I'm a reporter with Harvest Public Media based at KUNC, covering the wide range of agricultural stories in Colorado.

Sara Hossaini is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She brings a blend of documentary journalism and public interest communications experience developed through her work as a nonprofit multimedia consultant and Associate Producer on national PBS documentary films through groups such as the Center for Asian American Media, Fenton Communications and The Working Group. She likes to travel, to get her hands in the dirt and to explore her creative side through music, crafts and dance.

Ryan Loyd is Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter who brings more than a decade of news experience back to his hometown.

Ryan began reporting at KGNB radio in New Braunfels, followed by KTSA. He worked in television news in Joplin, MO, San Antonio, Sherman, Texas, and Austin.

Since joining TPR in October 2011, Ryan has covered stories of local, state and national interest including the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivered the keynote address.

Science & Technology
2:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Internet at Lightning Speed in Blacksburg

Blacksburg aims to become one of the few places in the country with lightening fast Internet and Wi-Fi for businesses and local residents.

It’s considered the next level of Internet technology, up to a gigabit of capacity to send information from a computer via a high speed fiber connection. What does a gigabit of capacity mean? Bob Summers, founder of Techpad, a shared workspace in downtown Blacksburg, explains.

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The Lying Game
7:43 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Deception Detection is Professor's Mission

Credit health.usnews.com

On average, people lie several times a day. Some of those lies are big ones but most are lies or deceptions we’ve come to live with if not accept or anticipate. A professor at Longwood University says deception is rampant in our culture and he’s looking for a way to help employers weed out dishonest applicants. 

Randy Boyle is an expert on cyber security and deception detection.  After 9/11 he got a government grant to help the feds find liars online, and Boyle returned with some tips on how to tell when a person is lying in an e-mail.

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Government & Politics
5:10 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Primary Day in Virginia

Credit npr

Tuesday is primary election day, with two statewide offices and also 18 House of Delegates and local races on the ballot.  The statewide election is a high-stakes one, where voters will choose the Democratic nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general.  But if history is any indicator, the candidates can expect a low voter turnout.

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Health & Medicine
1:58 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Sharpening the Brain's Performance

Dr. Rosalyn Moran
Credit VTCRI

A study by researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute could one day result in doctors prescribing drugs for Alzheimer’s patients to be taken while they’re performing a specific activity, rather than, say,  just sitting in front of a television set.  The scientists discovered how certain drugs sharpen the brain’s performance.

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Student Loan
8:14 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers on the Student Loan Interest Rate

Credit thedailyrecord.com

Virginia's House Republicans say it’s up to the Senate to figure out how to keep student loan rates from doubling in July. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo has the story…

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Landowners Dispute
7:11 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Cuccinelli vs. Southwest VA Landowners?

VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

There’s a new controversy brewing - one that could mean trouble for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.  It involves a lawsuit on behalf of landowners in Southwestern Virginia.

They claim two energy companies failed to pay them royalties on methane gas wells.  One of those firms has given $100,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign - and now a judge in the case says she’s shocked by e-mails from the attorney general’s office to those energy companies.   Sandy Hausman reports on the history of the case.

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Government & Politics
5:58 am
Mon June 10, 2013

VaNews for 06.10.13

A Southside Virginia city remembers the day civil rights marchers were attacked by police a half-century ago and a reminder of an invasive fish that’s threatening the Chesapeake Bay. Those are among the most clicked stories of the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link on 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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