College World Series - Game 2
9:01 am
Wed June 25, 2014

UVA Hoping for a World Series Win and a Place in the History Books

Credit Virginia Cavaliers

It will be a winner-take-all at the College World Series tonight in Omaha. 

The Virginia Cavaliers forced the deciding game last night with a 7-2 victory over Vanderbilt.  Tonight’s game starts at 8 PM and will be shown on ESPN. A Virginia victory tonight would be historic for the university and the Atlantic Coast Conference.  

An ACC team hasn’t won the College World Series since 1955.  North Carolina in 2007 was the last ACC team to reach the best-of-3 championship series.

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Virginia Budget Woes
8:52 am
Wed June 25, 2014

VA Precedents Slowing Down Governor McAuliffe's Efforts

House Speaker Bill Howell

When House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell ruled two of Governor McAuliffe’s line-item vetoes out of order Monday night, he cited the state Constitution and Virginia Supreme Court precedents for doing so. 

Those include a 1996 case where then—as now—one major dispute was over budget language about federal funds. 


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Part 1 of 5
5:46 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Rail Safety: Rising Risks

Lynchburg, April 30, 2014
Credit LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg, via Associated Press

It’s been nearly two months since a train derailed in Lynchburg, sending a fireball into the sky above that city’s downtown and spilling oil into the James River. 

Experts said the accident could have been far worse, and many communities along the state’s 3200 miles of railroad face similar dangers. 

The city of Lynchburg grew and prospered for decades because freight moved easily here – first by river and then by rail.  Trains were a routine part of city life, but on April 30 that routine was shattered.

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Part 2 of 2
1:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Using Local Culture to Nurture a Depressed Economy

Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative
Credit The Nature Conservancy

The mountains of Southwest Virginia were once known for coal mining, manufacturing and agriculture --- and the boom and bust cycles that go with them.  Now the region is looking toward more lasting routes to prosperity.  They’re using nature and the local creative culture to nurture their economy.

“You cans start here at the waterfall which is the gorgeous 350 foot waterfall cascading over this mossy limestone cliff and then hike into the natural area.”

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College World Series - Game 1
7:19 am
Tue June 24, 2014

UVA Fans Are No Strangers to Omaha


The University of Virginia baseball team has its back against the wall at the College World Series in Omaha. Vanderbilt took Game One in the best-of-3 championship series, 9-8. UVA’s trips to Omaha are drawing repeat visitors with hopes of seeing the Cavaliers go all the way...  

It isn’t just for baseball.  Don Luttrell and his wife, Linda, from Zion Crossroads followed the men’s basketball team to Omaha two years ago.

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Virginia Tech Research
4:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Unlocking the Secrets of Aging

The signs of aging are clearly visible, hair turns gray, wrinkles appear. But scientists at Virginia Tech think they’ve found a new way to measure aging on the cellular level. 

It could lead to new ways to diagnose and determine the causes of certain illnesses.

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Part 1 of 2
3:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Using Nature to Nurture a Depressed Economy

Credit Clinch River Valley Initiative

These days so much of the country seems just like everywhere else, the same national chains, same urban sprawl.  And while there are still some authentic regions left, mostly, they’re far from –well – everywhere.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Dog Lovers Film Festival Makes Charlottesville Debut

Jeff and his service dog Jasper.
Credit Service Dogs of Virginia

A film festival for dog lovers will be held this Saturday  in Charlottesville to raise money for an area service dog organization. 

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Government & Politics
7:59 am
Mon June 23, 2014

VaNews for 6.23.14

There's controversy over ownership of volunteer fire department vehicles in a Virginia county where population growth is bringing demand for standardized emergency services...and people who walk and bike across a bridge in Norfolk are wondering who's responsible for keeping them safe. 

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

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