December 2011

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20 Dec 2011

Radford Ammo Plant Tops Va. in Toxic Releases

Over the past six years, the Radford Army Ammunition Plant has released more toxic chemicals into the environment than any other facility in Virginia — about 78.5 million pounds of chemicals that may harm people’s health. And while toxic releases have been declining statewide, the Radford plant’s emissions increased last year.

20 Dec 2011

It’s a Bird! Wildlife Pose Threat to Planes

Air travelers have dreaded flying in the past decade mostly because of terrorism threats. But today, they are faced with another kind of growing threat — collisions between wildlife and airplanes. Such collisions have increased from an average of 18 a day in 2000 to 30 per day in 2010.

20 Dec 2011

Wildlife Strikes by the Numbers

The number of wildlife strikes involving alligators … how often engines are affected when a wildlife strike damages a plane … the proportion of wildlife strike that occurred during the day

20 Dec 2011

Only Half of VCU Students Graduate

Just 50 percent of VCU students graduate within six years. VCU’s graduation rate is among the lowest for public colleges and universities in Virginia. And it’s lower than the rates for most of VCU’s official peer institutions. University officials hope to address the problem in their new strategic plan.

20 Dec 2011

Student-athletes Score Higher Graduation Rates

At many universities, student-athletes are less likely than other students to graduate. But at VCU, it’s the opposite: Athletes are more likely to get their degrees than the general student body.