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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/

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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GRAPHIC: A local election on the 19th will be the first time a photo I.D. will be required to cast a ballot, as required by the commonwealth's new voter I.D. law. The League of Women Voters is concerned many Virginians are not aware of the new rules. Photo credit: League of Women Voters of Virginia.

FARMVILLE, Va. - A small, local election on Tuesday is the first time Virginia voters will have to show a photo I.D. as required by a new law. The Farmville town council election in Prince Edward and Cumberland counties represents the first time any of the commonwealth's voters will have to present...Read More

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PHOTO: The Center for Rural Affairs says rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Virginia is no exception. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr.

RICHMOND, Va. - The issue of hunger often is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high, but a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy program with the C...Read More

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PHOTO: Virginia's community health centers provide services regardless of patients' ability to pay, and serve upwards of 300,000 Virginians, filling crucial gaps in the commonwealth's health-care system. Photo courtesy of Central Virginia Health Services.

RICHMOND, Va. - As National Health Center Week continues, community health centers around the commonwealth are reminding residents of their commitment to provide a crucial safety net for more than 300,000 Virginians at more than 135 community health centers. Central Virginia Health Services is Virg...Read More

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