May 2013

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15 May 2013

For Virginia Inmates, Little Hope of Parole

The Virginia Parole Board last year granted parole in less than 4 percent of the cases it considered. Even old men – prisoners in their 70s and 80s who have served decades behind bars – were routinely denied parole.

15 May 2013

Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights, and Hopes, Restored

About 12 years ago, Michael Maupin lost his right to vote in Virginia because of a felony drug conviction. But Maupin has hope for the future because he just received a letter from Gov. Bob McDonnell restoring his civil rights.

15 May 2013

Slim Hopes of Parole in Virginia

For the past two years, the Virginia Parole Board has granted less than 4 percent of the cases it has heard.

14 May 2013

Students Waste Money on Textbooks, Poll Says

Students at VCU and other institutions of higher education in Virginia often end up buying textbooks they never use, according to a survey by Virginia21, an advocacy group for college students and other young adults.

14 May 2013

Students Worry about College Loan Debts

Nearly 75 percent of Virginia Commonwealth University students are unsure of their student loan debt payments upon graduation, according to a survey by Virginia21, an advocacy group for college students.

14 May 2013

Some Howling over Dangerous Dogs Registry

There are more than 400 dogs in the Virginia Dangerous Dogs Registry, a list of animals that have attacked someone or hurt or killed another dog or cat.

14 May 2013

Should State Publicize List of Animal Abusers?

Virginia already has a registry for “dangerous dogs” – animals that have attacked other pets or people. So how about having a registry for people who abuse animals? That’s what some animal welfare advocates would like.

14 May 2013

Map: Where the ‘Dangerous Dogs’ Lie

This map and data set show the number of “dangerous dogs” in each county and city of Virginia.

13 May 2013

Home Schooling on the Rise in Virginia

The number of home-schoolers in Virginia has increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade, to more than 32,000 children. If they were a school district, it would be the ninth-largest in the state – with almost as many students as the Norfolk Public Schools.

13 May 2013

Like its Clients, Drug Center Is Recovering

Rubicon Inc., a substance abuse and mental health treatment center that has served the Richmond community for more than 40 years, is trying to regain its financial footing after nearly having to close its doors last fall.

13 May 2013

Data on Home-Schoolers in Every Locality

Here are statistics for the number of home-schoolers statewide and in each school division of Virginia.

13 May 2013

Infographics: The Scope of Home Schooling

These graphics show how home schooling has exploded in Virginia.

13 May 2013

Slideshow: Pit Bull Owner Disputes Stereotypes

Sarah Burns of Chesterfield County discusses the pit bull that she adopted: “She’s really sweet.”

10 May 2013

Blacks, Hispanics Underrepresented in Gifted Programs

A report and data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that African American and Hispanic students are vastly underrepresented among students identified as gifted by the state’s public schools.

10 May 2013

Loudoun School Challenges Gifted Program Norms

Virginia’s only middle and high school for advanced students is challenging the way traditional gifted education is taught.

10 May 2013

Data and Charts on Gifted Education

Here is the data used in this news article. You can access the data as a series of Web pages or view it below.

10 May 2013

You Can Read the VDOE Report Here

Here is the report that the Virginia Department of Education completed in May 2010 about racial disparities in students identified for gifted education programs.

09 May 2013

Human Trafficking: Modern-day Slavery

Human trafficking survivors and support groups are speaking out and working with state legislators to combat the problem of human trafficking in Virginia.

09 May 2013

Recovering from a Stolen Childhood

Elisabeth Corey has repressed memories of the abuse she suffered at the hands of family members while growing up in Northern Virginia. She’s a survivor of family-controlled sex trafficking and endured sexual abuse from male family members.

09 May 2013

Group Offers Haven to Survivors of Trafficking

In 2010, Josh Bailey and his wife, Andrea, founded the Gray Haven Project. The organization helps human trafficking survivors rebuild their lives.

09 May 2013

Human Trafficking: By the Numbers

Here are charts and tables about human trafficking in Virginia and the United States.

08 May 2013

Virginia’s Suicide Rate Highest in 13 Years

Virginia’s suicide rate is the highest it’s been in 13 years, according to the state’s chief medical examiner. Experts say the causes may include the poor economy and lack of mental health services.

08 May 2013

Suicide Rates by County and City

This map and data set show the 2011 suicide rate for each Virginia locality. They also show the unemployment rate for that year.

08 May 2013

Suicides: The Numbers in Virginia

Suicide rates are on the rise in Virginia — and higher than they’ve been in 13 years. Whites are far more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to commit suicide. And men commit suicide far more often than women.

06 May 2013

Legislative Issues Fueled Partisan Ill Will

An ominous “MLK Day plot.” A proposed overhaul of the Electoral College system. Voter ID legislation. Those are issues that fueled partisanship at the Virginia Capitol this year and turned the bad blood between Republicans and Democrats into one of the most talked-about topics of the General Assembly’s session.

06 May 2013

Transportation Creates Rift Among Lawmakers

No General Assembly session is without its ups and downs, quarrels and disputes. However, the 2013 session may have taken the trophy for the most sparring between Democrats and Republicans – especially when it came to transportation.

06 May 2013

Storify: Critics See an ‘MLK Day Plot’

When Senate Republicans rammed through a redistricting bill on Martin Luther King Day, critics started grumbling about an “MLK Day plot.”

06 May 2013

Storify: Power Struggle at State Capitol

The power struggle between Republicans and Democrats is one of the most talked about topics in national and statewide politics.

03 May 2013

Virginia Lottery Hits Its Own Jackpot

Lottery winners aren’t the only ones with any luck: The Virginia Lottery saw record ticket sales in the past year, as the economy continued its recovery and several big-name retailers began selling tickets.

03 May 2013

Lottery Sales Keep Rising in Virginia

Sales of Virginia Lottery tickets have risen steadily — and last year, they jumped by 9 percent.

03 May 2013

Lottery Has Produced Billions for Schools

Since 1999, the Virginia Lottery has generated more than $5 billion for public education.

03 May 2013

Top 25 Virginia Lottery Retailers

Here is a map of the 25 outlets that sold the most Virginia Lottery tickets in fiscal year 2012.