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Mark Pollinator Week: One of every three bites of food you eat is made possible by pollinators

Honey bees are invaluable to the health of the U.S. agricultural economy as they enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in the nation. In Virginia, honeybees are essential pollinators for about one-third of the state’s fruit and vegetable crops. That is why Governor Ralph S. Northam declared June 17-23 as Virginia Pollinator Week. Without adequate pollination, Virginia could experience a significant reduction in its harvest of apples, alfalfa, berries,cucumbers, melons, squash, peaches and pumpkins.”

Va. Beach man succeeds Connaughton as Va.‘s Secretary of Transportation

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has announced his selection of Aubrey Layne as Secretary of Transportation.

Weekend of special activities and free parking on Veterans Day at Va. state parks

Virginia State Parks will waive parking fees in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2013. Additionally, all 36 state parks will offer special programming during the holiday weekend.

Unique Va. partnership helps offenders get prepared for release with identification

Through DMV Connect, correctional facilities, and jails identify people slated for release within a few months and facilitate collection of the needed personal documents and DMV applications for Virginia ID cards.

Cvent to move in former SAIC headquarters in Tysons, bringing 400 new jobs

Cvent (NYSE: CVT), a leading cloud-based event management platform that recently went public, will move its headquarters to SAIC’s former headquarters building in Tysons Corner. Virginia successfully competed against Maryland for the project, which will create 400 new jobs in three years and retain 451 jobs.

Traffic detour for bridge replacement; US 29 to be closed at Webb Drive Oct. 25-28

Gainesville area drivers note that southbound US 29 will be closed just south of Linton Hall Road from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Crews will remove and replace the bridge over North Fork Broad Run.

Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching to be located at George Mason University

The center, proposed as part of the governor's 2013 All Students K-12 legislative agenda, will provide professional development opportunities in instruction, education policy and leadership for 100 exemplary teachers each year, starting next June.

One million plus Virginians now signed up for ShakeOut earthquake drill Oct. 17

Virginia has become the second state ever to pass the one million mark in people registered to participate in the multistate earthquake drill, Drop, Cover and Hold On, with a week to go until the Great SouthEast ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m.

Woodbridge DMV closed Wednesday morning

Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Center at 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge, will be closed the morning of Wednesday, October 9, until 1 p.m. so a new testing system can be installed.

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