Wealth and Poverty http://wvtf.org en The "New Life" Vacation http://wvtf.org/post/new-life-vacation-0 <p>For most people, vacation is a time to relax and recharge the batteries before heading back to daily life, but for one woman in Charlottesville, vacation turned into a whole new life. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman 9421 at http://wvtf.org The "New Life" Vacation The Money Game http://wvtf.org/post/money-game <p>As the saying goes, it takes money to make money.&nbsp; But where does that leave the four billion people around the world who live below the poverty line?&nbsp;</p><p>A Virginia Tech Professor is tackling that problem from a new perspective. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Most people have heard the term ‘micro finance.’&nbsp; Cooperatives lend small amounts of money to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The concept began in developing nations to help women start their own businesses. Experts say poor people who receive these loans repay them at the astounding rate 99.7%.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Robbie Harris 8983 at http://wvtf.org The Money Game Get Fresh! http://wvtf.org/post/get-fresh <p></p><p>A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets – a place where you can’t buy fresh fruits or vegetables.&nbsp; The small corner stores carry canned and dried food that keeps well on the shelf but is less nutritious than fresh produce, often high in fat and sugar.&nbsp;</p><p>For a city of its size, Richmond, Virginia is the worst food desert in the nation, but an effort is underway to fix that problem.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:29:04 +0000 Sandy Hausman 8907 at http://wvtf.org Get Fresh! Division Over Medicaid Overhaul http://wvtf.org/post/division-over-medicaid-overhaul <p>The General Assembly panel tasked with deciding whether Virginia should expand its Medicaid program or not held its first meeting–in a room packed with expansion opponents, many representing groups such as Americans for Prosperity.</p><p>The Senators and Delegates wasted no time getting up to speed on the complex facts about how the program currently operates.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:20:54 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 6260 at http://wvtf.org Division Over Medicaid Overhaul Virginia Lawmakers on the Student Loan Interest Rate http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-lawmakers-student-loan-interest-rate <p>Virginia's House Republicans say it’s up to the Senate to figure out how to keep student loan rates from doubling in July. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo has the story…</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:14:13 +0000 Matt Laslo 5800 at http://wvtf.org Virginia Lawmakers on the Student Loan Interest Rate