Texting While Driving
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New July Laws: Behind the Wheel

Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.

Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.

Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.

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Environment
8:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

A Look at Virginia's Invasive Plant Species

Credit http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/puelo.htm

Does your upcoming holiday weekend include some yard work? Maybe trying to control invasive plants taking over your landscaping? Butch Kelley is a volunteer with the Virginia Native Plant Society…
Butch, before we talk plants, what is the Native Plant Society?

Virginia Native Plant Society's Web Site

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Vehicle Taxation
7:47 am
Tue July 2, 2013

State Lawmaker Questions Hybrid Vehicle Taxes

Now that the state’s new transportation package is in effect, a State Senator from Northern Virginia is vowing to repeal one controversial part – a fee for hybrid vehicles.

Adam Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, says it’s illogical and unfair to tax hybrid technology – forcing owners to pay $64 a year.

“Y’know we have people who are paying more for their vehicles and paying higher personal property taxes to do the right thing for the environment, and they shouldn’t be taxed just for  doing the right thing.”

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Pregnancy Center Investigation
7:17 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Pregnancy Centers Found to Misinform Pregnant Women

A pro-choice group is out with some surprising charges about a chain of centers offering help to women dealing with unwanted pregnancies. 

NARAL-Pro Choice Virginia spent a year doing an undercover investigation of 56 Crisis Pregnancy Centers and found many of them giving bogus medical information:

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Education
6:07 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Virginia Teachers Talk Politics and Education in Atlanta

Credit Virginia Education Association

Virginia Education Association President Meg Gruber is in Atlanta, Georgia this week with other teachers from the Commonwealth and around the country.  They're talking about such issues as class size, the federal sequestration, technology infrastructure in schools, and the future of the profession.

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Multi-Media Art Installation
5:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Bright Shiny Me

For most people, art is something you hang on the wall - but for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts it’s much, much more.  The Center recently staged a happening at Morven Farm in Charlottesville.

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Immigration News
7:16 am
Mon July 1, 2013

VA Lawmakers React to Immigration Reform Passage

After passage in the Senate by a wide margin, immigration reform now moves to the U-S House. Here's a snapshot of what Virginia lawmakers are saying about it.  

A bipartisan group of eight senators crafted the comprehensive immigration bill the old-fashioned way: in a conference room with their sleeves rolled up. Not so in the House, where Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, say the Senate's process isn't open enough.

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:01 am
Mon July 1, 2013

VaNews for 7.1.13

Not everyone is giving an “A” to the idea of assigning letter grades to public schools in Virginia and if you’re interested in buying a Tesla off the showroom floor you’ll have to go out of state to do it. It’s illegal in the Commonwealth. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.

Over her career, Harris has served in multiple roles within public media. She first joined NPR in 2000, as a general assignment reporter. A prolific reporter often filing two stories a day, Harris covered major stories including 9/11 and its aftermath, including the impact on the airline industry; and the anthrax attacks. She also covered how policies set in Washington are implemented across the country.

Graham Smith is a senior producer for NPR's All Things Considered.

Every day his responsibilities range from investigation and research, production, field recording, running the program, reporting, and photography.

Smith has worked all over the United States. Overseas Smith has worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he produced award-winning coverage of an IED attack and its aftermath in Kandahar.

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