Debate Over Fishing Rights Remain for Virginia Watermen

Mar 24, 2017
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Commercial watermen who fish the Potomac River were dealt a blow this week when the Maryland-Virginia authority that regulates them did nothing to protect their fishing rights from federal plans for a Mallows Bay Marine Sanctuary.

The Ongoing Effort to Better Relay Weather Hazards

Mar 24, 2017
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Meteorologists are always trying out new and better strategies to get information to the public. And now the National Weather Service in Blacksburg is testing a new tool that could do just that. 

UVA's President Plans Diplomatic Mission

Mar 24, 2017
University of Virginia

With the Trump Administration threatening big cuts in State Department spending, and the world still puzzling over who’s allowed to visit this country, some families are wondering if it’s a good idea for their kids to study at American universities.  The President of the University of Virginia thinks it is, and she will travel to India next  week to make that point.

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Environmental groups are praising Governor Terry McAuliffe for his action on the controversial issue of coal ash. This week, the governor amended a Senate bill to make sure the public has information about polluted groundwater BEFORE Dominion moves forward with a plan to clean it up.

Charlottesville Opera

Middlemarch is considered one of the greatest English novels – an epic tale of life in a small, fictional town in the Midlands. Published as a series of eight overlapping stories, it has since been the basis for television programs, film and now an opera.  This week, Virginia hosts the east coast debut of Middlemarch in Spring.

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It’s that time of year again. Property tax bills are arriving in mailboxes across Virginia. And, as Michael Pope reports, the value of homes in Virginia is going up this year — although some more than others. 

Who Are The Appalachians?

Mar 23, 2017

In a time when most Americans live in big cities, the sparsely populated places in our country have become a mystery to more people than ever before. Take the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia. Scholars recently got together at Virginia Tech to talk about what defines the area …and what does not.

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It’s been a long, strange trip for marijuana reform, once the province of liberals and Democrats. But now, as Michael Pope reports, Republicans are getting into the act.

The Hottest Ticket in Town

Mar 21, 2017
United States Congress

Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett is expanding the number of tickets available for his town hall at the University of Virginia on March 31st . But critics are not satisfied, and they plan an unusual protest later today. 

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It’s budget time across Virginia. That means that city councils and boards of supervisors are trying to balance the books for fiscal year 2018. And, as Michael Pope reports, many of them are struggling with the same problem.

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