Economy and Economics

Community Service & Volunteerism
12:24 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Building Goodness Foundation Builds More Than Homes

If you follow world news, it’s easy to get discouraged - to feel helpless in the face of so much violence, suffering and destruction, but a group of Virginia builders have found a way to improve conditions and to raise spirits. 

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University of Virginia
12:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Issues of Tuition & Living Wage Converge

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.

The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8%  or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states. 

The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Mountain Lake Lodge

Credit Mountain Lake Lodge

The historic, Giles County resort known as the Mountain Lake Hotel, will soon re-open as the new Mountain Lake Lodge. 

A multi-million dollar renovation of the property and the lake, which had all but disappeared, are underway. A new restaurant and a host of new activities will mark the next chapter in the story of the  famous mountain resort.

Robbie Harris reports on a new chapter in the storied history of this mountain retreat.
 

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Effects of Sequestration
4:22 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Future of Public Housing

The Chair of the Virginia Housing Commission says the future of public housing will be the panel’s primary focus for this year, as thousands of the Commonwealth’s children, families, and veterans could be homeless within months—as a result of sequestration.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones says federal sequestration has resulted in 5% reductions in nearly all of HUD's programs—and that translates to the non-renewal of homeless assistance grants and vouchers to more than 125,000 individuals:
 

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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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