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Appearance of unusual tick on beef farm near Charlottesville has agriculture officials worried

Livestock producers and owners should notify VDACS if they notice any unusual ticks that have not been seen before or ticks that occur in large numbers on an individual animal.

US Reps. Wittman and Connolly introduce resolution to honor public servants

Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01) was joined by Representative Gerald Connolly (VA-11) in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating May 6-12, 2018 as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW).

Del. Danica Roem to be a headline speaker at Democratic National Committee gala in NYC

The Democratic National Committee reports that Virginia Delegate Danica Roem (D-13-Prince William) will be a featured speaker and special guest at the upcoming 19th annual DNC LGBTQ Gala. Roem will become the first openly transgender elected official to speak at a major party gala in U.S. history.

Half fares start May 7 on OmniRide commuter buses on I-66

Riders will pay half-fares on OmniRide express buses that travel along the I-66 corridor for the duration of the construction, which is expected to last for four years. The discount applies to Manassas and Gainesville OmniRide express buses serving points in Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, and the Tysons Corner Metro Station.

Project management system for custom builders to expand IT operation, add jobs near Charlottesville

CoConstruct, a web-based project management system for custom home builders and remodelers, plans to invest $485,000 to expand its IT operation in Albemarle County near Charlottesville, according to a news release from Governor Ralph Northam. The expansion will create 69 new jobs, whose needed skills were not specified. The state will help pay for employee training.

Governor Northam urges Virginians to buy flood insurance by May 1

Governor Ralph Northam is urging Virginians to purchase flood insurance or renew their policies on or before May 1, a month before the official start of hurricane season. Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and many people do not realize that standard homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover damage from floods.

Speaker Kirk Cox appoints replacements to state commissions and committees

In accordance with the applicable provisions of the Code of Virginia, Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) has made the following appointments for members of the Virginia House of Delegates to various commissions, committees, councils and boards.

Anglers beware: DGIF issues advisory on websites claiming to sell Virginia fishing licenses

DGIF reminds anglers that and are the only official websites to purchase Virginia fishing and hunting licenses and permits. DGIF said in a news release that some of the sites it is aware of customers have reported completing transactions believing they were buying a license or permit, when, in fact, they purchased an informational guide.

FEMA to involve government, private sector and nonprofits in a national disaster readiness drill

FEMA says it will conduct the 2018 National Level Exercise for the whole community, inviting government agencies, private sector and non-profit organizations, and individuals to participate in the biennial exercise April 30 – May 11.

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