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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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PHOTO: Clerks at county courthouses throughout the commonwealth will soon be obliged to issue licenses for same-sex marriages, following Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision. Photo credit: Taber Andrew Bain.

RICHMOND, Va. - Legally recognized same-sex marriages are underway now in Virginia, and could come to neighboring states within a matter of days. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not review appeals court rulings regarding same-sex marriage bans. The decision means that all of those rulin...Read More

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PHOTO: Using the Twitter hashtag #WW2K AARP Virginia is letting state voters ask candidates any question they want. Picture courtesy of AARP VA.

RICHMOND, Va. – A social media campaign is giving Virginia voters a chance to ask any question to candidates for the U.S. House and Senate. Ginger Thompson, communications director for AARP Virginia, says folks can use the Twitter hashtag #WW2K for we what to know. She says AARP will make ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: New analysis suggests there are thousands of good jobs in catching the methane leaks from natural gas wells and selling it. Graphic of a fracking well by the EPA.

RICHMOND, Va. - Many oil and gas developers are letting a valuable product escape as they drill. A new report says more of the methane emitted from wells and pipelines can and should be captured rather than released into the atmosphere, and it describes an emerging industry that has made that a goal...Read More

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