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National Geographic begins a six-part series on major issues in America Wednesday night.  It’s hosted by journalist and UVA alum Katie Couric who offered a preview of the programs in Charlottesville.  

Bingeing on the Bard

Apr 12, 2018

The Blackfriar’s Theater in Staunton draws thousands of people each year to see the plays of Shakespeare, but one man stands out as a kind of superfan.  

Thousands of Virginians are hoping next year will bring better rates for health insurance. They’ll get a preview this spring when companies begin filing their plans with the State Bureau of Insurance.  Last year saw a shocking increase in premiums for customers who bought policies through the Affordable Care Act and made too much money to qualify for federal subsidies. 

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Critics of Washington spending say something needs to be done to reign in the excess. One Virginia Congressman's push for a new constitutional amendment is being debated today.

The American Chestnut tree has mythic stature in tree lore. Today the old giants of people's memories are long gone from the landscape, wiped out by an Asian blight a hundred years ago. And even though they still loom large in the history and culture of Appalachia, new research suggests, their mythic proportions are likely, just that.