Government & Politics
4:55 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Reviewing Local Mandates

One of the last things a locality wants to hear about is yet another unfunded mandate. 

It may cause the locality to scramble for resources, cut essential personnel, and do more with less. 

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Tamara Keith is a NPR White House Correspondent. She is especially focused on matters related to the economy and the Federal budget.

Prior to moving into her current role in January 2014, she was a Congressional Correspondent covering Congress with an emphasis on the budget, taxes and the ongoing fiscal fights. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, and traveled with Mitt Romney leading into the primaries in Colorado and Ohio, among other states. She began covering congress in August 2011.

International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for NPR. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

She was previously based in Cairo and covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. Nelson returns to Egypt on occasion to cover the tumultuous transition to democracy there.

Ed Ward is the rock-and-roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

A co-author of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Ward has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and countless music magazines.

Ward lives in Montpellier, France. He blogs at Ward in France.

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 2012 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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