Uber and Lyft vs. Traditional Taxi Drivers
5:11 am
Wed December 24, 2014

VA Taxi Drivers Look to Lawmakers for Job Security

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Recent reports about the growth of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would suggest that their success pits them directly against traditional taxi drivers. But, a representative from the taxi industry says that's NOT what's behind a rally in Richmond in which they called for more fairness for taxicab drivers.

Daniel Berhane with Virginia Taxicab Drivers United says while they don't believe rival companies are being established correctly, the VTDU is more concerned about the lack of job protections for drivers.  

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Join WVTF, Radio IQ and the New City Arts Initiative Friday, January 9th from 5-7pm for an art open house at our broadcast center in downtown Charlottesville. This month’s exhibit “New City Artist Exchange” features original works from 17 Charlottesville-based artists in collaboration with Paul Handler. Refreshments provided by Feast! and Potter’s Craft Cider. More information available on our web site   wvtf.org. 


Friday, January 3, 2014 - /mara-sprafkin

Sugar Shack Donuts
7:44 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Forget Duck Dynasty, It's a Donut Dynasty in Virginia

Despite the national crusade to stem the tide of obesity, a new chain of donut shops is spreading across the Commonwealth, making treats by hand in flavors consumers may never have considered. 

In a tiny shop near the corner of Lombardy and Leigh, Richmond residents line up to listen as Sarah Fitzpatrick  goes down the list of donuts available – a list that will change each hour.

“I have chocolate with Butterfinger, vanilla drizzle, I’ve got vanilla with chocolate chips, sprinkles, Oreos, M&Ms or Heath Bar, gingerbread either plan or with caramel.”

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Government & Politics
4:22 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

The Ethics of Redistricting

Co-Chair Bill Bolling speaks during the meeting.

A gubernatorial panel created to propose ethics reforms has recommended revisions to Virginia laws on redistricting, as well as an amendment to the state Constitution that would revise the way legislative districts are drawn.  The Governor’s Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government left no doubt that it considers the current process to be overtly partisan and unfair.

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Steeped in Tradition
3:54 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Senate Bean Soup

With this wintry weather, many of us will be chowing down with a steaming bowl of hot soup.  Pay a visit the nation’s capital though and you’ll find the signature soup of the United States Senate.

Not to be outdone by the Senate, the House instituted its own version of bean soup. The major difference between the two chambers’ bean soups is onions. The Senate iteration has them; the House version does not.

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Virginia Public Access Project
8:30 am
Mon December 22, 2014

VaNews: Transgender Restrooms, Aging Dams

The Gloucester County School Board has ruled that students must use restrooms that match their biological gender. The board says it will provide alternative restrooms for a transgendered student....and aging earthen dams in Virginia are raising safety concerns. 

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

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DEQ Report
4:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

VA's Waterways At Risk

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Virginians tired of the cold weather may already be dreaming of summer plans—days on the beach, swimming, fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, or canoeing on favorite waterways.  But in some cases, those plans could get canceled because rising pollution and bacterial levels force temporary closures of those locations. The Department of Environmental Quality’s latest “Impaired Waters” report makes that scenario more likely for a larger number of waterways.

DEQ's Bill Hayden says the impairment is not necessarily due to more pollutants.

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Article Aftermath
1:43 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Rolling Stone's Interview with UVA President Teresa Sullivan Released

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Charlottesville’s newspaper, The Daily Progress, has released a recording of Rolling Stone’s interview with UVA President Teresa Sullivan, in which she concedes the university has a problem with sexual assault, that one fraternity is under investigation and that two or three frats have been suspended every year since she took the job. 

The telephone interview begins on a cagey note as reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdeley greets Teresa Sullivan, the school’s vice president for communications and the associate V.P. of student affairs, Susan Davis.

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