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Problem Plants
2:24 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Ivy Invasion

Red bricks covered with ivy have long been seen as a part of Virginia’s charm, but scientists in Richmond warn the vines are taking over – posing a threat to other plants in the state, and they want citizens to do their part in getting ivy under control.
 

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Government & Politics
8:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Hoping to Help Ease Sequester

Credit wvec.com

Lawmakers in Virginia helped the House clear a bill easing sequestration for the next two years.

Lawmakers in both parties say the bill falls woefully short of what the nation needs. Still, with Congress divided 332 lawmakers held their noses and supported the legislation. While conservative groups oppose the deal, Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith says it’s better than leaving sequestration in place for the next two years.

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Campus Safety Week
4:56 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Preventing School Tragedies

Credit Office of the Governor

Governor McDonnell has left a somber message with hundreds of high school students about their roles in preventing tragedies such as the Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shootings.  

He also said he believes there could be a correlation between students who may seem socially inept in their teen years and those who pose risks to society later. 

That's one reason why he's asking students to be mindful of their surroundings and vigilant in their day-to-day activities.

 

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Science & Technology
1:56 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

A New Take on Sex

Birds do it.  Bees do it.  No…we’re not talking about ‘falling in love,’ we’re talking about sex.  Biologists have long known it plays a vital role in passing new gene combinations on to the next generation, but what’s been less clear, is exactly how that works.  

Now, a Virginia Tech Biologist has a new theory that challenges long held notions about natural selection and survival of the fittest. 

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Averting a Shutdown
8:20 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Budget Deal: A Good Thing for Virginia?

Credit Alex Wong

The bipartisan budget deal reached in Congress is expected to bring a lot of relief to the commonwealth of Virginia, though Virginia lawmakers still say it isn’t perfect.

Fear of another government shutdown early next year is dissipating here at the Capitol. The agreement increases federal spending by about forty five billion dollars, sets spending levels for the next two years and offers federal agencies some relief from sequestration. Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes says is giving the agreement muted praise.

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