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Suspect Charged with Abduction
2:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Missing Teen Case

Suspect: Randy Allen Taylor

Authorities have now identified the suspect in connection with the disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor was taken into custody yesterday afternoon without incident. He’s been charged with abduction by intimidation or force.

Alexis Murphy was last seen August 3. Nelson County Commonwealth’s attorney Anthony Martin says the arrest is a significant step toward finding the young woman. 

The FBI says it is investigating whether this case is connected to other missing-persons cases.

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Allocating Limited Resources
11:30 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Children & Mental Illness

One in five Virginia children and youth suffer from mental disorders—and in about half of those cases, it's so severe that it's disruptive to the home and school life.

And while incidents like Sandy Hook and the Virginia Tech shootings have brought more attention to the issue, parents of children with these disorders say it should NOT take another tragedy for government officials to finally respond to their calls for additional help. 

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Straight from the Corner Store Garden
10:29 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Get Fresh!

Clay Street Market, Richmond VA
Credit Tricycle Gardens

A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets – a place where you can’t buy fresh fruits or vegetables.  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. 

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.

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Virginia Public Access Project
10:07 am
Mon August 12, 2013

VaNews for 08.12.13

Prescription drug abuse continues to plague far Southwestern Virginia and drivers entering Richmond will soon be greeted by a super-sized Confederate flag.

Those stories have been among the most clicked over the past week on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Artist Suzanne Stryk
4:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Notes on the State of Virginia

Blue Spiral
Credit Suzanne Stryk

Thomas Jefferson’s influence on Virginia is the inspiration behind an exhibit currently on display at the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke.  

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