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Gator Troubles
7:44 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Alligators in Virginia?

Credit www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org

Another sign of global warming could make Virginians especially nervous.  That's because alligators have been spotted perilously close to the state line. 

The Great Dismal Swamp is a 126,000 acre preserve that straddles Virginia’s border with North Carolina.  It’s linked all the way to Florida by the Intracoastal Waterway, and a senior biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says alligators are moving north.

“Used to be about 60 miles south of us.  Now they’re probably within 15-20 miles of our southern border.”

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Government & Politics
7:32 am
Mon May 19, 2014

VaNews for 5.19.14

An apparent Paleo-Indian ritual site found in Virginia may pre-date Stonehenge by 50 centuries...and a perplexing question about Williamsburg's unemployment rate has been answered by a pair of college students.

These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

    

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Criminal Street Gang
5:08 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Indictments in Kevin Quick Murder Investigation

Kevin Quick
Credit Virginia State Police

The U.S. Attorney for the Western Division of Virginia announced the indictment of nine people today. 

Four are charged with the murder of Waynesboro police officer Kevin Quick.   All but one are accused of other crimes committed as members of the Bloods street gang.

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Catawba Sustainability Center
12:16 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Resurrecting The American Chestnut Tree

American Chestnut trees used make up twenty-five percent of the Appalachian forest.  A blight, in the early 1900s changed that, and today they’re all but gone from the forests from Georgia to Maine. 

But the tree left us a way to resurrect it from the dead, and with it, a kind of message:  Only with the help of human beings will the towering Chestnuts return. 

"I was raised here in the valley and when I started hunting, about 1960 or so there were still these old gray giant trunks standing in the woods," says Carl Absher a semi-retired forester from the Catawba Valley.  

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Veterans & Healthcare
8:56 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Medical Care for Veterans a Contentious Topic This Week

As the embattled head of the Veterans Affairs department testified in the Senate this week, lawmakers also explored reforming how veterans receive care. 

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