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Posted in VaNews from VPAP on November 25, 2013
There’s concern about this year’s acorn crop in Virginia and a source of public school funding disparity you may not have thought about. Those stories have been among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on November 22, 2013
In an effort to fight early obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and related ailments, the Virginia State Board of Education is moving forward with proposed guidelines for physical education as required by the General Assembly. Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports that the new rules will apply to public elementary and middle schools in the Commonwealth.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on November 22, 2013
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, we’re talking turkey with all the fixings. Our guest chefs are cookbook author Kendra Bailey Morris and Patrick Ehemann who’s the Executive Banquet Chef of Richmond’s historic Jefferson Hotel. Join host May-Lily Lee as they share Thanksgiving recipes and cooking tips.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 21, 2013
What does global warming have to do with coffee? One Virginia business owner says “a lot.” So much that your morning cup of “joe” is going to get costlier. And he’s not alone. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, dozens of the Commonwealth’s businesses are pressuring the General Assembly and Congress to seriously confront the challenge of climate change before there is an economic crisis.
A community mental health organization is in the spotlight, after this week’s attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and the apparent suicide of his son. The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, but he was not admitted for in-patient care, because no hospitals in the area had psychiatric beds available. Now, Sandy Hausman reports that several facilities in the region could have admitted Gus Deeds.
Some experts in the mental health field say it is not uncommon for a person suffering from mental illness to be turned away from treatment. Tommie McNeil has that story, along with more on the Inspector General’s report on access to care.
State Senator Creigh Deeds is recovering after being stabbed at his Bath County home yesterday, evidently by his 24-year-old son. The attack and subsequent apparent suicide by Gus Deeds have raised new concerns about whether Virginia provides adequate mental health services. Sandy Hausman has more on what experts hope will happen next.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on November 20, 2013
It would be true justice for a state appeals court to declare Johnathon Montgomery innocent of the crimes of which he was convicted. That’s the argument of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who today appeared before the Virginia Court of Appeals to urge approval of a Writ of Actual Innocence for Montgomery. The panel weighed questions of justice versus executive and judicial separation of powers.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 19, 2013
Police were called to the home just before 7:30. The Senator’s 24-year-old son, Gus, is dead of a gunshot wound.
Authorities say at this stage in the investigation, they’re looking at the altercation as an attempted murder and suicide.
Deeds, who is 55, has served the 25th district since 2001.
You can hear the complete 3:30 p.m. State Police briefing in Charlottesville.
Posted in Virginia's News on November 18, 2013
Hospitals here in Virginia are sounding the alarm – warning state lawmakers that they’ll be in big financial trouble if the legislature does not expand Medicaid. Sandy Hausman tells why that’s such an important issue for medical centers statewide.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on November 18, 2013
While some parents may not realize it, the difference between taking home a healthy bundle of joy from the hospital and a child who may suffer from a lifetime of health complications … is a prick on the heel, about five drops of blood, and a team of scientists. It’s the newborn screening that every child born in the Commonwealth goes through. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, affected parents and medical professionals on Friday quietly celebrated a medical milestone.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on November 18, 2013
Virginia restaurants may soon be able to tweet you about Happy Hour and a frustrated high school football coach takes it out on the band. Those are among the most clicked stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at VPAP.org. Fred Echols talks with David Poole
Posted in Virginia Conversations on November 18, 2013
On this edition of “Virginia Conversations” — the risks and rewards of being a whistleblower. Host May-Lily Lee talks with a former NASA employee who helped expose cover-ups in the investigation of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. How his decision changed his life…
Plus, hear from the State Inspector General on laws now in place in Virginia to protect and compensate whistleblowers.