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Joaquin a No Show, Responders Relieved

It now appears that Hurricane Joaquin will stay well off the coast of Virginia and other eastern states, but local residents and first responders are still on guard, with substantial rainfall expected through the weekend. Sandy Hausman has details. With steady rain today and a forecast for more of the same, a flash flood watch remains in effect for much of our listening area with gusty winds expected for the next 24 hours. First responders like Mike Rabin – a volunteer firefighter from Crozet...
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Virginia has begun distributing the funds from a $17.5 million federal grant to expand and enhance the Commonwealth’s early childhood education efforts.  Governor McAuliffe toured one of the schools that received money for its program and explained that the funds will be awarded to 11 high-need school divisions.

The Governor says the federal grant will bring additional children into the Virginia Preschool Initiative, which currently serves 18-thousand at-risk four-year-olds.

“We are now able to provide pre-k for about 13,000 of Virginia’s students over the 4-year period.”

Reading is often a solitary experience, but when everyone in town is reading the same book, it becomes a community event.  That’s the idea behind “The Big Read” which kicks off this Saturday.  One book is the focus of exploration, conversation and presentations for six weeks and everyone is invited. 

The book is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Alyssa Archer is a Radford University Librarian who’s spearheading The Big Read.

Virginia's governor, attorney general, and public safety secretary marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by focusing on the number of homicides committed with guns. Their message is that many of the Commonwealth’s domestic violence deaths last year—and many other fatalities—could have been prevented with several key gun control laws. 

Meg Ryan Headlines VA Film Festival

Sep 30, 2015
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The Virginia Film Festival is bringing some big names to Charlottesville this fall.  Sandy Hausman spoke with the event’s director at a preview for the event and  filed this report.

In the summer of 2014, Meg Ryan was in Virginia, directing a film in which she starred, along with Tom Hanks, Sam Shepherd, and her son Jack Quaid.  That film, called Ithaca, is based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy, and festival director Jody Kielbasa says it will premiere here.

Attorney General Mark Herring has launched a new initiative to train law enforcement officers in “impartial policing” and how to deescalate dangerous situations.   

The idea was prompted by recent incidents of citizen fatalities and neighborhood protests against police across the U.S.   The program also aims to enhance cooperation between police and citizens—and help ensure that communities have trust and confidence that they’re being treated fairly.

Reclassifying Marijuana

Sep 29, 2015
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It’s rare these days for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to agree on anything, so it may come as a surprise to learn there is bi-partisan support for a bill to reclassify marijuana.  

Morgan Griffith is one of the more conservative Republicans representing Virginia in Congress. But he’s pushing a bill to reclassify marijuana so the government and universities can study it. For Griffith the issue became personal when the daughter of a constituent suffered from Epilepsy until she moved to Colorado where Marijuana is legal.  

New Conflicts of Interest & Ethics Advisory Council

Sep 29, 2015

A new, permanent panel formed to advise state and local officials about their conflict-of-interest questions and whether gifts of travel, lodging, or meals are permissible has held its inaugural meeting. 

The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council is composed of state lawmakers, former judges, and citizens appointed by the House, Senate, and Governor McAuliffe.  But developing the practical rules for carrying out the updated state ethics laws is still a work in progress.

Four Virginia colleges have hopped on board to try to streamline the college admissions process. University of Virginia, James Madison University, Virginia Tech and William & Mary will provide a new set of online application tools to high school students.  

For some… the college application process… can sneak up on you senior year.

“Sometimes it’s a mad rush, you’re trying to track down or remember ‘How many years did I work in this?’ Or ‘What were the hours for that?’”

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A flash flood watch is in effect for Virginia through Saturday night.

The National Weather Service says rain will become widespread and increase in intensity over saturated ground, increasing the risk of landslides.

Rainfall amounts are expected to total 2 to 5 inches in some places. And that's well before any possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin moving up the East Coast.

A gale warning also has been posted for coastal areas.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia "dodged a bullet" with Hurricane Joaquin.


It’s a sad fact that we produce enough food in this country to feed everyone in it, yet hunger remains a problem for many. 

Virginia Tech is joining the effort to change that.  It kicks off its “Campus Kitchens” program Wednesday, September 30th.  It’s a carefully orchestrated volunteer effort to save still-fresh food, left over from student dining halls, and get it to people who need it.  


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Jesse Matthew, Jr Gets Three Life Prison Terms

Jesse Matthew, Junior of Charlottesville has been sentenced to three life prison terms for the attempted capital murder and sexual assault of a woman a decade ago in Northern Virginia. The judge ordered the sentences to be served consecutively at the hearing this afternoon in Fairfax. Matthew’s family asked the judge for lenience, and a former girlfriend wrote a letter on Matthew’s behalf, saying he had been raped as a child. 33-year-old Matthew is also charged with the murders of college...
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