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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

State and Federal Leaders Tackle Heroin Abuse

Attorney General Mark Herring hosted a summit on heroin and prescription drug abuse in Charlottesville on Thursday, sharing best practices and strategies to combat the growing epidemic.

Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy says doctors need to decrease the number of prescriptions that are being written for pain medication. Botticelli says one of the simple things families and individuals can do is to get unneeded prescription drugs out of their homes.

Petersburg City Council Candidates Meet In Debate

Last night (9/2), nine candidates for Petersburg City Council participated in a debate hosted by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce at Tabernacle Baptist Church. All nine candidates up for election in ward’s 1, 3, 5, and 7 participated and over 100 Petersburg residents attended with many submitting questions to the moderator, WCVE’s own Bill Miller.

Candidates fielded questions on economic development strategies, reducing the city’s dependence on borrowed money, crime reduction, the need for a new jail and cooperation with the school board.

Herring Commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Attorney General Mark Herring commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness month by delivering medication lock boxes for each of the state’s Domestic Violence shelters.

One in four individuals are impacted by domestic violence and over 35,000 protective orders were issued.

Attorney General Mark Herring wants Virginians to know about the services available to them at the state’s 47 Domestic Violence Shelters.

McAuliffe Announces State Energy Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced a statewide “all of the above” energy plan. The Governor says the comprehensive plan will help grow, strengthen and diversify Virginia’s economy.

The 600 page document emphasizes efficiency, offshore wind and solar and aims to reduce consumption, but also relies on the further development of traditional fossil fuels.

On October 14th Governor McAuliffe will address an energy conference cohosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the League of Conservation Voters.

Health Commissioner Wants Abortion Clinic Regulations Amended

Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine has asked the state Board of Health to review and amend controversial regulations of clinics who provide abortions. The current regulations require Women’s health clinics to meet construction standards for new hospitals, including mandates for the number of parking spaces provided, width of hallways and the size of janitors closets.

Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia says the regulations were politically motivated and designed to shut down women’s health centers.

Virginia Poverty Rate Grew from 2009 to 2013

A new study from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Coalition on Human Needs shows that the poverty rate grew in Virginia from 10.5 percent in 2009 to 11.7 percent in 2013. The report uses data released by the Census Bureau last week, which shows that while those at the higher end of the income spectrum have recovered those at the bottom have not. Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, says Virginia children were especially hurt by the recession.

Fausz Challenges Forbes for 4th District Seat

Elliott Fausz, the 28-year-old business manager for the family run newspaper, the Village News in Chester, is challenging Republican incumbent Randy Forbes for Virginia’s 4th congressional district seat.

Fausz describes himself as a fiscal conservative and says the central theme of his campaign is creating economic security and economic opportunity. Unlike his opponent, Fausz says he wants to fix the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it.

Fausz has challenged Congressman Forbes to debate but has yet to receive a response.

Virginia Crime Commission Tracks DNA Testing and Retesting Effort

The Virginia Crime Commission is trying to prioritize cases that may be revisited where defendants were convicted before the advent of DNA testing for biological evidence, or in its earliest iterations.

Modern DNA tests have greater accuracy than those used when the technology was introduced in 1985 and has the potential to overturn the convictions of some felons.

Virginia Crime Commission Examines Child Pornography Law’s Language

The Virginia Crime Commission is considering changes to the state code that could cast a wider net when targeting those who possess and distribute child pornography. Currently the code says that distributors of child pornography must do so with lascivious intent.

Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia says she’s happy to see the Commission considering adding the word knowingly to the state’s reproduction and distribution code.

Howell Asks Holder for Guidance on McAuliffe Appointments

Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Bill Howell is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a Democrat, to issue a ruling on whether Governor Terry McAuliffe’s appointment of 3 state legislators to state position is legal. Howell believes the appointments are legal, but says the ongoing investigation into the resignation of former Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett raises concerns that should the House confirm the appointments they could be facilitating the violation of federal law.