Virtual Dementia Tour Comes to Virginia

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More than seven million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of dementia caused by damage to nerve cells in the brain.  Symptoms include loss of memory, judgment, language and motor skills.  Because people don’t recover from dementia, we don’t really know how it feels, but an assisted living company here in Virginia is offering virtual dementia tours, designed to give staff and family members a sense for what it might be like.  Sandy Hausman took the tour and filed this report.

The President’s Clean Power Plan put on hold by the Supreme Court is something many in Virginia have supported.  It directed states to craft their own plans to combat global warming under EPA guidelines. Some say, ‘plan or no plan,’ the move to cut greenhouse gas emissions already underway will continue regardless.

According to a new poll from the Virginia Education Association, almost three quarters of Virginians say teachers in the state don’t make enough money. It looks like teachers will be getting a raise in this year’s budget...but the question is how much.

Virginia’s teachers make almost $7,000 below the the national average. And that’s making it hard for the state to attract, and keep, teachers in the classroom -- says Meg Gruber with the Education Association.

  If you don’t have kids you still have to pay the taxes that support public schools, just like everyone else. But Republicans in the state legislature are putting weight behind an educational measure that would change that. A proposed bill would allow parents who send their kids to private school or home-school to get some of their tax money back.

That money wouldn’t go straight into parents’ pockets, but into a savings account that could only be accessed for educational spending.

State lawmakers will soon consider a bill that could make it easier for convicted sex offenders to find employment when they get out of prison.  It passed easily in the Senate, but it may fail in the House, and at least one expert thinks it might not make that much difference.

Actor for Hire

Feb 9, 2016

With the explosion of cable TV, Netflix and the DVD market, there are more opportunities than ever for actors, but movie-making remains a competitive business – a point underscored with humor by a Fredericksburg native in the new film Actor for Hire.  It was selected to show at 22 film festivals including Virginia’s, where it sold out.  Sandy Hausman reports on the man and the movie. 

Lawmakers in Richmond this legislative session are hoping to minimize the risk of gun violence in Virginia's public schools.

One measure that made its way easily through committee this morning would actually allow school security officers who have worked in law enforcement before to carry a gun when working.

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, a Republican from Northern Virginia, says individual school boards would have to sign off on the idea -- but he hopes they will.

"And I think those that do, could one day forestall a terrible tragedy,” said Lingamfelter.

The toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan has some in South West Virginia wondering about pollution hazards here that may also be underestimated by authorities.

In light of what’s been revealed in Flint they say it’s time to take a closer look at air and water in this region that has been deemed ‘safe,’ but may not be. 

A new exhibit at the Blacksburg Children’s Museum features satellite imagery of the area and a real time weather station to show how geography and climate are related.  

The terrain in and around Blacksburg is breathtaking with its mountain ridges, forests and waterways. 

And, the view from hundreds of miles up is a great way to appreciate it. 

Meeting the Real James Madison

Feb 8, 2016

If you sometimes get depressed about the state of politics and government in America, cheer up.  A new biography, Becoming Madison,  suggests government has long been a messy business in this country.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

Author and political theorist Michael Signer was inspired to write about James Madison after visiting the grave of Thomas Jefferson and comparing it to Madison’s final resting place at Montpelier in Orange County.


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