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After the Shootings: Actively Caring for People

When a tragedy like yesterday’s shootings takes place, some people feel the need to look away. But one person who has been there says you should do just the opposite… and that American society must look even more deeply at this phenomenon, if it is to have any hope of preventing these tragedies. Eight years ago, Colin Goddard was shot 4 times in the massacre at Virginia Tech. Today he is Senior Policy Advocate for ‘Every-town for Gun Safety,’ a group formed after the elementary school...
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Noting a remarkable turnaround since he spoke to them last year, Governor McAuliffe has told the General Assembly’s money committees that the Commonwealth's financial situation is great-and how he would like to move forward.  During his remarks to lawmakers Thursday, he emphasized his focus on economic development and acquiring military contracts, but much of his speech was devoted to investing in education.

The World Peace Game

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As kids head back to the classroom this year, more of them will be learning an important set of skills that could lead to world peace.  At least that was the hope of a Charlottesville teacher who designed The World Peace Game. 

John Hunter is tall, dignified man at the center of a small circus, with kids between the ages of 9 and 12 dashing around a multi-level game board filled with toy soldiers and other props for the game Hunter developed 37 years ago.  

It’s played over several days or weeks - for a total of 20 hours by children assigned various roles.

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The General Assembly’s impasse over whether or not the Special Session on Redistricting is LEGALLY over shows no signs of abating.  The Senate adjourned last week thanks to a ruling by Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and the votes of the chamber’s Democrats and one Republican—but the House of Delegates has still not adjourned. The bone of contention is how to interpret Article 4, section 6 of the Virginia Constitution.

The Department of Labor has recently implemented an online program aimed at distributing money that belongs to workers who may, or may not, know they’ve earned it. 

The Wage and Hour division of the U.S. Labor Department is currently holding over $1 million in back wages in Virginia that they say belongs to 2,800 workers throughout the state. Mary Doughty is the Director of Operations for the division, she says that money is left behind for a variety of reasons:

The nation’s eagle population has made a comeback, rising from a low of 417 breeding pairs in 1963 to more than 7,000 pairs in 2005.  Here in Virginia, there are more than 700 nesting eagles, but wildlife experts say  our national bird still faces serious dangers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia  says some eagles collide with wires or vehicles.  Others are shot, but 11 percent are poisoned.  Intern Kendra Jacomo recalls one young bird that died at the center this year.

Tazewell County in Virginia's southwest coalfields would rather not be the site of a major wind power project. And a surprise change of address has complicated the life of a woman in Chesapeake.  Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org. Fred Echols reports. 

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A Virginia lawmaker believes a simple ride in a nontraditional taxi could put your personal information in jeopardy. Now that delegate is pushing for legislation to further limit the information that companies such as Uber and Lyft can collect and store about passengers.  

Don't Buy This Book!

Aug 21, 2015

When eleven professional writers from Smith Mountain Lake decided they wanted to do something out of the ordinary they considered their options and finally settled on trying to produce the worst novel ever written.

With the work now complete they believe they may have attained their goal.

Sound of Music Singalong

Aug 20, 2015

 This weekend, Charlottesville joins a growing number of American cities where fans of the movie The Sound of Music can indulge their passion by singing along.   

The Paramount Theater was on the lookout for ways to use its new HD projector when it learned that a singalong version of the 1965 film Sound of Music could be theirs for a day.  Marketing Director Katherine Davis recalls the moment.

“We saw this title that was available with the words on the screen -- the little bouncing dot, and we said, ‘We have to have this at the theater.’”

Charlottesville's Garage: Alternative Art Space

Aug 20, 2015
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Central Virginia boasts plenty of great places for concerts, but there’s one venue that offers a unique experience for the audience, and the bands that play there.

 

The garage sits between a funeral home and the office of Christ Episcopal Church. The audience sits across the street on a low wall at the edge of Lee Park.  
 

“The busier and busier it gets, we spread up the hill, and you can dance at the back, you can dance in the road if it’s a quiet night," says Madeleine Partridge, who has worked two dozen shows since May.

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