All About Timing
4:25 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Replacing the House Majority Leader

Some conservatives are asking for a delay in the race to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader over disagreements on immigration reform.

While Cantor was attacked for supporting "amnesty" in the final weeks of the campaign, Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says it wasn't a deciding factor in his primary loss.

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Arts & Culture
3:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Virginia Disney Fans Raise Money for Charity

Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

Disney fans are gathering in Roanoke for a 2-day festival to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Beverly Amsler spoke with Chuck Lionberger, author or the Disney Daddy blog.

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4th Annual Event
3:34 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Floyd Artisan Trail Tour

Part of the beauty of finely crafted objects is seeing where they’re made and meeting the people who make them. More than fifty artisans, galleries, farms and shops, all over Floyd County will open their doors, give demonstrations, and discuss their work this weekend.  It’s the fourth Annual Floyd Artisan Trail Tour and you’re invited.

Pat Sharkey is coordinating this weekend’s Floyd Artisan Trail, a self tour of the area that highlights what’s so captivating about this rural mecca for music, art, and personality.  

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Developing
7:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Cantor Ousting Creates Waves in the House and on the Hill

Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have lost his Republican primary in Richmond, but he isn’t giving up his leadership post until the end of summer. A look at what the political sea change means for the state. 

Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have lost his Republican primary in Richmond, but he isn’t giving up his leadership post until the end of summer. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo looks at what the sea change means for the state

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Allegory of No Region
5:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Artist Bill Rutherfoord

Capital, 2008-2013, oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

Artist Bill Rutherfoord has long been one of the region’s most respected artists.  This week, he showcases eight years of work with a massive painting and sculpture exhibit titled "Allegory of No Region" at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum.

"Allegory of No Region" by artist Bill Rutherfoord will be featured at Roanoke's Taubman Museum Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014

 
 

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Budget Negotiations
4:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Rainy Day Fund

The state's economists and fiscal experts are urging lawmakers to pass a budget as soon as possible to help mitigate lower revenues by tapping into the state's rainy day fund.

They informed the House Appropriations Committee that if lawmakers don't act soon, the state has much to lose.

Like April, May's revenue forecast is still lower than projected. At this rate, the House Appropriation Committee’s Robert Vaughn says the projected deficit carried into fiscal year 20-15 is hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Tea Party Candidate Victory
11:23 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Cantor Defeated In Primary, Leaving Majority Leader Position

Credit J. Scott Applewhite/AP

A political bombshell hit Virginia as U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his re-election bid to a political newcomer, Randolph-Macon Economics Professor David Brat. 

Despite his huge campaign cash advantage, Cantor lost his 7th Congressional district Republican primary by a margin of 45% to 55% of the vote.

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Emerald Ash Borer
8:28 am
Wed June 11, 2014

A Deadly Threat Returns to the Shenandoah National Park

Credit www.emeraldashborer.info

As the Shenandoah National Park prepares to host thousands of summer visitors, it’s also hoping to get rid of some uninvited guests. 65 Emerald Ash Borers turned up in a trap near its northern border, and park rangers note this bug has already killed 50-million trees in other parts of the country. 

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Part 2 of 2
4:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Looking for Extractable Rare Earths in Virginia

The elements known as ‘rare earths,’ are a relatively new addition to the periodic table. And they have changed the world, ushering in the new age of technology because of their unique properties. They allow us to make smaller and more efficient devices; everything from smart phones to wind turbines.

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VA Senator Phil Puckett Resigns
7:47 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A Change in Budget Negotiations Following Senator's Resignation

Credit www.businessinsider.com

The sudden resignation of Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett has created new dynamics in the three-month-long budget stalemate between the two chambers of the Virginia General Assembly.  The Senate now has 20 Republicans and 19 Democrats, and that could ultimately result in its re-organization with the GOP in charge. Lawmakers took part in active discussions regarding the next steps the Senate should take, and how to move the budget forward. 

    

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