VaNews for 02.25.13

Feb 25, 2013

A Virginia sheriff was surprised when his statement against gun control laws was removed from his county’s website and the General Assembly is trying to make it easier for parents to get information from online accounts after the death of a child. The Virginia Public Access Project reports those were among the most clicked newspaper stories this week at the VaNews link at vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

Forty Thorns, a Story of Survival.

Feb 25, 2013

We hear a lot of questions about today’s unsettled world.

A Cautionary Tale

Feb 25, 2013

I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire. 

One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son.  I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong.  And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.

Electoral Laws

Feb 20, 2013

Virginia attorneys general would have the power to investigate and prosecute violations of election laws under legislation that has been approved by the state Senate. 

Oysters were once plentiful on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, but their numbers have fallen dramatically over the last century, due to overfishing, pollution and disease. 

Scientists and watermen are working to bring them back, and the partnership has led to a unique course at the University of Virginia – one taught, in part, by a man who has no PhD but could easily write a dissertation on his beloved bivalves.

Four generations of Biddlecombs have lived on the Eastern Shore, harvesting oysters.  76-year-old Dudley Biddlecomb began work when he was just five years old.  

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal travels to Virginia at Governor McDonnell's request to help push the Governor's K-12 education plans, including an A - F grading system for schools. This is an unedited video of their joint press conference.

School Safety

Feb 19, 2013

Public schools would be required to establish threat assessment teams and procedures under legislation that has advanced in the House of Delegates.

VaNews for 02.18.13

Feb 19, 2013

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will reduce the hours of thousands of state workers in response to the Affordable Care Act, and a new report sheds light on how the Commonwealth stacks up against other states on some politically powerful issues.

Those stories were among the most-read newspaper reports this past week at VaNews, Virginia Public Access Project’s daily online compilation of political reporting from around the state. Fred Echols reports.

Virginia could become the first state in the nation to restrict a new class of generic medications.  But drug companies want limits and some pharmacists are concerned.

Amgen is the world’s largest biotech company – a California firm that makes medicines from living cells.  These remedies, known as biologicals, are expensive and protected by patents, but the Affordable Care Act clears the way for cheaper, generic forms of these products.  

The Shape of Things

Feb 19, 2013
Photo: Virginia Tech

An edgy, provocative play, that explores the nature of relationships and art, is opening at Virginia Tech.  Award- winning playwright, Neil LaBute’s, 2003 drama, The Shape of Things, has been called a modern day version of Adam’s seduction by Eve.  Robbie Harris has this preview.

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