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7:38 am
Mon December 23, 2013

VaNews for 12.23.13

How uranium from dismantled Soviet warheads helped Virginians keep the lights on...and a new perspective on monitoring older drivers.

Those stories are among the most clicked over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs
2:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights

It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker.  Maybe even from this radio station.  'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.

A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane.  He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.

 

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Education
7:24 am
Fri December 20, 2013

New Approach Towards School Success

Credit rossieronline.usc.edu

A new report from the University of Virginia and the Legal Aid Justice Center shows Virginia schools suspend black males at twice the rate of whites - often for minor offenses like being loud or disruptive in class, but another approach could solve the problem while keeping students in school. 

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McAuliffe Appointments
7:13 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Governor-Elect Continues to Build His Administration

Credit www.timesdispatch.com

Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe is re-appointing a third cabinet secretary who served under Governor McDonnell.  McAuliffe acknowledged the contribution that Todd Haymore has made to Virginia's largest industry and asked him to stay on as Secretary of Agriculture. In addition, environmental groups are applauding his decision to name former Hampton Mayor Molly Ward as Secretary of Natural Resources.

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Arts & Culture
9:46 am
Thu December 19, 2013

So This Is Christmas

At Christmas time in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono embarked on their famous Peace Campaign.  A few months ago, we told you about an exhibition at the Taubman museum in Roanoke that explores the work that went into it.  Soon after their ‘year of peace’ they collaborated on another song on the same theme.
 

This demo recording of the song John Lennon and Yoko Ono worked on together offers us a chance to hear the precursor of what was to become a Christmas Classic.

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