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LIFT Act proposes 20-year financing for first-time home buyers to help grow their wealth faster

Sen. Mark Warner said, β€œThe LIFT Act will help close the racial wealth gap by allowing qualified home buyers to build equity – and wealth – at twice the rate of a conventional 30-year mortgage.”

IRS warns of new email phishing scheme falsely claiming to be from Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.

Tourism at 17 national park sites in Virginia creates $926.3 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 23,398,517 visitors to national parks in Virginia spent $926.3 million and supported 13,256 jobs in the state in 2012.

Roos Foods voluntary cheese recall for possible health risks tied to discovery at Manassas store

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary recall by Roos Foods of ALL LOTS of certain cheeses Mexicana. The products are in flexible plastic bags and rigid plastic clam shell packages in 12 oz. and 16 oz. sizes under brand names: Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima and Anita.

FEMA wants applicants in various categories for National Advisory Council

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeks people in diverse categories interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. The council aims to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

Congressman Wittman announces office hours in Prince William County

Virginia First District Representative Rob Wittman (VA-1) has announced that his staff will host regular monthly mobile office hours in Woodbridge, on the second Monday of each month, beginning on Feb. 10, 2014.

Rep. Wolf continues to champion efforts in war on stink bugs

Watch out for scams as tax season starts, warns IRS

With the start of the 2014 tax season approaching on Jan. 31, the Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS name proliferate during this time of year.

NOVEC taking applications for 50th NOVEC Youth Tour

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative is accepting applications from area high school and home school students for the 50th annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour, June 15-19, 2014, to see government in action. Applicants must receive electric service from NOVEC.

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