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Early voting update: Nearly 2M votes already cast in Virginia

Just short of 2 million votes have already been cast in the 2020 election in Virginia, either through early voting or mail-in ballots that have been received at voting offices across the Commonwealth.

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Northam announces Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework

The Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Planning Framework, introduced this week, lays out the core principles of the Commonwealth’s approach to coastal protection and adaptation.

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States suing Trump administration over discriminatory Refusal-of-Care rule

California and Washington are suing the Trump administration over a Refusal-of-Care rule that would allow healthcare providers to deny care and employers to deny coverage for abortion and contraception.

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Northam announces $22M toward planning for distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Virginia is taking the first significant steps to plan ahead for the eventual distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Virginia stepping up assistance for child-care providers impacted by COVID-19 response

Forty-five percent of the child-care programs in business in Virginia at the start of 2020 closed their doors at the beginning of the stay-at-home period in mid-March.

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Northam announces actions on special session COVID-19, police reform bills

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed 16 new laws coming out of the ongoing special session, and proposed changes to five bills that will support the Commonwealth’s ongoing COVID-19 response and advance criminal justice reform.

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Augusta County substance abuse program receives $600K federal grant

The Augusta County Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program is in line to receive $600,000 from a U.S. Department of Justice grant program.

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Warner measure aimed at reducing military veteran suicide signed into law

Legislation that will expand veteran access to mental health services is aimed at reducing the alarming rate of veteran suicide.

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Stream restoration techniques draw pushback: Some question wisdom of tree removal

During dry weather, two little streams in Hollin Hills trickle gently downhill, shaded by a thick canopy of oak, hickory, beech and tulip trees.

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Virginia DEQ completes Environmental Justice Study

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and its consultants, Skeo Solutions, Inc. and Metropolitan Group, have concluded an 18-month process to create a comprehensive Environmental Justice Study.

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Having election fatique? JMU expert offers tips for how to cope

The upcoming presidential election is on TV 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all over social media, the interwebs, front yards in your neighborhood.

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Federal judge approves consent decree extending voter registration deadline to Thursday

A federal judge has approved a consent decree extending the voter registration deadline through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, on the heels of a registration system outage on Tuesday that lasted several hours.

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Warner, Spanberger urge registration, early voting

Sen. Mark Warner and Seventh District Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger greeted early voters in Henrico on Monday to hit home the message: make your voice heard.

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COVID-19 invites us to rethink our food choices

Infectious microbes, including bird flu viruses, coronaviruses and foodborne bacteria, are drawn to population density, dirt and weakened immune systems — the perfect conditions in which to mutate and spread in animals and humans alike.

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Northam: Remember to check voter registration status ahead of Oct. 13 deadline

With just a few more days until Virginia’s Oct. 13 voter registration deadline, Gov. Ralph Northam is urging Virginians to check their registration status and make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. 

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Webb opens lead on Good in Fifth District: New poll

A new poll from a Democratic research firm has Democrat Cameron Webb with a small lead in the Fifth District congressional race.

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UVA tests drug, given to President Trump, to see if it can prevent COVID-19

UVA Health is testing the antibody cocktail given to President Trump over the weekend to determine if it can prevent COVID-19 infection in people who share a household with someone with the illness.

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FBI: Spoofed internet domains, email accounts pose disinformation risks to voters

The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued an advisory to voters to help the public recognize and avoid spoofed election-related internet domains and email accounts during the 2020 election year.

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Mail boxes in Central Virginia tampered with: Impact on mail-in voting?

Six outdoor mail collection boxes in Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond were broken into over the weekend, and the United States Postal Service is investigating.

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Shad recovery efforts not paying off, study shows

The American shad’s Atlantic population remains at a historic low, despite longstanding commercial fishing bans in several states and millions of dollars invested in restoring its spawning habitat in rivers and creeks.

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Federal workplace safety focus of legislative effort in Congress

Legislation requiring federal agencies to establish and publish COVID-19 workplace protections has passed in the House.