Dr. John Hawley
4:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

UVA Astronomer Wins Major Prize in Astronomy

Dr. John Hawley
Credit University of Virginia

A University of Virginia professor has won the Asian equivalent to the Nobel Prize for his research on energy, magnetism and black holes.  The news came by e-mail, and John Hawley is still buzzing.

“I grew up in the Gemini and Apollo era, and that was very exciting.  I had a cardboard box spaceship like many of my generation, and I was also inspired by reading the science essays that were written by  Isaac Asimov," he said.

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Government & Politics
8:22 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Joint Appearance by VA Gubernatorial Candidates

Republican Ken Cuccinelli (left) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

Forget the indirect campaign ads produced by PACs.  Virginia's two leading gubernatorial candidates took to the same stage yesterday to let their opponents know exactly where they stand. And while audience members at the Virginia Public Access Project luncheon were leaving, Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe were even more candid with the media in attendance.

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Ride Solutions
7:58 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Many Solutions to Ride Sharing

Americans waste an average of $818 a year sitting in traffic. A study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute also says we’ll plan on an hour in rush-hour traffic for every 20-minutes of driving in normal traffic.

All that time adds up and that is the reason Virginia has almost 20 rideshare agencies. Jeremy Holmes is Program Director of Ride Solutions in Roanoke.

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Virginia Arts
7:04 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Virginia's Artisan Trail Network is Expanding

Is there an artist in your midst? Most likely. Tab O’Neal looks at a growing network of artists, galleries and related businesses coming together on a series of trails. 

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The Marshall Plan
4:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Digitizing History

George C. Marshall

Sixty-five years ago, ‘The Marshall Plan’ for reviving Europe’s economy after World War II, changed the course of history. As Secretary of State after the war, General George Marshall conceived the plan in the wake of the devastation of World War Two. The plan resides here in Virginia and is still studied by leaders and scholars from all over the world.

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Robert Benincasa is a computer-assisted reporting producer in NPR's Investigations Unit.

Since joining NPR in 2008, Benincasa has been reporting on NPR Investigations stories, analyzing data for investigations, and developing data visualizations and interactive applications for NPR.org. He has worked on numerous groundbreaking stories, including an exclusive on the independence level of nursing home residents, the safety of automated aircraft, and a government mandate to produce $1 coins that Americans don't want.

Prior to NPR, Benincasa served as the database editor for the Gannett News Service Washington Bureau for a decade. In 1995, he joined the Burlington VT Free Press as a staff writer.

Flora of Virginia
3:17 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Definitive State Plant Guide

The last time the state of Virginia had its own, definitive plant guide was 1762, with the book “Flora Virginica.” Now, after more than a decade in the making, the volume has finally been updated. 
 

Flora of Virginia offers a state-of-the art guide to nearly 32-hundred plant species in 200 families. The book features identification keys, cutting edge taxonomy, and detailed habitat information….with a pretty thorough description of each plant.

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A look at the economy and business outlook in Virginia.

A look at the arts and culture of Virginia.

McDonnell Initiative Moves Forward
7:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Governor Expedites Rights Restoration Process

Although the General Assembly this year shot down one opportunity for Governor McDonnell to fulfill a campaign promise to restore the voting and civil rights of nonviolent felons, the Governor has found a way to sidestep lawmakers and make progress toward that goal.  A day after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli unveiled his advisory report on the issue, McDonnell announced his own initiative. 

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