Courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Scientists have long warned that all construction projects take their toll on underground water resources. Now a water geologist from West Virginia says, planned construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, through Appalachian mountain Ridges, could cause major problems for one of the country’s most important water resources.   

Pipelines; A Bird's Eye View Part 2

Jun 14, 2017
Molly Hagan Photography

Decision day is getting closer for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  If approved, it would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania, through Virginia and beyond. In part one of our report, Robbie Harris told you about about a call for regulators to look at the big picture when considering new pipeline projects.  Today we get a bird’s eye view of part of the proposed route, where the pipeline would cross the Appalachian Trail, also known as  “The ‘A’ ‘T.’  

Music on Main Street in the Heart of Tech Country

Jun 2, 2017

In Blacksburg, Virginia you hear about new tech startups all the time.  But another thing the region is known for is music. A new venue opened there last month called Tempo Studios. It's a place where people can explore music on Main Street in the heart of tech country. Robbie Harris has more. 

Nancy Harder, an associate conductor at Opera Roanoke, had been giving private music lessons in her own home.

Celebrating the First Amendment in Floyd, VA

Feb 22, 2017
Kurt Holtz

The first amendment to the U.S. constitution is just a few short lines, but it speaks volumes. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

This past weekend, more than a hundred people in Floyd, Virginia came out to celebrate those words and explore their meaning.  Robbie Harris prepared this report.

Newly released numbers from the Census Bureau show Virginia added more than 160,000 people last year, although that growth wasn’t distributed evenly. As Michael Pope tells us, some of Virginia’s most urban areas lost more people than they gained.