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Virginia Horse Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

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Virginia is urging horse owners to check their animals' vaccination records after a horse in Loudoun County contracted West Nile virus and had to be euthanized.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the 9-year-old Morgan Gelding is the state's first positive case of West Nile virus in a horse this year.

West Nile is commonly spread by mosquitoes infected with the virus.

For the vaccine to be effective, it must be administered properly several weeks before the horse is exposed to the virus. Other prevention measures include eliminating standing water in which mosquitoes can breed, using insect repellents and removing horses from mosquito-infested areas during the period from dusk to dawn.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries around the world and even considered popular currency in American prisons.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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