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4:36 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Grandees of Government

While it is known as the home of freedom-loving Founding Fathers, Virginia has also had a history of undemocratic institutions and tendencies.  That was the controversial topic of a book launch and discussion hosted by the Library of Virginia.

Author and historian Brent Tarter discovered primary sources with those ideas throughout the 400 years of the Commonwealth’s history.

Tarter found that from the start, state leaders embraced a hierarchical society and political institutions that excluded people—hence, the book’s title.

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Health & Medicine
4:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Physical Therapy Goes to the Dogs at Virginia Tech

Flori Sforza leads Maya into the underwater treadmill
Beverly Amsler

Many people undergo rehabilitation for several weeks or even months following a knee or hip replacement.  That type of therapy has now crossed over into the canine world. 

Flori Sforza dons a wet suit and leads Maya into a narrow underwater treadmill, which looks like a rectangular bathtub made of transparent glass. 

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Government & Politics
4:42 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A State Agency Under Federal Investigation

The State Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services is officially under investigation by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights over the state's Auxiliary Grant program, which funds services mostly for people with disabilities and physical or mental impairments. At issue is whether or not the program's policies are discriminatory and place unnecessary restrictions on where individuals may live in order to receive the grant funds.

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Government & Politics
11:14 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Risking a Government Shutdown

Republicans in Virginia are willing to risk a government shutdown in order to defund so-called Obamacare, while others say the strategy will backfire.

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Wytheville Historic Landmark
9:16 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Skeeter's Hot Dogs & The Secret President

Skeeter’s World Famous Hot Dogs have been a Wytheville staple for nearly ninety years. But Skeeter Dogs aren’t all that make the brick building on Wytheville’s East Main Street a historic landmark. It’s also home to the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace and Museum.
 

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