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PHOTO: With Halloween falling on a Friday night this year, experts say close parental supervision and a few sensible precautions will help keep kids safe while trick-or-treating. Photo credit: Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. - Ghosts, goblins and monsters soon will walk Virginia neighborhoods in search of candy. While Halloween is a time for fun and treats, it's also a night full of dangerous situations. Dawne Gardner, injury prevention coordinator at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, says a child is four t...Read More

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PHOTO: Superstorm Sandy was the most expensive hurricane in history, but a new report says we're not doing what we should to prepare for the rising impact of extreme coastal storms connected to climate change. Photo by Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. – Natural barriers and smarter coastal and floodplain construction can be the ounce of prevention for the rising storms caused by climate change, according to a report timed to the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy this week. The insurance company Allied World helped write...Read More

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PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

RICHMOND, Va. - As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communication Commission is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwaves curr...Read More

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CHART: After a sharp increase during the recession, the federal deficit has dropped dramatically. Perhaps more importantly, the growth of health-care costs has slowed to nearly historic lows, improving the federal budget outlook. Graph by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

RICHMOND, Va. – Not long ago, the airwaves were filled with predictions that health-care reform would be a disaster for taxpayers and consumers. That hasn't happened. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as "Obamacare," will cut the fe...Read More

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PHOTO: Rooftop solar has become a significant enough issue for utility companies to seek new fees from homeowners who install it. Photo by Alfred Twu.

RICHMOND, Va. - Utilities in several states including Virginia are turning to new charges to make up for revenue they're losing to homes with solar power. The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically, and more people are installing them. In response, industry groups are urging states to let po...Read More

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PHOTO: The EPA is taking comments on a proposed rule that would clarify which waterways receive protection under the Clean Water Act. Photo courtesy of Wild Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – Saturday is the anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, and the federal government wants to hear from the public about the landmark law. In recent years, court decisions have clouded the waters on where the key pollution law applies – especially when it com...Read More

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MAP: Virginia, seen in pale blue, ranks far lower for energy efficiency than the more efficient dark blue states. According to the analysis behind this map, Virginia's numbers were driven down by the amount of gas motorists use for the total miles driven. Map courtesy of Wallethub.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia ranks low for energy efficiency in a new report, mostly because of motorists' poor total gas mileage. Financial advice website Wallethub looks at home and transportation energy efficiency every year and ranks the states on how well they do. Virginia came in sixth from the b...Read More

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PHOTO: New vehicles in the U.S. are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

RICHMOND, Va. - Drivers are saving money at the pump as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency reports model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile-per-gallon improvement ove...Read More

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