Government & Politics
7:53 am
Thu May 15, 2014

More Challenges for the Affordable Health Care Act

The Affordable Health Care Act is facing yet another challenge out of Virginia. This time four residents are asking a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to invalidate the tax subsidies offered to people who purchase insurance through a federal healthcare exchange. 

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Veterans Groups Call for Resignation
3:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Lawmakers Eye Developments at Veterans Affairs

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This week embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is scheduled to face a Senate panel after veterans groups and some lawmakers have called for his resignation.

 

There’s bipartisan agreement that the V-A is failing hundreds of thousands of veterans who have waited months to get care. Some Republican lawmakers and two prominent veterans groups have called for the resignation of Shinseki amid reports that dozens of veterans died while awaiting care at a Phoenix V-A hospital.

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Smart Phone App
4:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Blacksburg Transit: There's an App for That

Credit Blacksburg Transit

Blacksburg Transit is joining a handful of locales in Virginia that have an App for youR smart phone that let’s you plan your bus trip.  Officials say it will save money, energy, and riders’ patience. 

For mass transit riders, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching the bus pull away while you decide weather to break into a sprint to catch it. Tim Witten is the Intelligent Transportation Systems Manager for Blacksburg Transit.

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An App For That
4:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Getting Game Online

Since the advent of smart phones, thousands of applications have come on the market.  You can buy one to help identify bird calls or constellations.  Another makes random sounds -- a drum roll or a sad trombone for example. 

I-steam fogs up the screen of your phone, allowing you to write things with your finger, and now Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is working on an app to make hunting and fishing simpler. 

 

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4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
6:03 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Gay Marriage Issue in Court

It’s the next chapter in the same sex marriage debate….and it’s set in Richmond.
A three-judge panel with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals whas heard oral arguments in the case of Bostic vs. Shaefer….better known as the challenge on Virginia’s ban on gay marriage.
 

It could take weeks, even months, for a ruling in the case. 

Both sides have indicated they'll head next to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Transportation Funding
8:31 am
Mon May 12, 2014

VDOT Establishes Transportation Priorities

Every year V-DOT brings before the public a six year improvement program that includes new projects along with those that have been on the shelf for years, or even decades. But, this year's prioritizing may come undone. 

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Education
8:15 am
Mon May 12, 2014

UVA's Professor Lou and "How Things Work"

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Hockey season is winding to a close, and that’s good news for Professor Lou Bloomfield, who will now have a little extra time in his busy schedule.  During the season, he produces a video segment - shown on cable TV and the stadium JumboTron, explaining the science of this sport.  

Lou Bloomfield has been a professor of physics at the University of Virginia for nearly 30 years, He teaches a course called How Things Work.

“How does a violin work?  How does a microwave oven work?  What’s static electricity? Why do magnets stick to your refrigerator?”

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Government & Politics
6:32 am
Mon May 12, 2014

VaNews for 5.12.14

Legal partying turns rowdy in Northern Virginia while a crowd of illegal drug users keeps it peaceful in Nelson County. 

These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Jay Field is a reporter for MPBN Radio based in the network’s Bangor bureau. In his reporting for the network’s flagship program, Maine Things Considered, Field enjoys exploring how real people’s lives are impacted by the unique policy challenges, economic, education, natural resource and otherwise, that come with daily life in a rural state.

Naturalization Ceremony
4:27 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Naturalization Ceremony Yields New Americans

Within the halls of the oldest representative body in the U.S., in the very same seats that Virginia lawmakers craft legislation, sat 44 people from 32 different countries who, for the first time, were called “Americans.” 

It was all part of a naturalization ceremony at the State Capitol that, for some, marked a decades-long journey for U.S. citizenship.

 

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