Economy and Economics

Storytelling Festival
3:47 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Sounds of the Mountains

Familiar to NPR listeners, Kevin Kling is a featured performer at the festival.

We continue our look this week at just a handful of the springtime events scheduled throughout the listening area. 

The Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival is an annual event at Camp Bethel in Fincastle.
 

When  Storytellers Alan Hoal and Geraldine Buckley visited WVTF/RADIO IQ, we surprised them by asking them to create a sort-of storytelling duet.

Visit Sounds of the Mountains for more information about Camp Bethel and the festival, which runs April 19-20th, 2013.

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Movie Palace Goes Digital
9:37 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Grandin Theatre 3-Day Film Festival

It’s a first for Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre—a film festival designed to showcase  new digital upgrades to the historic, non-profit movie palace that originally opened in 1932.  

The film festival features academy award nominated shorts and a premier of the film The Place Beyond the Pines… as well as several documentary films.

The festival  runs Friday through Sunday at the Grandin Theatre, where the complete schedule is available.

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Washington & Lee University School of Law
3:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Tax Clinic: Making Peace with the IRS

Michelle Drumbl and law student Jessica Unger discuss a client's issue.

  Many Virginians are heaving a sigh of relief after getting tax returns done and in the mail, but for some the challenge of paying taxes as just begun. 

They’re the ones who get notices from the IRS.  At the very least, that’s an annoyance, and for some it’s a nightmare, but free help could be a phone call away.

Every state has at least one federally-funded office to help people having trouble with the Internal Revenue Service.  In Virginia there are two: the Community Tax Law Project in Richmond and the Tax Clinic at Washington and Lee’s School of Law. 

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Blueprint for the Nation
11:28 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Budget Battles Continue

President Obama's new budget has of course sparked a battle on Capitol Hill.

We know Republicans aren’t happy with the president’s newly unveiled budget, but neither are some Virginia Democrats.

In his budget the President is embracing a new way to tie Social Security payments to the rate of inflation. It’s called the “Chained CPI” but let’s get past the Washington jargon. What it amounts to is less money in those Social Security checks for future generations of seniors.

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Transportation
8:51 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Weighing in on Transportation Funding

While Virginians wait for the dust to settle and lawmakers breathe a sigh of relief that the transportation funding battle is over, the nonprofit Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has combed through the rubble to examine its effects. 

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