6:12 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing in Virginia, Part III

Rockingham, VA – With some environmentalists singing its praises as a clean-burning fuel, natural gas was looking like America's energy salvation.

The second largest gas field in the world lies under Virginia and four neighboring states.

The The New York Times began to report on the environmental damage done in Pennsylvania, using a gas extraction technology known as fracking.

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6:13 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing in Virginia, Part II

Harrisonburg, VA – The nation's need for energy has fueled what some call a new gold rush, drilling for natural gas trapped in layers of shale deep underground.

The nation's largest expanse of shale is in Appalachia, stretching from Virginia to New York.

So far, only one firm has asked for a permit to drill in Virginia, but a Houston-based company has leased thousands of acres around Harrisonburg, and residents are getting nervous.

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6:14 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing in Virginia, Part I

Abingdon, VA – With the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, fighting in Libya pushing oil prices up, and climate scientists pointing an accusing finger at coal, America is desperate for some energy alternatives.

One that seemed promising is natural gas, a relatively clean burning fuel.

But critics now say the process of getting gas from the ground may be risky.

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4:13 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Remembering Pete Hill

Culpeper, VA – History is riddled with mistakes.

One of these mistakes, concerning the birthplace of Pete Hill, a Baseball Hall of Fame baseball player you've probably never heard of, was corrected recently with the unveiling of a new historical marker by the side of the road in Culpeper.

For Virginia Public Radio, Martha Woodroof reports.

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5:02 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Virtual Virginia

Roanoke, VA – High School students all around Virginia are taking classes that their schools cannot provide... at least not in the traditional sense.

These young people are enrolled in one or more of the 50 courses offered through "Virtual Virginia," the state's online public school academy.

Virginia Public Radio's Fred Echols visited a Virtual Virginia teacher in Roanoke to get a closer look at how online teaching works.

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2:29 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Locksmith Swindlers

Charlottesville, VA – Prosecutors in most big cities have heard about con artists who prey on people locked out of their homes or cars, and some states have taken the worst offenders to court.

But here in Virginia phony locksmiths appear to be scamming consumers at will, while state regulators struggle to keep up.

Sandy Hausman reports

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9:00 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Picasso at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond, VA – Last year The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond completed an 8 year, 200 million dollar expansion.

Presently, they have opened a well-publicized exhibit of Pablo Picasso's art, which they say is their most important exhibit ever.

Virginia Public Radio's Jesse Dukes reports.

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5:17 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Western State Hospital

Staunton – The Tucson shootings highlighted the need to improve mental health services nationwide.

Western State Hospital has long been Virginia's "last resort" for the severely mentally ill, but thanks to new drug therapies and recovery-focused treatment plans, today's hospital bears little resemblance to the place once known as Western Lunatic Asylum.

Martha Woodroof offers this update.

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4:44 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Jamestown Discovery

Jamestown, VA – Archaeologists at the Jamestown fort have uncovered the church where Pocahontas was married over four centuries ago.

The find has been named one of the top 10 archeological discoveries worldwide of the last year.

Virginia Public Radio's Thomas Pierce reports.

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4:00 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Virginia Tolls

Norfolk, VA – Roads are crumbling, congestion is increasing, and the state budget is shrinking.

Governor Bob McDonnell has requested permission from the federal government to toll I95 at the VA border to help pay for road repairs.

At a recent National Transportation Planning Board meeting, tolls on Interstates 95, 295, 395 and Route 66 were proposed.

Across the Commonwealth, tollbooths are being considered as a means of fixing and improving our roads.

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