Virginia Tech Research
5:15 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Sensor Equipped Construction Helmet Can Detect Carbon Monoxide

Researchers at Virginia Tech have come up with a plan for a new kind of helmet for construction workers that can monitor their exposure to carbon monoxide and warn them before it becomes dangerous. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning kills hundreds of Americans each year and sends thousands more to the hospital.  Construction workers face an especially high risk because they often work in enclosed spaces where exhaust from gasoline-powered hand tools can build up fast. 

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SCC & FOIA
4:38 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Sunshine Laws

A special panel of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council has declined to endorse legislation to require the State Corporation Commission to comply with many provisions of Virginia’s open-government laws. 

The Rights and Remedies subcommittee took up the issue at the request of a Fairfax Delegate who believes that many of the SCC’s activities are too shielded from the public. 

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Language Academy at W&L
2:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

No English Allowed!

Credit Washington & Lee University

For some kids, this summer was all about relaxing and having fun,  but  for 165 students from Virginia high schools, it was a time for some hard mental work. 

They  gave up their cell phones, laptops and iPads to take  part in the annual Language Academy at Washington and Lee – hearing and speaking only French, Spanish or German and – through that language – learning one more language.  

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Standards of Learning
12:53 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

SOL Pass Rate Information Available

Standards of  Learning pass rates are now posted—and Virginia students posted gains in math SOL tests that were new two years ago.

But as officials predicted, scores on new, more rigorous English and science tests dropped, according to the data.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says students are now being challenged by the standards to achieve new levels of mastery at each grade level.  She says the online-writing component is a very different approach than the traditional multiple-choice tests often associated with SOLs.

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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.   

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