Mallory Noe-Payne

Reporter - Richmond

Mallory Noe-Payne is a national award-winning reporter and producer based in Richmond, Virginia. She's done work for NPR, Marketplace and Public Radio International. 

Although she's a native Virginian, she's also worked for public radio in Boston. There, she helped produce stories about higher education, including a nationally-airing series on the German university system.   In addition to working for WGBH, she's worked at WAMU in Washington D.C. She graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. 

For more frequent updates from Richmond, or occasional commentary on rock climbing and vegetable gardening, you can follow Mallory on Twitter @MalloryNoePayne

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Lawmakers in Richmond have punted a permanent solution on coal ash until another year. Coal ash the byproduct of coal burning power plants. Across Virginia, the ash sits in ponds as lawmakers and Dominion Energy work out how best to get rid of it.

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Educators are keeping an eye on Richmond this week, as lawmakers wrap up work on the state budget.

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A Republican Delegate vying for Senator Tim Kaine’s job offended Democrats last week with a speech he gave on the floor of the General Assembly. Democrats punched back during floor speeches Monday.

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With just a few days left before the end of the legislative session, it’s still unclear if Medicaid expansion will pass. For the first time in years, Republicans in the House of Delegates are supporting the measure. But Senate Republicans are still opposed.


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Virginia’s Senate and House have written their versions of the two-year state budget. But there’s a problem. The two budgets are about $600 million apart. A handful of lawmakers are now tasked with hammering out the difference, and all the wrangling happens behind closed doors.