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

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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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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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