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Virginia's Annual Pesticide Disposal Program Continues

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More than 42,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides have been collected in Virginia this year, as part of the state's annual Pesticide Disposal Program.

Each year, selected cities allow residents to bring dangerous chemicals to a central location where the waste is packaged and eventually destroyed. It's a service that gives agricultural producers and pesticide users a break from the high cost of disposing the chemicals.

Since the program began in 1990, more than a million pounds of pesticides have been collected.

This year 18 counties and five cities, primarily in central and southern Virginia, participated.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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