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12:33 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

What Holds Us Together: Happy Mother's Day

With the approach of Mother's Day Sunday many of us are thinking about the woman who raised us -- and the things she taught or shared with us.

Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has been thinking about what gets passed down from the mothers in her family. 

My granddaughter Campbell is 2 and lives about 6,900 miles from Charlottesville. My grandmother, Benedetta, is 105 and lives in Connecticut, about 600 miles from here.

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Shockoe Bottom
9:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Richmond Wrangling Over Future of Historic Slave Trade Site

Ana Edwards, the chief opponent of the Shockoe Bottom stadium proposal, talks about historical markers at the Lumkin Jail historical site in Richmond.
Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

On a warm spring night, more than 150 people gathered in Shockoe Bottom, a name taken from the Native American word for a site in Richmond.

This part of town, bounded by I-95 and bisected by railroad lines, was central to a city that prospered from the slave trade.

"The best guesstimate is several hundred thousand people were sold out of Shockoe Bottom," says Phil Wilayto, a leader of the grassroots movement to establish a memorial park here. "Probably the majority of African-Americans today could trace some ancestry to this small piece of land."

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Health & Medicine
6:23 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Mastering Self-Grown, Self-Preserved Food

Increasing interest in locally grown food is spurring a revival of ancient methods of preserving that food.  With all the effort that goes into growing it, the next step is finding ways to store it for future consumption. 

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Health & Medicine
4:12 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical, Wise, VA
RAM

A nonprofit organization that brings free medical care to underserved communities has announced the establishment of a state office and a permanent presence in Virginia.

“Remote Area Medical” has been offering regular, mobile clinics in Southwest Virginia that have attracted thousands of patients needing care. RAM intends to expand operations—including to other regions of the Commonwealth.

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Virginia Tech Research
4:10 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Understanding the Rising Cost of Health Care

The cost of health care has been rising faster than other sectors for decades, to the point where today, one of every five dollars is spent there.  But exactly why that is, has not been well understood, until now.  

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