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Sustainable Agriculture or Seeds of Death?
5:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Debate Continues Over Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically Engineered food has become a hot button in this country.  Supporters say cross breeding plants is as old as farming itself. Opponents fear today’s high tech methods have created something that may be dangerous in the long run.

A comment period by USDA ended last week, as scientists and activists continue the debate over the idea of genetically modified crops.

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Evaluating the Mental Health System.
4:17 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Guidelines for Managing Psychiatric Crisis

Virginia will have new rules for managing people in a psychiatric crisis under final legislation approved on the last day of the General Assembly session. 

The bills extend the length of time that a person in a dangerous state of mind can be held in an emergency and ensure that a secure psychiatric bed will be found. this is only the first step for an initiative that will also evaluate how well the new system works.

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Two-Year Fiscal Blueprint
9:17 am
Tue March 11, 2014

VA Lawmakers React to President's Budget

The president’s newly unveiled budget is rekindling a debate at the U-S Capitol over the role of the government in people’s lives.

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VA Atty Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court
3:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Beards Behind Bars

Gregory Holt

A Virginia lawyer is on his way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right of a man to grow a beard.  Seven states will be watching that case closely.  

Gregory Holt is serving a life sentence  for burglary and domestic battery in Arkansas – one of seven states that bar prisoners from growing a beard.  His lawyer says that’s a problem, because Holt is a Muslim.

Douglas Laycock, a professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Virginia.  He says Holt got all the way to the Supreme Court without the help of a lawyer:

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Restoring Civility One Sip at a Time
2:46 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bills & Brews

A Capitol Hill reporter has just launched a new project that aims to get lawmakers away from their usual scripts.  It all starts with a cold craft beer and a little distance from the hallowed halls of Congress.

Reporter Matt Laslo covers Congress for more than 40 NPR affiliate stations, including this one.  His new Bills and Brews online political show pairs politicians, craft beers, and conversation.

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