Education
3:47 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Red-shirting in Kindergarten

Credit Courtesy of U.Va.'s Curry School of Education

If you’re a parent or grandparent with young children, you’ve probably heard about red-shirting – a term borrowed from the world of college sports. 

It refers to keeping a child back in school, so he or she will be a little older than classmates and have some academic and social advantages. 

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Profile 2 of 4
10:22 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Senator Mark Obenshain Running for Virginia Attorney General

Senator Mark Obenshain

The two veteran state lawmakers and GOP candidates for Attorney General have spent the last several months energetically crisscrossing Virginia to win supporters. 

Republicans will choose one of them to be their nominee at the party’s state convention later this month. 

In part two of our election series, Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports on a State Senator from Harrisonburg who is carrying on his father’s legacy.

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As an NPR correspondent based in Tucson, Arizona, Ted Robbins covers the Southwest including Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.

Specifically, Robbins reports on a range of issues from immigration and border security to water issues and wildfires. He covers the economy in the West with an emphasis on the housing market and Las Vegas development. He reported on the January 2011, Tucson shooting that killed six and injured many included Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Government & Politics
5:21 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Cooking Up Trouble

A hearing in Richmond Circuit Court Thursday could mean more trouble for Virginia’s Governor, whose relationship with a Richmond-area businessman is the subject of an FBI investigation. 

It could also have implications for his fellow Republican,  attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who will ask to be excused from the case.

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Black student enrollment at UVA down 25%
11:13 am
Wed May 1, 2013

New Calls for Greater Student Diversity at UVA

University of Virginia
Credit virginia.edu

There are new calls for diversity at the University of Virginia where critics say the African American

population has dropped from 12 percent in 1995 to just 6 and a half percent today.  Critics say UVA must up its financial aid to compete as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Profile 1 of 4
10:54 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Delegate Rob Bell Running for Virginia Attorney General

Virginia Delegate Rob Bell
Credit robbellforag.com

On May 18th, Virginia Republicans will choose their party’s nominee for Attorney General at a statewide convention, and two veteran state lawmakers are vying for the job. 

In the first installment of our election series, Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan introduces us to one of those contenders: the lawmaker elected to Thomas Jefferson’s seat in the General Assembly, Delegate Rob Bell.

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All that noise for want of a mate
10:29 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Largest Brood of Cicadas in Virginia is Rising Up

Cicadas infest spring irises.
Credit Virginia Tech

After a long silence, one of the largest broods of Cicadas in Virginia is coming back. Brood 2 has been

slowly growing under ground for the past seventeen years and for people who are anywhere near them, it might get loud. Robbie Harris has more.

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Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. As NPR host and special correspondent, Norris produces in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and guest hosts NPR News programs.

Norris also leads the "The Race Card Project," an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America that she created after the publication of her 2010 family memoir, The Grace of Silence. In the book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America's complicated racial history.

Son of Norman Vincent Peale
1:56 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

John Peale Shares His Story

Recently, one of the nation’s best-known religious leaders announced that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide. 

Rick Warren , pastor of a mega-church in Southern California and author of the best-selling Purpose Driven Life said Matthew Warren had suffered from depression.  Here in Virginia, the son of another church superstar says he can relate.  

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UVA studies mild electrical stimulation
1:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Help for Fibromyalgia

(l-r) Nursing Professor Joel Anderson, Ph.D, Nursing Student Bridget Houlahan, and Nursing Professor Ann Gill Taylor.
Credit Dan Addison via UVA

Nearly six million Americans – most of them women -- suffer from a mysterious condition called Fibromyalgia. 

It causes widespread pain, and there is no cure, but researchers at the University of Virginia report low-level electrical stimulation can cause changes in the brain – and for many study subjects bring relief.

Nursing professor Ann Gill Taylor heads UVA’s Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and says patients with fibromyalgia report a range of symptoms. “Fatigue, sleep disturbances, sort of a cognitive fog and a very poor quality of life.”

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