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Government & Politics
7:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Childhood Education Still a Contentious Issue

In an address on school choice, or voucher programs, Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor lashed out at President Obama and others. 

Cantor - the number two House Republican - has been touring city schools from his Richmond district to as far away as Denver. He says to alleviate poverty the government should get out of the way of low income families who want to send their kids to charter schools.

“But right now school choice is under attack.”

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Printing the Future in 3D

by Beverly Amsler

3-D printers have quickly found a home on many college campuses and businesses in just the past few years.  One such printer in Western Virginia is geared toward educating the public on what the future holds. Star Trek fans are familiar with “replicators”.  You just tell the machine what you want and it immediately appears.  Science might not be that advanced yet but it’s well on its way.

At first glance, the MakerBot Replicator 2, located at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, looks like an ordinary inkjet printer, but. . .

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Bill to Create State Ethics Commission
11:38 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Bipartisan Ethics Reform

Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Delegates have announced a bipartisan package of reforms to Virginia’s ethics and disclosure laws.

Loopholes in current state policies came to light last year following news reports of gifts given to Governor McDonnell and his family by Star Scientific’s former CEO, Jonnie Williams.

The proposal aims to correct those deficiencies without an absolute ban on giving or receiving.  

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Another Recount Likely
7:45 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Virginia Special Election Results

When Democrat Onzlee Ware of the 11th District of the Virginia House of Delegates announced his retirement it opened the door for a republican sweep of western Virginia but a democrat won in yesterday’s special election. Sam Rasoul defeated former Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson with 70-percent of the vote. The 11th District remains the only one west of Richmond represented by a democrat.

In a special election that could change control of the state senate a recount is likely.

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VT's Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center
4:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Growing Mussels

Credit Virginia Tech

Forty years on, the Endangered Species Act continues to demonstrate its effects on a species native to this area; the fresh water mussel. 

You might say these shellfish do the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping waterways healthy. More strains of these living water filters grow in this region, than anywhere else in the world. 

The small buildings at Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center in Blacksburg seem more like a fishing village than a high tech research facility.

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