Jan 262007

Senator Creigh Deeds joins Coy Barefoot on the Thursday, January 25th edition of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to give an update on the General Assembly session. Coy starts off the conversation by asking about Sen. Deeds about his bill to establish a Redistricting Commission. The resolution passed the Senate earlier this week on a close vote.

“In general, the bill sets up a non-partisan redistricting commission, drawn from the New Jersey model, using the Iowa criteria which sets some pretty radical notions that people come before politics,” says Deeds. He says the bill has failed each year he’s submitted it, and he’s thankful it’s finally passed. He and Coy talk about the legislation’s chances in the Senate.

Deeds, who sits on the Senate Transportation committee, also shares his thoughts on the Republican transportation plan that is currently being picked apart. He also laments the death of all of the bills that would have raised the minimum wage, and talks about SB1131, his bill to allow Charlottesville to create a housing fund to assist low-income residents. Deeds is also the patron of the now-dead SB891, which would have provided for reduced tuition for the children of university and college faculty.

Jan 262007

John Redick is the president of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and Holly Hatcher is the organization’s director of programs. CACF was originally created forty years ago by area banks to fund projects to improve the quality of life in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. These days CACF hands out over $3 million a year in grants to area organizations. Redick and Hatcher discuss the details on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now with Coy Barefoot. They also give details on the BAMA Works Fund, whose funds the CACF helps manage. The deadline for the next grant cycle is February 1. Hatcher also updates listeners on the progress of the Youth Service Award.

Jan 252007

John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute makes his first appearance of the year on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now with Coy Barefoot. Of course, it’s the height of flu season, and Coy wants to know more about Whitehead’s recent article on Tamiflu. Whitehead points to evidence that Tamiflu may not be the wonder drug doctors purport it to be, and says the FDA has not done its job in properly labeling the drug. From his article:

It was thought that the drug, which has been used by over 30 million people worldwide, was causing some of its users to manifest very unusual behavior. For example, during the 2004 and 2005 flu seasons, two teenage boys committed suicide within hours of taking Tamiflu. The 17-year-old jumped in front of a large truck on a busy road after walking outside his house barefoot and in pajamas during a snowstorm. The 14-year-old jumped to his death from the balcony of a ninth-floor flat. Later, a teenage girl was narrowly prevented from jumping to her death from a window within days of starting a course of the flu drug. By November 2005, it had been reported that 12 Japanese children had died while on the drug and that others had experienced hallucinations, encephalitis and other symptoms.

Other topics include issues with the new cervical cancer vaccine, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s connections with the makers of Tamiflu, the rights of non-custodial parents, the legality of giving students psychological tests without their parents’ consent, and the Bush administration’s use of signing statements.

Jan 252007

Morgan Felchner is the editor of Campaigns and Elections Magazine, which offers a “behind-the-scenes” look at politics. She speaks with Coy Barefoot of Charlottesville–Right Now about how her magazine demonstrates the strategies and tactics next years’ politicians are using now. She says campaign communications staff are utilizing viral websites such as YouTube to promote candidates, and bloggers are revolutionizing how the world views the politicians.

As a special bonus, the January issue is available for free online at their website, campaignline.com. The role of women and minorities in politics are focused on this month, as well as a special segment on Five Women to Watch – a look at the female politicians that don’t get as much press coverage as Hilliary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

Jan 252007

Delegate Jennifer McClellan joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now for a General Assembly update. She and Coy discuss the potential collapse of the Republican’s transportation plan. At issue is the question of funding priorities. Should roads be built at the expense of education?

“Government’s number one priority is to keep its citizens safe,” says McClellan. “A second very high priority is to make all of our citizens have the tools they need to succeed.” Del. McClellan reminds listeners that transportation is more about moving people around than building roads.

McClellan is also active in the campaign to regulate pay-day loans by capping interest levels at 36 percent, and she updates Coy on where the legislation stands. She also talks about her bill to expand the registration periods for children to enter kindergarten. (HB1636)

Jan 242007

On WINA’s Best Seat, Jed talks with Dave Glenn, editor of the ACC Area Sports Journal. Jed and Dave discuss ACC basketball as conference play is now in full swing.

Jan 242007

On WINA’s Best Seat in the House, Jed talks with Jeff White of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Jed and Jeff discuss Virginia basketball and where the team is following two conference wins at home last week to improve to 11-6 and 3-2 in the ACC.

Jan 242007

Will Charlottesville become a high-priced place for only the rich to live, or can it attract enough high-tech jobs here to provide jobs to keep a middle class. That’s the question examined in a series of discussions being held by the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council, sponsored by the law firm LeClair Ryan.

The first discussed the possible paths Charlottesville may follow. Will housing prices lock out middle class workers as has happened in the resort and retirement community of Aspen, Colorado? Or can the private sector, local governments, and the University of Virginia come together on an economic development strategy to produce a community attractive to emerging technology companies? VPTC Chair Gary Henry says he thinks the region could do so, and Katie Bullard of Austin-based AngelouEconomics makes a thorough comparison.

Click the arrow button above to hear the event, or download the mp3 here.

Brian McNeill writes about the event in the Daily Progress, and Brian Wheeler has an excellent and detailed post about this on Charlottesville Tomorrow. Carry on the conversation there and let us know what you think about Charlottesville’s future.

Jan 242007

Justus gets life in prison (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Man convicted in slayings; execution possible (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Death is Lynchburg’s first homicide of 2007

R-MWC suits dismissed (Lynchburg News Advance)

Waxing suburbs, waning cities (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Jan 232007

The Gateway Virginia Headlines offer a brief audio summary of the latest news in Central and Western Virginia. Each Monday through Friday, we summarize the headlines and offer you the change to catch up on your morning commute. You can listen here by clicking the play button, download the mp3, or subscribe in iTunes.

Albemarle County property values jump (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

County woman dies after crash (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Hargrove proposes resolution to celebrate end of slavery (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Del. Hargrove’s great-grandfather owned slave (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Woman charged with embezzlement (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Richmond allots $5.1 million to buy Battery Park properties (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Bedford board seeks Pollard’s replacement (Lynchburg News Advance)

Jan 232007

Jim Aylor Jim Aylor has always loved electronics. So when he started at the University of Virginia as an undergraduate in 1964, he went straight to its engineering school. 42 years and a PhD later, Aylor is now the Dean of UVa’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, which was recently ranked the third best engineering school in the nation by the Princeton Review. On this edition of Charlottesville–Right Now! with Coy Barefoot, Aylor discusses the important role of women in the engineering field as well as the school’s transformation from focusing on undergraduate education to housing some of the most exciting research of it’s kind in the nation.Aylor explains how research being done at the school is actively being used in real-world applications. He also talks about the importance of Wilsdorf Hall, an addition to the school’s research laboratories, in continuing to be one of the top nanotechnology schools in the country.