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Environmental & Economic Concerns Linger
4:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

After The Spill: Coal Ash & The Dan River

Nine months after 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from a decommissioned power plant in North Carolina the ultimate environmental, economic and legal consequences remain unknown.

The community most immediately and most visibly affected by the spill was Danville in Southside Virginia where residents were shocked to see the river's surface covered with a sickly gray film the morning after the release.

Duke Energy – owner of the power plant – has been able to retrieve 3,000 tons of ash from the Dan and says the rest will dissipate.

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Indoor Greenhouse Venture
2:15 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Red Sun Farms Means Business in the NRV

It’s harvest time for tomatoes in the New River Valley. That’s not as strange as it sounds because these tomatoes are growing inside a huge greenhouse in the New River Valley.

The new venture promises to bring jobs --and more locally grown tomatoes to the region. 

 

You may have already seen tomatoes from Red Sun Farms in supermarkets. The parent company in Mexico has hundreds of acres of greenhouses there and in Canada, but this is the first time they’ll grow the fruit here. And by here, we mean Dublin Virginia.

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Gift-Giving Limits, Gerrymandering
2:00 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Integrity & Public Confidence in State Government

Governor McAuliffe with Commission Members

Although they're not quite final, the Governor's Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government is just about ready to submit its recommendations to Governor McAuliffe to meet his December 1st deadline. 

One of the lingering issues is how to change the process for determining legislative districts and preventing gerrymandering.

Former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who co-chairs the commission, says the key proposals include a requirement that gift-giving limits are set at $250 across-the-board for tangible and intangible gifts.

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Your Brain on Politics
7:23 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Predicting Party Affiliation

It might be difficult to tell how someone affiliates politically just by looking at them, but an international team of scientists has come close. They’ve found a way to predict a person’s party of preference by how they react to gruesome images – with 95 to 98 percent accuracy. 

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Health & Medicine
4:40 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Using National Parks To Inspire Physical Health

  

  In recent years, as the National Park Service has faced deep funding cuts and a stagnant number of visitors, the country's demographic changes have made its problems more pronounced.

Most visitors to National Parks are white, and increasingly, they're also older.  For instance,  Virginia’s  Shenandoah National Park is one of the nation’s most visited and accessible parks, yet recent research out of the University of Idaho indicates that 92% of visitors in 2011 were white.  

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