Environment
12:44 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Managing Virginia's Deer Population: Part 2

White-tailed deer cause an estimated 50,000 car crashes in Virginia each year, do millions of dollars in damage to farm crops, trees and gardens.  

Under ideal conditions, the deer population can double every year.  The state counts on hunters to help keep the number of deer in check, and officials are now looking at other ways to promote healthy living with deer. 

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Law & Crime
6:04 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Crisis Teams Benefit from Medicaid Fraud Settlement

A portion of Virginia's share of a 115-million-dollar Medicaid fraud settlement with Abbott Labs has been divided up among local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. The 4.2 million dollars in funds were presented to local sheriffs and police chiefs Wednesday in Richmond. The funds will support Crisis Intervention Team training to improve the ability to help people with mental health problems.  

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Arts & Culture
5:53 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Highlander Festival Celebrates Celtic History & Culture

Credit www.radford.edu

The mountains regions of South Western Virginia were settled by a large number of Scottish, English and Irish people.  Today, their stories and songs can still be heard -in the mountains and ridges of this area - and at this weekend’s 18th annual Radford Highlanders Festival. The festival not only celebrates ancient traditions, but also offers evidence that Celtic Culture is alive and well in American society and continues to evolve today.

Admission to the The Radford Highlanders Festival is free.  It’s a joint project of Radford University and the City of Radford.  

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Environment
7:05 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Managing Virginia's Deer Population: Part 1

There are an estimated 30 million white-tailed deer in this country – 100 times more than a century ago, and in states like Virginia, predators that used to control their populations are gone. 

That leaves humans to manage herds of deer and the Commonwealth is trying to come up with a new plan to do that.

Native Americans  and early settlers depended on deer to supply them with meat and clothing, so there was probably not much objection to hunting them, but in the 20th century,  as many Americans moved to cities, another force shaped our perception of deer – Walt Disney.

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Education
4:47 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The "Teacher Cabinet" Holds its Inaugural Meeting

Nearly three dozen educators from all regions of the Commonwealth convened in Richmond today for a meeting of a new state “Teacher Cabinet.”  The panel was established by Governor McDonnell to strategize and make recommendations for education reforms.  The Governor plans to incorporate their ideas into an agenda for the next General Assembly session.

The teachers represent a wide spectrum of grades and specialties and were eager to advise the Governor about a real-world perspective. McDonnell called them excellent, experienced educators.

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Education
5:27 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Giving Kids Access to Digital Textbooks

Virginia’s school boards would have until 2017 to plan for complete student access to electronic textbooks IF they decide to use them … under a bill recommended by a General Assembly advisory panel.  The measure aims to close a digital divide that’s already opened up among some students who don’t have access to e-textbooks at home.  While the solution is more complex than it seems, panel members say fixing the problem can’t wait.

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Law & Crime
4:26 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Virginia Hosts First Human Trafficking Summit

While Virginia has made significant strides to confront human trafficking, it’s still a growing problem—so much so that Governor McDonnell hosted the first-ever state Human Trafficking Summit. What those in attendance learned is that while Virginia-especially Northern Virginia—is still one of the largest hubs for traffickers, law enforcement is quickly gaining ground.

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Transportation
4:50 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

V-DOT Construction Means Traffic Headaches for Virginia Motorists

When the Virginia General Assembly approved new transportation funding this year, it also allocated 2-and-a-half billion dollars more than VDOT's previous six-year transportation improvement plan. That is allowing the agency to focus aggressively on some badly needed construction projects statewide to relieve congestion, make repairs, and build new lanes. But it will also mean some headaches for motorists traveling on some of the busiest stretches of Virginia.

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