Month: November 2020

Va.’s early COVID-19 vaccination plan anticipates scarce doses

November 30, 2020

(VM) – Gov. Ralph Northam is hoping that all Virginians might be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-summer. But as state leaders prepare for a largely unprecedented rollout, it’s clear that scarcity will inform at least the first few weeks of vaccine distribution. Health officials outlined the state’s coalescing approach in two meetings Tuesday, a little […]

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Local health system joins national trial testing 3 new COVID-19 drugs

November 29, 2020

By Jackie Kruszewski As COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surge, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers continue to look for safe and effective treatments for those affected by the virus. A new clinical trial called ACTIV-1 will enroll VCU Health volunteers to test three “immune modulator” drugs on people hospitalized with COVID-19. The drugs target the dangerous inflammation […]

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Senators introduce legislation to reduce disability claims backlog for vets

November 28, 2020

U.S. senators, Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation to increase cooperation between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and veterans legal clinics, such as the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic housed at the College of William and Mary, or the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal […]

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‘America is back’: Biden introduces national security team

November 27, 2020

(USN) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden recently introduced the top national security officials he plans to nominate for his administration, pledging to form a team that will make Americans proud. One by one, his picks for secretaries of state and for homeland security, the director of national intelligence, U.N. ambassador, national security adviser and presidential […]

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Chance meeting for health worker & POW she supported 50 years ago

November 26, 2020

As part of her daily routine at Riverside Regional Medical Center, Mary Pancoast reviews the list of patients scheduled for upcoming surgical procedures. Her heart nearly stopped one day when she saw these words on the next morning’s log: “Allan R. Carpenter, age 82.” During the Vietnam War, like many teenagers, Pancoast supported the troops […]

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VersAbility serves up Thanksgiving meals and Heartfelt Hellos in Festive Drive-Thru

November 26, 2020

Even a pandemic couldn’t stop VersAbility Resources from continuing a tradition that’s more than a decade old: offering Thanksgiving dinner to people with disabilities. The nonprofit, which provides support services to more than 1,300 disabled residents and families on the Peninsula and Middle Peninsula, typically hosts a holiday gathering for everyone it serves, but precautions […]

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Virginia seeks input on Lee statue replacement in U.S. Capitol

November 25, 2020

By Joseph Whitney Smith (CNS) – State leaders are seeking public input on what individual should replace a statue of former Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee located in the U.S. Capitol. A commission appointed by the state legislature will hold a virtual public hearing Tuesday to help determine a replacement. The Lee statue is one of […]

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The Virginia State Police is investigating an airplane crash that has resulted in a fatality.

November 24, 2020

At approximately 9:35 a.m., State Police was called to investigate an airplane crash at the 1270 block of North End Road, in Deltaville (Middlesex County). Preliminary investigations reveal that a fixed wing aircraft (unknown type at this time) struck a garage type structure, causing it to become completely engulfed in flames. At this time there is one confirmed […]

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Virginia can’t have marijuana legalization without equity

November 23, 2020

Opinion by Terry McAuliffe and Don Scott Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018. Don Scott, a Democrat, represents Portsmouth in the Virginia House of Delegates. This has been a year full of reckonings that have prompted our society to take a close look in the mirror and begin to really tackle inequalities […]

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B.O. on what it’s really like to live in the White House

November 22, 2020

Former president offers an intimate glimpse of his private life inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in this sneak peek of his memoir “A Promised Land”. What’s it like to live in the White House? In a word: “Weird.” Obama — who recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an episode of The Oprah Conversation, streaming for […]

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