NPR's Giles Snyder can be heard on NPR stations nationwide, bringing listeners the latest in national and international developments. His newscasts have been a regular part of NPR News' weekend overnight coverage since June 2004.

Prior to coming to NPR, Snyder worked for sixteen years at West Virginia Public Radio. He held a variety of on-air as well as managerial positions at the station, including operations director, program director, and the morning and local news anchor and reporter. He also spent time as the station's afternoon anchor/reporter.

Snyder has been awarded a variety of state Associated Press Awards for his newscasting role in public radio. He was also a proud member of an award-winning news team in West Virginia.

JLARC Report
5:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Virginia 529 College Savings Plan

While parents look for more affordable ways to send their kids to college, many are seeking information about the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan. A  new briefing by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission suggests that the state’s Plan may be one of the most viable and sustainable options.

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Risky Behavior
5:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Studying the Teen Brain

Credit Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Even though every adult today was once a teenager, the teen brain remains a mystery to almost everyone.  Especially when it comes to risk taking.   What makes some teens daredevils and others, not-so-much?

That’s what psychologists at The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will be looking into in a new study that will last three years. 

Remember a young Tom Cruise in the movie Risky Business where he’s racing his father’s Porsche around Chicago even though he was warned not too?  He’s lovin’ it, because it’s forbidden.

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Help Beat the Heat
2:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Weather Woes

For some parts of the state, this week brought a respite from the heat, but temperatures have still reached into the 80’s, and people aren’t the only ones suffering.  The city of Richmond has issued a call for help. 

Richmond’s Department of Public Works says young trees are in jeopardy because of hot, dry weather.  Occasional thunderstorms have not done enough to keep roots watered, so the city is asking residents to help out by refilling gator bags.

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Law & Crime
8:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

IRS Phone Scam Spreading Across the State

A nationwide scam has made its way to Virginia and state officials are sending out a warning. 

The latest phone scam to hit the state involves fake IRS agents asking for money, and threatening arrests if you “don’t pay up”. The criminals will claim that you have an outstanding IRS debt and will strongly request that you “settle up” using a credit card.

What makes the situation look and sound so legitimate for many who receive the call, is that the caller ID will likely say the call is coming from the IRS in Washington DC or from a local police department.

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RADIO IQ & WVTF are co-sponsoring the next TEDx event in our listening area.

Revising Standards
4:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

SOL Innovation Committee Begins Work

Governor McAuliffe's Standards of Learning Innovation Committee has held its inaugural meeting, and its members now have their marching orders. 

One of their long-term goals is revise the school standards to be more interesting and far more inclusive.

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150 Years
1:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New Book Features History of the Virginia Education Association

The Virginia Education Association got its starts in the middle of the Civil War.  The story of the VEA’s last 150 years is told in a book set for release next month.

 

Even though school is out for summer in just a couple of hours…some eight-graders at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Roanoke don’t seem to mind taking a few last questions on the periodic table from science teacher Sharon Simpson.  She’s been teaching for 30 years, but says she wants to do it for another five years before she retires.

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Upcoming Federal Corruption Trial
4:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pre-Trial Hearing for Former Governor & Wife

Former Governor Bob McDonnell
Credit File Photo

While they sat separately but alongside their defense teams, former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, seemed to have a much calmer demeanor than some of other court appearances associated with their upcoming federal corruption trial.  Their defense has been dealt several blows, but their latest pretrial hearing sought to discredit the prosecution’s tactics and star witness.
 

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Women's Investment Club of Richmond
4:16 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Full Disclosure: Investments

Around the country, investor participation in the stock market has been declining over the past 15 years -- never mind the fact that equities keep setting records. This has dented the popularity of investment clubs, where members meet regularly to learn about markets and pool their money to invest.

This week on his Richmond-based show “Full Disclosure,” host Roben Farzad introduces us to one club full of mothers, aunts and grandmas still going strong since it began in 1996.  It’s the Women’s Investment Club of Richmond, known as “Wicker” (WICR.)
 

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