Impact on Elections
4:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Negative Campaigning

While voter turnout for the last three Virginia gubernatorial elections was dismal, it’s possible that negative campaigning and scandals could discourage even more voters from going to the polls in November.

One political analyst believes the implications of the negative campaigns are greater than even low voter turnout.

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Petra Mayer is an associate editor and resident nerd at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for the weekend editions of All Things Considered. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

Ashley, born in Manila, Philippines, was adopted and raised in Western Kentucky. She is a 2010 University of Kentucky graduate with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. She also attended the University of Maryland for graduate studies in Journalism for one year. Ashley interned with Morning Edition at NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2011 and was hired afterward as a temp production assistant. In March 2012, Ashley started her reporting and hosting career at WRKF. She is also a member of the Center for International Journalists 2013 International Reporting Fellowship Program.

Clay Masters is a reporter for Iowa Public Radio and formerly for Harvest Public Media. His stories have appeared on NPR

Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

MetroSongs

A Virginia-based singer-songwriter has found musical inspiration in a rather unlikely place: The Metro system.

Jason Mendelson just released the fourth volume of his "MetroSongs" series -- all featuring songs inspired by different Metro stations.

 Audio FileRebecca Sheir has the story.Edit | Remove

"MetroSongs Volume 4: Multi-tracking" is out now.

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Law & Crime
4:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Craig's List Crime

Using Craig’s List to cause trouble could land you in prison.

A Central Virginia man who used to work for the Library of Congress pled guilty this week to stalking and identification fraud – charges that could mean up to 15 years behind bars. 

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Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.

The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.

Health & Medicine
4:56 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Reseach Clinic Studies Children with Cerebral Palsy

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke is now home to a neuromotor research clinic for children suffering from cerebral palsy and other brain injuries. 

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Government & Politics
4:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Voters to Get Help Casting Some Ballots

Credit NPR

Virginians who undervote or overvote but leave before the machine accepts their final ballots will be able to get some extra assistance from local election officials.  That’s due to a new regulation adopted this week by the State Board of Elections.  The extra step may not make much of a difference in lopsided elections, but it will help every vote get counted in the close ones.

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