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Online Family Budget Calculator

1 hour ago

A new online budget calculator shows many Virginia working families aren’t making enough to get by.

The Economic Policy Institute’s budget cruncher takes local data on a variety of costs, including, food, housing, and health care, and then calculates the numbers for the household size.

Laura Goren with the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis says the calculator shows many families are fighting a big gap between what they make and what they need.

The calculator is available here.

Back to School: Chaos and Umbrellas

13 hours ago

It’s back-to-school time once again. Students everywhere are returning to campus excited to see each other and catch up – but Roanoke College Professor Brent Adkins wants to know something. He wants to know why students are in school in the first place – and encourages them to look beyond the degree.

Why are you here? This is a question that I ask all of my classes in one form or another. Let me tell you how the conversation usually goes.

Me: Why are you here?

Brook Hill Farm

One of the greatest challenges for children who are abused, neglected and at-risk is finding a path to help them recover and become healthy, happy and productive. In a way, that's also what Jo Anne Miller at Brook Hill Farm Horse Rescue has been doing for abandoned and abused horses. Miller, a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, runs a program called United Neigh where at-risk youth age 12-18 work with the horses that, in turn, help the children.

The Associated Press

Taking a page from the McDonnell-Bolling book of party unification, Attorney General Mark Herring now says--midway into his term--that he is backing Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for Governor, while Herring will run for a second term. 

Many electric companies are replacing conventional home meters with smart devices that can be read, as well as turned on and off from a remote location.  These devices can also tell customers how much power they’re using at different times of day, and since some companies charge higher rates during periods of peak demand, consumers can adjust their power use to save money.  Dominion Virginia Power has a pilot program that charges customers less for power during times when demand is low.  The firm e-mails prices the night before, but one consumer says Dominion needs to do more if it’s seriou

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