Roanoke County Rock On Charters
4:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Explore Park Venture

Roanoke County’s Explore Park is trying to lure visitors in, using a rod and reel.   Fishing trips are being introduced to the Roanoke River Gorge, which flows through the park.

While the weather put a damper on business early in the season,  they're casting out late but undeterred.

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Government & Politics
5:39 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Election Season: House of Delegates

The Virginia gubernatorial campaign has garnered most of the media attention this year.  But also on the ballot are elections for all 100 seats of the House of Delegates.

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Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI)
5:15 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Virginia School Boards Association Claims Policy Violates State Constitution

Virginia’s School Board Association and the Norfolk Board of Education are suing the state to stop implementation of a new law that would allow Richmond to take over local schools when they consistently fail Standards of Learning tests.

State lawmakers recently approved the establishment of a new organization – the Opportunity Educational Institution or OEI.  Its job – to take over the supervision and operation of any local school accredited by the state with a warning for three consecutive years.  Barbara Coyle heads the Virginia School Boards Association.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:25 am
Mon August 26, 2013

VaNews for 08.26.13

Virginia Democrats have a placed an order - a big one - for voter information from local registrars around the state....and Tesla Motors is still trying to get permission to sell its electric cars out of showrooms in Virginia.

Those stories have been among the most clicked over the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at  vpap.org.

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Legendary jazz and pop singer Tony Bennett will be in Charlottesville for a concert performance October 13th at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Bennett will be joined in Charlottesville by his daughter Antonia.

Bennett is entering his seventh decade as a recording artist with 17 Grammy® Awards including the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award to his credit. Bennett remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label; when his Duets II cd debuted at #1 (his very first) on the Billboard Album charts in September 2011, it made him the oldest artist to achieve the top spot at age 85.

Private Medical Records
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

State Employee Information Mistakenly Shared

The Health Flexible Spending Account records of 13,000 Virginia state employees were erroneously sent last month to the wrong human resources or payroll officials … who should have received information only for their own locations.

An insurance subcontractor electronically distributed the confidential health records, which included the employees’ names and Social Security numbers.  The exposure of private information was not due to a hacker—but was instead caused by human error.

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Hold on Tight
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hard Wired for Friends

A new study from the University of Virginia suggests human beings are hard-wired for friendship – that our brains actually view friends and loved ones as part of ourselves.  

You might remember UVA Professor Jim Coan from studies he’s done on hand-holding.  He put women in an MRI scanner and threatened to administer a mild electric shock to their ankles – then watched what their brains did.

“When you’re alone in the MRI scanner, facing the threat of electric shock, your brain is pretty active. As one of my students said, it lights up like a Christmas tree.”

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Big Meadows Unique Eco-System
1:43 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Fire Officials Plan Controlled Burns

As firefighters battle huge blazes in the west, officials at our nearest national park are preparing to set fire to one of the most beautiful parts of the Shenandoah – the Big Meadows, an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world.  

There was a time in history when Smokey Bear was the second most recognized character in America – behind Santa Claus.

But after thirty years of public service announcements and heroic efforts by park rangers and firefighters, science persuaded the National Park Service that setting small, regular fires could be a good thing.  

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Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper, and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service, and the Catholic World Report.  He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.  He once did 3Gs in a stunt plane, ran the Tough Mudder, and dove 40 meters on a single breath.  Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

Building the Ixtatan Foundation
4:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The "New Life" Vacation

Credit Ixtatan Foundation

For most people, vacation is a time to relax and recharge the batteries before heading back to daily life, but for one woman in Charlottesville, vacation turned into a whole new life.  

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