every angle.

McDonnell Request for Full Court to Hear Appeal Is Denied

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied former Governor Bob McDonnell’s request for the full court to reconsider his 2014 conviction on 11 counts of corruption.

The court’s order says McDonnell received a fair trial and was duly convicted by his fellow Virginians.

Carl Tobias, Professor of Law at the University of Richmond says getting to the full court to hear the case en banc was always a long shot.

Scott Discusses SAFE Justice Act in Richmond

Virginia’s 3rd District Congressman Bobby Scott has proposed the Safe Justice Act, an initiative he says will reform the federal criminal justice system, reducing crime and saving money.

Scott says high rates of incarceration are adding to crime, rather than reducing it.

He wants to invest in keeping people out of prison.

Scott says the bill has strong bipartisan support and notes that similar reforms have been enacted in Texas, saving them over $2 billion dollars in prison construction.