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Film Industry Gives Virginia Economic Boost

Employment in Virginia's film industry has risen nearly 16 percent since 2011. That's according to a new state report, which also says the total economic impact of 11 recent film and TV projects topped $139 million. Those projects included Stephen Spielberg's "Lincoln" and the television pilot "Company Town" for CBS.

The films reportedly spent more than $66 million in the state and received nearly $12 million in incentives.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says the findings demonstrate the positive results of a targeted incentive program, which was implemented in 2010 to attract film and television productions.


Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.


Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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