Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Charlottesville Group Announces Muzzle Awards

Credit At the First Amendment Monument, by Sam Welty.

It’s that time of year again in Charlottesville.  The Center for the Protection of Free Expression has issued its annual Muzzle Awards – also known as the Muzzies, and – as always – there are some incredible accounts of free speech repressed.

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Social Security Benefits
9:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Reaction to "Chained CPI" in Budget

A large contingent of Virginians says it will pressure congressional representatives to vote against a proposal by the Obama administration that cuts into Social Security benefits.

The AARP is part of the group that says the "Chained CPI" proposal breaks the promise made to millions of Americans. 

While the Consumer Price Index calculates inflation through the costs of basic goods, the Chained CPI factors in lower demand and the substitutions that consumers make when costs are higher.  Thus, it lowers cost-of-living adjustments for inflation.  

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TomTom Festival
4:12 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Weed Salad, anyone?

Patrick McCafferty, ready to chow down.

Spring has finally sprung here in Virginia, and that’s got one Charlottesville man on the move - pulling weeds, but he’s not just any gardener. 

26-year-old Patrick McCafferty is planning meals around the greens he gets for free. He finds his lunch by hiking a forest, or strolling around the yard.

He's learned the tricks of the trade of foraging for food, and become a master of plant identification.

“On the highway, I can identify weeds going 60 miles an hour from like, a hundred yards away.”

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17 Years Underground
3:36 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Cicadas Emerge

April may be known for more than showers this year. Some insects will make a return this spring after nearly two decades underground. . .

These creatures look a little frightening with their red eyes, black bodies and gold wings but there’s nothing to fear with the cicadas about to emerge from the earth.  Virginia Department of Forestry spokesman Chris Asaro says that’s where they’ve been waiting for the past 17 years.

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Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn covers a wide range of issues from politics and music to breaking news and crime and punishment. His reports have ranged from weather calamities, religion, and corruption, to immigration, obituaries, business, and high profile court cases. Texas has it all, and Goodwyn has covered it.

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16-Day Trade Mission
4:43 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Selling Virginia

Governor McDonnell heads out West this week … before flying to the Far East on a trade mission to China and Japan. 

A team of state economic development officials and cabinet secretaries will travel with the Governor on a 16-day job creation and marketing mission that begins in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

McDonnell says he and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will co-market their states to California companies.

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As Director of Vertical Initiatives (and Mischief) at NPR, Matt Thompson works with teams across the company to guide the development of topic-focused verticals covering race, ethnicity and culture; education; and global health and development.

Outside his work at NPR, Thompson teaches media and technology management as an adjunct professor at American University. He serves as the vice-chairman of the board of the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative journalism nonprofit. He's also the co-founder of an organization called Spark Camp, which convenes diverse groups of leaders from a variety of industries.

Virginia Board of Health
2:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Abortion Clinic Regulations

This Friday,  April 12, Virginia’s Board of Health meets again to vote on controversial new rules that would force women’s health clinics that provide abortions to meet standards written for hospitals – or to close. 

Now, a candidate for lieutenant governor says guidelines issued by the governor himself dictate another course of action for the so-called Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers – or TRAP. 

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VPAP's Most-Clicked Stories
2:21 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

VaNews for 04.09.13

Internet reports of an emergency lockdown at The College of William and Mary went national recently - but it never happened...and suspects are in custody in a string of arsons on Virginia’s eastern shore.

Newspaper stories about both made the most-clicked list for the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.

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