These days, there’s no shortage of information available on the Internet. Everybody and anybody can offer an opinion. But how do you determine what’s valuable and what isn’t? Robbie Harris tells us about a research team at Virginia Tech, that’s come up with a way to cut through the clutter out there.
Some members of the State Board of Elections have again raised the issue of potential vote-counting irregularities in Fairfax County, but this time a major focus was on which provisional ballots should have been counted. While the entire Fairfax Electoral Board was unable to attend today’s state meeting to explain, one member traveled to Richmond to begin a discussion about what happened. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, their differences could all boil down to how the state law is interpreted.
Proponents of coal are warning the shifting energy economy in the southwestern part of Virginia could ripple across the rest of the commonwealth. Matt Laslo reports opponents say they’re ringing false alarm bells.
The Supreme Court is now weighing a case that could put an end to limits on individual campaign contributions. Backers of the idea argue that as long as the donation is disclosed, the risk of corruption is minimal, but another view has emerged from the University of Virginia Law School, as Sandy Hausman reports.
With the relatives gone, and the turkey and leftovers digested, this might be a good time to kick back and catch a video. One new release is short, free, downloadable, entertaining, informative, and all about your neighbors in the Commonwealth. “The Virginia Indians: Meet the Tribes” video is not only a new classroom resource that’s making the rounds, but it could also inspire some outdoor event planning. Tommie McNeil reports.
You can find out more about the project here.
Voting among the armed forces continues to be a logistical challenge—especially for those who are deployed. Now a state commission that advises the General Assembly on technology issues has recommended enabling military personnel who are stationed overseas to cast their votes on-line if needed. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, some information technology experts also warned about ballot security and integrity.
A debut novel by a Virginia Tech alum is getting praise for its take on the complexities of love and change in the wake of war. “The Fallen Snow” is an early 20th century story set –both in a close knit, Appalachian Town– and war time France. Robbie Harris spoke with John Kelly, who lives in Washington D.C. He says he first began thinking about the idea for the book when he was in college thirty years ago.
As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate. Sandy Hausman went to Washington & Lee University for a taste of the original feast and found eel and beer were likely part of the meal, but turkey – maybe not.
It’s estimated some thirty million people around the world are forced into slave labor. And while there’s been an international outcry, it was hard to know what labor conditions are behind the products you buy. Now a team of students at Virginia Tech has come up with an easy way for online shoppers to see how their purchases stack up on the human rights scale, before they buy. Robbie Harris reports.
With little fanfare, the State Board of Elections painstakingly waded through the November 5th vote tallies sent in by localities … and certified Democrats Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring as the winners of their statewide electoral contests. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, Herring’s certification as Attorney General-elect by the closest statewide margin in the Commonwealth’s modern history is prompting speculation that Republican Mark Obenshain will challenge those results.
If Obenshain asks for a recount, Virginia will conduct it under a new law passed since the last statewide recount in 2005. The law, sponsored by Senator Creigh Deeds, would require all optical scan ballots to be recounted … and provides an option of manually checking under-votes to determine if the machines missed tabulating them.