Blacksburg Writer Michael Abraham has written a number of books about the Virginias.  His newest is called, “War, West Virginia.” 

It’s a fictional tale set in the real life town by that name….  a “what might have been” take on actual events after a dam-break devastates a coal town.

Henrico Police Investigating Delegate Joe Morrissey

Aug 29, 2013

A lawyer claims that there's "no story here," but Henrico County Police are digging deeper into allegations that a high-profile member of the House of Delegates had inappropriate ties to a 17-year-old girl.  

While the attorney for the girl's mother says news reports are terribly misleading, the girl's father felt there was reason to call the police when she went to Delegate Joe Morrissey’s home.

A new program is rolling out that provides tax credits for scholarship donations to private schools in Virginia.

Passed by the 2012 Virginia General Assembly Session, The Education Improvements Scholarships Tax Credit Program has significant support from non-public, faith-based schools.
 

Virginia's Civil Rights History

Aug 28, 2013

While the nation reflects on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, a Virginia historian looks at the Commonwealth’s role in the civil rights movement and where it stands today.  

Virginia may be best known for its Massive Resistance against school integration as the civil rights movement progressed.  The Library of Virginia’s Gregg Kimball says King and some other civil rights leaders confronted racism with events like the March on Washington and bus boycotts. 

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Potential  U.S. military engagement in Syria is sparking a debate among the region’s lawmakers over whether sequestration is impacting the U.S. military’s ability to respond to conflicts abroad.
 

The Book Brigade

Aug 28, 2013

It may not be easy to get friends to help you move, but hundreds of people showed up  in the summer heat to do just that. 

Residents of Crozet, Virginia – Charlottesville’s fastest growing suburb – stood in line to help the community’s tiny public library move to its new home.

The excitement was audible as books began to move from Crozet’s original library – which once served as a train station – to a new, much bigger building nearby.

Online Health Survey

Aug 27, 2013

Your responses—or lack of participation—in a new round of surveys by the Virginia Department of Health could very well impact what kind of services are available in your area.

On September first, Dominion Power is required to submit a report to the state, explaining how it will provide electricity over the next fifteen years, but even before that happens, a coalition of environmental groups is demanding the utility use more sustainable energy sources to generate power. 

Four environmental groups say they’re unhappy with the direction Dominion Power is moving – with steady or increased reliance on natural gas, coal and nuclear technology, so they’re launching a campaign called New Power for the Old Dominion.

Exhibit Spotlights Virginia's Slavery History

Aug 27, 2013
National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is running an exhibit connected with the anniversary of the March on Washington.

When you walk into The Tower of the National Gallery you're confronted with two of Americas most lauded presidents overseeing their sprawling Virginia plantations...dotted with little black specks. Those indistinguishable dots mark the hundreds of slaves George Washington and Thomas Jefferson "owned."

New Explore Park Venture

Aug 27, 2013

Roanoke County’s Explore Park is trying to lure visitors in, using a rod and reel.   Fishing trips are being introduced to the Roanoke River Gorge, which flows through the park.

While the weather put a damper on business early in the season,  they're casting out late but undeterred.

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