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University of Virginia
12:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Issues of Tuition & Living Wage Converge

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.

The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8%  or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states. 

The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Mountain Lake Lodge

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The historic, Giles County resort known as the Mountain Lake Hotel, will soon re-open as the new Mountain Lake Lodge. 

A multi-million dollar renovation of the property and the lake, which had all but disappeared, are underway. A new restaurant and a host of new activities will mark the next chapter in the story of the  famous mountain resort.

Robbie Harris reports on a new chapter in the storied history of this mountain retreat.
 

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Effects of Sequestration
4:22 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Future of Public Housing

The Chair of the Virginia Housing Commission says the future of public housing will be the panel’s primary focus for this year, as thousands of the Commonwealth’s children, families, and veterans could be homeless within months—as a result of sequestration.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones says federal sequestration has resulted in 5% reductions in nearly all of HUD's programs—and that translates to the non-renewal of homeless assistance grants and vouchers to more than 125,000 individuals:
 

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Storytelling Festival
3:47 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Sounds of the Mountains

Familiar to NPR listeners, Kevin Kling is a featured performer at the festival.

We continue our look this week at just a handful of the springtime events scheduled throughout the listening area. 

The Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival is an annual event at Camp Bethel in Fincastle.
 

When  Storytellers Alan Hoal and Geraldine Buckley visited WVTF/RADIO IQ, we surprised them by asking them to create a sort-of storytelling duet.

Visit Sounds of the Mountains for more information about Camp Bethel and the festival, which runs April 19-20th, 2013.

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Americans with Disabilities Act
4:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

More Group Homes for the Disabled

When Department of Justice told Virginia that it must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, the state reached a compromise.

The plan was to close four of its institutions and provide thousands of waiver slots through Medicaid for community-based housing. Now, the major stakeholders have met to evaluate the plan’s progress.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival

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Floyd, Virginia is better known for Mountain music than for classical concerts, but a new Music Festival will bring the two together for eleven days this spring --- all over town.

David Stewart Wiley is the artistic director and conductor of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival. He says Floyd is an ideal setting for the festival; its variety of venues for a full schedule of performances and workshops, its scenic backdrops, and because of a certain resonance between classical and mountain music.

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Movie Palace Goes Digital
9:37 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Grandin Theatre 3-Day Film Festival

It’s a first for Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre—a film festival designed to showcase  new digital upgrades to the historic, non-profit movie palace that originally opened in 1932.  

The film festival features academy award nominated shorts and a premier of the film The Place Beyond the Pines… as well as several documentary films.

The festival  runs Friday through Sunday at the Grandin Theatre, where the complete schedule is available.

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