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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Richmond, state and capitol police are all preparing for a busy day Monday, as thousands are expected to descend on the state capitol.

Steve Helber / AP

 

 

This year in Richmond there are 23 African American lawmakers serving in the General Assembly. While that number is the largest in recent history, it isn’t record-breaking. 

 

Here’s a look at the story of black lawmakers in Virginia, and how the Legislative Black Caucus plans to continue their legacy.

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In a series of votes Wednesday, Virginia approved resolutions to become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

That means enough states have now approved the measure guaranteeing gender equality to enshrine it in the U. S. Constitution.  But more legal battles are likely ahead.

It’s been just over a year since Virginia expanded eligibility for the state-run health insurance program Medicaid. New numbers released Tuesday show people have not just gotten health insurance, but also are accessing care. 

Virginia Democrats have long pushed to expand the state’s nondiscrimination laws to include protections for gay and transgender people. They think this is the year it will happen.

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