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PHOTO: A study by Physicians for a National Health Program found the United States spends almost four times as much on administrative costs as neighboring Canada and significantly more than other countries with single-payer systems. Photo credit: Norbert Kaiser.

RICHMOND, Va. - Much of the current debate over health care focuses on how to best hold down costs. A new study that looked at hospital overhead found it's more than four times as high in the United States as in Canada. The report by Physicians for a National Health Program found that nationwide, h...Read More

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FLYER: Virginia food banks say a food drive this week comes at a crucial time for them. Flyer courtesy of AARP Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. - Feeding programs say a food drive this week is coming just in time to help with a serious seasonal need, much of it from the working poor. The AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive runs through next Monday. There are 150 collection sites around the state, many in the front of ...Read More

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PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation effort that encourages farmers to address resource concerns in new and innovative ways. Those farmers whose contracts are up this year must renew by Sept. 12 to continue with the program. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

RICHMOND, Va. - Time is running out for some Virginia farmers who want to continue receiving federal assistance to improve soil, water, air and habitat quality on their land. Since the Conservation Stewardship Program was launched five years ago, more than 60 million farm acres nationwide have been...Read More

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PHOTO: Virginia should open up how it assesses student progress, according to a member of the committee looking at the Standards of Learning test. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Education.

RICHMOND, Va. - A member of the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee says Virginia should open up how it measures student progress. It's still early in the committee's two-year process, but a teacher in the group is willing to consider adding a writing component or other ways to more broadly m...Read More

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PHOTO: As Social Security marks its 79th anniversary this month figures show it is providing billions in benefits to Virginia families and the economy. Photo credit: Zimmytws/iStockphoto.com

RICHMOND, Va. - At the ripe old age of 79, Social Security is helping West Virginia residents and the economy. While pensions have changed, jobs have been lost and homes have lost equity, one in six folks in the state rely on Social Security benefits. As the program celebrates another birthday, fed...Read More

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PHOTO: The days of being able to use an aerial drone to take photos or video inside National Park Service locales, including National Parks and National Monuments, are over. Photo credit: NASA.

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. - The National Park Service's ban on aerial drones being used inside National Parks, primarily to capture photos and video, is now in full effect nationwide. The Park Service initiated the drone ban in late June, but gave park superintendents two months to implement th...Read More

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PHOTO: Researchers at the University of Illinois say physically fit kids have "beefier" brain white matter than their less-fit peers. Photo credit: L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois.

RICHMOND, Va. - Keeping kids active not only keeps their bodies healthy but also their brains, according to new research. "White matter" describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one area of the brain to another. Laura Chaddock-Heyman and other researchers at the University of Il...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation says outdoor pests are increasing because of climate change. Photo from NWF and Charlie Archambault.

RICHMOND, Va. – As concern rises about mosquitoes in eastern Virginia carrying disease, a new report suggests climate change means more of those and other pests. Norfolk health officials have found West Nile virus in a couple of neighborhoods. The report from the National Wildlife Federati...Read More

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