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11:37 am
Fri January 17, 2014

The Other Debbie

Many Virginians will resolve this new year to exercise more -- but Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has discovered limits to what working out can achieve.

 

Have you ever wanted to be someone you’re not?

So, one day I was at the gym exercising on the calf-stretching machine.  As you might imagine, calf-stretching is boring, so I looked to my left to see my friend, Debbie who sat inside this claw-like apparatus, pushing up and out against what looked like a heavy weight.

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Blood Donations Needed
8:29 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Polar Vortex Leads to Blood Shortage

Last week’s polar vortex and resulting sub-freezing temperatures forced many Virginia businesses and schools to close, and many events to be cancelled or rescheduled… including a number of all-important blood drives. Now a blood shortage is a big concern.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled last week due to the extreme cold weather conditions… and THAT has the American Red Cross scrambling for blood donors and donations.  Kristen Hatfiled is with the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region.

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Emergency Custody Orders & Available Facilities
4:35 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Mental Health Legislation Moves Forward

At least one of the mental health bills sponsored by State Senator Creigh Deeds is moving forward to the next stage without any opposition.

After being released from emergency custody after psychiatric beds were not found, Deeds’ son stabbed him and subsequently killed himself.

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Fighting One Invasive Species With Another
12:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Saving Hemlocks from Extinction

A tiny, invasive bug is bringing down hemlock trees from Appalachia to southern Canada. And scientists fear another treasured native tree may be going the way of the American chestnut, forever changing forest ecosystems.

Researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to beat the invaders at their own game. They’re using a new invasive species to keep an old one in check, and save the American hemlock tree.

 

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State Job Applications
11:26 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ban the Box Efforts

Most job applications have a box on page one that asks applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime.  Critics say that’s one big reason that people coming out of prison can’t get work and end up back behind bars.  Now, there’s a move in the legislature to ban the box.

Virginia’s prisons offer a range of educational and vocational training programs, and many inmates go home with new skills and a commitment to live within the laws, but often they’re frustrated by the inability to find work.

“I mean they literally can’t get an interview.  People won’t even talk to them.”

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