The case of the “United States of America versus Robert and Maureen McDonnell” now rests in the hands of the jury. 

U.S. District Judge James Spencer spent all morning presenting his instructions to the 12 jurors—including the definitions of each charge and the elements of the complex federal laws that would be essential for conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.  The proceedings began with the defense formally objecting to some of the jury instructions that echoed statements made by prosecutors. 


Fracking has produced massive amounts of natural gas in West Virginia.  North Carolina and Virginia want some. 

Now, Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have announced they would team up with AGL and Richmond-based Dominion to make that possible -- building a pipeline through Virginia.  The news provoked an outcry from the environmental community and grassroots groups.

When discussing nutrition and eating well, I am always disheartened to hear someone say that it is too expensive to eat healthy food.

I was pleased to find out that Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach and owner of Eat for Life, Jeanie Redick was teaching a class on Healthy Eating on a Budget at our local co-op.

Jeanie’s class was well attended, proving that this is a subject of interest to many trying to balance budget and health. Jeanie’s story and top tips are below.

VaNews for 09.01.14

Sep 2, 2014

A resort lake in Southwestern Virginia is having trouble holding its water....and a state delegate is claiming a constitutional right to a booth at his local county fair.

These have been among the most read stories this week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

Small Blessings

Sep 2, 2014

Plenty of people toy with the idea of writing a book, but few will actually get published, and by the time we reach our mid-60s, those dreams have faded. 

Not so for Martha Woodroof, a local public radio personality who has published her first novel at the age of 67.  It’s called Small Blessings, and it’s getting rave reviews.