December 17th
5:02 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Recount Set for AG Race

Richmond Circuit Court

A Richmond Court has heard preliminary arguments that set the stage for the recount in the Virginia Attorney General's race, which was decided by the closest statewide margin in modern Virginia history.  

The proceedings took much of the day because attorneys for Senator Mark Obenshain, who called for the recount, asked the court to outline specific guidelines.

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Law & Crime
3:39 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Body Found During Search for Missing Lynchburg Teen

In Lynchburg, a woman's body was found this morning in the area where the search for 18-year old Jamisha Gilbert was taking place.

Lieutenant Dave Gearhart of the Lynchburg Police Department addressed the media at a news conference just after 3 p.m. 

Meantime, searchers continued combing the Pleasant Valley Road area between U.S. 460 and Concorde Turnpike.  That's where Jamisha Gilbert's wrecked Honda Accord was found on Friday.  She had last been seen at about 1 a.m. Friday.

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Economics & Economy
3:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Living Wage Job Gap

Virginia Organizing is out with its annual Job Gap report.  The report compares the number of job seekers to the number of jobs that pay a living wage. 


Jill Reese, with “Alliance for a Just Society” says living wage jobs are few and far between.

“Over half of job openings in Virginia pay less than $18.59 an hour.  That’s the living wage for a single adult.  More than four out of five pay less than $34.27 an hour-the living wage for a single adult with two children.”

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Report on Rising Sea Levels
1:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Coastal Flooding

A new study says the world must learn to live with an increasingly flood prone shoreline. 

But the report published by a Virginia Tech Professor in the journal “Nature” suggests there are things humans can do to mitigate the problem.  

A new research paper warns of growing risk of coastal flooding due to rising sea levels. Jen Irish, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering co-authored the report.

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Social Hub during Segregation
11:42 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Remembering Dreamland

In the 1930s and 1940s, African-Americans in Roanoke were restricted to just a few neighborhoods.  One was Gainsboro, just over the tracks from downtown.  Among the many businesses started by black entrepreneurs in Gainsboro was "Dreamland," a swimming pool and dance hall.  Dreamland is gone, but Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim spoke to a few Roanoke residents who still remember.

This radio documentary was produced by Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim for WVTF and Big Shed Media, with support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. It was edited by Shea Shackelford.

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