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Education
12:56 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Teachers Weigh in on the General Assembly Session

The dust has settled in Richmond.  Lawmakers and lobbyists have gone home, and educators are licking their wounds after failing to get much more money for public schools. 

Barbara Coyle is neatly dressed and coifed – polite and professional -- but a measure of frustration simmers under the surface when she talks about the plight of Virginia schools.

“The state dollars have been declining, the federal dollars have been declining and it’s been put back to the localities to make up that difference.”

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Environment
12:47 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Making Hydrogen from Plants

Scientists in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech have succeed in using xylose, a sugar found in plants to produce large quantities of hydrogen in an environmentally friendly way. 

Unlike current methods of making hydrogen gas, Associate Professor Percival Zhang’s process is done at low temperatures, uses no heavy metals and releases almost no green house gases.  His team designed an enzyme cocktail for splitting of the hydrogen.  The result is energy production at a rate of more than 100% efficiency; a level current methods do not reach.

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Government & Politics
12:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Being Distracted While Walking

Virginia lawmakers may have just approved a measure to crack down on distracted driving, but the Commonwealth has another problem with preoccupied residents in the form of distracted pedestrians.

While this challenge has not garnered the attention of texting while driving, more Virginians are dying because of mobile devices and a lack of awareness. 

In 2011, Virginia had 75 pedestrian fatalities. A year later, the number rose significantly to 101.

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Education Reform
4:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Governor's School Takeover Amendments Rejected

The House has shot down one of Governor McDonnell's budget amendments during the General Assembly’s Reconvened Session. 

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Troop Talent Act
11:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Kaine's First Bill is for Veterans

The skills that veterans acquire in the military could be aligned with formal credentials for civilian jobs under the first bill that Senator Tim Kaine has introduced in the U.S. Senate. 

He unveiled his legislation at the American Legion Headquarters in Richmond yesterday.  He said that as of February this year, the unemployment rate among “Gulf War 2” veterans was 9.5%—up from 7.6% since early last year. 

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