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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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Texting While Driving
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New July Laws: Behind the Wheel

Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.

Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.

Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.

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Environment
8:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

A Look at Virginia's Invasive Plant Species

Credit http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/puelo.htm

Does your upcoming holiday weekend include some yard work? Maybe trying to control invasive plants taking over your landscaping? Butch Kelley is a volunteer with the Virginia Native Plant Society…
Butch, before we talk plants, what is the Native Plant Society?

Virginia Native Plant Society's Web Site

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