Michael Pope

Virginia Public Radio Reporter

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He is the author of four books.

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With no end in sight to the partial government shutdown in Washington, lawmakers in Richmond are trying to figure out how to help federal employees in Virginia.

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Lawmakers in Richmond are considering legislation to prevent wage theft.

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The minimum wage in Virginia is $7.25 an hour.  And, that’s not about to change anytime soon thanks to a party line vote.

Access to firearms remains one of the hottest issues in Richmond. But the tone of the debate this year -- an election year -- is taking a dramatic turn.

Technology is moving faster than the pace of lawmakers in Virginia. But some are hoping to catch up to the latest trends in telemedicine.

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