Health & Medicine
4:56 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Reseach Clinic Studies Children with Cerebral Palsy

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke is now home to a neuromotor research clinic for children suffering from cerebral palsy and other brain injuries. 

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Government & Politics
4:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Voters to Get Help Casting Some Ballots

Credit NPR

Virginians who undervote or overvote but leave before the machine accepts their final ballots will be able to get some extra assistance from local election officials.  That’s due to a new regulation adopted this week by the State Board of Elections.  The extra step may not make much of a difference in lopsided elections, but it will help every vote get counted in the close ones.

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WVTF/RADIO IQ Contest Policy

August/2013

The following guidelines will be applied consistently unless otherwise changed by the rules for specific contests:

Environment
1:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Watching for Whimbrels

Scientists on the Eastern Shore are watching the skies for shore birds now winging their way to South America.  Thanks to satellites and transmitters, it’s possible to track their travels, and as experts learn more about the birds’ migration, they hope to better protect species in decline.

On a windy night last spring, a group of scientists sat on a dock in Machipongo on Virginia’s Eastern Shore –peering through binoculars, sipping wine and watching for whimbrels. 

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America's Jobs
8:25 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Virginia Jobs and Taxes at the Center of Debate

Credit www.cnn.com

With Congress in recess for the month President Obama is preparing to continue pressuring Republicans to work with him on job creation. Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation say that while his speeches rev up his base he still isn’t trying to work with the G-O-P.

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Diane Orson is a reporter and producer for WNPR and a contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories are heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here And Now. She began at WBUR in Boston and came to Connecticut in 1988.

Virginia Elections
4:47 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Possible Conflicts of Interest Regarding Virginia's Gubernatorial Election

The Vice Chair of the State Board of Elections is asking whether a new state law expanding the Attorney General’s power to investigate election irregularities will create a conflict of interest this fall.  Kimberly Bowers, who is the Democratic appointee to the Board, raised the issue as the members held a meeting in Richmond.  This year’s campaign season will be the first test of the new law.

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Hands-On Micro-Financing
4:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

The Money Game

Assistant Professor Akshay Sharma, at center, works with women participating in a micro lending collective, which pays for basic entrepreneurial ventures.

As the saying goes, it takes money to make money.  But where does that leave the four billion people around the world who live below the poverty line? 

A Virginia Tech Professor is tackling that problem from a new perspective.  

Most people have heard the term ‘micro finance.’  Cooperatives lend small amounts of money to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The concept began in developing nations to help women start their own businesses. Experts say poor people who receive these loans repay them at the astounding rate 99.7%.

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Dave DeWitt is currently working on the year-long North Carolina Teacher Project. He came to WUNC in 2003 and spent four years on the staff of The State of Things.

Gubernatorial Candidates Present Ideas
4:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Candidate Cuccinelli Unveils Education Plan

If voters can wade through the scandals facing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and his GOP rival, Ken Cuccinelli, they'll find substantive events where both candidates present ideas for the Commonwealth’s future. 

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