Changing the Path of the Pipeline

There’s been strong public opposition to plans for a pipeline to carry natural gas 560 miles -- from the fracking fields of West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina. Now, Dominion Virginia Power says it will change the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline -- a change that could affect property owners in Augusta County. Deciding where the pipeline would travel in Virginia has been a contentious process, with many people in its path objecting. Some fear construction or a leak...
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The recent death of an American Airlines pilot on a flight from Phoenix to Boston made headlines. Medical emergencies on board commercial flights are rare, but when they occur, treatment can be a real challenge.  A University of Virginia physician who, over the years, has been called to treat three patients on board commercial aircraft thought it might be helpful to write an article on the subject, and the New England Journal of Medicine agreed.  

It was 25 years ago this month that the former East Germany and West Germany became one country.  It was something most people thought would never happen: Until it did.  

And a formerly communist country dissolved its government and joined the democracy next door.

This month, a series of lectures, exhibits and East German Films at Virginia Tech will explore one of the most astounding political shifts in history. 

Virginia Voter Registration

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Virginia residents are running out of time to register to vote in the November 3rd general election.

Tuesday, October 13, is the voter registration deadline.

Eligible Virginians can register to vote online, here.

The online system also can be used to check registration status and update voter information.

It does require DMV identification. Residents can also register to vote in person at their local voter registration office by 5 p.m. October 13th

Organizers and shoppers at one of Virginia's biggest gun shows make their feelings known in the wake of a mass shooting in Oregon....and a new sport looking for room to grow is meeting some resistance from a more established one in Virginia. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link at

Blacksburg is joining the list of southwestern Virginia Towns with high speed chargers for Electric Vehicles or EVs.  Virginia Clean Cities  has already put twenty of them in places like Richmond, Hampton Rhodes, and Charlottesville.

Many of these “DC Fast Chargers” around the state are free to use. It's part of plan to help create an infrastructure for plug in cars.  Matt Wade is Deputy Director of Virginia Clean Cities. He says it’s a ‘chicken and egg’ situation they’re trying to address.

Tobacco People: Beyond the Smoke

Oct 8, 2015
Sarah Hazlegrove

Virginia-and-France based photographer Sarah Hazlegrove has a new exhibit opening Saturday, October 10 at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art. It’s a collection called “Tobacco People".

For many, it may be a very different view of the tobacco world--  as this exhibit culminates a four-year-international journey around the rapidly-disappearing world of tobacco cultivation.

Hazlegrove, whose family owned a tobacco farm in Virginia for 200 years, visited countries where the majority of tobacco is still harvested by hand.

The movie, “Big Stone Gap” opens in 250 theaters across the country today.  And for its writer and director, it’s a very personal project. Adriana Trigiani grew up in that southwestern Virginia town and she was determined to make this film there.

Bill Portlock, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Fones Cliffs along the Rappahannock River in Richmond County is a favorite place for bald eagles to gather, to sleep, and to watch for their next meal in the river and marshes below. But a plan for a commercial development is pitting conservationists against entrepreneurs.

Miami-based Diatomite Corporation of America wants to rezone their 975-acre property and begin building a championship golf course, restaurant and bar and more than 700 houses. Depending on whose side you're on, the development will either join or displace the bald eagles atop the cliffs.

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Virginia lawmakers say one topic that will again be discussed during the upcoming General Assembly session is improving healthcare in the Commonwealth. But that goal remains difficult when a large portion of the bright students who attend the state’s six medical schools are forced to move elsewhere due to a lack of residency slots. One critical point of discussion will be how to open up more slots AND pay for them.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

With a changing of the guard afoot at the U-S Capitol, Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation is revealing deep disagreements within the Republican Party...and it's on display in the Virginia congressional delegation.

Virginia seems to have just missed out on having one of the most powerful people in the nation hail from the state. Eric Cantor was the House Majority Leader and was largely seen as Speaker Boehner’s successor until he got ousted in a primary by Dave Brat. Republican Congressman Scott Rigell says the state is feeling Cantor’s loss now. 


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