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Medicaid Expansion
8:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

VA Medicaid Expansion a Lively Topic in Charlottesville

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity organized a public forum in Charlottesville this week to discuss Medicaid expansion.  The featured speakers were two Republican Delegates who strongly oppose the idea, but it seemed they had come to the wrong place, as supporters packed the auditorium.  

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Veteran Studies at Virginia Tech
7:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Proposed Academic Program Would Study Veterans

For almost as long as there has been war, writers, poets and playwrights have offered their perspectives on the experience. From Sophocles to Shakespeare -to the present day, war and its aftermath continue to be explored in books, movies and poetry.  But despite all that’s been written and said and thought about war, there is not a single academic department in the U.S. devoted to “veterans studies.”  Some scholars at Virginia Tech are looking to change that. 

 

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Environment
7:24 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Proves Challenging

Credit www.chesapeakebaysampler.com

Leaders of Virginia’s largest organization representing farmers say they were “startled” when state Attorney General Mark Herring filed an amicus brief supporting the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan that’s being challenged in federal court. The American Farm Bureau Federation had challenged the multi-state agreement, saying the federal Clean Water Act gives individual states—NOT the Environmental Protection Agency—the authority to determine how to curtail pollutants and clean up the water. A U.S. District court has upheld the plan, which is estimated to cost residents 15-billion dollars. 

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Health & Medicine
2:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Richmond Among the Top 10 for Allergy Sufferers

Richmond has the dubious distinction of being number eight in the top 100 allergy capitals for 2014.  That's up from number 22 last year. The report is published yearly by The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  Louisville took the top spot and Memphis was second. 

Click for more information and to read the report www.allergycapitals.com

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A Green Energy Competition
8:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Georgetown Energy Challenge

If you ask people if they would like to save energy, the majority says yes.  But if you ask them what they’re actually doing about it, the majority says “not much”.  A contest among cities and towns across the country, to see which can cut the most electricity and natural gas usage, is aimed at finding ways to change that. 

With all the electronic devices, most of us use, which have to be plugged in and recharged, you’d think energy use in this country would be on the rise.

"If you look at total energy usage in the whole country it’s been flat.”

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