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4:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Fox Pens Phase Out

A Virginia Senate bill that would limit the use of—and eventually phase out—the controversial practice of fox-penning has cleared another legislative hurdle.  

The bill, which is now a compromise version, would allow the state's 36 pens to remain open for 40 years but ban the creation of new ones. 

The measure would also cap the number of penned foxes statewide to 900—down from an average of 1200.

For those unfamiliar with the practice, trapped foxes are placed in large acre, fenced-in preserves, where dogs are allowed to chase them.

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Pilotless Plane Industry
12:18 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Drones & Jobs

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Credit Virginia Tech/College of Engineering

There’s been a lot of attention on Drones recently.  But alongside concerns about privacy and military applications, is potential job creation in Virginia as a new industry rises. 

Virginia is one of seven sites selected for Drone testing research projects.  That got Virginia Tech’s office of economic development thinking about what that might mean for the state if this new industry takes off.  Estimates are as many as 100,000 jobs could be created, nationwide over the next ten years.

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Cutting Costs
5:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Solarizing Blacksburg

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Many people like the idea of using renewable energy such as solar power, but the high costs of installation have been holding them back. 

Blacksburg is launching a program that is the first of its kind in the state, which could dramatically cut those costs.  

 

A new program called, Solarize Blacksburg will use an array of financial tools based on bulk purchasing and other financial incentives that could cut the cost of a rooftop solar system almost in half.

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Budget Impasse
4:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

General Assembly: Extending the Session...or Special Session?

The probability that the Virginia General Assembly will not complete its work by its scheduled Saturday adjournment has grown to a near-certainty. 

House of Delegates GOP leaders on Tuesday called on the Senate to set aside its version of Medicaid expansion—known as Marketplace Virginia—to speed up passage of what Republicans are calling a “clean budget” without it.  They also proposed a special session just to consider expanding the Medicaid program.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:33 am
Mon March 3, 2014

VaNews for 03.03.14

Police officers in Chesterfield County have received some personal insights on interacting with mentally ill individuals...and a Hampton Roads woman found out it's not always easy to take a child out of martial arts training.

Those stories have been among the most frequently viewed over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

 

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