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Route 29 Problems
7:51 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Route 29 Bypass Continues to Encounter "Roadblocks"

Credit www.charlottesville-virginia.com

It’s been more than two years since the state vowed to build a road around Charlottesville - allowing truckers and travelers headed for DC or Danville, Lynchburg or Northern Virginia to avoid local congestion.  Environmentalists have fought the plan at every turn. Now, with a new governor set to take office, opponents are hoping for a permanent road block, and for many reasons, they might get their way.

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Fundraisers, Parades & Parties
4:21 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

This Month's Inaugural Events

Richmond leaders are rolling out the red carpet for the inauguration on January 11th and the events leading up to it.

The inauguration itself will have lots of security, including the Secret Service, for the "dignitaries" expected to attend—which organizers are being very tight-lipped about.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones says events will be held throughout Virginia, but mostly the Capitol City. Many are open to the public and will include fundraisers, parades, and balls in several locations.

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Controlling the House
1:41 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Political Playbook

In 2013 national Democrats took note of Terry McAulife's win in Virginia's gubernatorial race. They're hoping to use that 'Virginia model' to win nationally in the 20-14 midterms, and they're trying to make their case with one Virginia Republican in particular.

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Future Astronaut
12:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Springboard to Space

Credit Miriam Kramer/SPACE.com

Parents and grandparents may anguish over the amount of time kids spend playing video games or watching videos on YouTube, but a University of Virginia student offers reassurance. 

21-year-old Patrick Carney decided to take some time off from college to focus on YouTube.  It’s not the kind of news that would thrill many parents, but Carney had a plan.  He launched one of the fastest growing YouTube channels, devoted to a popular video game called Clash of Clans.

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Taking Stock after 40 Years
10:55 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Endangered Species Act

Credit Virginia Tech

The federal law protecting endangered species turned forty in 2013.  And that calls for taking stock of how it’s been working.  

Fresh Water mussels are at the foundation of aquatic life in inland waterways.  At different times in their life cycle, the burrow into river bottoms, keeping soil substrates aerated, and they act as powerful filtering systems that help keep the water clean. But they’re on the endangered species list, and anything that threatens them, also threatens our fresh surface water.

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