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6:50 am
Mon December 15, 2014

VaNews: Toxic Home Compensation, Internship Support

More than 200 Virginia families are finally getting some compensation for damages caused by toxic Chinese drywall, but for most of them it's not nearly enough to cover their losses...and the University of Richmond may accomplish a first when it begins providing internship support for 100-percent of its undergraduate students. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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Rolling Stone Article Responses
6:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Rolling Stone Article: Jackie's Friends Refute Story Details

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Two people who appear under pseudonyms in Rolling Stone’s article chronicling an alleged gang rape that happened at a University of Virginia fraternity party have spoken to the Associated Press. They’re the ones who supposedly discouraged Jackie from seeking help after the incident – but they’ve set the record straight.

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Preparedness Kits
4:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Readying for Emergencies

As Virginia heads into winter, officials in Albemarle County are trying to figure out what problems residents will face if snow or ice knocks out power and closes roads.

Back in October, employees of various government agencies went door to door in and around Charlottesville, asking a series of questions.

“How well prepared is your household to handle an emergency?  Not well. “

The idea was to find out if people could take care of themselves after a disaster.  Ryan McKay is an emergency planner.

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Scammers on the Prowl
4:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Consumer Alert!

The Commonwealth’s Attorney General has some advice for Virginians who plan to do lots of holiday shopping—especially over the Internet and with a credit or debit card.  He says scammers love this time of year--and therefore, it's up to you to be extra vigilant.  

First, Attorney General Mark Herring says you should closely monitor all of your credit card and banking statements.

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Artist Celebrates Life
4:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Noah Scalin's Skull-A-Day

Silver Wire Skull
Credit Artist Noah Scalin

It’s been seven years since Richmond artist Noah Scalin launched a project that would bring him international fame.  The mission: to draw, paint or sculpt a skull a day.  Now, those works are collected in a new book that illustrates how one idea can jump start a career. 

Some artists discover their true nature late in life.  At 42, Richmond resident Noah Scalin says he’s always known art was his calling.  After all, both of his parents were artists.

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