Or Possible Shutdown
4:14 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Open for Business?

For weeks, speculation has run rampant at the State Capitol over what authority Governor McAuliffe might have under the Virginia Constitution to keep the state operating if a budget is not passed by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.

Attorneys for the nonpartisan Division of Legislative Services were asked to advise state lawmakers about executive options for paying bills or mitigating a government shutdown.  At the heart of the issue is the constitutional requirement for separation of powers and co-equal branches.

 

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Part 2 of 2
10:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Poison Ivy: Seeds of Destruction

Just as the season for getting outdoors gets into full swing, so does a noxious weed that can take the fun out of summer outings.

Poison Ivy, which causes an itchy rash in eighty per cent of people who come in contact with it, is on the rise in the US, fueled by rising C-O2 levels.

But scientists at Virginia Tech have found that the weed contains the seeds of its own destruction –a kind of poison pill could be used to control the plant in the landscape.

 

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Rainbow Carrots & Daikon
9:40 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Getting Pickled

I started making refrigerator pickles two years ago after enjoying pickled carrots in a restaurant. I realized that I needed a larger variety of pickled produce in my life.

I started with pickling carrots and daikon (long, white, Japanese radish). Since then, I've gone on to use pickle okra, cucumbers (of course), radishes, beets, ginger, onions and more.

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The Doctor Crisis
9:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Yes Virginia, There is a Shortage of Doctors!

Credit dartmed.dartmouth.edu

The warning that America is running short on health care providers has been getting louder as current providers age and retire, and baby boomers age into higher consumption of health care. Virginia has more than 16-thousand physicians yet the Health Resources and Services Administration says the state needs 123 more.  

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Government & Politics
7:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

VaNews for 5.26.14

It was raises and pink slips for McDonald's employees in Southside Virginia...and a school board member in Fairfax has changed his prom night plans after a public stir over his Twitter exchange with a student. 

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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Cutting Costs
4:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Dual Enrollment Benefits

Virginia's junior U.S. Senator is backing a federal dual-enrollment bill that would enable more students to attend high school while earning college credits.

Senator Tim Kaine says his family saved money through a dual enrollment program—and similar initiatives nationally could help put more students through college.

Kaine is co-sponsoring the “Supporting College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment Act” because it allows a student to shave off a year or more of college tuition and dorm costs.

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John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR. He makes documentary films and multimedia presentations for the web and digital platforms, extending the reach and power of traditional photojournalism with moving pictures and sound.

In 2007, Poole came to NPR to help develop a visual media strategy, combining the organization's audio storytelling strength with still and motion photography. His work has led to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series 'Project Song' and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury.

Storytelling Competition
10:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Big Blue Door

Broocks Willich
Big Blue Door

Story-telling is an ancient art, but it’s getting a modern makeover in Charlottesville where two refugees from the theater world in New York are offering classes and promoting regular story-telling competitions.

It’s a Thursday night in Charlottesville – a school night – but the Wooly Mammoth bar is packed with people anxious to hear stories, like the one told by actress Broocks Willich.  She and a friend had gone to Mexico to buy tile and were  stopped by three policemen who searched the friend, found marijuana, demanded and got a $400 bribe.

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Seasonal Troubles
8:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp

Credit http://www.fws.gov/

Summer is just about here,  and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires.  Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze - one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk. 

After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp.  

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Looking for Citizen Scientists
5:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Itchy and Scratchy: Tracking Poison Ivy

Now you may start feeling itchy when you hear this next story.  For anyone who’s had poison ivy, just hearing the word can be enough to start you scratching. 

But as common as the plant is, there is actually very little scientific information about poison ivy, until now.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are looking at ways to control poison ivy naturally. And they’re asking for your help to do it.

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