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Visitors to 21 national parks in Va. had cumulative benefit to state’s economy of nearly $2 billion

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 22,233,323 visitors to 21 national parks in Virginia spent over $1.2 billion in Virginia in 2021. That spending resulted in 18,000 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of nearly $2 billion.

Virginia joins lawsuit against vaccine mandate for healthcare workers and staff

The Commonwealth of Virginia has joined a coalition of states in a lawsuit arguing that the federal government does not have the power to impose a vaccine mandate through the interim rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

FDA is warning consumers about unauthorized AG Covid-19 Home Test

The FDA issued a warning to the public to stop using Empowered Diagnostics COVID-19 Tests. Empowered Diagnostics is recalling the CovClear COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test and the ImmunoPass COVID-19 Neutralizing Antibody Rapid Test.

Want to be a doctor? Kaine reintroduces bill to support medical schools

Virginia US Senator Tim Kaine has reintroduced his legislation to support medical schools in underserved areas. Kaine is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

US Secret Service marks 50th year of hiring women agents

“We didn’t have an alternative other than to do it; to do it right, to jump a little higher, to try a little harder to shoot a little straighter,” says Kathryn (Clark) Childers, one of the first five women sworn in. “I am pleased and proud of the Secret Service for making gender a non-issue.”

VDACS’ plan to regulate hemp production in Virginia approved by feds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) plan to regulate hemp production in the Commonwealth.

New National Christmas Tree from Pa. planted on the Ellipse in President’s Park

Ahead of the holiday season, the National Park Service (NPS) has planted a new National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. The new tree, a 27-foot white fir (Abies Concolor) from Middleburg, Pa. was donated by Hill View Christmas Tree Farm, and will be the first white fir to serve as the National Christmas Tree.

Alexandria Social Security Office will move, open Nov. 22 at 5510 Cherokee Ave, Ste. 200, Alexandria

Alexandria Social Security Office will relocate to 5510 Cherokee Ave, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22312 on Monday, Nov. 22. Business operations at 6295 Edsall Road, Suite 190, Alexandria VA 22312 will end after close of business on Friday, Nov. 19. Social Security employees are working remotely to provide the vital services the public relies on and the agency currently provides multiple service delivery options for all Americans.

Rep. Connolly’s annual Senior Issues Forum via Zoom set for Oct. 29

Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-11), who represents part of the Prince William County area, will virtually host his annual Senior Issues Forum via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m.

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