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PHOTO: A report released today that examines educational programs in juvenile justice facilities finds most are doing more harm than good. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

WASHINGTON – When you have a captive audience, there is great opportunity. A report released today by the Southern Education Foundation on educational programs in juvenile justice facilities across the country finds that most may be doing more harm than good because of the missed opportunitie...Read More

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PHOTO: Construction and hydraulic fracturing are industries where workers are exposed to silica dust. OSHA is proposing rules to minimize exposure, since the dust is linked to chronic respiratory illnesses and deaths. Photo credit: OSHA

RICHMOND, Va. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently wrapped up nearly three weeks of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers' exposure to silica dust. General construction, masonry and foundries were among the industries examined. Silica dust is connected ...Read More

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RICHMOND, Va. - A comparison of how Virginia's kids are faring when it comes to health, wealth and education shows staggering barriers depending on their race. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's report, "Race for Results," reveals no one racial group has all children meeting all milestones, but some o...Read More

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PHOTO: Members of the clean-energy advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs, like Virginian Dave Belote, say they are hopeful about the economic opportunities to come with climate action. Photo credit: Cassidy & Associates.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The latest federal jobs report shows Virginia continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, and environmental entrepreneurs say clean energy jobs are fueling some of the growth. Virginia Beach-based energy security expert Dave Belote said business leade...Read More

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PHOTO: Today is the last chance for public comments regarding "Lolita's" release, after performing for more than 40 years at the Miami Seaquarium. Photo courtesy Animal Welfare Institute.

RICHMOND, Va. – Lolita is a captive whale at the Miami Seaquarium who has been performing tricks for 43 years – and she could get a shot at retirement. Today is the last day the U.S. Government takes public comments on the matter. Lolita was captured off the Pacific coast of Washingt...Read More

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PHOTO: Fairfax County mother Cristy Gallagher is pressing the General Assembly to boost crisis funding for children with mental illness. Photo credit: Gallagher

RICHMOND, Va. - When the General Assembly reconvenes next week, it will decide whether to okay a boost in mental health crisis funding for kids. Fairfax County mom Cristy Gallagher said the money is critical for families such as hers that have a child who is sometimes in desperate need of immediate ...Read More

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PHOTO: While Gov. Terri McAuliffe travels the state to promote Medicaid expansion, advocates will rally for expansion at the Capitol this weekend. Photo credit: Michaele White; governor.va.gov

RICHMOND, Va. – The General Assembly might be taking a break from the state's heated Medicaid battle, but advocates for better health care say they won't cool down. Diverse groups of Virginians – including fast food workers, senior citizens and religious leaders – are rallying at...Read More

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PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation report details how wildlife mascots are being affected by climate change, including the Virginian Commonwealth University ram. Photo credit: National Park Service

RICHMOND, Va. - March Madness has a conservation group trying to better the betting odds for teams with wildlife mascots. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation details how wildlife mascots are being affected by climate change. According to the report, sea-level rise, extreme droughts a...Read More

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