The University of Virginia recently unveiled a painting by one of Germany’s best known graffiti artists — on four panels of the Berlin Wall. Sandy Hausman tells how that 9,000 pound monument came to Commonwealth.
With the Netflix series House of Cards threatening to leave Maryland, you might expect the state of Virginia to be in hot pursuit, but Sandy Hausman reports that Richmond is giving the cold shoulder to Francis Underwood.
Representatives of Virginia Clean Cities joined car manufacturers and industry experts at a Richmond Expo to showcase new technologies and vehicles powered by natural gas. They say such vehicles can produce significantly lower levels of emissions than traditional fuel sources….and that switching one waste truck has the pollution-reduction impact of removing 325 cars from the road. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the advocates also say the idea of switching to natural gas for public and private fleets is catching on across the Commonwealth.
In spite of a ruling against it, some Virginia police departments are still using license plate cameras that could allow them to track your car as you travel…and a Second Amendment advocacy group has taken exception to a letter written by a Chesterfield County high school principal. Those have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
The ACLU of Virginia wants to prevent a situation like that in 2012 where 31 protesters were arrested for straying outside a designated area on the state’s Capitol Square. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, the organization is now calling on Governor McAuliffe through a letter to completely revise the regulations that limit citizens from expressing their views to lawmakers and other public officials.
On Virginia Conversations, we’re going to the farm without leaving the city….and closing the gap between farm and table. We’ll talk with speakers from this year’s Urban Agriculture Summit to get their advice on using open spaces in our communities to grow fresh fruit and produce.
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Listening to some of the tales of how people obtained copies of their birth certificates is like hearing the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, recount his journey into Mordor. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, Governor McAuliffe says Virginia is now writing a new chapter—by making those documents accessible through any DMV office.
The Virginia Senate has passed its version of the state budget for the next two fiscal years, which begin on July 1st. Senators introduced the spending bill proposed by Governor McAuliffe, then added their own touches—including Marketplace Virginia, the private-insurance alternative to Medicaid expansion. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, by the end of the day the Senate and the House were no closer to resolving their budget stalemate.
To approve a budget, the same bill must pass both houses of the General Assembly—or one bill must be sent to a conference committee. House conferees said the Senate needs to take action on the House budget before the process can move forward.
The Senate Finance Committee has rejected the traditional Medicaid expansion in Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget in favor of its own alternative, “Marketplace Virginia.” The Senate plan would use federal funds to provide private health insurance for residents who make under 139 percent of the poverty level. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, GOP House leaders are not sold on the idea.
Last month, estimates of hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Austin,TX for the South by Southwest Festival. The music, film, and idea fest has helped cement Austin’s place in the new startup economy and now other cities around the nation are following their lead. Allison Quantz reports on Tom Tom Founders Fest in Charlottesville, which is rebranding the historical town into an incubator for new ideas.