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SCHEV Outlines Policy
4:26 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

How to Close a College

Over the last several years, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Intermont, and Saint Paul's College have announced that they were closing—and now state officials are engaging in a broad discussion about what recourse families have when that happens.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Director Peter Blake says before a college closes, two important functions must be carried out. The first directly helps students.

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Virginia Tech Research
3:52 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Changing Mosquito Gender

Undergraduate students Jessica Overcash and Mallory Brangan
Credit Virginia Tech

Scientists at Virginia Tech are one step closer to controlling a species of mosquito that carries deadly disease. It’s not a pesticide or repellant, it’s a gene that can literally change the gender of a mosquito from potentially deadly females to harmless males.

Sex matters in mosquitos, because it is females only which bite to nourish their young. That’s how they can spread disease.  Bio Chemistry Professor Jake Tu is part of the team that discovered the elusive gene called NIX, which can change female mosquitos and their offspring into males. 

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Thriving Forests
3:45 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Garlic Mustard Pesto: Recipe For Defeating Invasive Species?

You’ve probably seen it in your garden, along roadways, just about everywhere: Garlic Mustard.  It’s an invasive plant that stealthily out-competes native species, threatening threatens the diversity of forests in many parts of the country. But what if there were a recipe to change that?

They don’t call it garlic mustard for nothing. Rachel Collins is Associate Professor of Biology at Roanoke College. 

“The chemical that it’s making that smells like garlic is one of these herbivore defense chemicals like basil and all the other yummy flavors in bail and mint.”

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32-Year Wait for Justice
11:51 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Staunton Cold Case Solved

In November of 1983, 20-year-old Pete Miller disappeared.  He was supposed to be married a week later, and his prospective father-in-law - Charles Almond -- reported him missing. 

To this day, police have found no evidence that Miller is dead, but this week the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney charged Almond with first degree murder. 
 

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Law & Crime
11:43 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Child Abuse Hotline: "Please Call Back"

Social workers are apologizing, today, for deleting more than 200 unheard voicemail messages on a child abuse hotline. 

If teachers, doctors or neighbors suspect child abuse, they can call a special hotline to report anonymously, and an agency known as Child Protective Services is supposed to investigate, but for six months last year in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, that didn’t happen. 

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