In western culture, the afterlife is often depicted as a place where angels rest on clouds and harps play soothing music.
Here in Virginia, some people hear that music even before death. A program called Music by the Bedside is making for a peaceful passing.
It’s a sunny afternoon in an old Victorian house near downtown Charlottesville, and Kate Tamarkin, conductor of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra – is using her spare time to play the harp at Hospice of the Piedmont.
A portion of Virginia's share of a 115-million-dollar Medicaid fraud settlement with Abbott Labs has been divided up among local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. The 4.2 million dollars in funds were presented to local sheriffs and police chiefs Wednesday in Richmond. The funds will support Crisis Intervention Team training to improve the ability to help people with mental health problems.
While Virginia Republicans are demanding a delay of the Affordable Care Act, the White House moved forward with its plan to open up health insurance exchanges today.
The political fight in Washington over so-called Obamacare has not delayed the rollout of a signature feature of the law: health exchanges where people can compare prices and tailor insurance plans for their needs. Still, Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, are doing just about all they can to fight its implementation.