Virginia Museum of Fine Art
10:04 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Monuments Men: The Richmond Collection

South Seas Landscape, Emil Nolde, 1914
Credit Gift of Dr. George and Mrs. Marylou Fischer, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The film Monuments Men raised public awareness about what happened to important works of art in Nazi Germany. 

Some of it was destroyed, while other pieces were hidden away.  One especially valuable collection made its way to Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says it just got one of the missing paintings back.

Between 1910 and 1930, one family in Germany - the Fischers --  collected the works of modern painters.  Robin Nicholson, Deputy Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says the Nazis disliked and often destroyed such work.

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Budget Stalemate
8:41 am
Mon May 5, 2014

State Colleges & Universities Scramble for a Backup Plan

We're officially into the second month of the Virginia General Assembly’s stalemate over Medicaid expansion—and no two-year budget.

While there's discussion of a possible government shutdown if lawmakers don't reach a compromise by July first, state business must continue in the interim.

That means the state's colleges and universities are now discussing contingency plans.


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Government & Politics
8:19 am
Mon May 5, 2014

VaNews for 5.5.14

Financial troubles at a small private college in Virginia are raising questions about what will happen to the professional archives of Bristol's most famous native son....and historic sites across the Commonwealth are in danger of being lost to development and neglect. 

Those have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on

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Conservation & Efficiency
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Federal Lawmakers Tackle Energy Efficiency

This week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bill that would modernize the federal government's use of energy, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest.

The federal government is the single biggest consumer of energy in the U-S, so a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it an example to the private sector.

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9:28 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NTSB on the Scene

Jim Southworth/NTSB
Credit WSET

The National Transportation Safety Board has formed a team of specialist for an on-the-scene investigation into the train derailment which could take weeks. 

The NTSB's Jim Southworth led a news conference to discuss the details of what he calls a "well-orchestrated industrial ballet."

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