Education
8:26 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Changes Ahead for State School Systems?

The Virginia Senate has passed a series of bills to delay or weaken some of the controversial education accountability measures that were enacted in recent years.  

One addresses the policy of grading schools using an A through F system that aimed to make school performance more understandable to parents.

  Other bills would modify the rules governing when schools would be transferred to oversight of the newlycreated Opportunity Educational Institute and cut the number of Standards of Learning assessments.  

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Children & ADHD
4:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

UVA Studies Brain Training Games

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Seven to nine percent of children in the state of Virginia have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – a condition that makes it hard to concentrate. 

Several for-profit companies have developed computer programs which claim to help kids focus, but a review by the University of Virginia’s school of education suggests none of them work.

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Bostic v. Rainey
2:54 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Court Hears Gay Marriage Ban Challenge

Tim Bostic & Tony London

It’s now up to a U. S. District Court judge to decide if gay and lesbian couples living in Virginia will be able to marry legally. 

A hearing before the court on the marriage equality case of Bostic v. Rainey-a lawsuit that could have far-reaching consequences. . .

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Legal Challenge to EPA Plan
1:03 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fight Over Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up

Two major lobbyists – the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Fertilizer Institute -- have some new allies in their legal fight against a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and environmentalists here are furious. 

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Taking Care of Living Sports Fields
4:41 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Protecting Their Turf

Credit Virginia Tech

Football season may be over for the players, but for some people, it’s never over.  That’s what it’s like for the teams that keep the living outdoor sports fields looking good.  Real grass takes real work to maintain; Especially when the turf has to look good on TV.

Even in the off-season, Hokie special teams practice kicks at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium so the field has to be ready.    The work of keeping the living playing field ready for it’s close up is a never-ending pursuit.

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Law & Crime
4:22 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Pre-Trial Talks Limited for Former Governor & Wife

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen arrive to federal court for the hearing.
Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will be able to talk to family members and friends while they await trial—as long as they don’t discuss any substantive material related to their indictment on federal corruption charges. 

That’s the ruling of U.S. District Magistrate Judge David Novak, who also said the former first couple will be allowed to discuss the case with each other. Federal prosecutors agreed—although they initially had wanted to allow contacts only with family members.

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Search for Kevin Quick Continues
3:46 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Arrests Related to Missing Law Enforcement Officer

Three siblings from Albemarle County were arrested at an Alexandria hotel  in connection with the disappearance of missing Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Quick.

Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton, and Mersadies Shelton are all being held without bond in the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange.

Quick was last seen Friday night.  His car was traced to Fluvanna and Manassas over the weekend, and is now linked to an armed robbery that occurred Sunday night in Louisa County, where his car was found abandoned the next day.

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Health & Medicine
2:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Differences in Helmets Affect Concussion Risks

Credit Virginia Tech

A new study from Virginia Tech shows football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions. 

Between 2005 and 2010, more than 18 hundred football players from Virginia Tech and six other colleges and universities around the country wore helmets equipped with sensors to measure the biomechanics of head impacts.  The players either wore a Riddell VSR4 or Riddell Revolution helmet and the sensors recorded over one million hits.  Tech researcher Steve Rowson says the Revolution helmet’s padding was 40 percent thicker than the other helmet. 

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Anna Bryant

On Friday, February 7 from 5-7 PM, join NPRWVTF and Radio IQ, and New City Arts for “Across the Table”– new oil paintings by Anna Bryant at The WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery. 

Anna Bryant is a Charlottesville-based artist who creates contemporary still life paintings. Her current series “Across the Table” brings her alla prima technique to everyday scenes of food, light and life—as it unfolds over a shared meal.

Legislative Update
9:41 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mental Health

Virginia is moving closer to implementing changes to its mental health system under legislation that has advanced in the General Assembly. 

The state Senate approved two bills to help clarify how long a person can be held for treatment under a temporary detention order … and to prevent someone who’s thought to be a danger to himself or others from possessing a gun. 

Critics of current law argue that it doesn’t authorize enough time to diagnose and begin treating temporarily detained patients in crisis. 

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