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Sweet Briar College Property
5:37 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Future of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts

A state court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 related to the announced closing of Sweet Briar College.  Amherst County attorney, Ellen Bowyer, will ask the judge to issue an order blocking the closure of Sweet Briar College for one year. However, Attorney General Mark Herring says Bowyer has just limited authority to intervene. Sweet Briar's closing will have a yet unknown impact on an internationally recognized artist community on property owned by the college.

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Storytelling Festival
4:53 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Sounds of the Mountains

The annual Sounds of the Mountains Festival is coming up this weekend, April 17-18, at Fincastle’s Camp Bethel. It’s a national festival featuring story-telling, music, the spoken word, along with campfires and nature walks.

A new feature of the festival this year, the 14th annual, is a Story Slam with eight storytellers and cash prizes. The topic of the slam?  “From this I learned the importance of friendship..."

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Part 1 of 3
4:42 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: What Went Wrong?

This week, we mark the 8th anniversary of this country’s deadliest shooting rampage – an attack that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech. 

Dr. Bela Sood is a psychiatrist at Virginia Commonwealth University – a senior professor of child mental health policy and the author of a new book, The Virginia Tech Massacre: Strategies and Challenges for Improving Mental Health Policy on Campus and Beyond.  She was appointed by then Governor Tim Kaine to study what had happened at Tech and to offer suggestions for preventing future tragedies. 

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Cyber Security
6:44 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Encourages Buckling Down on Cyber Security

In light of the recent data breach at Anthem and what some believe will be an inevitable cyberattack by sophisticated terrorists, Governor McAuliffe is imploring tech-savvy business leaders and IT professionals to get aggressive.  He’s asking them to take additional steps to identify, assess, and defeat threats-as well as to help attract cybersecurity entities to the Commonwealth.

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Virginia Public Access Project
6:40 am
Mon April 13, 2015

VaNews: Replacing Shaka Smart, VA Beach Employee Access

Virginia Commonwealth University is suddenly in need of a replacement for the man who's been the face of the school for the past few years. And city leaders in Virginia Beach were surprised to learn that an employee had been given access to millions of dollars in official bank accounts. 

Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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