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Richmond, VA – After three consecutive years of significant belt tightening... Virginia's budget is about to get even tighter.

The Virginia General Assembly opens its 2010 session next week, and because of the economic downturn, lawmakers must decide which government services will have to be cut... or eliminated.

WMRA's Tom Graham has been tracking preparations for the upcoming session.

Charlottesville, VA – "Virginia needs to do more... much, much more for children with mental illness." That's the claim of a new statewide coalition calling itself the Campaign for Children's Mental Health.

The coalition is made up of more than a dozen advocacy and medical groups, including Voices for Virginia's Children, a non-profit that has won high praise from state lawmakers in recent years for work on a wide variety of children's issues.

Harrisonburg, VA –

How are we distributing the scarce amount of H1N1 vaccine available in Virginia?

Doug Larsen, director of the Central Shenandoah Health District spoke with WMRA's Martha Woodroof about the mechanism in place to distribute the vaccine.

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Richmond, VA – A new administration is coming to the Virginia Governor's mansion in a few weeks.

So far Republican Governor-elect Bob McDonnell has not announced selection of any of his cabinet. But in recent days, he has appointed key members of his transition team, and made a few low level staffing selections.

Charlottesville, VA – James A Joseph, a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and a philanthropic expert, is coming to Charlottesville to help celebrate National Philanthropy Day.

In anticipation of his Mr. Joseph's visit, Bob Leweke spoke to him about philanthropy and asked about the difference between making a small donation and the idea of philanthropy, which some people see as the privilege of the rich.

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Richmond, VA – If you were happy with this week's election in Virginia, you probably want to know what Republicans did right so they can do it again in the future.

If you're not happy, you may want to know what Democrats did wrong so they can avoid it in the future.

Harrisonburg, VA – Tuesday, November 3rd, voters across the Commonwealth will choose Virginia's next Governor.

A number of statewide polls are predicting a major victory for Virginia Republicans.

How dependable are those predictions?

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with political scientist Bob Roberts to get some perspective.

Harrisonburg, VA – There's a lot of controversy surrounding the teaching of the theory of evolution in public schools. sSo what, exactly, is the Theory of Evolution?

National Academy of Sciences information on teaching the Theory of Evolution

Information about Dr. Labov's presentation, October 21, 2009 at James Madison University

Richmond, VA – Virginia's two major party candidates for governor faced off in debate, Monday October 12th, in Richmond.

WMRA's Tom Graham has highlights from the debate.

Harrisonburg, VA – Virginia has thirteen representatives in Congress.

Two U.S. Senators and eleven members of the House.

For them, as for all members of Congress, the divided debate about health care remains top of mind.

However, WMRA's Tom Graham discovered that partisan bickering is not the only thing currently taking place on Capitol Hill.

Harrisonburg, VA – U.Va. political Scientist Eric Patashnik's research on evidence-based medicine has become part of our national health care debate.

Dr. Patashnik was one of Tom Graham's guests yesterday on WMRA's Virginia Insight.

Reporter Martha Woodroof listened in and prepared this report.

Harrisonburg, VA – Sixty-three hundred people packed James Madison University's Convocation Center last night to see Former President Jimmy Carter and Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter receive the Mahatma Gandhi Global Nonviolence Award.

After accepting the award, Mr. Carter spoke about the path to Peace in the Middle East.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof was there.

Charlottesville, VA – Don't pick a fight with an elderly lady.

Especially if a lot of people admire her volunteer work.

That may be the lesson the Virginia Department of Corrections has learned... now that it has reversed its ban on a popular book program.

WMRA's Tom Graham has the story of the woman behind the Books Behind Bars program, and the battle she waged to keep it going.

Harrisonburg, VA – What does it mean to publish these days?

Will print outlets consider work that's been on the Internet?

When, exactly, does publication take place?

WMRA's Martha Woodroof tried to figure this out.

Harrisonburg, VA – It's nerve-wracking to start a business in the best of economic times, and 2009, economically speaking, has been characterized as the worst time since the great depression.

Up to June this year, 56 new business licenses were issued by the City of Harrisonburg.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof takes a look at what it's like to go into business this year in, and around, the Burg.

Charlottesville, VA – A new University of Virginia study, conducted with the Washington based Urban Institute offers a host of suggestions for combating America's obesity crisis, including a change in tax structure that would make healthy eating less expensive, and unhealthy foods harder to come by.

Dr. Tim Garson, a pediatric cardiologist, is one of the authors. Dr. Garson also serves as Provost at UVA.

Richmond, VA – A new law governing a critical aspect of criminal court procedure has been approved by Virginia's General Assembly.

The State Senate and House of Delegates went into an unusual special session Wednesday, August 19 to enact the new measure.

The emergency session was in response to a recent US Supreme Court decision governing when and how scientific or forensic evidence can be submitted in a criminal trial.

Richmond, VA – Todd Gilbert is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Shenandoah County. It was in his region that a series of tractor trailer related crashes closed down interstate 81 for more than 12 hours one day late last month.

One of those crashes killed two people when their passenger vehicle burst into flames.

Gilbert says that kind of tragedy has been happening "just too often" in his district.

Charlottesville, VA – Joe Szakos has been a community organizer for more than 30 years. For almost half that time he's headed up the state wide group called the Virginia Organizing Project. In all his years working on a wide variety of highly charged issues, he had never before been arrested.

That changed last week, when Szakos staged a protest against his own health insurance company.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with Joe Szakos for some perspective on the highly publicized arrest.

Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The Governor has notified members of the State Senate and House of Delegates that the emergency session will begin on the 19th of August.

The purpose of the session -- to respond to a recent U-S Supreme Court decision about the type of testimony that must be allowed in criminal prosecutions.

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