Intense Lobbying Efforts
4:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Online Tax Tangles

Revenue that Virginia officials were anticipating from online sales tax legislation in Congress is now in doubt. 

Recently the U-S Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure to make it easier for states to collect sales taxes from online purchases. Since then lobbyists for big online retailers and small business owners alike have stormed House office buildings trying to sway your local representatives.

The reason for the intense lobbying effort is that billions of dollars are at stake. Virginia officials expect to reap more than $250-million from online sales tax revenue.

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State Code Violations
5:02 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Election Rules Reminder

As the statewide and local campaigns heat up and we move closer to a Democratic Primary, the State Board of Elections wants to remind citizens of a number of rules to remember regarding voter and candidate ethics. 

The Board has posted a long list of best practices AND "don'ts" on its website about voter registration drives.  

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Economics & Economy
2:19 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Consumer Sentiment Mixed Among Virginians

Credit Roanoke College

Roanoke College is out with a new poll detailing how Virginians view their financial situation and general business conditions now and in the future. 

It’s the second time this year the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College conducted its consumer sentiment survey, and Senior Analyst Alice Kassens says there were some surprises.

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Kenny Malone hails from Meadville, PA where the zipper was invented, where Clark Gableâââââ

Virginia Tech Storm Chasers
6:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Mystery of Tornados and the Search for Answers

Hokie Storm Chasers

Large killer tornados, like that which hit Moore Oklahoma on Monday, bring the awe inspiring weather phenomena to the fore of conversation.

The United States has about 12-hundred tornados a year, more than any other place on the planet, and scientists have defined conditions like “horizontal vortices”, “mesocyclones” and wall clouds. Yet, while the signs and symptoms of the storms are better understood, the exact cause remains elusive.

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As Senior Editor at NPR, Uri Berliner oversees coverage of business and the economy. He has supervised and edited much of NPR's work on the financial crisis, the auto industry, energy and the workplace. Berliner has helped to build Planet Money, a prize-winnng multimedia team that covers the global economy.

Until recently, Berliner also edited NPR's sports coverage and was part of a team that won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Deadline for Health Insurance Options
4:46 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

State Employees See Insurance Changes

Tens of thousands of state employees will likely see an increase in the cost of their health insurance plans. 

They also face a deadline this week,  as the Commonwealth begins to implement significant changes in its health insurance plans. 

Open enrollment for revising health benefits, investing in flexible spending accounts, adding family members, and other options ends this Friday.

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Focused Ultrasound
4:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Parkinson's Study Underway at UVA

Credit UVA/Photographer: Robert Frysinger

The University of Virginia will soon begin a study that could help people with Parkinson’s Disease.  Doctors will use focused sound waves to modify the brain and – they hope – eliminate or reduce tremors.

The University of Virginia is one of many medical centers experimenting with the use of focused ultrasound.  Doctors use soundwaves to destroy unwanted tumors and other tissue they can see using magnetic resonance imaging. 

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Alpha Natural Resources Annual Meeting
3:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Coalfields Expressway

People who oppose the proposed “coal fields expressway” are staging a protest in Abingdon Virginia, where coal company, Alpha Natural Resources is holding its annual meeting Wednesday, May 22.

The protestors say they’ll call attention to the company’s role in what’s known as the Coalfields Expressway.  A proposed 50 mile road, supporters say will improve transportation in far southwest Virginia and help the local economy.

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Star Scientific, Trend in Higher Ed
10:56 am
Tue May 21, 2013

VaNews for 05.21.13

A University of Virginia history class that attracted 47,000 students and a look at the career of entrepreneur and politicans’ friend Jonnie Williams were the topics two of the most-read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on 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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