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Hold on Tight
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hard Wired for Friends

A new study from the University of Virginia suggests human beings are hard-wired for friendship – that our brains actually view friends and loved ones as part of ourselves.  

You might remember UVA Professor Jim Coan from studies he’s done on hand-holding.  He put women in an MRI scanner and threatened to administer a mild electric shock to their ankles – then watched what their brains did.

“When you’re alone in the MRI scanner, facing the threat of electric shock, your brain is pretty active. As one of my students said, it lights up like a Christmas tree.”

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Private Medical Records
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

State Employee Information Mistakenly Shared

The Health Flexible Spending Account records of 13,000 Virginia state employees were erroneously sent last month to the wrong human resources or payroll officials … who should have received information only for their own locations.

An insurance subcontractor electronically distributed the confidential health records, which included the employees’ names and Social Security numbers.  The exposure of private information was not due to a hacker—but was instead caused by human error.

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Big Meadows Unique Eco-System
1:43 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Fire Officials Plan Controlled Burns

As firefighters battle huge blazes in the west, officials at our nearest national park are preparing to set fire to one of the most beautiful parts of the Shenandoah – the Big Meadows, an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world.  

There was a time in history when Smokey Bear was the second most recognized character in America – behind Santa Claus.

But after thirty years of public service announcements and heroic efforts by park rangers and firefighters, science persuaded the National Park Service that setting small, regular fires could be a good thing.  

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Building the Ixtatan Foundation
4:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The "New Life" Vacation

Credit Ixtatan Foundation

For most people, vacation is a time to relax and recharge the batteries before heading back to daily life, but for one woman in Charlottesville, vacation turned into a whole new life.  

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Virginia Tourism Campaign
3:43 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Showing the Love for Old School Virginia

The Virginia Tourism Corporation has taken a small investment and not only won a national award, but turned it into what could potentially be a HUGE boost to the state—especially the most economically distressed communities. 

The Best Advertising Mercury Award from U.S. Travel was awarded for the Commonwealth’s unique "Old School Virginia" campaign.

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