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Lawmakers call for extension of USDA nutrition waivers | Local News

MURRAY – Due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools’ abilities to provide quality meals to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and other associated child nutrition programs, the US Department of Agriculture stepped in to help. Recognizing that schools were hampered by the strict regulations associated with administering the programs and needed … Read more

Youngkin’s new health commissioner sparred with state’s top epidemiologists over health guidance | Richmond Local News

The message to school leaders was simple: “Restrictive” masking policies — like mandates requiring all students to wear face coverings — have little to no effect on COVID-19 transmissions at Virginia schools. The new guidance from the Virginia Department of Health was a departure from what state leaders advised before Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, … Read more

Caroline therapist focused on mental health of Black men | Local News

Gary “Trey” Taylor was initially hesitant to pursue his license in clinical therapy. The Caroline County native began his career in mental health services 11 years ago with Snowden at Fredericksburg and later became a crisis therapist with the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board. But Taylor’s primary passion remained erasing the stigma of discussing mental … Read more