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H7N9 in China
5:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VT Researchers Study New Flu

Chickens in a Chinese live bird market.
Credit Virginia Tech

A new strain of bird flu has been identified in China. Scientists at Virginia Tech are helping quickly analyze data to identify risk factors, limiting potential spread of the deadly virus.

The new strain of flu, H7N9 has been seen only in China.  So far, around one hundred and thirty cases have been confirmed. Some have proved fatal.  The virus appears to be affecting only people who handle live birds infected with the strain. 

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Voting Rights Act
6:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

W&L Professor Weighs In on Voting Rights Decision

Christopher B. Seaman, Assistant Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University

Christopher Seaman, assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, provides background and context to this week's landmark Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act.

Seaman is the author of two journal articles on the Voting Rights Act, including "An Uncertain Future for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: The Need for a Revised Bailout System," which was published in the Saint Louis University Public Law Review in 2010.

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Immigration Reform
4:53 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Hi-Tech Entrepreneurs

An amendment proposed by U.S. Senator Mark Warner to the immigration-reform bill is languishing in the Senate even as the legislation moves closer to passage. 

The amendment would enable more highly skilled, foreign-born college graduates and entrepreneurs in science and technology to start businesses in the U.S. 

Warner says the U.S. educates thousands of foreign students who leave and compete against American businesses. The same is true of highly skilled but temporary foreign workers.

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Government & Politics
4:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

VA Lawmakers React to Voting Rights Decision

Virginia lawmakers are trying to figure out how Congress should respond to the Supreme Court's decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act.

Civil rights abuses in Virginia was a part of the reason Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The state had been dominated by racist politicians who sought to disenfranchise minorities.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says some officials in the state still try to put up barriers on Election Day.

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Charlottesville's Festival of the Photograph
12:33 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Martha Rosler's Theatre of Drones

Credit Martha Rosler. Cellular.

Charlottesville is the first city in the nation to pass a law restricting the use of drones in its airspace, and now a New York City artist has created a special show on that subject.

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