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Law & Crime
4:33 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Four Cancer Charities Allegedly Spent Donations on Personal Expenses

FTC depicts how four sham charities operated.

Attorney General Mark Herring and the Federal Trade Commission have announced one of the largest charity fraud actions ever brought by enforcers. The FTC, Virginia, all other states, and the District of Columbia have charged four cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187,000,000  from consumers. The joint enforcement action alleges deceptive solicitations. 

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Government & Politics
12:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Developing Flood Protection Plans

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Hampton Roads has twice the relative sea-level rise of other Atlantic coastal communities, and Virginia is stepping up its efforts to address the associated recurrent flooding. While the General Assembly recently ordered updates to the state’s flood protection plan, the Army Corps of Engineers has rolled out a new, proactive strategic framework. It calls on local, state, regional, and federal governments to work together—due to the enormity of the tasks ahead. 

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Environment
11:48 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Opening the Gate: Farmers on Fencing

For two years, the state of Virginia has been begging cattle farmers to keep animals out of streams on their property - offering to pay the full cost of fencing to prevent pollution of rivers and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. 

Irvin White raises cattle in Central Virginia - calling recently weaned calves to the feeding trough as part of his evening routine.  From the beginning, he’s seen good reason to fence his farms - to keep cows out of the streams where they like to drink and cool off when the weather turns warm.  After all, those streams are loaded with bacteria.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

VaNews: Brewery Resistance, Biosolid Controversy

Residents in one of the remaining rural areas of Fairfax County have stopped  a plan to open a micro-brewery in their community. And in Spotsylvania there's controversy over whether biosolids – which are made partly from human waste – should be allowed as fertilizer on farm fields. 

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link onvpap.org.

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Shalom Farms in Goochland
11:46 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Down on the Farm: Discovering Local Food Sources

A recent survey showed 28% of Virginians have a hard time getting fresh fruit and vegetables in their communities.  What’s more, half of kids said they would head for a fast food restaurant or convenience store if given $5 for food. 

To counter those problems, a group of teachers is taking Richmond kids to the farm, where they dance, sing and discover the wonders of compost. 

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