Actor for Hire

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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.

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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

17 hours ago

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.

Virtual Dementia Tour Comes to Virginia

Feb 5, 2016
Second Wind Dreams

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.

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What if high-schoolers in Virginia could take a computer programming class instead of French or Spanish? Lawmakers in Richmond are considering allowing that swap, as one way to get more kids into computer science.

With talk of gigahertz and infinite loops, Intro to Computer Programming at Henrico County’s Deep Run High School, certainly sounds like a foreign language class. And if some Virginia lawmakers get their way, it could also count as a foreign language.

Advocates of medical marijuana scored another small victory this week in Richmond. 

A Senate committee voted to allow cancer patients to use an oil derived from the cannabis plant - a medication that can already be used, legally, in patients with epilepsy.  Studies suggest cannabidiol may help to fight breast, colon, brain, lung and other cancers while reducing the side effects of conventional chemotherapy. 

The news pleases one Virginia woman who is anxious to have legal access.

Associated Press

The SEC Primary, or Super Tuesday, is upon us – that’s when Virginians will take to the polls to select both Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. A new poll revealing what voters in the Commonwealth are thinking in the weeks before March 1st.

The poll was conducted out of the Roanoke College Institute for Policy and Opinion Research before the Iowa Caucus took place. More than 500 voters were interviewed – and Institute Director Harry Wilson says, Virginian’s aren’t feeling too good about their options:

“We’re not viewing any of the candidates favorably”

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