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PHOTO: Supporters of limits on carbon pollution say they will have significant health benefits; detractors say they'll slow the economy. Both sides weigh in at EPA hearings this week. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on rules designed to cut carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels. Supporters say the new regulations also would save thousands of lives a year - and critics say the carbon pollution limits ...Read More

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PHOTO: Adam O'Neal, center, mayor of Belhaven, N.C., will complete his walk from his hometown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. His aim is to call attention to the need for states to expand Medicaid, to cover more people and improve the financial stability of rural hospitals that treat them. Photo courtesy of O'Neal.

RICHMOND, Va. - A small-town mayor walking though Virginia will reach Washington, D.C., on Monday, carrying the message that rural hospitals need Medicaid expansion to survive. Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., is walking from his hometown to the nation's capital - 540,000 steps,...Read More

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PHOTO: Lennie Gerber (left), and her wife Pearl have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging the Virginia ban on same-sex marriage. Photo courtesy of Lennie Gerber.

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal court in Richmond is expected to arrive at a decision on the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage this week. James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, says the ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit could overturn same-sex marriage ba...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The annual Kids Count data snapshot for Virginia shows improvements in education and health, but also rising poverty among the state's children. Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Big steps forward on education, teen safety and reductions in teen pregnancy - but also rising poverty - are reflected in the latest "Kids Count" data snapshot. According to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report, Virginia has moved up two spots in the overall n...Read More

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PHOTO Rep. Jim Moran is co-chair of the Animal Welfare Caucus, and says the testing of cosmetics on animals is no longer needed. Photo courtesy of Rep. Jim Moran.

RICHMOND, Va. - The time has come to ban animal testing for cosmetics, according to a northern Virginia Congressman. Rep. Jim Moran is sponsoring the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would phase out animal testing for U.S.-made cosmetics within a year, and imported cosmetics within three years. Moran s...Read More

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PHOTO: Tens of thousands of children from Central American countries have attempted to cross into the U.S., and a woman who has been in their shoes says violence and economic despair are the root causes. Photo credit: Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

RICHMOND, Va. – There are many questions surrounding why thousands of Central Americans are leaving their families, setting off alone and risking their lives in an attempt to migrate to the United States. One woman who made that journey wants to shine a light on the issue. Kenia Calderon w...Read More

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PHOTO: Children often count on meals served at school to give them the nutrition they need. But when school isn't in session during the summer, it can be a challenge for some kids to get nutritious, regular meals, particularly those kids from low-income households. Photo credit: USDA.

RICHMOND, Va. - For nearly 400,000 Virginia school children, summer means a vacation from school, but it can also mean missing nutritious meals that are part of their school day. Signe Anderson, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for the Food Research and Action Center, says the summer of 2013 m...Read More

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IMAGE: A Dominion Resources offshore wind project is fairly far along, and offers huge potential, according to a new report on offshore wind power in the Atlantic. Map courtesy Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

RICHMOND, Va. - A huge wind project in the early stages off Virginia Beach has the potential to provide a lot of reasonably-priced, steady power, according to a new report. "Catching the Wind," which looks at offshore wind turbine projects along the East Coast, reported that the Dominion project tw...Read More

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