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Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
12:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Protecting One of Virginia's Most Endangered Birds

Credit Derrick Hamrick via Nature Conservancy

Pine forests were once common in this part of the world -- from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas.  It was a rich environment for a small and smart little woodpecker that is now endangered.

When settlers first arrived in what is now the American southeast, they found 90 million acres of mature pines – the perfect material for home and ship construction – and something that had to come down so the newcomers could farm.  Today, only 3% of that ecosystem remains.

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Restaurant Gets National Attention
12:18 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Feast!

Credit Specialty Food Association

If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve heard about Feast – a small, Central Virginia shop with a big reputation and a new reason to brag.  It was named Outstanding Retailer of the Year by the Specialty Food Association.

Feast was actually one of five stores in the nation to be honored, but it’s on the cover of the Specialty Food Association’s magazine.  Founded by Kate Collier and Eric Gertner, the store offers lots of local produce.

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Voter Registration
10:26 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New July Laws: Elections

Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to suspend part of the Voting Rights Act, Virginia's General Assembly had already passed some revisions to state election law.  

Although the Commonwealth IS one of the states that the Act had mandated for Justice Department pre-clearance, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli believes at least some of the bills passed earlier this year are necessary.  

Lawmakers passed them with a goal of ensuring the integrity of elections.  

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:10 am
Mon July 8, 2013

VaNews for 07.08.13

Stories about one of Virginia’s first and most important internet news services and a decision about how camping spaces are reserved in Virginia state parks were among the most clicked reports over the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on 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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Government & Politics
3:30 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

New July Laws: Education

More bills that have become state law as of July 1st include a series of changes in education policies that were key parts of the Governor's legislative agenda during this year's General Assembly session.

While the reforms were initially met with mixed reviews, many past and present education leaders on both sides of the political aisle now say that without them, some students could fall behind.

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