Saving Our Planet
7:33 am
Thu June 19, 2014

VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts

Employees from 77 Virginia businesses will stroll down the green carpet outside Charlottesville’sParamount Theater Thursday night, to accept awards from the Better Business Challenge. A look at the competition and what it’s achieved.  

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Is Immigration Reform Dead?
7:52 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Senator Tim Kaine on the Immigration Issue Following Cantor Ousting

Credit watchdog.org

When Congressman Eric Cantor lost his primary fight against a candidate who opposes  immigration reform, many pundits pronounced the issue dead, but one Virginia politician strongly disagrees.   

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Iraq in Turmoil
7:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Kaine Shares His Thoughts on Iraq Situation

As the civil war widens in Iraq, there’s growing debate about what the United States should do.  A strong ally of the president, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says military action is unlikely.  

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Sports
1:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

The Legend of the Shoeless Wonders

Hugh Stallard, Glen Thomas, and Cliff Thomas
Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

From the 1920s to the 1950s, orphans from the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg dominated and defeated rival football teams. Too poor to even afford shoes, they played in their bare feet, and became known as The Shoeless Wonders. Their inspiration story gained national attention, and was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. Now, they’re the subject of an upcoming movie. 

“The field ran back this way toward the gymnasium.  The goal post was probably right here and there was another one down there just. . .”

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Law & Crime
7:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Confession Tactics For Juveniles Should Be Examined

Police routinely use certain techniques to get confessions from suspects, but a new study from the University of Virginia suggests those tactics should not be used with juveniles.  Because their brains are not fully developed, social scientists say they will respond differently than adults and confess to crimes they didn’t commit. 

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Government & Politics
6:58 am
Mon June 16, 2014

VaNews for 6.16.14

The political spotlight has suddenly focused on a small Virginia College where two faculty members are running against each other for Congress... and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay creates a surprising consequence for Boy Scouts in Arlington. 

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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E-Cigarette Dangers
4:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Nicotine Not As Safe As Once Thought

The recent trend toward e-cigarettes as a way to avoid the dangers of smoking may not be as safe as previously thought.  Scientists at Virginia Tech now say nicotine; even in non-smoke-able forms can,  cause cancer.

There’s now an entire industry based on smoking cessation aids, such as nicotine gums, lozenges and the newest delivery devices, e- cigarettes.  But according to Geneticist, Skip Garner, nicotine itself, once thought to be merely addictive is also carcinogenic.

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Juana Summers is a reporter covering education for NPR.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primary and general election. She has also extensively covered defense policy and veterans affairs, and authored POLITICO's morning defense newsletter.

Before that, she covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

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Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

Services Slashed
4:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Morning After: Budget Reaction

Some Virginia policy analysts say after months of stalling and keeping constituents on the edge of their seats, the General Assembly still blundered by passing a budget without Medicaid expansion.

Groups that include Virginia Organizing, Progress Virginia, and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis say that not only has the budget left hundreds of thousands of Virginians without affordable healthcare options—but residents are left with a gaping budgetary hole that needs to be filled.  

 

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