4th Amendment Protections
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Public Safety & Constitutional Rights

Credit Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

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Government & Politics
5:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

What is Freedom?

A study by the George Mason University Mercatus  Center ranks Virginia 8th among the 50 states in overall freedom. 

Analysts examined a wide range of public policies and categories to create an index that measures both personal and economic freedoms. 

The authors admit that views vary about what constitutes freedom, so they posted the raw data online to enable other analyses.  Co-author and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason Sorens is from the University of Buffalo.  He ranks Virginia 6th in economic freedom.

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Government & Politics
4:50 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

A Tribute to Virginia's Women

Credit Women's Monument Commission

A monument to honor the achievements of Virginia’s women will be erected on Capitol Square once the funds are raised from private sources. 

The monument is said to be the first of its kind in the nation… and will join the legendary statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other historic icons on the grounds of the State Capitol. 

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Before joining KBIA in July 2012, Kristofor Husted reported for the science desk at NPR in Washington. There, he covered health, food and environmental issues. His work has appeared on NPR’s health and food blogs, as well as with WNYC, WBEZ and KPCC, among other member stations. As a multimedia journalist, he's covered topics ranging from the King salmon collapse in Northern California to the shutdown of a pollution-spewing coal plant in Virginia. His short documentary, “Angela’s Garden,” was nominated for a NATAS Student Achievement Award by the Television Academy.

Community Service & Volunteerism
12:24 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Building Goodness Foundation Builds More Than Homes

If you follow world news, it’s easy to get discouraged - to feel helpless in the face of so much violence, suffering and destruction, but a group of Virginia builders have found a way to improve conditions and to raise spirits. 

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Altman came to St. Louis Public Radio from Dallas where she hosted All Things Considered and reported north Texas news at KERA. Altman also spent several years in Illinois: first in Chicago where she interned at WBEZ; then as the Morning Edition host at WSIU in Carbondale; and finally in Springfield, where she earned her graduate degree and covered the legislature for Illinois Public Radio.

Tom Cole is an editor on NPR's Arts Desk. He develops, edits, produces, and reports on stories about art, culture, and music for NPR's news magazines Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered. Cole has held these responsibilities since February 1990.

Prior to his work with the Arts Desk, Cole worked for three and a half years as an associate producer for NPR's daily classical music program Performance Today, and also for Morning Edition, where he coordinated and edited news reports and produced music programming.

Tom Moon has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and the music of the world since 1983.

He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (Workman Publishing), and a contributor to other books including The Final Four of Everything.

Environmental Report
12:06 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs

Five years after the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery was declared a federal disaster an annual scientific survey shows the population is far below the previous year, but scientists are not too worried.

Scientists from Virginia and Maryland conduct the so-called "winter dredge survey" while crabs are burrowed in the mud. Last year a baby crab boom led to the highest count in 20 years.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

VaNews for 04.22.13

Times have changed at one of Virginia’s oldest political events and the academic background of a Richmond school board member is under scrutiny.

Those were two of the most frequently read newspaper stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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

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