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State helps identify possible storm surge risks in region

The state has provided coastal residents a new way to check on potential storm surges, such as the ones that flooded parts of the area in 2003, 2006 and 2011.  

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Officials: Locals need to toughen land use rules

Two state officials and other panelists told more than 100 audience members localities need to strengthen land use ordinances to lessen the impact of gas and oil drilling, should the state issue a permit in the Taylorsville Basin.

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Va. Oyster Trail should become boon for region

The new Virginia Oyster Trail will help watermen in King George and Westmoreland, area residents said.
Several years ago, a group of business and civic leaders got together in Lancaster to talk about how to create economic activity in the Northern Neck by improving Virginia’s brand as an oyster producing state. The result was the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail, which was announced last week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 1-3

Back-to-School sales tax holiday for supplies, clothing and shoes

It’s the end of July, and while there’s still a month before school starts, it’s already time to plan to save money during Virginia’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday. Aug. 1-3 is this year’s state sales tax holiday for numerous items, including school supplies.

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Report Details Costly Damage from Virginia's Rising Tides; Offers Policy Solutions for Future

Group proposes 10 recommendations to reduce carbon pollution and manage sea-level rise
 
Top policy proposal could raise an estimated $200 million annually for coastal adaptation by 2020 while cutting greenhouse gas emissions


NORFOLK - Experts detail the threat of rising tides and outline ten bold but credible recommendations to prepare for sea-level rise and reduce carbon pollution in a first-of-its-kind report aimed at safeguarding coastal Virginia. The recommendations include a call for Virginia to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in flood protection funds by participating in a regional carbon cap program for power plants. It also calls on the state to enact a mandatory clean electricity standard, encourage development of solar and wind power, improve storm evacuation and shelter efforts, and coordinate efforts to maintain national security in an area that includes the world's largest naval base.
 

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