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McAuliffe Appointments
7:13 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Governor-Elect Continues to Build His Administration

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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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"Giftgate" Scandal
7:52 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor McDonnell Could Face Criminal Charges

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It looks as though Virginia’s outgoing Governor may face criminal charges soon after leaving office next month. 

According to the Washington Post, a federal prosecutor’s plan to ask for an indictment against

Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has been delayed until the first of the year. The request is in connection with the Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams scandal, also known as “giftgate”.

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The Results Are In
7:28 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Mark Herring is Virginia's Next Attorney General

The election and recount behind him, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring is for the first time officially able to set the stage for how he will run that office.  During a media briefing late Wednesday, Herring thanked Senator Mark Obenshain for his gracious concession, discussed how he plans to work with Obenshain and other lawmakers, and gave reassurances that he will keep his campaign promises.

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Designed to Save Money
4:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Passivhaus & Energy Efficiency

The Specht House in Thaxton, VA
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According to Virginia Dominion Power the average monthly residential electric bill in the state is $119.82 a month. 

With the deep temperatures of winter and depending on our heat source we can find bills for a single month two to three times that amount.

But there's a method of home construction that for one homeowner has cut their electric bill by more than half the state average.

“Our typical energy bill is actually as low as $40 to as high as $62 to $65 so far. Our annual energy usage is so much lower than a standard home’s”  

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