A Search for Answers
7:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Train Derailment Prevention a Hot Topic in Richmond This Week

Credit wset.com

The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials. One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring. 

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Preventing Disaster
5:14 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Meeting on Rail Safety

The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. 

That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials.  One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring.

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The River & Rail's Aaron Deal
2:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Roanoke Chef Wins Big Bucks on Gameshow

A Roanoke chef recently won big on a foodie television game-show. River and Rail Chef Aaron Deal won $20,000 after making pizza with a peanut butter reduction and a gourmet franks-and-beans platter. And he’s hoping his win will draw attention to the region.
 

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Part 2 of 2
2:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

"Situation Room" for Patient Safety

Credit UVA Medical Center

The University of Virginia Medical Center admits more than 28,000 patients a year and does nearly 54,000 outpatient surgeries.  

When you’re dealing with so many sick people, things are bound to occasionally go wrong, but the federal government ranks UVA below the national average in five of thirteen categories linked to patient safety.  That one man is leading the charge to eliminate medical mistakes at UVA, and he’s set up a war room to do the job.
 

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Join WVTF, Radio IQ and the New City Arts Initiative on Friday, June 6th from 5-7pm for an art open house 
at our broadcast center in downtown Charlottesville. 
 
This month's exhibit "You Are Here" features community map drawings facilitated by Laura Snyder and Mara Sprafkin
 
Refreshments will be provided by Feast! and Early Mountain Vineyards.
Government & Politics
6:54 am
Mon June 2, 2014

VaNews for 6.2.14

Virginia localities react – or don't – to a Supreme Court ruling on prayer by government bodies and a state senator from Northern Virginia speaks out in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. 

These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Part 1 of 2
6:47 am
Mon June 2, 2014

"Room of Errors" Saves Lives

Credit www.ipe.virginia.edu

Modern medicine can be complicated - relying on high-tech procedures and multiple medications, so it’s no surprise that medical mistakes occur.  One study estimates they lead to 400,000 preventable deaths a year and ten times as many serious injuries.  To attack that problem, the University of Virginia Medical Center has launched a pilot program called “The Room of Errors.”  

  

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Global Warming Action
6:34 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New EPA Rules Mean a New Game Plan for Utility Companies

Later today, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a big step toward reducing the risks of climate change – announcing new limits on electric companies responsible for about 40% of the carbon in our atmosphere.  At the Southern Environmental Law Center, Senior Attorney Frank Rambo says states and utilities must then figure out how best to reach those goals. 

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Renewable Energy
5:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Solarizing Blacksburg & Beyond

Virginia may not be taking the lead when it comes to renewable energy, but that’s not stopping towns and cities around the commonwealth from taking the initiative themselves.  

When the Solarize Blacksburg project kicked of in March the town had just 30 homes with solar power arrays. In only these last few months, that’s doubled.

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The Immigration Battle Continues
10:08 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Pressure Mounts for Cantor to Act on Immigration Reform

With his chances of perhaps one day becoming the nation’s first Jewish Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives riding on a primary that's slightly more than a week away, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is under mounting pressure to move on immigration reform.

He was hit from both the right and the left—as his Republican rival and a coalition of Latino organizations spoke about it at separate events Wednesday. 

  

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