News
3:54 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Search Continues for Missing Pulaski Boy

The search continues  for missing 5-year old Noah Thomas and officials are without leads. 

Professional search-and-rescue teams are combing the area near the boy’s home in Pulaski County. His mother last saw him watching cartoons at home on Sunday. When she woke up after a nap he was gone. And while police are ruling nothing out, they will not say if they suspect foul play. 

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K - 12
8:29 am
Wed March 25, 2015

State Officials Considering Superintendent Innovation Grants

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State officials are looking to local school divisions to develop some world-class, in-the-field ideas to reform education.  Following an application process, the state will award five school superintendents with $50,000 each for grants to craft innovative plans for their districts.  Superintendents are being asked to “dream big”—and contemplate how they would run their schools with complete flexibility for two years. 

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Roots Music
7:15 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Outsider Artists: Musicians Explore Their Roots at Radford University

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There’s a sound some musicians have that comes from deep inside, but falls outside formal artistic boundaries.  They do their own thing, their own way. They do their own thing, their own way. They’re known as “Outsider Artists,” and their work can be challenging, disturbing and fascinating.   

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

An Enslaved Woman And Her Dressmaker Daughter

Lizzie Bolden

Because much of our history comes from written documents and valuable possessions made from durable materials, much of what we know about the past involves wealthy, literate people.  Less is known about the poor and illiterate, but one historian has found stories of an African-American family written in fabric. 

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Law & Crime
9:31 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Police Find No Evidence to Support Rape Detailed in Rolling Stone

Phi Kappa Psi house at UVA

Charlottesville Police have suspended their investigation of a possible fraternity house rape at the University of Virginia – the subject of a Rolling Stone magazine article that was discredited. The cops are not closing the case, but they find no evidence that a crime occurred.

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Mental Health Reform
9:15 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Governor Announces New Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Virginia is creating a new Center for Behavioral Health and Justice under an executive directive signed by Governor McAuliffe.  Its mission is to foster better interagency collaboration and help coordinate services in the state’s behavioral health system. The focus will be on individuals with mental illness who become involved with the criminal justice system.

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Investigation Now Suspended
4:42 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

'No Basis' for Rolling Stone's Gang Rape Claim

Detective D.J. Harris looks on as Chief Longo demonstrates how Jackie claimed a roommate picked glass shards from her cheek, a story the roommate refuted.
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

None of the assault allegations made by Jackie, the subject of the Rolling Stone article that caused turmoil at the University of Virginia last November could be confirmed after months of investigating.

While the tale of a three-hour frat house gang rape had already been largely demolished through investigative reporting, Chief Tim Longo gave the official verdict on the claims Monday: they didn't check out.

"There no substantive basis to conclude that what is described in that article happened that night."

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Ongoing Pipeline Debates
8:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Pro-Pipeliners and Pipeline Protesters: Virginians are Pipeline Polarized

Plans for three new natural gas pipelines to run through southwest Virginia have sparked much discussion since they were announced. The companies behind them have held open houses to educate communities. Numerous protest groups have been formed to oppose them, and forums held, to examine arguments on both sides.  The possibility of the pipelines is not only spurring discussion, it’s also reawakening the spirit of protest movements that have come before.

“No to fracking Pipe line, no to fracking period and no to politicians who support either one!"

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:19 am
Mon March 23, 2015

VaNews: Columbia, VA and Ridesharing v. Taxis

One of Virginia's smallest towns has voted itself out of existence....and now that the General Assembly has established regulations that allow commercial online ridesharing in Virginia the taxi industry says it can't compete. 

Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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