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Governor Praises Mercury Paper
4:28 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Environmentalists Keep an Eye on Virginia Company

Two years ago, the World Wildlife Fund issued a surprising plea -- urging consumers to take care when buying toilet paper. 

The organization claimed a company called Asia Pulp and Paper was destroying rainforest to make pulp for cheap bathroom tissue manufactured here in Virginia by a subsidiary called Mercury Paper. 

Since then, APP has promised not to cut down rainforest trees, and last week Governor Terry McAuliffe showed up to praise the firm, but environmentalists are skeptical.

 

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Chesapeake Bay Tracking Program
3:59 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Meet the Osprey

Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay.  Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.

The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay.  Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.

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Government & Politics
8:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Goes Nowhere After Special Session

Credit Bob Brown, Richmond Times-Dispatch

McAuliffe attached 104 amendments to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget. They include a two-year PILOT program to enroll hundreds of thousands of additional Virginians in Medicaid. The Governor said he received federal assurance that the state CAN withdraw from this expansion in the future without penalties.

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New Challenges for the V-A
3:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What Veterans Want

Veterans groups have a long list of issues for Congress to address but they say mental health remains their top priority.  Virginia lawmakers say their state government also needs to step up to the plate.

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A Weekend for Nature Lovers
1:27 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Celebrating Woodlands

Credit Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

There’s a big weekend ahead for those who love trees, with a Historic Tree symposium in Charlottesville, a lecture in Blacksburg, and an Old Growth Forest walk at Montpelier.

James Madison’s family thought nothing of clearing the woods around their plantation in 1723.  In fact, most Americans viewed trees as an impediment to farming, but a convenient source of building materials and food.  Later in life, Madison would come to regret that view.  Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich reads what he had to say on the subject.

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