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Environment
11:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina

Credit Lynchburg News and Advance

We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville.  Officials with Duke Energy, the company in charge of the spill, along with state and local officials, have conducted tests on the drinking water there.

Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.

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Environment
5:33 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Environmental Group Says New Road Will Destroy Wetlands

Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out  valuable wetlands. 

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Environment
11:48 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Balloon Release Dangers

Releasing clusters of balloons into the sky has become a common way to mark a special occasion or call attention to an issue, but the balloons are creating an issue of their own. 

You’ve seen them floating in the sky; those small helium balloons wafting for miles on the breeze, but where the balloons end up afterwards, is causing problems.

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Environment
12:44 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Managing Virginia's Deer Population: Part 2

White-tailed deer cause an estimated 50,000 car crashes in Virginia each year, do millions of dollars in damage to farm crops, trees and gardens.  

Under ideal conditions, the deer population can double every year.  The state counts on hunters to help keep the number of deer in check, and officials are now looking at other ways to promote healthy living with deer. 

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Environment
7:05 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Managing Virginia's Deer Population: Part 1

There are an estimated 30 million white-tailed deer in this country – 100 times more than a century ago, and in states like Virginia, predators that used to control their populations are gone. 

That leaves humans to manage herds of deer and the Commonwealth is trying to come up with a new plan to do that.

Native Americans  and early settlers depended on deer to supply them with meat and clothing, so there was probably not much objection to hunting them, but in the 20th century,  as many Americans moved to cities, another force shaped our perception of deer – Walt Disney.

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