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.
Many Virginians at or below the poverty level are struggling with utility bills and looking for any possible way to cut costs.
As Virginia Public Radio's Tommie McNeil report, one way to save could be the free Weatherization Assistance Program administered by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development.
Weatherization can cut energy bills by up to 35-percent, and the program seeks to assist low-income residents in this way. Deputy Housing Director Chris Thompson says the program is not limited to a specific region.
While cat- and dog-lovers sometimes have contentious debates over which beloved animal is smarter, more adoring, and the overall better pet, a much more serious debate is taking place in Richmond about the two. And that is—when it comes to feral and stray cats, why aren't they afforded the same rights as dogs?
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports nearly one third of Virginia’s honey bee colonies died last winter. But one Floyd County beekeeper had a better survival rate.
Turn into Mark Chorba’s driveway and you pass a pond with ducks and geese, and chickens stroll around in the front yard. In the grass behind the farmhouse are stacks of boxes of various heights holding hundreds of thousands of bees.