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.

Virginia's unemployment rate is 5.2 percent. But what's behind that number, and how does it vary throughout the commonwealth?

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Last month, the House of Representatives passed a bill introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott that hopes to remedy the problem of full-time workers being misclassified as independent contractors.

But now the bill is languishing in the Senate.

As the spring campaign season heads into the final stretch, candidates are rolling out endorsements.

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Now that lawmakers have taken action to legalize marijuana, they still need to make decisions about how the new industry will be regulated.

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The Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to accept Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill that will allow limited possession and cultivation of the drug beginning in July.