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Environment
10:43 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Meet the Oyster Professor

Oysters were once plentiful on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, but their numbers have fallen dramatically over the last century, due to overfishing, pollution and disease. 

Scientists and watermen are working to bring them back, and the partnership has led to a unique course at the University of Virginia – one taught, in part, by a man who has no PhD but could easily write a dissertation on his beloved bivalves.

Four generations of Biddlecombs have lived on the Eastern Shore, harvesting oysters.  76-year-old Dudley Biddlecomb began work when he was just five years old.  

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10:09 am
Wed February 20, 2013

K-12 Education Reform Press Conference with Gov Bobby Jindal

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal travels to Virginia at Governor McDonnell's request to help push the Governor's K-12 education plans, including an A - F grading system for schools. This is an unedited video of their joint press conference.
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Education
4:59 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

School Safety

Public schools would be required to establish threat assessment teams and procedures under legislation that has advanced in the House of Delegates.

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Government & Politics
11:42 am
Tue February 19, 2013

VaNews for 02.18.13

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will reduce the hours of thousands of state workers in response to the Affordable Care Act, and a new report sheds light on how the Commonwealth stacks up against other states on some politically powerful issues.

Those stories were among the most-read newspaper reports this past week at VaNews, Virginia Public Access Project’s daily online compilation of political reporting from around the state. Fred Echols reports.

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General Assembly
10:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Lawmakers Debate Generics

Virginia could become the first state in the nation to restrict a new class of generic medications.  But drug companies want limits and some pharmacists are concerned.

Amgen is the world’s largest biotech company – a California firm that makes medicines from living cells.  These remedies, known as biologicals, are expensive and protected by patents, but the Affordable Care Act clears the way for cheaper, generic forms of these products.  

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