Drones have gained global attention for their ability to spy on people in times of war, but these unmanned flying objects have plenty of peaceful applications, and a Lynchburg man is pioneering one - swooping in to help realtors sell property.
When critics question how effectively the Virginia Tobacco Commission is using hundreds of millions of dollars the state received from the National Tobacco Settlement there's one project that always seems to come up.
It started five years ago as a $25-million grant to establish a medical school in Bristol. Since then the only two things that have been consistent about the plan are the absence of any apparent progress and the Tobacco Commission's continuing support.
Many Virginians at or below the poverty level are struggling with utility bills and looking for any possible way to cut costs.
As Virginia Public Radio's Tommie McNeil report, one way to save could be the free Weatherization Assistance Program administered by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development.
Weatherization can cut energy bills by up to 35-percent, and the program seeks to assist low-income residents in this way. Deputy Housing Director Chris Thompson says the program is not limited to a specific region.