International Distribution
4:38 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Fake ID Ring Busted in Charlottesville

Federal investigators have closed the book on what could be the nation’s largest maker of fake identification – a Virginia company that made millions without advertising or even creating a website.  

Three people plead guilty to supplying up to 25,000 high-quality drivers’ licenses to customers around the world who learned about their services by word of mouth.

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Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong
6:52 am
Wed September 4, 2013

UVA Law Professor on Convicting the Innocent

When DNA evidence began springing people from prison, prosecutors discovered just how unreliable eyewitnesses can be.  

Here in Virginia, 13 out of 16 cases of wrongful convictions involved inaccurate identifications.  That led the state to issue model procedures for dealing with witnesses, but after nearly two years, very few have put those recommendations into practice.

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Virginia State Crime Commisson
4:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Sex Offense Cases & Prior Convictions

A defendant who’s charged with committing a sex offense against a child may have his previous convictions used against him in court under legislation that’s being considered by the Virginia State Crime Commission. 

The bill’s opponents say that acknowledging prior convictions or negative character traits during a trial has the potential to prejudice a jury against a defendant.  Some lawmakers believe current state law does not strike the right balance to secure justice for victimized children.

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Development
11:32 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The "Car Talk" Guys help WVTF "Spread the Word"

 Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the "Car Talk" guys.Edit | Remove

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WVTF and RADIO IQ are asking you and all of our listeners to help spread the word about public radio. 

When you hear something really interesting, maybe a news feature, a compelling piece of music, an entire program…tell a friend, tell a co-worker, and let them know what you heard on your public radio station. 

And help us spread the word about the importance of public radio WVTF and RADIO IQ in our community.    

Car Talk Guys Help Spread the Word

Virginia Public Access Project
9:51 am
Tue September 3, 2013

VaNews for 09.03.13

It turned out the bulls weren’t the most dangerous things at Virginia’s first Great Bull Run....and the state is issuing specialty license plates that show support for Governor McDonnell, but they’re not easy to get.

Those stories were among the most frequently clicked this past week at 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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Balancing Acidity
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Rivers on Rolaids

U.Va. environmental scientist Michael Pace and former U.Va. student Carol Yang conduct a water study.
Credit University of Virginia

Something surprising is happening to rivers in the eastern part of the United States.  Scientists from the Universities of Virginia and Maryland say human activities are changing the basic chemistry of the water.

In a survey of 97 rivers from Florida to New Hampshire over up to six decades, scientists have discovered the water becoming less acidic – a surprise in light of how much acid rain has fallen in this part of the world.

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Protecting Nearby Land
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The New River Trail

Recently Bulldozed

The New River Trail, in southwestern Virginia, runs for 57 miles from Pulaski to Galax.  It’s Virginia’s longest state park, but also its narrowest ---with a right of way just 80 feet wide in many places.

Some worry that makes it especially vulnerable to development along the trail as communities give way to pressure to trade their rural character for the promise of prosperity.

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Emerging Industry
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Modeling & Simulation

Many pilots learned how to fly and surgeons how to make incisions by engaging in some type of “modeling and simulation” program developed by a group of engineers.

But while “modeling and simulation” is now becoming its own profession, in Virginia few schools provide a course of study needed to train and retain these specialized engineers.
 

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