H7N9 in China
5:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VT Researchers Study New Flu

Chickens in a Chinese live bird market.
Credit Virginia Tech

A new strain of bird flu has been identified in China. Scientists at Virginia Tech are helping quickly analyze data to identify risk factors, limiting potential spread of the deadly virus.

The new strain of flu, H7N9 has been seen only in China.  So far, around one hundred and thirty cases have been confirmed. Some have proved fatal.  The virus appears to be affecting only people who handle live birds infected with the strain. 

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Voting Rights Act
6:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

W&L Professor Weighs In on Voting Rights Decision

Christopher B. Seaman, Assistant Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University

Christopher Seaman, assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, provides background and context to this week's landmark Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act.

Seaman is the author of two journal articles on the Voting Rights Act, including "An Uncertain Future for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: The Need for a Revised Bailout System," which was published in the Saint Louis University Public Law Review in 2010.

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Immigration Reform
4:53 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Hi-Tech Entrepreneurs

An amendment proposed by U.S. Senator Mark Warner to the immigration-reform bill is languishing in the Senate even as the legislation moves closer to passage. 

The amendment would enable more highly skilled, foreign-born college graduates and entrepreneurs in science and technology to start businesses in the U.S. 

Warner says the U.S. educates thousands of foreign students who leave and compete against American businesses. The same is true of highly skilled but temporary foreign workers.

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Government & Politics
4:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

VA Lawmakers React to Voting Rights Decision

Virginia lawmakers are trying to figure out how Congress should respond to the Supreme Court's decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act.

Civil rights abuses in Virginia was a part of the reason Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The state had been dominated by racist politicians who sought to disenfranchise minorities.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says some officials in the state still try to put up barriers on Election Day.

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Charlottesville's Festival of the Photograph
12:33 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Martha Rosler's Theatre of Drones

Credit Martha Rosler. Cellular.

Charlottesville is the first city in the nation to pass a law restricting the use of drones in its airspace, and now a New York City artist has created a special show on that subject.

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Floyd Film Premier
12:16 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

House of Good and Evil

The first feature film shot in Floyd, Virginia will premier there, this Saturday evening.  “House of Good and Evil,” a low budget, independent movie, was shot almost entirely in the town last summer. 

Dozens of local people pitched in to help. Now the producers want to say ‘thank you’ with a free, outdoor showing, open to the public. 

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Defense Industry Hardest Hit in Virginia
4:38 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Economic Fallout of Sequestration

An air crewman aboard VAW-125.
Credit U.S. Navy

A renowned economist is relaxing her predictions somewhat about the effects of federal sequestration on Virginia and now sees a reason for some optimism.  Chris Chmura says although the impact of the cuts will still hurt the Commonwealth more than most states, she expects there will  be some modest job growth.

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Affirmative Action Case
2:56 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Washington & Lee Law Professor Weighs in on Supreme Court Decision

Ann MacLean Massie, Washington & Lee University Law Professor
Credit W&L

Ann Massie, professor of law at Washington and Lee University, explains the Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

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Education
1:29 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Helping Those Over 50 Get a College Education

Virginia Western Community College is one of 36 new colleges taking part in a national effort to train 10 thousand baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education, and social services. 

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:29 am
Mon June 24, 2013

VaNews for 06.24.13

Even if Virginia Democrats win the Lieutenant Governor’s race this year that won’t be enough to give them control of the state Senate unless they also win at least one other contest.

Both parties are gearing up for a possible special Senate election in Tidewater....and the state legislative building in Richmond is a surprisingly dangerous place. Those stories have been among the most read this past week at the Virginia Public Access Projects’ VaNews link.

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