Open Mic
4:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tales of a Sub

Some kids are happy that school is back in session.  Others head for the classroom with some trepidation, but their reluctance is nothing compared to what Charlottesville author Erika Raskin feels each time she thinks about her days as a substitute teacher.

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Ash Lawn's "Susannah"
11:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Opera Set in Appalachia

Many operas are set in Europe – sung in Italian or German, but the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville plans to bring the art form closer to home with a performance of Susannah -- a story set in Appalachia. 

Susannah is a role prized by sopranos like Renee Flemming, who performed it at the Met.  Critics described composer Carlisle Floyd as the American Pucini for the passionate lyrics and music he wrote.  He tells the story of a beautiful woman who lives in a small town – New Hope Valley, Tennessee.  She sings of her longing to leave and make something of her life.

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General Assembly
8:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door

Credit virginiapublicradio.org

In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly. While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the norm—and left many to wonder why.  But, the answer may be as simple as timing and opportunity. 

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Government & Politics
7:37 am
Mon July 7, 2014

One Solution for Salary Disparities Among State Attorneys

On average, public defenders in Virginia make 25% less than prosecutors, even though both are state employees. Now, there’s a move to change that, with two communities offering supplements that bring the two groups close to parity.  

Jim Hingely is the public defender for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

“We represent people who otherwise could not afford to have lawyers, and we assure that they have fair trials, and we assure that they’re being fairly treated.”

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Government & Politics
7:11 am
Mon July 7, 2014

VaNews for 7.7.14

Starting this month Virginians who use a certain type of two-wheeled transportation are no longer allowed to cruise without a title and license plate...and if you think nobody saw the downfall of Eric Cantor coming, think again. 

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

  

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General Assembly
3:37 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

New Laws Part 5

As Virginians celebrate American independence this weekend, many can't help but think about our veterans past and present—as well as the rights and nation that they have defended.  So as we continue our series on new state laws that just took effect, One directly impacts affects those who have served overseas … another that addresses state energy resources … and a third that affects the Commonwealth’s democratic process.

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Economics & Economy
3:21 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

SunTrust Mortgage Agrees to a Settlement with Homeowners

The U.S. Attorney for Virginia’s Western District has won a settlement with Sun Trust Mortgage, which was under investigation for failing to help struggling homeowners as promised.  Those customers may now be getting payments from Sun Trust.

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General Assembly
3:17 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

New Laws Part 4

This week some laws take effect that impact Virginia motorists-and they're not necessarily punitive. In fact, some were passed because drivers asked for them. 

The number of medical indicators allowed on driver's licenses has increased. The DMV’s Sunni Brown says previously, only hearing or speech impairments and insulin-dependent diabetes could be listed, but now:

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Government & Politics
2:51 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Accusing the DOJ of Partisan Politics

Credit Morgan Griffith's website

Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith is accusing the Justice Department of playing partisan politics by investigating a resignation that tilted power in the Virginia Senate. 

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Laura Snyder

Join WVTF, Radio IQ and the New City Arts Initiative on Friday, July 11th from 5-7pm for an art open house at our broadcast center in downtown Charlottesville. This month’s exhibit  “Souvenir” features mixed media work by Laura Snyder. Refreshments will be provided by Feast! and Early Mountain Vineyards

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