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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

McAuliffe Says European Trip Already Paying Dividends

Governor Terry McAuliffe says his 12-day trade mission to Europe has already proved fruitful and will continue to pay dividends in the coming months.

The Virginia trade contingent held over 70 meetings in 6 countries, netting some significant deals.

Lidl Foods, a discount grocery chain with over 10,000 stores in Europe will locate it’s U.S. Headquarters in Arlington and a production facility in Springfield totaling 700 new jobs. Elephant Insurance will bring 1,200 new jobs to the commonwealth.

Sweet Briar to Remain Open for 2015-2016

Sweet Briar College will remain open for the 2015-2016 academic year. A last minute settlement was reached over the weekend between attorneys representing the school’s board and Save Sweet Briar Inc. a grassroots group of students, faculty and alumnae.

The terms of the agreement will bring the school a new president and a new board, chosen by Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.

Seven Apply for SCOVA Vacancy

Seven people including four judges, two lawyers and a law professor have sent applications to Governor Terry McAuliffe to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Virginia Supreme Court.

Typically Virginia Supreme Court Justices are elected by the General Assembly to a term of 12 years.

Justices appointed by the Governor when the legislature is out of session, serve on an interim basis until the General Assembly returns.

Richmond Could See 99 Days a Year Over 90 Degrees by 2065

Richmond currently experiences an annual average of 36 days at or above 90-degree temperatures during the summer. A group of climate change researchers say current trends could increase the number of 90-degree day in the river city to 99 by 2065.

Climate change researcher Stephen Nash says Virginia is warming by 4.6 degrees per century. He says this is beyond safe and normal climate variations.

Ending Veterans' Homelessness

The 2nd Annual Ending Veteran’s Homelessness Summit met yesterday sharing best practices to find homes for all Virginia vets.

While making sure a vet never spends a night without a home may be an unattainable goal, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey says the state can make sure homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.  

Last year Governor McAuliffe’s administration was able to house nearly 750 veterans.

Finding and helping these vets is a challenge, because the number fluctuates and the state only does a single count each year. 

Prescription Drug and Heroin Task Force Sends Recommendations to McAuliffe

The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse has sent a lengthy list of recommendations to fight the growing problem to Governor Terry McAuliffe.

The group included dozens of recommendations on treatment, enforcement, education, prescription data and monitoring, and safe storage and disposal of drugs.

Governor McAuliffe is expected to give feedback and help the taskforce target the recommendations into legislative priorities ahead of next year’s General Assembly session.

Hospitals Seek Expansion Of State Medicaid Program

The leaders of several major Virginia hospitals are pleading with the General Assembly to expand the state’s Medicaid program using 2 billion dollars a year in federal funding from the Affordable Care Act.

At a health care forum hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce earlier this month, John Fitzgerald the CEO INOVA Fairoaks Hospital gave his message to the legislature.

Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO of the Carillion Clinic in Roanoke says she’s concerned that health outcomes are declining in parts of Virginia.

Panel Hopes to Create Cybersecurity Partnerships

A legislative panel is hoping to find ways to partner cybersecurity companies with Virginia universities to provide new solutions to threats to the nation’s data and technical infrastructure.

Republican Delegate Glenn Davis of Virginia Beach, says while cybersecurity is in it’s infancy, the Commonwealth can establish itself as “Cyber Alley.”

Brandon Smith works for Kimball and Associates, who specialize in identity management policy and framework development. He says collaborative arrangements, allow the industry to be proactive ahead of the next data breach.

State Employees Will Likely Get 2% Raises

State workers may receive a 2% raise if recent revenue surplus trends continue.

The raise was promised by the General Assembly and Governor McAuliffe earlier this year, provided the state does not close the fiscal year with a shortfall greater than 1%.

Virginia’s May revenue numbers are up 5.8% over 2014 though the economy still faces many challenges ahead of impending cuts from sequestration in October.

Payroll enrollment rose by 280,000 jobs, but the unemployment rate rose from 5.4% to 5.5% as more workers entered the labor force.