Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.

Arts & Culture
11:59 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Glenvar High Play Challenges Actors

Some Roanoke County high school students are learning first-hand what it means to be disabled, as they portray adults with physical and mental limitations in an upcoming play. 

Glenvar High theater students tackled the sensitive subject of Alzheimer’s several years ago, with a production of “My Father’s War”.  Now they’re challenging society’s view of the mentally disabled in “The Boys Next Door”.  It chronicles the lives of four men living in a group home.

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Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for Fresh Air. He is a cultural critic who has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly, and a film critic for New York Magazine. His work has won two National Magazine Awards and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. He has written book reviews for The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

Tucker is the author of Scarface Nation: The Ultimate Gangster Movie and Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About Television.

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, is a critic-in-residence and lecturer at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America.

Corrigan served as a juror for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. So We Read On, her forthcoming book on the extraordinary "second act" of The Great Gatsby, will be published by Little, Brown in September 2014.

Law & Crime
5:16 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Social Media & Privacy Issues

A bereaved father is calling on the Governor to sign legislation allowing parents to have access to their deceased minor child’s social media accounts.

Service providers had rebuffed Ricky Rash of Nottoway when he asked them for help after his son died in 2011.  He also hopes the new state law will inspire federal legislation.

Rash has been searching for answers after his son, Eric, committed suicide.  

The 15-year-old honor student planned to attend Virginia Tech and Harvard Law School, and his sudden death stunned everyone.  

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Government & Politics
5:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bolling Won't Run for Governor

Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will not run for Governor this year as an Independent.  Bolling announced his decision in an e-mail to supporters.  

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Private Wells near Radford Arsenal
1:43 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Residents Request Water Tests

A community group is calling for water testing of private wells near the Radford Army Ammunitions Plant.        

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Anti-Nuclear Demonstration in Richmond

On the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied outside the Richmond headquarters of Dominion Virginia Power. 

The protestors say the Fukushima experience shows that the risk of disaster at nuclear facilities is far too great to keep operating them.  They’re calling on Dominion to close its North Anna and Surry nuclear power stations—and instead use wind, solar, and other renewable resources.

The Fukushima site is still so radioactive that it will be eight years before the melted nuclear fuel can be removed. 

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