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Another Recount Likely
7:45 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Virginia Special Election Results

When Democrat Onzlee Ware of the 11th District of the Virginia House of Delegates announced his retirement it opened the door for a republican sweep of western Virginia but a democrat won in yesterday’s special election. Sam Rasoul defeated former Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson with 70-percent of the vote. The 11th District remains the only one west of Richmond represented by a democrat.

In a special election that could change control of the state senate a recount is likely.

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VT's Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center
4:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Growing Mussels

Credit Virginia Tech

Forty years on, the Endangered Species Act continues to demonstrate its effects on a species native to this area; the fresh water mussel. 

You might say these shellfish do the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping waterways healthy. More strains of these living water filters grow in this region, than anywhere else in the world. 

The small buildings at Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center in Blacksburg seem more like a fishing village than a high tech research facility.

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Open Mic
3:46 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Postcard from Iran

The postcard read, “One memory of Iran, that I present of my very perty (sic) Sara,” and was signed, “Bahman and Reza.” 

The card showed a picture of a young girl, maybe 14 years old, working at a loom—“A girl carpet weaver of Isfahan, Iran,” read the caption.

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Open Mic
3:08 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Snow Days

I remember so fondly the snow days from my North Carolina childhood. Peeking out the window expectantly, devouring the AM radio cancelation list, scrambling into gloves and hats and boots.

There were forts to be fashioned, snowmen to be birthed, hills to be sledded.  I remember, too, when my thrill of snow was put on ice.

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Small Business Leaders Converge
5:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Workforce Skills Gap in VA?

While the upcoming General Assembly session will focus on such issues as the state budget, ethics reform, and whether or not to expand Medicaid, small business advocates have rolled out a blueprint of their own legislative priorities.

Their agenda arose from a summit of the state’s entrepreneurs and business leaders, who want to ensure that the Commonwealth maintains its competitive edge through business-friendly policies.

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