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Alternative to Refund Checks
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Va Tax Dept Debit Cards

Those debit cards that the Virginia Department of Taxation issued to taxpayers instead of checks are not going anywhere. In fact, as the tax season wraps up, most residents have already seen them.

Getting rid of tax-refund checks was supposed to save the state money.  Taxpayers had the option of cashing out the card, transferring funds, or using it as a point-of-sale card or at an ATM.  But they were charged fees and were often confused about how to access funds. Burns said he didn't receive many complaints, though.  

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Accupuncture for Animals
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Veterinarians Practice Holistic Healing

Dr. Marge Lewter works with Cathy Leatherwood and her dog, Mississippi.

Holistic approaches to healing are getting more popular, not only for humans, but for their best friends.

The sign outside Dr. Marge Lewter’s office in Blacksburg says ‘Holistic Veterinarian.’ That means she uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. The office is scented with geranium oil.  She sees one patient at a time and appointments can be more than an hour long as she carefully observes the animals.

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400-Year Wait
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Federal Recognition for VA's Indian Tribes

A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers is fighting to win federal recognition of six tribes in the commonwealth.

The tribes have treaties dating back to the 1600s. But there 's a catch: the agreements are with the King of England. Even now, the UK recognizes and honors these American tribes, while the US government doesn't. That's partly because in 1924, a law was passed that declared Virginia contained no Native Americans and wiped the commonwealth's record books of their history.

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Belly Up to the Bug Bar
4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Cicadas on the Menu

Chocolate-Covered Cicadas

As the 17-year cicadas emerge from the ground, millions of birds will be feasting – and a few people plan to join the party.  They're  harvesting, cooking and eating these insects which experts say are high in protein, and low in fat and cholesterol.  Clever cooks have even incorporated cicadas into tacos and pizza, sushi, chili and chocolate chip cookies.

Experts say that due to the prolific use of pesticides it is not recommended to eat any bug without knowing its origins are safe.

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Community Service & Volunteerism
4:45 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

D-Day Memorial in Bedford Plans Memorial Day Tribute

Credit National D-Day Memorial

Many Virginians will enjoy picnics and getting together with friends and family this holiday weekend.  And some will find the time to remember the true meaning behind Memorial Day. 

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will begin its Memorial Weekend festivities with a patriotic concert Saturday night.  April Cheek-Messier is Co-president of the memorial.

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