VaNews for 04.07.14

Apr 7, 2014

Inmates in a Virginia jail will now be able to get their nicotine the high-tech way...and four student-athletes at William and Mary act fast and save a friend's home. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link  on  

Virginia Conversations: Public Affairs Submission

Apr 6, 2014

Virginia Conversations is a weekly, live, listener-call in talk show produced by WVTF Public Radio.  Airing on several Virginia Public Radio stations, this one-hour program features issue-oriented program focusing on timely topics of statewide interest.

This submission is a compilation of ten selected installments noted with very short musical flourishes.

The topics in this sample montage are:

Elder Financial Abuse 00:00 - 04:25

Remarkable Childhoods 04:27 - 08:16

The Race for Governor 0811:21

Project Discovery 11:22 - 14:56

The price of collecting and analyzing massive amounts of information has dropped dramatically over the last decade, creating a new path for discovery in many fields, but the evolution of big data raises big questions that scholars in Virginia hope to address.   From medicine to marketing, from politics to police work, people are buzzing about the potential to learn and grow by collecting and analyzing huge amounts of information.  This brave new world of big data also raises ethical questions and concerns about public policy and the law.

Elk Restoration in Southwest Virginia

Apr 6, 2014

  Wildlife officials will introduce more elk to far Southwestern Virginia later this week to help re-establish a herd there.   Elk were a popular attraction in far Southwestern Virginia during the early 1800s but they were hunted into extinction by the time of the Civil War.  The restoration effort to bring elk back is entering its third and final year.  In 2012, 16 Rocky Mountain elk were brought over from Kentucky to a 12 hundred 50 square mile preserve spanning Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise Counties.  Ten arrived last year.

Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. Homeless and jobless rates continue to rise because Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are finding it difficult to get certification or college credits for their training to qualify for civilian jobs.   But at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem.