Education
4:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Exploring Charter Schools

Not all minds learn the same way.  However, when it comes to education, millions of children across the U.S. are swept into the same system of state and federal mandates—with expectations of positive academic results and developing a sense of individuality.

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June 11 Democratic Primary
5:21 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Primary Ahead: Strategy Talk

Democrats in Virginia hold a primary election Tuesday, and while they’ve already agreed to put Terry McAuliffe at the top of their ticket, this could be a year when other candidates - the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General - are key to the party’s success.


 

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Government & Politics
5:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lawmakers React to Phone Records Review

Virginia lawmakers are having mixed reactions to reports that the Obama Administration potentially tracked phone records of tens of millions of Americans.

Politicians aren’t a shy group. But after reports came out that the National Security Agency has access to the phone records of Verizon’s more than one hundred million customers, many lawmakers became uncharacteristically close lipped.

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Affordable Care Act
4:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Business of Healthcare Strategy Session

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, implementation of the Affordable Care Act is coming, and the reality is it will have an impact on businesses—large and small. 

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce led a strategy session for its members to help make implementation less burdensome.

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Virginia Medicaid Fraud Settlement
8:39 am
Thu June 6, 2013

IRS Releases Medicaid Fraud Settlement Money

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The IRS has agreed to release 115 million dollars in Medicaid fraud settlement money to the Commonwealth just hours after Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli accused the agency of holding out on the 125 million owed to the state.

This comes at a time when the IRS is under scrutiny for its spending and other questionable practices, but the Attorney General says that's just a coincidence. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, after months of trying to get the agency to ante up, he spoke about the problem through the media in the hope of getting a response. 

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Public Invited to the Pool Party
5:10 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Blue Ridge Swim Club Celebrates a Century

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This weekend, Charlottesville celebrates a surprising birthday and is inviting the public to a party.

Even for residents of nearby Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Swim Club may be a surprise – a one-of-a-kind place where cicadas, tree frogs and birds provide a natural soundtrack. 

At the end of an unpaved, single lane off Owensville Road in Ivy, you park in the grass and follow a winding path down a hill, through a forest of old growth trees to a fresh water pool the length of a football field.  

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Medicaid Fraud Settlement
4:34 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

AG Wants IRS to Release Settlement Money

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is accusing the IRS of refusing to release $125-million  in settlement funds to Virginia.  It comes at a time when the IRS is under scrutiny for its spending and other questionable practices, but the Attorney General says that's just a coincidence.

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Filming in Richmond Scheduled
1:36 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Killing Kennedy Movie Seeks Extras

National Geographic is looking for extras to work on the film Killing Kennedy, filming in Richmond next week.

The production company was most recently in Virginia filming last year’s Killing Lincoln.

Killing Kennedy stars Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin.  They’re looking for background players of all shapes and sizes, including many Caucasian males and Hispanic men and women.

There’s one scene that takes place in Mexico City, even though it will be shot in Richmond.

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