Meeting Policy Goals
4:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Reviewing Tax Breaks

A panel of state lawmakers has begun a serious review of Virginia’s tax credits, exemptions, deductions, and similar “preferences.” 

The evaluation comes after the Joint Audit and Legislative Review Commission found that the tax breaks did not always perform as intended, were often inefficient, and cost the state billions of dollars in revenues.

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A Monticello Tradition
2:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

July 4, 1947 President Truman Speaks at Monticello
Credit Monticello

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

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Government & Politics
1:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Division Over Medicaid Overhaul

The General Assembly panel tasked with deciding whether Virginia should expand its Medicaid program or not held its first meeting–in a room packed with expansion opponents, many representing groups such as Americans for Prosperity.

The Senators and Delegates wasted no time getting up to speed on the complex facts about how the program currently operates.

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Law & Crime
12:43 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Pittsylvania County Moonshine Bust

Law enforcement officials say a moonshine bust near Danville this week should result in multiple felony and misdemeanor indictments for a man caught with 339 gallons of illegal whiskey and 18 weapons.

It was part of a joint four-month investigation between the State’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

The moonshine was found in the home of 63-year-old Ronald Bray, and was packaged in clear one-gallon containers similar to milk jugs.  The firearms in his home were mainly rifles and shotguns.

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Programming Changes Beginning July 1 on RADIO IQ

What will change?

Here and Now with co-hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson will be expanded from 1:00-2:00 to 1:00-3:00 Monday-Thursday afternoons and remain on 1:00-2:00 p.m. Fridays.

Why?

Due to NPR ceasing production of Talk of the Nation June 27. 

Rust-colored Sandpipers
6:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Red Knots: A Bird Species on the Decline

Credit Photo Copyright Bill Dalton

Millions of birds passed through Virginia this spring, and the National Wildlife Federation says many are in trouble, in part because of climate change.  A warming planet is drying up wetlands, causing more storms and producing less food.  Sandy Hausman traveled to the Eastern Shore to report on one species -- the rust- colored sandpipers known as red knots.  Each year, they fly about 10,000 miles – from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic – stopping in Virginia to refuel.  

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Charlottesville artist, Chrissy Baucom, sees the role of painter as part historian, part archeologist. It is this philosophy and fascination with the natural world that inspires her approach to subject matter and process---excavating and studying the small details and slowly building upon colors and forms until something is revealed.  Chrissy works with a variety of media including pastels, oil sticks, pencils and oil paint to draw into the canvas, adding to each existing layer until the system completes itself.  

Trey Graham edits and produces arts and entertainment content for NPR's Digital Media division, where among other things he's helped launch the Monkey See pop-culture blog and NPR's expanded Web-only movies coverage. He also helps manage the Web presence for Fresh Air from WHYY.

Outside NPR, Graham has been a lead theater critic at the Washington City Paper, D.C.'s alternative weekly newspaper, since 1995, which means he's seen a good deal of superb theater and a great deal of schlock. He's still stage-struck enough to believe that the former makes up for the latter.

Diabetes and Vision
3:38 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Preventing Blindess

More than 25 million Americans have diabetes, putting them at risk for eye damage that can lead to blindness. 

Often, problems occur before the disease is diagnosed, but doctors at the University of Virginia have made an exciting discovery that could protect or even restore vision.

Dr. Paul Yates is frustrated.  As a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Virginia, he often sees people with diabetes who are going blind.  They didn’t come to him early enough to prevent problems, because sight is lost at the periphery, and central vision remains.

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VA Public Access Project
7:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

VaNews for 06.17.13

Stories about a congressman’s hubcaps and a climbing wall arms race among universities were at the top of the list of most-clicked newspaper reports for the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link at V-PAP-dot-org. Fred Echols reports.

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

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