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10:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Tree Stewards: A Good Time to Plant

Robin Hanes and Marjie Giuliano potting trees.
Credit Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Charlottesville’s Farmers Market will offer a surprising commodity this fall.  Between the pumpkins and mums, buyers will find 500 trees - part of a push to get people planting in autumn.

Robin Hanes is a tree commissioner in the city of Charlottesville , so it’s no surprise to find her promoting planting of trees - but it seems odd, as the leaves are falling, to find her putting trees in the ground now.   Most people do their planting in the spring, but Hanes says that’s not ideal .

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Government & Politics
4:36 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Richmond Pastors on Same-Sex Marriage

A coalition of Richmond-area pastors says Richmond's City Council is overstepping its authority by considering an ordinance that would grant benefits to spouses of city workers in same-sex marriages. 

The pastors say the state Constitution is clear in its definition of a marriage being between one man and one woman—which is also as the New Testament defines it.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Butterflies: Natives and Newcomers

One of the many signs that autumn is upon us is the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly.

This is the time of year when Monarch Butterflies make their improbable journey from as far north as Canada to the mountains of Mexico. In abundant years, it can look like an orange and black conga line in the sky, as the insects flutter by overhead.

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Campus Discussion on Immigration
4:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

9500 Liberty

The United States has been called a ‘land of immigrants” and some say the debate about immigration reflects the very core of our identity as Americans.

The immigration reform bill, passed by the US Senate in June, appears stalled in Congress. 

A film called, 9500 Liberty documented the reaction in Prince William County, Virginia, when an Arizona-style immigration ordinance was implemented there several years ago.

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Virginia Politics
4:36 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Grandees of Government

While it is known as the home of freedom-loving Founding Fathers, Virginia has also had a history of undemocratic institutions and tendencies.  That was the controversial topic of a book launch and discussion hosted by the Library of Virginia.

Author and historian Brent Tarter discovered primary sources with those ideas throughout the 400 years of the Commonwealth’s history.

Tarter found that from the start, state leaders embraced a hierarchical society and political institutions that excluded people—hence, the book’s title.

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