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New Laws Take Effect
7:16 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Virginia's Newest Public Safety Laws

Nearly two dozen new or "tweaked" public safety laws are now in effect as of Monday.  Many, such as a two-year moratorium on the use of drones in the Commonwealth, may go unnoticed.  In Part 4 of our series, lawmakers say that if they improve the quality of life for just one person, they’re well worth the debate, financial commitment, and paper they're printed on.

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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Hollins University is going all Steinway

After a ten-year effort, Hollins University now joins George Mason, James Madison, and Radford Universities to share in the distinction of being an “All-Steinway School.”  Hollins now has 25 of the coveted Steinway pianos, after today’s delivery of five grand and two upright pianos.

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VA Tech Job Safety Studies
6:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

New Construction Site Safety Regulations

Associate Professor Daniel Hindman (right) researches ways to reduce falls in construction.

A construction site accident at Virginia Tech last week, once again highlights the importance of safety measures at commercial construction sites.

Five people suffered non-life threatening injuries, when a hydraulic scaffold collapsed and fell about 25 feet. No word yet on the cause of that accident.

Falls by workers are one of the major causes of fatalities on construction sites. And while there have long been fall prevention regulations for commercial construction, OSHA recently implemented safety requirements for RESIDENTIAL construction as well. 

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Surprising Survey Results
6:34 am
Wed July 3, 2013

VA's Next Governor: "Mr. Don't Know"

Virginia’s next election is less than 150 days away, so pollsters in Central Virginia were surprised by their latest findings.  But, the winner of the governor’s race is neither Terry McAuliffe nor Ken Cuccinelli.

When Tom Guterbock, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research, looked at the results of 900 phone calls to people in Albemarle and four  surrounding counties, he was surprised.  This area does tend to vote blue, but the Democratic nominee did not come out on top.

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Education
5:26 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Mass Exodus from VMI's English Department

Most of the faculty members in Virginia Military Institute’s English Department have resigned over a change in curriculum.  

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