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Tourism in eastern panhandle to get boost from rural USDA energy efficiency community development funding

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (WDVM) — Some West Virginia tourist and lodging destinations in the eastern panhandle will benefit from rural energy conservation grants. The director of the federal program for these small business projects, Kris Warner, was in Shepherdstown Thursday to fund energy efficiency grids, solar and wind ventures and LED lighting systems. Warner says the …

City of Alexandria’s teen pregnancy rates consistently higher than Northern Va neighbors’

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDVM) — The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday by releasing new pregnancy data by the Alexandria Health Department. The ACAP partners with city agencies like the Alexandria Health Department’s Teen Wellness Center and Alexandria City Public Schools to “help young people see the possibilities in their …

Careers in Demand: Apple Packers

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — WDVM 25 has partnered with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to bring you Careers in Demand. The series features different careers and businesses from around the four-state region. This week, we’re featuring apple packers. Apple packers work to sort and prepare apples to ship and send to stores for purchase. …

Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia reach agreement for offshore wind development

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — Governors of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina announced Thursday a collaboration to advance offshore wind projects in the region. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources, also known as SMART-POWER, will promote, develop, and expand offshore wind energy along with the industries and the possibility of …

Maryland panel gets $300K grant to research lynchings

BALTIMORE (AP) — A commission in Maryland has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to research and address unsolved lynchings of Black people in the state. The funds were given to the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission through the DOJ’s Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations Program, Maryland Attorney General Brian …

Frederick County announces new chief equity and inclusion officer

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — “My vision for Frederick County Government is fairness, equity, and opportunity for our employees, our residents, our businesses and our visitors,” County Executive Jan Gardner stated on Thursday morning.  Following the death of George Floyd and national and local protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, Gardner acknowledged the swell of …