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.

"Fakes"- A Creative Writing Forum

Feb 15, 2013

We navigate the modern world through language:  Texts, tweets, forms, documents and disclaimers of all sorts.  But a new anthology raises a powerful question. question.

Matthew Vollmer reads from the introduction to his new collection titled “Fakes”.

“Fakes” is anthology of short essays by acclaimed writers including George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Donald Bartleme and others.  Each one, a fictionalized or fantastical take on a familiar form.

“So I’ve been thinking about forms for another form of writing.”

Payday Lending

Feb 15, 2013

Many lawmakers and advocates still have abolishing predatory lending practices in Virginia on their agenda… although it hasn't been discussed much this legislative session. But one organization says that since the General Assembly passed reforms, fewer people have been trapped by the high-interest loans that were supposed to be temporary assistance for those with a financial crisis.

Transportation Bill Update

Feb 14, 2013

The Virginia Senate has voted for a transportation-funding bill that increases the gas tax, removes most of Governor McDonnell’s proposals, and allows Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to raise extra revenue.  

Killing Lincoln

Feb 13, 2013

On the heels of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film about Lincoln comes another movie about the nation’s 16th president - this one airing on the National Geographic Channel February 17th. 

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