Education
7:09 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Student Investors Learning Real World Lessons

2013 was a good year on Wall Street, with many stocks breaking records.  Among those celebrating are 40 students at Washington & Lee University, who manage a portfolio of nearly two million dollars.  These novice investors have beat the S&P 500 more often than not. 

There’s no better way to learn than to do, and the Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University has proven that point by giving a club of business school students the chance to invest a million bucks.  John Jensen, assistant dean of the Williams School, says trustees came up with the cash in 1997.

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Environment
4:43 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Wild Boars are Creating a Nuisance in Virginia

Virginia wildlife officials are dealing with a growing menace and don't quite know how to address it.  A feral hog population boom is prompting concern about its impact on the local ecology, agriculture, and human safety. Some residents may be to blame, while others may also be the solution.

Aaron Proctor with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says whether you refer to them as feral hogs, wild pigs, or wild boar:

And he says these animals have become a major nuisance and are popping up in areas where they shouldn't be.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Hope Has Wings

You’re at home or in your office and all of a sudden you hear a thud at your window. . . Another window collision; a major cause of death for birds.  Bird kill by skyscrapers in large cities has been well documented, but not in smaller towns.  That doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. 

“The birds that hit the windows, they’re hidden behind bushes, or under the leaves, and they’re just out of sight, out of mind.”

Becky Schneider and a flock of volunteers have been documenting bird death by window at a Blacksburg office park since last fall. 

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A Good NIght's Sleep is Possible
8:07 am
Thu December 26, 2013

VA Author Hopes Her Book Will "Put You to Sleep"

So are you one of the nine million Americans who’s resorted to prescription sleeping pills in order to get a good night’s sleep?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, insomnia appears to be a growing problem for many of us, but there’s now a new tool ON THE BOOKSHELF to help us sleep a little bit better.

“The Great Sleep Checklist” is written by a Virginia woman after years of tossing and turning.

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Ibby Caputo reports on the health of people and communities in and around the Greater Boston area.

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Government & Politics
7:38 am
Mon December 23, 2013

VaNews for 12.23.13

How uranium from dismantled Soviet warheads helped Virginians keep the lights on...and a new perspective on monitoring older drivers.

Those stories are among the most clicked over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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Kate is a graduating senior at the University of Oklahoma in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has produced news segments for KGOU's student program, Assignment: Radio, and most recently produced on-air and online community calendar listings, along with a weekly arts and entertainment blog, OneSix8.

Mario Armstrong is a technology commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, explaining the world of gadgets, gizmos and gigabites through regular conservations with show hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne.

Armstrong — much like the technology he loves — has always been an amalgamation of many different things: radio, TV and online media personality, motivational speaker, public servant and social entrepreneur. Through all of these media, he translates technology for non-tech audiences, covering the stories, headlines, issues, gadgets and newsmakers of the day through the lens of technology.

A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs
2:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights

It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker.  Maybe even from this radio station.  'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.

A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane.  He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.

 

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