Virginia Kids Make Virtual Visits by Skype

May 19, 2016

As schools close for the summer, many families plan to travel, but in some districts, students have been touring all year – dropping in on classes worldwide.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

Fifth graders at Stone Robinson Elementary School in Albemarle County practiced for weeks before performing during a Skype call to the Chapel School in Sao Paolo.  They also studied Brazil and learned a few words of Portuguese.

"Hello is oy, and goodbye is ciao," said Julia Hutter.

In our region, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has aroused controversy.  So has another proposed natural gas line through Southwestern Virginia.  A new study takes a look at local costs of the pipeline that would stretch from West Virginia to a compressor station in southern Virginia. 

The gas companies behind the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline have estimated it would cost $3.5 billion to construct the 42-inch-wide pipe through eight counties along the Virginia/ West Virginia border.

Kroger Workers Authorize Strike

May 18, 2016
Associated Press

Workers at Kroger stores in western and central Virginia could soon be on strike.

 The union representing some 3,000 employees rejected the company’s latest contract offer today. And workers authorized a strike if they don’t get a new deal by June 4th.

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Now that the presidential election cycle is heating up, so is the job market for people who work in political organizations. 

It’s an industry that reached its all-time high in October 2008, when political organizations had a combined total of twenty thousand employees. That includes advocacy groups, political parties and candidate campaigns. Florida has the most employees in this industry, followed by D.C. and Ohio. Virginia is way down at number ten. 

“I think we have this impression that Virginia has a bigger political consulting establishment than it does."

Virginia Protects Beer from Risks of Climate Change

May 18, 2016

Scientists are warning that climate change could mean higher prices for one of the world’s most popular drinks – beer, but farmers and scientists in Virginia are working to assure a steady supply of one key ingredient.