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Warner & Gillespie
12:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Second U.S. Senate Debate

The debate before the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, faced off in their second debate of the campaign season—this time before the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. 

Both candidates agreed that both houses of Congress should be called back into session to authorize President Obama’s use of force against the “ISIS” terrorist movement that’s penetrated Iraq and Syria. And both men said they support an “all-of-the-above” national energy policy that includes offshore drilling and authorization of the Keystone pipeline.

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Changing Definition of "Lead-Free"
5:37 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Lead Found in Well Water Tests

Credit Virginia Household Water Quality Program

There’s no argument about the fact that any amount of lead in drinking water is unsafe. 

No matter how much, it’s too much, of this potent neurotoxin. 

But lead has been showing up in well water tests around Virginia. About a fifth of the state’s residents get their water from wells.

Lead does not occur naturally in Virginia’s groundwater, instead, it’s a problem of civilization, namely, indoor plumbing. 

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Return on Investment
5:31 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Cleaning the Chesapeake Bay

With a businessman in the governor’s mansion and a legislature talking about cutting costs, one environmental group is moving to assure that there’s enough money set aside to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. 

It argues that for every dollar the state invests in keeping pollutants out of rivers and streams, it will gain $4 in benefits.

We’ve seen economic reports on how fishing, shipping, recreational boating and tourism on the Bay benefit the state of Virginia, but now the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking at a bigger picture. 

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Changing the 'Get Out the Vote' Strategy
5:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Virginia's Voter ID Laws

Virginia’s new voter ID law has Virginia Democrats worried after the state board of elections found nearly 200,000 registered voters don’t have a driver’s license.

Back in 2013 when Virginia and a string of other Republican controlled state legislatures were pushing forward with new voter ID laws, Attorney General Eric Holder likened the laws to ‘poll taxes’ and promised an NAACP audience the government would protect minorities. 

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Health & Medicine
1:15 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Health Officials Celebrating Collaborative Effort

Drs. Nathaniel Bishop and Cynda Johnson
Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

Health care officials from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Radford University are celebrating a collaborative effort in a unique way. 

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