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Posted in Virginia's News on December 8, 2013
Both state lawmakers and Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe say ethics reform will be a priority in January when McAuliffe takes office and the General Assembly convenes. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, at least one lawmaker is warning that his colleagues should tread lightly and put a great deal of thought into their proposals … because the issue is more of a minefield than people realize.
Posted in Virginia's News on December 6, 2013
After a unanimous vote, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has named the university’s next president. 55-year-old Timothy Sands, the provost of Purdue University will be the 16th president of Virginia Tech.
Sands holds an endowed chair in engineering at Purdue—and specializes in the growing field of nanotechnology, with applications for many high-tech uses. He’s published more than 250 refereed papers, and has been granted 16 patents in electronic materials. Last year he served as Purdue’s acting president.
Sands begins work on June 1st, when President Charles Steger steps down. Steger announced his retirement last spring—he’s been president of Virginia Tech since 2000.
Some 238 candidates were considered in the 6-month search to head the one-point-two billion dollar academic enterprise. Virginia Tech now offers 215 degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 million.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on December 6, 2013
Focusing on life, as we face death. An open and frank discussion of the comfort and dignity hospice care gives the dying. Host May-Lily ee talks with the Director of Edmarc Hospice for Children, as well as the Clinical Director at Thomas Palliative Care Service at the VCU Medical Center.
Virginia Association for Hospices & Palliative Care : http://www.virginiahospices.org/, 804-740-1344
Get Palliative Care: http://www.getpalliativecare.org/
Virginia Cancer Pain Hotline: 866-990-4878
Edmarc Hospice for Children: http://www.edmarc.org/
Posted in Virginia's News on December 3, 2013
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on December 2, 2013
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.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on December 1, 2013
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.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on November 27, 2013
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.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 26, 2013
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.