Music & Storytelling
12:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Sounds of the Mountains Festival

Credit Sounds of the Mountains Festival

This weekend marks the annual Sounds of the Mountains Music and Story Festival in Fincastle at Camp Bethel.

Here's an excerpt past performances by headliners Donna Washington, Andy Offutt Irwin, and Ed Stivender.

For more information on the April 11 & 12 schedule and tickets visit Sounds of the Mountains.
 

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Government & Politics
6:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

2014 Muzzle Awards Bring Attention to Attacks on Free Expression

Credit TJCenter.org

It’s that time of year again, when the Thomas Jefferson Center in Charlottesville hands out Muzzle Awards to people and institutions that have attacked free expression.  

It’s been a challenging year at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, with attacks coming from all sides.  Since 9/11, in fact, Director Josh Wheeler says lots of places are trashing the First Amendment.

“These attacks on the press start at the White House and go down to the statehouse and down to the school house.”

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Government & Politics
6:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Marketplace Virginia Gains Support to Curtail "Churning"

Credit The Commonwealth Institute

While Virginia's General Assembly remains stalemated over Medicaid expansion in the state budget, one organization is providing an additional perspective on how families are impacted if the program is not expanded.  The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis is backing the new Senate budget with its private health insurance marketplace—in part, because it would help curtail a phenomenon known as "churning." 

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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

40 Virginia Winners
3:47 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Scholastic Art Awards

Forty Virginia high school students will head for college with an extra measure of confidence.  They’re winners of a national art competition that awards medals, scholarships and a measure of prestige that could ensure admission to one of this country’s top art schools.

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American Association of University Professors
3:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Professor Paychecks

Earlier this week, we told you about the latest survey from the American Association of University Professors – a look at salaries paid to tenured faculty members.   That same survey brought discouraging news for associate professors – more senior than assistants but not yet full professors.

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Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.

Part 1 of 5
5:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: The Series Begins

There are about 30,000 Virginians in state prisons, and Virginia spends more than $25,000 a year to house each of them, making the Department of Corrections the most expensive agency in Richmond, with a billion dollar annual budget.

It spends $160 million on healthcare, but critics say that care is inadequate, and some inmates could be dying for lack of medical attention.  Another 30,000 people are locked up in city or county jails, and as we'll hear throughout this series, their care is also questionable.

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Part 2 of 5
5:24 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Inmates Allege Medical Neglect

The state of Virginia spends an average of $5,300 a year per inmate for medical care in prisons, and that cost has been rising 5-7 percent per year, but  taxpayers may not be getting their money’s worth, and people locked up for minor crimes could be paying with their lives.

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Part 3 of 5
5:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Mental Illness

Fifty years ago, this country began closing mental hospitals where people with psychiatric disorders were often warehoused.  The idea was to send patients back to their communities, where they would live better lives with help from local mental health programs.  

Unfortunately, those services were limited, and many people ended up on the streets or behind bars.  Today, up to 18% of inmates in Virginia prisons are taking drugs for psychiatric conditions, and critics say some are being punished because they can’t comply with prison rules. 

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