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AAA: New COVID rules for air travelers to U.S. highlight importance of National Plan for a Vacation Day

Today is National Plan for a Vacation Day, which takes on a whole new meaning this year given the number of Americans anxious to get going again.

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Sierra Club Report Card: Dominion, Appalachian Power, FirstEnergy grade poorly on clean energy

A new Sierra Club clean energy report card gives Dominion Energy Virginia a “D” and Appalachian Power and FirstEnergy Corporation an “F.”

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Smith House Galleries features two virtual exhibitions in February

Arts Council of the Valley opens two new virtual exhibitions in February: a landscape series by John Hancock, and posters reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement by JMU architectural design students.

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Virginia Quilt Museum opening for the 2021 season with four new exhibits

The Virginia Quilt Museum starts 2021 with a full slate of new exhibits: HERstory, What’s in a Word, Treasures from the Vault, and Celebrating 25 Years.

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Healthy eating can help you fight COVID-19

Wearing a face covering, physical distancing, and hand washing are not the only ways that people can protect themselves from COVID-19. 

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Virginia Tech researcher’s findings support elegant solution to the Asian carp invasion: eat them

How do you manage an invasive species of fish that in only a few decades has spread up and down the Mississippi River, out-competing native species and becoming more than 90 percent of the total biomass of some river systems? 

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New fossil provides clarity to the history of Alligatoridae

Families are complicated. For members of the alligatorid family, which includes living caimans and alligators – this is especially true. They are closely related, but because of their similarity, their identification can even stump paleontologists.

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Are hunters really the biggest conservationists in America?

Hunters do play a large part in conservation efforts across the U.S. through their taxes, licenses and donations. In fact, the National Wildlife Refuge System itself was founded by a hunter: President Theodore Roosevelt. That being said, the mere act of hunting alone is not conservation.

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Girl Scout Cookies rolling into Virginia this week

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and Girl Scouts of the USA kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season nationally, during a challenging time when many Girl Scouts are selling in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways.

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What’s new in Virginia 2021

The Virginia Tourism Corporation has released Where to WanderLove in 2021, the agency’s curated guide to what is new and newsworthy for the travel industry for the coming year.

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Destruction and displacement: Virginia Tech professor earns grant to explore effects of interstate highway system

The interstate highway system launched in the 1950s as the most ambitious public works project in the world. Spanning 48,000 miles, the system aimed to connect cities and towns throughout the nation.

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Ski industry unites against global warming

The National Ski Areas Association has taken on global warming via its Climate Challenge program. promoting education around global climate change, creating more sustainable slopes, and furthering outdoor business climate partnerships.

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Researchers: Removal of dairy cows would have minimal impact on greenhouse emissions

The dairy industry in the United States contributes approximately 1.58 percent of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Northampton County credit card skimming crew sentenced to prison time

Six Cuban nationals have been sentenced for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in a case involving skimming devices placed n gas pumps located in Northampton County.

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GasBuddy: Gas prices to jump in 2021 as country mends from COVID-19

Gas prices could rise to as high as $3 per gallon by year’s end as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virginia gas prices continue recent trend on upswing

Virginia gas prices have risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.12/gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 stations.

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Odd question: But did COVID-19 slow down climate change?

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly led to a decrease in industrial activity and resulting greenhouse gas emissions during its reign over the planet in 2020.

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Tale of skipjack captain, and a caper still worthy of praise

This is the story of a gift of Chesapeake waters, no less important than any bounty of seafood.

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BBB Scam Alert: Beware of second wave of stimulus check scams

The confusion surrounding the second round of stimulus payments creates the perfect storm for fraudsters trying to make a dishonest dollar.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ features prop with Virginia is for Lovers logo

The recently-released Warner Bros. film “Wonder Woman 1984,” which shot for several weeks in Alexandria in the spring and summer of 2018, features a special product placement with Virginia Tourism’s iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand featured on a large-scale prop. 

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Plan now for healthy bird habitat year-round

Winter is the perfect time for homeowners to make landscape changes to protect birds in cold weather and to provide year-round habitat.

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Holiday greenery can spread boxwood blight to your landscape, according to Virginia Cooperative Extension experts

Boxwood blight, a fungal disease affecting plants in the boxwood family, can be spread by discarded holiday greenery.

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Have a ‘green’ holiday with these eight simple sustainability tips

Whether it’s an over-the-top light display, rolls, and rolls of wrapping paper, or throwing away piles of leftovers, the holidays can make it extra hard to live sustainably.

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St. Jude psychologists: Tend to your mental health over the holidays

The team of psychologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is asking Americans to take a few moments out of their holiday schedules to tend to mental health. 

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Holly, by golly, brightens the landscape beyond holidays

Like all evergreens, the American holly does not lose its leaves en masse at the end of the growing season.