Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                      April 16, 2013


James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

11:30 A.M. EDT


Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release                               April 15, 2013



James S. Brady Press Briefing Room



6:11 P.M. EDT


Government & Politics
4:19 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Primary Time

The question of which candidates have qualified to be on the June 11th primary ballot is now settled. 

Four candidates are running in the statewide Democratic primary for the offices of Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, but voters may be surprised to learn that a number of Democratic and Republican candidates for the House of Delegates and local offices will also be on the ballot.

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Washington & Lee University School of Law
3:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Tax Clinic: Making Peace with the IRS

Michelle Drumbl and law student Jessica Unger discuss a client's issue.

  Many Virginians are heaving a sigh of relief after getting tax returns done and in the mail, but for some the challenge of paying taxes as just begun. 

They’re the ones who get notices from the IRS.  At the very least, that’s an annoyance, and for some it’s a nightmare, but free help could be a phone call away.

Every state has at least one federally-funded office to help people having trouble with the Internal Revenue Service.  In Virginia there are two: the Community Tax Law Project in Richmond and the Tax Clinic at Washington and Lee’s School of Law. 

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Law & Crime
3:18 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

After the Arsons

Virginia's rural Eastern Shore community is getting back to normal after Charles Smith confessed to a majority of the 77 arsons set there since November.

The area  has an abundance of renovated manors and crumbling structures, some more than 200 years old.

At first residents were glad when arsonists targeted derelict houses. But as the crimes went on, they began to wear on the tiny community.

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Virginia Board of Health
11:33 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Abortion Clinic Regulations Get Final Approval

Credit Steve Helber/AP

Defying the testimony of many legal and medical experts, Virginia’s Board of Health has given final approval to new regulations that will force abortion clinics to meet the same architectural requirements as new hospitals.

Supporters cheered but angry protestors walked out of a state hearing room Friday after the board of health voted to impose new regulations on abortion clinics – architectural requirements originally written for new hospitals.  

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Virginia Public Access Project
11:07 am
Mon April 15, 2013

VaNews for 04.15.13

If you think there are too many lawyers in politics it may be time to think again, at least where the Virginia General Assembly is concerned.

That story and one that exposes a loophole in the state’s new texting-while-driving law were at the top of the hit list on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link this past week. Fred Echols reports .

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at

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WVTF Blacksburg Master Chorale 25th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway

Congratulations go out to Dennis Folsom of Pulaski and Nick Kotz of Blacksburg, winners of tickets to the April 25 Blacksburg Master Chorale performance.

Contest Rules:

Winners will be selected from listeners who are the first and second to call us when we make the announcement on the air between 10:00-10:30 AM April 15 during "Morning Classics.  Each winner will receive two tickets to the April 25, 7:35 PM of the Master Chorale's 25th Anniversary concert at Virginia Tech's Burruss Hall.

Creating a Culture of Compassion
10:46 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Actively Caring for People


It has been six years since the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech, when the words, “We are all Hokies” echoed around the world. Recent events suggest these horrific acts show no sign of abating. 

But the Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech believes there may be a solution to this trend of tragedy, which seems to have society in its grip. 

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Michelle Trudeau began her radio career in 1981, filing stories for NPR from Beijing and Shanghai, China, where she and her husband lived for two years. She began working as a science reporter and producer for NPR's Science Desk since 1982. Trudeau's news reports and feature stories, which cover the areas of human behavior, child development, the brain sciences, and mental health, air on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.