CDC Protocals
5:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Virginia's Health Commissioner Discusses Ebola Preparedness

Credit Centers for Disease Control

The possibility that a now-deceased Ebola patient could have spread the virus to fellow travelers as he waited in a Virginia airport has prompted several state lawmakers to ask Governor McAuliffe to use his authority to impose travel restrictions on Dulles Airport.

But the state’s Health Commissioner cautions against overkill … and says Virginia's health professionals are doing everything they can to keep the situation under control.

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Timothy Sands
3:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Installation of New Virginia Tech President

Dr. Timothy Sands has been officially installed  as the 16th president of the University.

The former provost and acting president of Purdue, in Indiana, Sands got his Ph.D. from Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering.  Since he arrived in Virginia this past summer, he’s been talking with everyone from students and faculty to political leaders. 

The new president of Tech had been living the motto of the university, even before he ever knew the phrase that defines it, “Ut Prosim, “That I may serve.”

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Part 2 of 2
2:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Missing in Virginia

With the disappearance of Hannah Graham, Morgan Harrington, Alexis Murphy, Dashad Smith and other young adults, some people wonder if a serial killer is at work in and around Charlottesville. 

Law enforcement experts  say that while it's possible other factors may account for these tragic cases. Central Virginia isn’t the only place reporting missing people, and such things have occurred in the past.

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VT Bioinformatics Institute
2:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Modeling the Path of Ebola

Bryan Lewis
Credit Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute

When it comes to a disease as frightening as Ebola, it may be comforting to know teams of scientists are working to understand possible future scenarios:  How the virus might spread, and how that could be best stopped. 

Scientists from a dozen universities have been tasked by the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health to model possible future scenarios for the path of the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa.  The group is known as MIDAS for Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study.

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Part 1 of 2
9:34 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Behind the Scenes in the Search for Hannah Graham

Police have a suspect in the disappearance of Hannah Graham, but their investigation continues.  They’re not saying much, but in the first of a two-part series, here's a look at what may be going on behind the scenes and why.

For nearly a month now, volunteers and professionals have been searching for Hannah Graham.  It seems unlikely she is still alive, but even finding her body could be central to the case.

“Without a body, there always becomes the question – is this person just missing?”

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JLARC Legislative Mandate
4:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

New College Costs Report Released

Spending on support functions at Virginia’s public colleges and universities is one reason that higher education costs have escalated over the last two decades.

That’s the conclusion of the latest report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which has been studying why the costs of a college education have soared.

The study also found that improving organizational structure and purchasing strategies could help rein in those costs.

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The People's Debate
1:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Warner & Gillespie Face Off

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, squared off  in their final debate of the campaign season. 

Although the two men are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Warner, the Virginia General Assembly and ethics questions surrounding the resignation of former state Senator Phillip Puckett were drawn into the debate. 

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Several Transformations
12:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Tobacco Commission Considers Southwest Medical School Again

When critics question how effectively the Virginia Tobacco Commission is using hundreds of millions of dollars the state received from the National Tobacco Settlement there's one project that always seems to come up.

It started five years ago as a $25-million grant to establish a medical school in Bristol. Since then the only two things that have been consistent about the plan are the absence of any apparent progress and the Tobacco Commission's continuing support.

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