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Is ‘plant blindness’ at root of bad environmental policy?  

Botanists James Wandersee and Elizabeth Schussler coined the term “plant blindness” in 1998 to describe “the inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment.

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Virginia Tech’s Karen Hult: Not too early to start thinking of Biden presidential transition

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden launched his transition team website Wednesday even as vote counting continued in key battleground states and the outcome of the election remained uncertain.

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Balance billing law goes into effect Jan. 1: Applications for opt-in plans being accepted

Individuals enrolled in fully insured managed care plans in Virginia and state employees will benefit from a new law adopted by the 2020 Session of the Virginia General Assembly to curb balance billing.

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VDEM opens application period for Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is opening the application period for the fiscal year 2021 Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund.

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Mark Warner wins third term in Senate in closer-than-expected race

It wasn’t quite 2014, but Mark Warner still had to sweat out another Senate re-election win Tuesday night.

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Fifth District: Bob Good wins Fifth District congressional seat by 6.5-point margin

The late small lead in the polls for Democrat Cameron Webb didn’t hold, as Republican Bob Good won the Fifth District congressional seat by a nearly 25,000-vote margin.

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America after the election: A few hard truths about the things that won’t change

The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us.

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Street Knowledge: #TeamAFP talks through 2020 presidential election

AFP digital editor Crystal Abbe Graham queries Chris Graham on important facts, figures and assumptions on the 2020 presidential election.

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Former CIA, FBI director William Webster endorses Cameron Webb in Fifth District race

Former CIA and FBI director William Webster has endorsed Dr. Cameron Webb for the Fifth District congressional seat.

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Virginia Employment Commission warns of unemployment insurance scam

The Virginia Employment Commission is issuing a fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that individuals are being targeted with scam e-mails and telephone calls seeking to gain access to their personal identifiable information for unemployment insurance. 

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Support growing for legislative solution to Trump effort to politicize federal civil service

Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump’s recently-announced executive order politicizing the federal civil service.

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Medical Reserve Corps volunteers to help encourage safe voting practices on Election Day

Hundreds of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers throughout the Commonwealth have volunteered with the state to help provide Election Day support for in-person voting.

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AG Herring releases training video on voter intimidation protections

The office of Attorney General Mark R. Herring has produced a short training video for law enforcement and elections officials that walks through his recent opinion on protections against voter intimidation and harassment that exist in both state and federal law.

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Northam signs sweeping new laws to reform policing, criminal justice in Virginia

Virginia, today, became the third state in the nation to ban no-knock search warrants.

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Legislation addresses Trump order reducing federal employees to patronage status

An executive order from President Trump effectively allows the administration to remove federal employees deemed not “loyal enough” to the administration.

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Reminder: In-person early voting in Virginia ends this Saturday, Oct. 31

The last day for Virginia voters to cast early in-person ballots for the Nov. 3 general election is Saturday, Oct. 31.

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Beyer, Van Hollen introduce bill to Improve ATF, strengthen gun violence prevention

Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) have introduced legislation to improve and modernize the ATF in order to strengthen gun safety.

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New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert next up in W&L Mudd Lecture Series

Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker, will give a virtual lecture on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. as part of Washington and Lee University’s Mudd Center for Ethics series on Global Ethics in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities.

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Virginia individual income tax filing extension deadline for 2019 taxes is Nov. 1

If you haven’t yet filed your individual income taxes for 2019 in Virginia, the automatic, six-month filing extension deadline is just days away.

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Feds investigating voter threats, attempts by Iran, Russia, to interfere in 2020 elections

Iran and Russia have both obtained voter data in their efforts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that news tidbit last night.