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Ragged Mountain Reservoir To Move Forward In Virginia

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The proposed new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir has taken a step forward.

The Virginia Division of Dam Safety and Floodplain Management issued three permits allowing construction of the earthen dam, a project that's been the center of a controversy over central Virginia's 50-year water plan.

Published reports indicated the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority still needs permits from the state’s Departments of Transportation and Environmental Quality before construction can begin.

Environmental groups Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan and the Sierra Club oppose the project, and instead recommend dredging the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir rather than adding any length to the dam.

They say deepening the reservoir will provide enough water to meet the area's needs.

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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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