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Truth campaign outs celebrity tobacco users

  By Richelle Hammiel “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” is a message that flashes across television screens and this message has generated the attention of fans, celebrities and lawyers. The Truth Campaign, active enforcers of change, has compiled numerous photos as well as facts to stop the use of tobacco, especially in teens. The photos were made [...]

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Virginia aquarium to release 3 sea turtles

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team is releasing three rehabilitated sea turtles. A loggerhead sea turtle named Wolverine, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Lex Luther and a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Loki will be released Monday,October 20th, afternoon along the shore in Virginia Beach. A Tangier Island [...]

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NASA-WILDFIRE DRONE

NORFOLK — NASA is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test the use of drones to spot wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Va. and northeast N.C. In 2011, a wildifre in the swamp burned for nearly four months and caused poor air quality in the heavily-populated Hampton Roads region on some days [...]

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Va. governor formally presents energy plan

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe formally rolled out his energy plan for Virginia on Tuesday, advocating more renewable sources such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional resources including natural gas. Federal dollars that have sustained the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, which has a huge military footprint, can’t be relied on in [...]

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Quiet ‘whiz kid’ now public face of Ebola fight

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America’s top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because “overconfidence can kill.” Five months later in a hearing room on Capitol Hill, Tom Frieden was accused of not following his own [...]

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CDC: Nurse exposed to Ebola should not have flown

NEW YORK (AP) — A top federal health official said Wednesday, Oct. 15, that a Texas nurse exposed to the Ebola virus never should have taken a flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area. She has now been diagnosed with Ebola and officials are now contacting other passengers on the plane. “The level of risk [...]

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School group cuts ties with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a quick about-face, the National School Boards Association is cutting ties with the nation’s second-biggest cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. The organization announced late Tuesday, October 14th, that it is ending a recently announced partnership with the Camel and Pall Mall cigarette maker’s youth tobacco-prevention program called “Right [...]

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Ebola screening measures rest on federal law

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say. Airline passengers arriving from three West African countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — [...]

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Spain places husband of Ebola nurse in quarantine

  MADRID (AP) — Spain has placed in quarantine the husband of a Spanish nurse who has tested positive for the Ebola virus in the first known transmission outside West Africa. Public Health Director Mercedes Vinuesa told Parliament on Tuesday that authorities were drawing up a list of other people who may have had contact [...]

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Spanish woman touched face with Ebola glove

  MADRID (AP) — Spanish health officials were investigating Wednesday whether a nursing assistant infected with Ebola got the deadly disease by touching her face with Ebola-tainted protective gloves, while a strike by Ebola burial teams in Sierra Leone left abandoned bodies in the streets of the capital. More than 3,400 people have been killed [...]

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Few Va. schools participate in new meal program

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Few public schools in Virginia are participating in a new federal program that makes free breakfast and lunch available to all students in schools or districts where at least 40 percent of students previously qualified for free lunch. Nearly a quarter of Virginia’s 1,827 public schools were eligible to participate this year. Only 86 [...]

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