Archive for April, 2014
Scientists studying climate change have focused on greenhouse gases – how we can produce less or maybe remove some of what’s already in the atmosphere, but a team at the University of Virginia will take a different approach as Sandy Hausman reports.
Spring is the season when Virginia’s local governments put the finishing touches on their own budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st. But they’re finding it difficult to craft their spending plans without knowing exactly how many dollars they will receive from the state—which is unknown due to the state budget impasse. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, they’re trying to get the job done, anyway—and in some cases, with consequences to local taxpayers.
One Virginia school district is looking at adjusting class schedules so students can get more sleep…and the streets of Richmond will soon be filled with some of the world’s fastest bicycle riders. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
For decades, doctors told alcoholic patients to give up booze if they wanted to recover, but the science of treating alcoholism is changing, and it may now be possible for some alcoholics to drink moderately. Sandy Hausman has that story.
We’re celebrating Historic Garden Week in Virginia, as well as the flowers and vegetables growing in your backyard. We’ll tell you how this 8-day statewide event, billed as “America’s Largest Open House”, enriches gardens throughout Virginia.
Personalized medicine is the high-tech cutting edge tool in the battle against cancer. We’ll tell you how researchers are tailoring the treatment to fit the patient, and hear from cancer survivors who are alive today because of it.
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While he obviously didn’t win the Virginia gubernatorial race last year, Libertarian Robert Sarvis pulled more than six-percent of the vote—which is impressive for a third-party candidate–and enough for some to argue that he siphoned votes away from former Virginia GOP Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Now, fresh off that campaign, Sarvis is really trying to pull an upset and win the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner. He spoke with Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil about his game plan.
An oral history project and a soon-to-be released book tell the story of African American Heritage on the Roanoke-based Norfolk and Western Railroad. The memories are those of 20 retired and current black employees of N&W, which later became Norfolk Southern.
As Connie Stevens reports, the railroad was a microcosm of America itself—and the stories illustrate the momentum of equal opportunity.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Inmates in a Virginia jail will now be able to get their nicotine the high-tech way…and four student-athletes at William and Mary act fast and save a friend’s home. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.
Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. But homeless and jobless rates continue to rise because Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are finding it difficult to get certification or college credits for their training to qualify for civilian jobs. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem.
On this edition of the program a discussion on the state budget battle that boiled over into a special session of the General Assembly. We also take a look at both sides of the Medicaid expansion debate in Virginia and how it’s affecting the state’s spending plan for the next two years.
We’ll take a look at both sides of the Medicaid expansion debate in Virginia and how it’s affecting the state’s spending plan for the next two years.
Front Royal is bracing for a crowd Friday morning, as the Shenandoah National Park prepares to unveil its very own quarter. Sandy Hausman reports that coin collectors from around the country are expected, along with locals who love the park.