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8:19 am
Mon May 5, 2014

VaNews for 5.5.14

Financial troubles at a small private college in Virginia are raising questions about what will happen to the professional archives of Bristol's most famous native son....and historic sites across the Commonwealth are in danger of being lost to development and neglect. 

Those 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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Conservation & Efficiency
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Federal Lawmakers Tackle Energy Efficiency

This week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bill that would modernize the federal government's use of energy, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest.

The federal government is the single biggest consumer of energy in the U-S, so a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it an example to the private sector.

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Environment
9:28 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NTSB on the Scene

Jim Southworth/NTSB
Credit WSET

The National Transportation Safety Board has formed a team of specialist for an on-the-scene investigation into the train derailment which could take weeks. 

The NTSB's Jim Southworth led a news conference to discuss the details of what he calls a "well-orchestrated industrial ballet."

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Economics & Economy
7:06 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A Shortage of Daycare Centers in Radford and a Possible Solution

Quality early education has been identified as a key factor for success later in life.  But many communities in Southwestern Virginia don’t have enough daycare centers spots to go around.  

Radford, Virginia is a university town full of young families, but with no place to nearby providing day care.

Agida Manizade: “In town full time infant care, 12 spots and our research shows that right now we have 96 infants in town.”

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Developing
6:15 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Toxic Chemicals Spills and Waterways: What's the Solution?

Credit wset.com

There have been a dozen toxic spills from railroad cars in North America over the last year and three cases of river pollution in this region over the past four months.  Are these accidents happening more often?   Should this country have rail lines and toxic storage facilities so close to its waterways, and what’s being done to prevent future problems? 

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