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Economics & Economy
7:12 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Virginia College and University Presidents Among Highest Paid

VCU President Michael Rao
Credit Richmond Times-Dispatch

There were a few surprises in this year’s survey of college presidents’ pay.  The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed more than 250 schools and found Virginia executives faring well.  

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Economics & Economy
1:53 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Roanoke Eatery Enjoys the Sweet Taste of Success

by Beverly Amsler

You may have heard of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other programs where people donate money to help fund a specific project, such as a film.  Roanoke is the first Virginia city to implement a new type of grass-roots crowd sourcing for small businesses. 

Viva la Cupcake is a shop in Roanoke’s eclectic Grandin Village Community.  On a street corner across from an elementary school, it’s the perfect spot for parents and their kids to stop for a sweet treat.  Pennie Ahuero and her husband opened the shop five years ago and now they’re ready to grow.

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Gator Troubles
7:44 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Alligators in Virginia?

Credit www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org

Another sign of global warming could make Virginians especially nervous.  That's because alligators have been spotted perilously close to the state line. 

The Great Dismal Swamp is a 126,000 acre preserve that straddles Virginia’s border with North Carolina.  It’s linked all the way to Florida by the Intracoastal Waterway, and a senior biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says alligators are moving north.

“Used to be about 60 miles south of us.  Now they’re probably within 15-20 miles of our southern border.”

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Government & Politics
7:32 am
Mon May 19, 2014

VaNews for 5.19.14

An apparent Paleo-Indian ritual site found in Virginia may pre-date Stonehenge by 50 centuries...and a perplexing question about Williamsburg's unemployment rate has been answered by a pair of college students.

These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

    

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Criminal Street Gang
5:08 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Indictments in Kevin Quick Murder Investigation

Kevin Quick
Credit Virginia State Police

The U.S. Attorney for the Western Division of Virginia announced the indictment of nine people today. 

Four are charged with the murder of Waynesboro police officer Kevin Quick.   All but one are accused of other crimes committed as members of the Bloods street gang.

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