Many Virginians will resolve this new year to exercise more -- but Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has discovered limits to what working out can achieve.
Have you ever wanted to be someone you’re not?
So, one day I was at the gym exercising on the calf-stretching machine. As you might imagine, calf-stretching is boring, so I looked to my left to see my friend, Debbie who sat inside this claw-like apparatus, pushing up and out against what looked like a heavy weight.
Last week’s polar vortex and resulting sub-freezing temperatures forced many Virginia businesses and schools to close, and many events to be cancelled or rescheduled… including a number of all-important blood drives. Now a blood shortage is a big concern.
Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled last week due to the extreme cold weather conditions… and THAT has the American Red Cross scrambling for blood donors and donations. Kristen Hatfiled is with the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region.
A tiny, invasive bug is bringing down hemlock trees from Appalachia to southern Canada. And scientists fear another treasured native tree may be going the way of the American chestnut, forever changing forest ecosystems.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to beat the invaders at their own game. They’re using a new invasive species to keep an old one in check, and save the American hemlock tree.
Most job applications have a box on page one that asks applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime. Critics say that’s one big reason that people coming out of prison can’t get work and end up back behind bars. Now, there’s a move in the legislature to ban the box.
Virginia’s prisons offer a range of educational and vocational training programs, and many inmates go home with new skills and a commitment to live within the laws, but often they’re frustrated by the inability to find work.
Gun-control advocates say their primary goal this legislative session is to keep firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have that right. So they've revised some bills that failed last year into legislation they believe are common-sense measures which could receive bipartisan support. But the head of one gun-rights group says some of the proposals are too broad and aren’t carefully crafted.
Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran says he's retiring because he thinks he can direct more change working from outside of this Congress.
Congressman Moran first arrived on Capitol Hill in 1991. The proud progressive gained notoriety for delivering blistering floor speeches whenever his priorities were challenged, sometimes even challenging his fellow Democrats.
One of the biggest issues for this legislative session is whether to expand Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act assumed states would do that and offered to pay the full cost for the first three years – then scaling back to 90% over the next seven years.
About half the states – including Virginia – refused, and that means about 190,000 people in the Commonwealth will still be without medical coverage. Governor McAuliffe is pushing for expansion of Medicaid, but Republicans are pushing back with some surprising proposals.
Governor McAuliffe called on state lawmakers Monday night to modernize Virginia’s Standards of Learning testing program in the public schools. Now House Republicans have rolled out their initial plans… and say enacting education reforms will be a long-term project.
Their comprehensive plan would not only impact the SOLs, but also the array of courses that students can take and teacher compensation.