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Virginia Colleges & Universities
1:37 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Immigrants Seek In-State Tuition

Ramiro Vasquez

Last year, the White House issued an executive order barring the deportation of high school students whose parents came to this country illegally.  They were encouraged to apply for a special immigration status that could, ultimately, lead to citizenship.  Now, seven of those students are suing to qualify for in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities.

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Government & Politics
12:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Two Year Budget Proposal

Governor McDonnell has rolled out his final two-year state budget, which includes additional funds for major core services and other priorities.

The $95.9 billion budget also injects new cash into the Rainy Day Fund and adds millions of dollars to public and higher education. 

The Governor says he used caution in forecasting revenues—due to the disproportionate impact on the state of potential changes in federal fiscal policies.

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Open Mic
11:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Gifts from Debby's Dad

With the holidays now here, many people are still wracking their brains for last-minute gift ideas, but that's never a problem for one man -- the father of Charlottesville author Deborah Prum.  

She tells about his strategy, in this essay.

  Deborah Prum is an author from Albemarle County who recently released First Kiss and Other Cautionary Tales -- an audio collection of humorous essays.     

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Open Mic
11:25 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Extra Special Tree

  

  If the holidays have you stressed out, take a minute to relax and enjoy this next essay from Charlottesville author Jenny Gardiner -- a remembrance of Christmas and a very special tree. 

  

I’m a sucker for all things Christmas. Always have been. Don’t know if it’s the deluded optimism the season presents, or just a strange affinity for otherwise maudlin songs dressed up as cheerful seasonal chestnuts. Whatever it is, I have always ensured that my family gets into the holiday spirit, starting with finding the perfect Christmas tree.

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Hardwood Forests
2:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Wood Pellets & Sustainability

1 year after clearcutting

The European Union is pushing member states to go green -- offering incentives and requiring that utilities cut their carbon emissions and increase their use of renewable energy sources by 20%.  That sounds like a noble goal, but it may be having unintended consequences in Virginia and neighboring states – consequences that have some environmentalists up in arms. 

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