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Spiders get their ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ every Halloween as one of the scary symbols of the holiday, but there’s nothing to be frightened of in this report. 

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Virginia lawmakers say one topic that will again be discussed during the upcoming General Assembly session is improving healthcare in the Commonwealth. But that goal remains difficult when a large portion of the bright students who attend the state’s six medical schools are forced to move elsewhere due to a lack of residency slots. One critical point of discussion will be how to open up more slots AND pay for them.

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The bond between humans and animals runs deep. And now, scientists know more about why and what that means for human health. Virginia Tech brought national experts together to explore the latest findings about that connection. 

It’s lunchtime at the Human Animal Bonding Symposium at the Skelton Center in Blacksburg.  But even as people mill about and the scent of food fills the air, two service dogs in training sit calmly and at attention when their handlers stop to talk with me.

“My name is Alison Proctor and this is Luke.”

Reclassifying Marijuana

Sep 29, 2015
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It’s rare these days for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to agree on anything, so it may come as a surprise to learn there is bi-partisan support for a bill to reclassify marijuana.  

Morgan Griffith is one of the more conservative Republicans representing Virginia in Congress. But he’s pushing a bill to reclassify marijuana so the government and universities can study it. For Griffith the issue became personal when the daughter of a constituent suffered from Epilepsy until she moved to Colorado where Marijuana is legal.  

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It’s a sad fact that we produce enough food in this country to feed everyone in it, yet hunger remains a problem for many. 

Virginia Tech is joining the effort to change that.  It kicks off its “Campus Kitchens” program Wednesday, September 30th.  It’s a carefully orchestrated volunteer effort to save still-fresh food, left over from student dining halls, and get it to people who need it.  

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