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As anti- Muslim rhetoric becomes part of the public and political conversation this election season, Muslims in this country feel more vulnerable.  That has Muslim students at Virginia Tech thinking about how to cope with the situation, and… how to improve it.

Current events are shining a spotlight on Muslims in this country.  And that’s both a problem and an opportunity, says Sana Rauf, a junior, studying business information technology at Virginia.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Recent record highs this winter may have you seeing green in your garden long before you should.
 

Salvia is a sage plant with bright purple flowers, that usually doesn’t bloom until the middle of summer.

“So it’s really strange that we see it still with some green foliage and those beautiful flowers,” says Grace Chapman Elton, director of horticulture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
 

Elton says there are lots of plants she’d expect to be dead this time of year, but aren’t -pointing out another type of Sage, Pineapple Sage.

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Nearly every Virginia County has a genealogy, historic, or heritage society. They vary from single rooms with books and records to vast digitized. In Bedford, between Lynchburg and Roanoke, the genealogical library shares space with the museum. Jennifer Thompson is the librarian there. She spoke with Tab O'Neal about finding our roots beneath the sod of history.

Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library

List of Genealogy and History Societies in Virginia

VMFA Visits Cuba Hoping for Partnership

Jan 6, 2016
AP File Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Governor McAuliffe returns from Cuba having spent the last 3 days with his cabinet pursuing stronger economic and educational ties with the increasingly unrestricted nation.

One group you might not expect was along for the ride: representatives from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

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This holiday season turned many consumers into bargain sleuths, trying to figure out the best deals, the best time to buy.... more decisions to make than ever before. But researchers say, it’s becoming clear that there’s also more to a great deal than price alone. 

Rajesh Bagchi is assistant professor of marketing at Virginia Tech, who studies judgment and decision making by consumers.

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