Virginia Public Access Project
4:34 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

VaNews: Unregulated Day Care Centers & Heavy Traffic

The Virginia General Assembly is likely to consider new rules for unregulated day care centers next year...and commuters who make the difficult slog through Interstate 66 gridlock in Northern Virginia are using license plates to vent their frustration.

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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Dentists Promote Halloween Buy-Back
2:53 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Cash for Candy

It’s Monday, and some kids are still gorging on Friday’s haul of Halloween candy. 

In fact, they might be eating the stuff for months, but a Crozet dentist hopes families will consider another option – donating their holiday haul to soldiers on duty overseas.  Dr. Jennifer Rice offers $1 a pound to children who want to take part.

“Takes some of the candy off the streets so to speak.”

She’s been doing this for five years, sparing teeth and promoting better health:

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Virginia 21
2:21 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Get Out The Vote

VA21 Members

In a mid term election, the goal is to ‘get out the vote.’
 

When it comes to voting behavior, the older you are, the more likely you are to cast a ballot. In 2012, fewer than half of voters age eighteen to twenty-nine voted.  And the turn-out increased with age.  Almost three quarters of people 65 years and older made it to the polls.

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Robert Sarvis
2:04 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Liberterian Candidate for U.S. Senate

Some contend his campaign stole votes from the Ken Cuccinelli for Governor campaign last year.  And many wonder why Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis is now running for the U.S. Senate when his poll numbers pale compared to his Democratic and Republican rivals.

38-year-old Robert Sarvis, of Northern Virginia, is an attorney, a software developer, and a math teacher.  He  says his campaign is about gaining momentum to fix a broken system, and he says the  Libertarian party has gained more ground than any other third party.

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Vegan & Gluten-Free
1:53 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Decadent Dessert: Chocolate Blueberry Cookies

Today's recipe is both vegan and gluten-free, but no one will know if you don't tell them. Nothing is missing here as the rich flavors of chocolate and blueberry blend together in a way that leads to a decadent dessert experience.

A special thanks to the Happy Belly Deli at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op for sharing this recipe with us.

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Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series,  features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.

Alva Noë is a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. He is writer and a philosopher who works on the nature of mind and human experience.

Noë received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has recently begun a performative-lecture collaboration with Deborah Hay. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Moonshine
7:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Giving New Life to an Old Spirit: Floyd's First Legal Micro-Distillery

Moonshine is coming out of the shadows in Floyd, Virginia.  The homemade whisky was and still is illegal.  Nonetheless, moonshine has a long history in this area; before, after and during prohibition in the 1930s. The first legal micro-distillery will soon open in Floyd, giving new life to an old spirit.  

"This comes from our heritage so it fits for us make Floyd County moonshine which Floyd county has been famous for, for a long, long time."

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Pipeline Protest
7:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Inventive Efforts in Protesting Proposed Pipeline

Fred and Bonnie Powell

Dominion is sending surveyors into the field, planning to build a 550-mile pipeline to transport natural gas from West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.  The company hopes to complete construction by 2018, but some landowners who live along the route are showing remarkable ingenuity in their fight to prevent the project. 

Fred and Bonnie Powell own a farm in Augusta County that’s been in the family for generations.

“I literally was born in the house right over – you can see the roof right across there.  That’s our home place.” 

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