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Health & Medicine
5:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Navigating the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Enrollment is set to begin October 1st for Virginia’s new health insurance marketplace, which will be operated by the federal government.

The exchange that opens this week is for individuals, while the small business program—known as “SHOP”—will open on November 1st.  But not every plan will be available everywhere in the Commonwealth.

 

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UVA Education Study
1:53 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

On the Minds of Middle-Schoolers.....

With regular reports these days about school shootings, you might expect kids to be somewhat nervous, but a new survey shows students in 453 middle schools around the state feel safe - and most like school.

University of Virginia Professor Dewey Cornell polled about 40,000 kids in 7th and 8th grades.  He found more than two thirds like school, feel comfortable asking teachers for help with school work, and feel safe.  Cornell says two elements were key to those positive findings - structure and support.
 

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Government & Politics
8:50 am
Mon September 30, 2013

VaNews for 09.30.13

The drive across Afton Mountain on Interstate-64 can be one of the most dangerous in Virginia when the weather turns nasty. But it may soon become a little less risky. And there’s been a  dustup over chickens in Spotsylvania County. Stories about both were among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.  

 

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Free VIN Etching
4:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Preventing Vehicle Theft

The Virginia State Police and the DMV are highlighting a program that’s been around for some time … but because of a change in state law, it's being extended to a growing category of motorists.

Moped and motorcycle operators are now being offered a free accessory that police believe helps deter theft and even lowers some insurance premiums.

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Environment
10:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Tree Stewards: A Good Time to Plant

Robin Hanes and Marjie Giuliano potting trees.
Credit Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Charlottesville’s Farmers Market will offer a surprising commodity this fall.  Between the pumpkins and mums, buyers will find 500 trees - part of a push to get people planting in autumn.

Robin Hanes is a tree commissioner in the city of Charlottesville , so it’s no surprise to find her promoting planting of trees - but it seems odd, as the leaves are falling, to find her putting trees in the ground now.   Most people do their planting in the spring, but Hanes says that’s not ideal .

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