Ongoing Pipeline Debates
8:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Pro-Pipeliners and Pipeline Protesters: Virginians are Pipeline Polarized

Plans for three new natural gas pipelines to run through southwest Virginia have sparked much discussion since they were announced. The companies behind them have held open houses to educate communities. Numerous protest groups have been formed to oppose them, and forums held, to examine arguments on both sides.  The possibility of the pipelines is not only spurring discussion, it’s also reawakening the spirit of protest movements that have come before.

“No to fracking Pipe line, no to fracking period and no to politicians who support either one!"

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:19 am
Mon March 23, 2015

VaNews: Columbia, VA and Ridesharing v. Taxis

One of Virginia's smallest towns has voted itself out of existence....and now that the General Assembly has established regulations that allow commercial online ridesharing in Virginia the taxi industry says it can't compete. 

Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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Federal Budget
6:37 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Virginia Lawmakers on Sequestration

Flickr user Greg Willis
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The House and Senate are set to debate the nation’s budget this week and it has huge implications for the region. Virginia lawmakers are fighting to keep those indiscriminate budget cuts known as sequestration at bay.

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Law & Crime
6:08 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Charlottesville Bouncer Says ABC Claimed Fear of Riot

Kevin Badke shows how he extended his arm to return the ID card.
Credit Hawes Spencer

The debate continues this week over the level of force Alcoholic Beverage Control Officers may have used against a UVA student turned away from a Charlottesville bar. The public still has no explanation for why Martese Johnson ended up bleeding from a head wound, lying on a sidewalk, restrained by three officers.

It was just past midnight, and patrons inside Trinity Irish Pub were still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day while outside watching were three Alcoholic Beverage Control agents. They had told owner Kevin Badke they were hoping to prevent trouble.



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Virginia State Police Investigates
7:33 am
Fri March 20, 2015

State Police Launch Probes of UVA Student's Arrest

Martese Johnson came to the Downtown Mall Thursday with his brother, mother, and lawyer
Credit Hawes Spencer

Two separate investigations have now been launched into the arrest and injury of a popular UVA student leader. 

After requests from the governor and Charlottesville's top prosecutor, Virginia State Police have launched both an administrative review and a criminal investigation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's March 18 encounter with Martese Johnson, who was cuffed, arrested, and injured on the sidewalk outside a Charlottesville bar. 
 

"We owe it both Mr. Johnson and the Virginia ABC to be painstakingly thorough in determining the facts of the situation."

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Arts & Culture
5:29 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

VA Architect Creates Costa Rican Coloring Book

Coloring books are usually for kids, and they’re rarely considered art, but a Charlottesville man has published a coloring book for all ages, with black and white drawings that took at least forty hours to create. 

Bob Anderson is an architect who likes to build green.  He’s always considered himself a conservationist, and when his son decided to host a bachelor party in the Costa Rican rainforest, Anderson was delighted. 

The Corcovado National Park was remote, lush and teeming with beautiful birds and animals.

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Declining Population
4:41 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

"Kill the Bees, Kill the Economy"

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Annually for about 13 years, Virginia—like many other states—has been losing about 30% of its honey bee population to a host of problems.  

Some might think that there’s no need to worry.  But aside from the delicious honey they produce, bees are a major contributor to the production of Virginia agriculture, the state's top commodity.

Kill the bees, kill the economy—not to mention furthering the slow breakdown of the ecosystem. So what's leading to the decline? Virginia Tech entomologist Dr. Troy Anderson says a lot of factors are responsible.

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: "Wearing My Religion"

Sana Rauf

Whatever your thoughts on fashion, it seems clear that what a woman wears can speak volumes about her, before she ever utters a word. 

In part three of our series on the upcoming Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, we explore the message of the hijab: the headscarf worn by Muslim women here and all over the world.

“From what I see as someone that wears a headscarf is, I walk with my religion on my head. So it is a little bit harder.”

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