NC State Edged in Overtime at Temple, 80-79, in WNIT Third Round

acc nc stateThe NC State women’s basketball team (18-15) dropped a heartbreaker in overtime on Thursday night, falling 80-79 to the Temple Owls in the third round of the 2015 WNIT.

In a game which featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, the Pack was beaten by a mid-range jumper off the glass from a fading away Feyonda Fitzgerald with one second remaining in the overtime period. Continue reading

New law opens door for hemp research in Virginia

hempA crop that was grown in the early years of the Virginia colony could be returning to farm fields in a few years.

On March 16 Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill that authorizes Virginia Tech and Virginia State University to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will issue the growing licenses. The law goes into effect July 1. Continue reading

W&L Pitchers Combine For One-Hit Shutout Against Bridgewater

bridgewater college 3Four Washington and Lee pitchers combined on a one-hitter Wednesday afternoon as the Generals blanked Bridgewater College, 13-0, in ODAC baseball action.

The Generals came within one pitch of finishing with a no-hitter as Bridgewater outfielder Darren Yoder lined a single up the middle with two outs in the top of the ninth on a 3-2 pitch off Generals reliever Cory Smith. Continue reading

Poultry farms taking steps to prevent avian influenza

avian fluVirginia officials have urged commercial poultry farmers and backyard flock owners to observe strict biosecurity measures in light of avian influenza outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest, California and Midwestern states.

The H5N2 strain of the virus has been diagnosed in those parts of the country since December 2014, raising concerns that it will spread to poultry on the East Coast. It appears to be spread by wild waterfowl. Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bills on Redistricting Outside of Constitutional Process

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe this morning vetoed six bills related to redistricting during his monthly “Ask the Governor” appearance on 1140AM WRVA. They are Senate Bill 1237, Senate Bill 1084, Senate Bill 986, House Bill 1699, House Bill 1417 and House Bill 1332. The Governor issued the following statement explaining his vetoes. The legal reasoning is identical for each of the six bills.  Continue reading

Farm Bureau marks Ag Week by donating food, reading to children

va-farm-bureauVirginia Farm Bureau employees at that organization’s office in Goochland County donated nearly one ton of food—2,000 pounds—to mark National Ag Week, March 15-21.

The food was donated to the Food Bank of Wise County, which suffered a roof collapse after a heavy snow in February. More than $30,000 worth of food was inside, and none of it was salvageable. Continue reading

VDOE Announces Mathematics & Science Partnership Grants

vdoeThe Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has awarded nine partnership grants totaling more than $1.6 million to increase the content knowledge and sharpen the classroom skills of teachers in science and mathematics.

The Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grants will allow public and private colleges and universities to provide high-quality, professional development to teachers in an effort to reduce achievement gaps in math and science among student groups while raising achievement of all students. Continue reading