Virginia Public Access Project
5:10 am
Tue April 28, 2015

VA News: National Motto, Political Opinions

A Floyd County bailiff has lost his job after expressing his political opinion and Madison County Supervisors got into a spat about whether or not to post the national motto in their chambers. 

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VA News link on vpap.org.

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Kei Car Market
4:00 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Touting the Tiny Car

Honda Beat

With gasoline prices well below three dollars a gallon, large, gas-guzzling vehicles are again selling well.  Last year’s top three were full-sized pick-up trucks that get less than 20 miles to the gallon in city driving.  Jim Phelan doesn’t care. 

The Charlottesville man has fallen in love with something that gets 55 miles to the gallon, and he hopes to sell others on a car most people have never heard of.

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Law & Crime
4:50 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

NAACP and Other Organizations Launch Social Justice Speaking Series

Former Richmond City Councilman Marty Jewell joined community leaders to discuss the forums.
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

Some local branches of the NAACP and other community organizations are speaking out about police treatment of African-Americans—especially the recent high-profile incidents in the U.S. where some have died while in custody or under pursuit.  They’re taking their concerns on the road with a listening tour that will enable citizens to share their own personal experiences -- and they’re hoping the “Spring Social Justice Series” will help spark wholesale changes in the criminal justice system.

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20th Anniversary
6:39 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Crime Victims' Bill of Rights

As advocates mark National Crime Victims Week, in Virginia they're marking the 20th anniversary of the state’s very own Crime Victims' Bill of Rights.  But experts say those provisions, said to have given sufferers more rights with teeth, are also more relevant now as the state deals with proposals to address campus sexual assaults. 

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Chef's Treasure App
4:15 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Culinary Challenge Leads to Learning New Languages

Learning a foreign language can be fun – especially when it involves stories, food and adventures.  That’s the word from students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville.  They’ve created an app that proves the point.

French teacher Karine Boulle hoped to inspire students when she crafted this year’s biggest assignment. Her eighth graders were asked to write a story about food and the people who make it.

“What’s in a dish is not just food but it comes with a story, and it comes with passion.”

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Lisa Miller traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE.  She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio.  Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.  She covers several different areas with a focus on education. 

Wind Energy
7:45 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Offshore Wind Turbine Project Faces Challenges

Virginia’s energy-providers would still like to see a large-scale commercial offshore wind turbine project off the state's coast by the year 2020, but getting there is challenging—at best.  Bids to build two pilot turbines are astronomical right now, and the Authority tasked to keep the project's momentum going is looking for ways to significantly lower costs. 

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Game Weekends
7:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Football Bump Boosts NRV Economy

Credit http://www.hokiesports.com/football/

In Blacksburg, Virginia the words, “game day” mean two things: Hokie football and traffic.  But a new economic impact study says that traffic brings 69-million dollars a year to the region. 

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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Keepers of the Tradition: Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians

A new book highlights a dozen people in southwestern Virginia who are all doing the same thing, but in different ways: they’re keeping Appalachian traditions alive. 

The book is called Keepers of the Tradition, Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians. The dozen portraits it contains are literal and figurative; portrait artist Leslie Roberts Gregg painted them and writer, Michael Abraham wrote them

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