Shortage of Medical Personnel
10:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

VA Gives Students an Incentive to Become Healthcare Providers


With the shortage of healthcare providers in Virginia the Department of Health has four programs to incentivize students and providers to not only stay in Virginia but to work in underserved regions of the state. 

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Science & Technology
9:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Chicken Ears: How Poultry Could Help Restore Hearing Loss in Humans


Chickens are a blessing for humanity -- from the eggs they deliver to our breakfast table to the main course they become at dinner.  Now, there’s another reason to love these versatile birds.  Scientists at the University of Virginia say they may teach us how to restore lost hearing in humans.  

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Arts & Culture
5:14 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Law Allows People and Pets to Be Buried Side by Side

by Beverly Amsler

Walk around any cemetery and you’ll find tombstones bearing the same last name. . . family members buried next to each other.  A new Virginia law will now make it possible for people to be buried beside their pets. 

“There’s Peanut and Bootsie and Choppie, Niles, Sassy Mae, Mr. Bojangles, Gypsy, and Princess.”

“People are devoted to their pet, love their pets.  As you can see, we’ve got flowers and memorials, and a couple Easter decorations.”

Don Green is the President of Evergreen Memorial Trust and we’re standing in a corner of MountainView Cemetery in Vinton. 

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Promoting Green Energy
4:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Ideas for the EPA

Following dire new predictions about climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to impose new limits on the nation’s power plants.

Some states already have aggressive policies to reduce the use of coal and other fossil fuels, while promoting wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy. 

In a new book, University of Virginia Professor Vivian Thomson says there are lessons to be learned from those states.

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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!


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

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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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