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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Message to Gubernatorial Candidates
4:03 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Surveys Voters

Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has released the results of a poll showing strong support for clean-up efforts and little desire for delay. 

With the governor’s race in full swing, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation decided to survey likely Virginia voters – to see what they want from candidates.  Pollsters found more than 90 percent support the Commonwealth’s plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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Challenge Into Change
11:01 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Women's Initiative Essay Contest

The Women's Initiative in Charlottesville was established to help women in crisis – to support them as they make difficult transitions in their lives.

Each year, the group offers a challenge to women-- to document their thoughts.  We have three of the essays recorded. 

Beth Gager is 43 and the mother of two.   She wrote about her recovery from an emotional breakdown.

Myra Anderson is 34.  A native of Charlottesville and a graduate of Covenant High School,  she was abused as a child and is still working to heal the wounds.

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Fighting for Reform
4:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Protesters Pressure Lawmakers over Immigration

Credit Service Employees International Union

Congress is gone for the month of August so local immigration advocates are planning to take their fight for reform to Republican’s district offices in Virginia.

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Prevalent in the U.S. Food Supply
4:41 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

GMO Research

While Americans are growing more health-conscious and monitoring what they eat, the latest trend is becoming more aware of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms.

But a Virginia nutritional counselor says GMO labeling is not so obvious in the packaging, and more foods contain GMOs than one might suspect.

Wendy Vigdor Hess is the author of the book, "Sweetness Without Sugar."  She says some countries have banned GMOs, but Hess says they saturate the U.S. food supply.


 

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Suspect Charged with Abduction
2:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Missing Teen Case

Suspect: Randy Allen Taylor

Authorities have now identified the suspect in connection with the disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor was taken into custody yesterday afternoon without incident. He’s been charged with abduction by intimidation or force.

Alexis Murphy was last seen August 3. Nelson County Commonwealth’s attorney Anthony Martin says the arrest is a significant step toward finding the young woman. 

The FBI says it is investigating whether this case is connected to other missing-persons cases.

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Allocating Limited Resources
11:30 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Children & Mental Illness

One in five Virginia children and youth suffer from mental disorders—and in about half of those cases, it's so severe that it's disruptive to the home and school life.

And while incidents like Sandy Hook and the Virginia Tech shootings have brought more attention to the issue, parents of children with these disorders say it should NOT take another tragedy for government officials to finally respond to their calls for additional help. 

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Straight from the Corner Store Garden
10:29 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Get Fresh!

Clay Street Market, Richmond VA
Credit Tricycle Gardens

A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets – a place where you can’t buy fresh fruits or vegetables.  The small corner stores carry canned and dried food that keeps well on the shelf but is less nutritious than fresh produce, often high in fat and sugar. 

For a city of its size, Richmond, Virginia is the worst food desert in the nation, but an effort is underway to fix that problem.

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Virginia Public Access Project
10:07 am
Mon August 12, 2013

VaNews for 08.12.13

Prescription drug abuse continues to plague far Southwestern Virginia and drivers entering Richmond will soon be greeted by a super-sized Confederate flag.

Those stories have been among the most clicked over the past week on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews 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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