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4:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Weldon Cooper Center Develops New Poverty Measure

Credit Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

A 1960s era poverty measurement is being replaced by one that more accurately reflects Virginians’ living standards and spending patterns. 

If you were alive in the 1960s, you know a lot of things have changed since then.  But criteria used to determine poverty hasn’t.  Dustin Cable is a demographer with the University of Virginia.

“Food costs have declined as a percentage of family budgets and medical expenses have dramatically increased.”

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Virginia Public Access Project
10:41 am
Tue May 28, 2013

VaNews for 05.28.13

Stories about political pressure on state universities to hold down tuition and some movement toward offshore wind energy development were among the most clicked this past week at the 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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Alternative to Refund Checks
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Va Tax Dept Debit Cards

Those debit cards that the Virginia Department of Taxation issued to taxpayers instead of checks are not going anywhere. In fact, as the tax season wraps up, most residents have already seen them.

Getting rid of tax-refund checks was supposed to save the state money.  Taxpayers had the option of cashing out the card, transferring funds, or using it as a point-of-sale card or at an ATM.  But they were charged fees and were often confused about how to access funds. Burns said he didn't receive many complaints, though.  

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Accupuncture for Animals
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Veterinarians Practice Holistic Healing

Dr. Marge Lewter works with Cathy Leatherwood and her dog, Mississippi.

Holistic approaches to healing are getting more popular, not only for humans, but for their best friends.

The sign outside Dr. Marge Lewter’s office in Blacksburg says ‘Holistic Veterinarian.’ That means she uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. The office is scented with geranium oil.  She sees one patient at a time and appointments can be more than an hour long as she carefully observes the animals.

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400-Year Wait
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Federal Recognition for VA's Indian Tribes

A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers is fighting to win federal recognition of six tribes in the commonwealth.

The tribes have treaties dating back to the 1600s. But there 's a catch: the agreements are with the King of England. Even now, the UK recognizes and honors these American tribes, while the US government doesn't. That's partly because in 1924, a law was passed that declared Virginia contained no Native Americans and wiped the commonwealth's record books of their history.

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