About 7,000 women in Virginia are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Certain women — including African Americans and rural residents — are more likely than others to die from the disease. That may be because they are diagnosed with breast cancer at an advanced stage when the disease is harder to treat.
In the past, food banks relied on nonperishable donations from supermarkets and other businesses. Today, many of the contributions are not rejects from retail but fresh-picked from local farms. The farm-to-food-bank movement is helping fight hunger in Virginia, where 10% of the population is “food insecure” — without reliable access to healthy food options.
Hate crimes in Virginia rose nearly 50 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the most recent report from the Virginia State Police. That surge, along with the neo-Nazi rally that left a counterprotester dead in Charlottesville, prompted state Attorney General Mark Herring to propose legislation to address the problem. However, all of the bills died in this year’s General Assembly.