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DEQ ignores its duties, again

By: - December 8, 2020

By David Sligh The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to again defer to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on decisions about the health of thousands of Virginia streams and wetlands. And, despite the fact that DEQ has a legal obligation to ensure our water quality standards are enforced on all regulated projects, […]

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Valuing the welfare of dogs over profit and convenience

By: - December 7, 2020

By Ingrid Taylor, D.V.M. The first time I visited Virginia, I was mesmerized by its beauty — the green rolling hills, the white fences bisecting verdant lawns, and the quaint and charming small towns. But amid all this beauty, there’s a shameful secret, hidden in plain sight. Cumberland County is home to a massive dog-breeding […]

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Virginia ranks at the bottom for kinship care. Working together, we can do better. 

By: - December 4, 2020

By Nancy Toscano Virginia takes pride in our capacity to provide for our children. Recent studies place the commonwealth as sixth in the nation for educational attainment, 11th for children’s economic wellbeing and 14th for children’s overall wellbeing. Such rankings reflect a collective commitment to ensuring that Virginia’s future is strong. But there is one area of […]

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Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is cheaper than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s and doesn’t require supercold temperature

By: - November 26, 2020

By Sanjay Mishra The biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has released data on what is now the third promising vaccine candidate against COVID-19 – and it has several advantages over those of its competitors, Pfizer and Moderna. On Monday, AstraZeneca released interim analysis of its phase 3 trial data of 23,000 volunteers from the U.K. and Brazil. […]

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COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time – but these game-changers appear safe

By: - November 24, 2020

By Dr. William Petri There are now two COVID-19 vaccines that, at least according to preliminary reports, appear to be 94.5 percent and 95 percent effective. Both were developed in a record-breaking 11 months or so. I am an infectious diseases specialist and professor at the University of Virginia. I care for patients with COVID-19 and […]

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Climate change is a winning issue. Let’s work together to solve it.

By: - November 18, 2020

By Rose Hendricks and Mark Reynolds In the home stretch of the 2020 campaign, presidential candidate Joe Biden leaned hard into the issue of climate change, giving a televised climate speech and running climate-focused ads in swing states. His campaign bet that this issue, once considered politically risky, would now be a winner. That bet […]

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How you can help veterans every day

By: - November 11, 2020

By Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Purdue University As the nation celebrates our 17 million living veterans, it is also important to know that the number of these heroes who are ending their own lives prematurely is rising. In the general population, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death, but among veterans with PTSD, it’s […]

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Children with lethal cancers and other incurable illnesses have benefited from the ACA. They’ll suffer if it’s overturned.

By: - November 10, 2020

By Lisa C. Lindley, University of Tennessee The Affordable Care Act once again is headed for a date with the Supreme Court, with health insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans possibly on the line in a case that will be heard Nov. 10, 2020. But a much smaller group of people with exceptional […]

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An embarrassing failure for election pollsters

By: - November 6, 2020

By W. Joseph Campbell Election polling is facing yet another reckoning following its uneven-at-best performance in this year’s voting. Although the outcome in the 2020 presidential race remained uncertain the next day, it was evident that polls collectively faltered, overall, in providing Americans with clear indications as to how the election would turn out. And […]

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Here’s how to prevent the spread of misinformation

By: - October 31, 2020

A version of this article originally originally appeared in the Behavioral Scientist, a magazine that examines the world through the science of human behavior. By Elizabeth Weingarten and Rosii Floreak If you were trying to picture a misinformation spreader, your first step probably wouldn’t be to look in the mirror. But in our work examining the psychology of misinformation, we […]

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Williams Mullen cashes in with environmentally-driven clients while fighting against key carbon initiative

By: - October 27, 2020

By Kim Jemaine In old Richmond, the downtown law firms were regarded by many as the paragon of virtue, a place for a respectable career and collegial praise. But something has changed, and “Exhibit A” is the shocking conflict of interest displayed by Williams Mullen in both simultaneously suing the state to stop action on […]

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Purdue Pharma may settle legal claims with a new ‘public trust’ that would still be dedicated to profit

By: - October 22, 2020

By David Herzberg/ University at Buffalo Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin and other potentially addictive prescription opioids, has agreed to plead guilty to three felony counts and reached a settlement potentially worth at least $8.3 billion with the Justice Department. The deal could clear the way for Purdue to transform from a profit-seeking […]