Cancer Research
5:46 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Virginia Scientists Predict a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

Histopathology of urothelial carcinoma of the urinary bladder.

Scientists at the University of Virginia have made a surprising discovery that could mean more effective treatments for a range of deadly cancers.

John Herr is professor at UVA’s medical school - an expert on cell biology, and he’s devoted many years to studying the unique properties of the human egg.  His most exciting find could be good news for people who develop uterine, pancreatic, bladder, renal and ovarian cancers.

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Economics & Economy
3:45 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Sequestration Cuts Affecting Some Meals on Wheels Programs

Credit Local Office on Aging, Roanoke

Sequestration cuts are starting to affect some Meals on Wheels programs throughout the Commonwealth. 

The Local Area on Aging in Roanoke is losing $96,000 from its Meals on Wheels program this federal fiscal year. 

That’s a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses the program is taking around the Commonwealth. 

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Business & Industry
8:38 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Internet Sales Tax May Not Be a Disadvantage

Congress may soon vote on whether to require Internet sellers to collect sales tax on behalf of states.  Proponents argue it’s only fair - that charging sales tax on all transactions will level the playing field for brick and mortar stores, but some experts say the added tax will make little difference - that Internet sellers will still enjoy a huge advantage.  Sandy Hausman talked with one of them and filed this report.

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Stephen Colbert Speaks at UVA
7:27 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Stephen Colbert Delivers Comedic Valedictory Speech

Stephen Colbert Speaks at UVa

Valedictory exercises give universities a chance to hand out awards and thank people before the main graduation  – and they’re not always well attended, but this year’s speaker drew a huge crowd to the University of Virginia -- and as Sandy Hausman reports -- Stephen Colbert did not disappoint.

At a reception beforehand, Colbert was gracious, posing for photos with more than a hundred students and parents who were clearly pumped.  We spoke with Ben Hemenway, Danielle McKia, Erin Abdel-- razaq and Ariana Parsons.

"He’s hilarious … we got a good one!"

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Copperhead
3:30 am
Mon May 20, 2013

New Civil War Epic

A new Civil War epic, Copperhead,  has a screening in Lynchburg June 4, 2013 at 7.p.m. The film is the latest from Ron Maxwell, director of the films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.

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Kyle Norris got her start in radio as a Michigan Radio intern. Her features have appeared on The Environment Report, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The Splendid Table, World Vision Report, Justice Talking, and The Health Show.

In 2008, she won a Division A (News Staff of 5 or more) first place award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated for best investigative journalism.

Norris is endlessly fascinated with people and their struggles. She's also fascinated with the figurative beating of the human heart. She loves public radio because it gives her the chance to explore all of those things.

In her downtime she enjoys soccer, yoga, and coffee. Her website is at kylenorris.wordpress.com.

Underway This Weekend
4:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Republican Convention in Richmond

More than 13,000 GOP convention delegates have converged on Richmond from all over the state to confirm Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the party's gubernatorial nominee—and to nominate their candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General on Saturday. 



 

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Education
6:02 am
Fri May 17, 2013

UVa Professor Helps Children Improve Reading Skills

A University of Virginia Professor of Education has won two new grants to help American children read.

The program she’s developed is already in use statewide and has spread to every state and five other countries. 



 

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Back to Court
4:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Liberty University Continues Fight Over Health Care Law

Liberty University is once again rolling the dice by asking a three-judge panel appointed by Presidents Clinton and Obama to side with the Christian-based college against some of the mandates in the Affordable Care Act. 

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel  pointed out that Liberty's case is broader than other, similar suits. 

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Science & Technology
4:06 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Some Thinking on Brain "Mapping"

Recently President Barack Obama announced a decade-long, $100-million  project to map the human brain.

At Washington & Lee University, Professor Tyler Lorig, chair of the Neuroscience program, offered mixed reactions.

Lorig says while he welcomes the attention to the new announcement—he knows the money won’t go nearly as far as the public might expect. He's  also concerned about misconceptions which stem from the language describing the project as “mapping”.

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