4 Day Music & Camping Event
10:04 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Changes for Interlocken Festival

The upcoming Interlocken Music Festival now has a new name.... just Lockn’.  Festival co-founder Peter Shapiro says the new logo took on a life of its own, as he says the music and other elements are locked into one another.

The festival takes place September 5-8 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their Lockn’ appearance, as well as three other North American dates, due to guitarist Poncho Sampredo’s hand injury.

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Board of Education President
5:43 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Education Listening Tour Stops in Southwest Virginia

David Foster, Virginia Board of Education President

The President of Virginia’s Board of Education visits Southwest Virginia this week…with public meetings scheduled Thursday in Abingdon, and Friday in Wythe County.  

It’s David Foster’s latest stop, as he travels the state’s eight educational regions this year. 

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Economics & Economy
5:28 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Some Dismiss Governor's Budget Boast

The governor’s speech was not well received in certain circles.  Some democrats and economists say McDonnell  should not claim credit for low unemployment or another budget surplus.

Under his leadership, the governor says Virginia has created more than 172,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate is just 5.5% -- the lowest in the Southeast.  UVA economist Terry Rephan says Virginia does better than other states when it comes to employment, regardless of who is governor.

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Budget Outlook
5:25 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Commonwealth Ends Fiscal Year with Surplus

Governor McDonnell has announced a $585-million surplus for the state fiscal year that ended in June. 

The General Assembly’s money committees greeted him with warm applause before he outlined the condition of the Commonwealth’s budget outlook. 

The Governor shared the credit and thanked lawmakers of both parties for work that’s resulted in surpluses during a tough economy.

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Health & Medicine
4:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Virginia Nursing Home Faces Possible Medicare Termination

Recently a jury in Spotsylvania County awarded a family more than $1.4 million dollars in a negligence suit against a local nursing home. The facility has a history of safety violations.

Joseph Roberts Junior, a 47-year-old veteran, arrived at the Carriage Hill Nursing and Rehab Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia in May 2011. He had broken his hip and had a host of other medical conditions -- including numbness and paralysis on one side. He was taking pain killers for severe back trouble and was being treated for depression.

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Kristin Adolfson is a bookbinder, book artist and letterpress printer in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has been working with print and web design for more than a decade. She founded Still Point Press and is a member of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center where she teaches both bookbinding and letter press.   

Honoring A Life
9:33 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Light a Candle

Anne Carley

Death is not a subject we talk about much in our society, and it's especially hard to broach the subject of suicide with someone who has lost a loved one, but Charlottesville writer, editor and publisher Anne Carley has some advice in this essay.


 

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Government & Politics
6:56 am
Mon August 19, 2013

VaNews for 08.19.13

An English professor is parting ways with VMI but not right away...and suggestions and denials of conflict of interest on the Henrico County School Board. Those stories have been among the most read this past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VA News Link at VPAP.org.

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

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Impact on Elections
4:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Negative Campaigning

While voter turnout for the last three Virginia gubernatorial elections was dismal, it’s possible that negative campaigning and scandals could discourage even more voters from going to the polls in November.

One political analyst believes the implications of the negative campaigns are greater than even low voter turnout.

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Petra Mayer is an associate editor and resident nerd at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for the weekend editions of All Things Considered. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

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