Science & Technology

Law & Crime
5:16 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Social Media & Privacy Issues

A bereaved father is calling on the Governor to sign legislation allowing parents to have access to their deceased minor child’s social media accounts.

Service providers had rebuffed Ricky Rash of Nottoway when he asked them for help after his son died in 2011.  He also hopes the new state law will inspire federal legislation.

Rash has been searching for answers after his son, Eric, committed suicide.  

The 15-year-old honor student planned to attend Virginia Tech and Harvard Law School, and his sudden death stunned everyone.  

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Anti-Nuclear Demonstration in Richmond

On the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied outside the Richmond headquarters of Dominion Virginia Power. 

The protestors say the Fukushima experience shows that the risk of disaster at nuclear facilities is far too great to keep operating them.  They’re calling on Dominion to close its North Anna and Surry nuclear power stations—and instead use wind, solar, and other renewable resources.

The Fukushima site is still so radioactive that it will be eight years before the melted nuclear fuel can be removed. 

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Science & Technology
9:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Hello Heyo

The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival also has a tech side. Two Blacksburg companies are on the way to Austin Texas.  They’ll compete for awards in what’s become the festival’s fastest growing program: talks on emerging technologies.

The allure of the South by Southwest festival is not only the new music and art.  A company called Twitter introduced it self to the world there in 2007. Now, hundreds of startups compete for slots at the annual gathering.  Nathan Latka is CEO of  “Heyo.”  His Blacksburg company is an invited guest at the week long conference.
 

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Science & Technology
2:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Blacksburg Represents at South by Southwest

There will be a strong showing from Blacksburg at next week’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin Texas. Two local start-ups are heading out there to participate. The annual conference is known for original music and independent film, but,  it also has a tech side.

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General Assembly
10:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Lawmakers Debate Generics

Virginia could become the first state in the nation to restrict a new class of generic medications.  But drug companies want limits and some pharmacists are concerned.

Amgen is the world’s largest biotech company – a California firm that makes medicines from living cells.  These remedies, known as biologicals, are expensive and protected by patents, but the Affordable Care Act clears the way for cheaper, generic forms of these products.  

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