A Question of Judgement
8:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Governor McDonnell Rental Property Controversy

Credit examiner.com

Governor Bob McDonnell holds interest in millions of dollars of real estate and one property, a home previously occupied by his daughter and son-in-law, is now being rented by him to a state employee he hand-picked for the job.

State Health Commissioner Dr Cynthia Romero is renting McDonnell’s 835,000 dollar Henrico County home. A McDonnell spokesperson confirmed the rental but did not reveal any details of the agreement between McDonnell and Romero. Political analyst Larry Sabato says this is no doubt a conflict of interest that anyone would recognize.

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The Quinnipiac Poll
8:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

A Look at McDonnell's Latest Approval Ratings

Credit politico.com

Despite the sources and their political leanings, pollsters are finding that the Star Scientific scandal is taking a toll on Governor McDonnell's approval ratings.  A new Quinnipiac poll today also finds that overall, most Virginians still like their governor.  
 

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Wild Goose Church

A new church in southwestern Virginia is looking to local culture to inspire its congregation.

It celebrates the Appalachian spirit of community and practicality best demonstrated by potluck dinners and conversation, followed by music and dancing. The new church, called “Wild Goose,” opened earlier this year in a remote part of Floyd County.
 







 

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Zoe Chace explains the mysteries of the global economy for NPR's Planet Money. As a reporter for the team, Chace knows how to find compelling stories in unlikely places, including a lollipop factory in Ohio struggling to stay open, a pasta plant in Italy where everyone calls in sick, and a recording studio in New York mixing Rihanna's next hit.

In 2008, Chace came to NPR to work as an intern on Weekend Edition Saturday. As a production assistant on NPR's Arts Desk, she developed a beat covering popular music and co-created Pop Off, a regular feature about hit songs for Morning Edition. Chace shocked the music industry when she convinced the famously reclusive Lauryn Hill to sit down for an interview.

Government & Politics
2:51 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Roanoke College Releases the Latest Gubernatorial Poll Numbers

The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College is out with its latest poll on the gubernatorial election.  Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe 37 to 31 percent but Institute Director Harry Wilson says more than a quarter of registered voters haven't decided who to vote for in November.  The poll interviewed 525 registered Virginia voters between July 8th and the 14th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.

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Journalist Arun Rath is the new host of the NPR newsmagazine Weekend All Things Considered.   The Saturday and Sunday edition has moved its broadcast to the west coast. Rath has had a distinguished career in public media as a reporter, producer and editor, most recently as a senior reporter for the PBS series Frontline and The World® on WGBH Boston. He has also worked for several NPR and public radio programs. 

Photo credit: Courtesy of NPR / By Peter A. Smith Photography
Education
6:24 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Virginia Tuition Costs Under Scrutiny

The General Assembly’s watchdog agency says many of the factors driving up the cost of university tuition and fees are NOT directly related to instruction.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has been examining higher education costs to determine the operational efficiency of the Commonwealth’s 15 four-year institutions-and whether ways can be found to reduce expenses.  JLARC found that the soaring tuition increases have exceeded inflation.


 

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Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield.  For 2012, she was named "Newsfinder of the Year" by the Illinois Associated Press. She is also recipient of the 2014 Donald R. Grubb NIU Journalism Alumni Award. She is not afraid to brag at parties that she has met Carl Kasell, Ira Glass, and Garrison Keillor (and has pictures to prove it!) She is the former Recording Secretary for the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Elana Gordon covers the health beat at KCUR. She was previously a production assistant for KCURâ

U.S. Energy Policy
4:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

VA Lawmakers Weigh in on Climate Change

President Obama is vowing to attempt to combat climate change from the Oval Office, which Virginia Republicans say will cost jobs in the state while also hiking energy prices.

Climate change wasn't really a part of the 2012 election, so the president surprised many when he promised to deal with global warming in his second inaugural address. Now he's coming out swinging again...charging Republicans with being deaf to the scientific community.

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