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Aug 21, 201212:01 PM

Cheat Sheet: August 20, 2012

Virginia gas prices up 3 cents per gallon in 1 week

Gasoline prices are steadily increasing in Virginia. Last week, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.58. Now it’s three cents higher and 12 cents higher than last year at this time. The Charlottesville area boasts the lowest average in the state at $3.46 a gallon. The Norfolk area has the highest average, costing $3.59 a gallon. Prices are expected to continue to rise through Labor Day. Still, Virginia’s gas prices are 14 cents below the national average. (Source)

Food safety experts outraged at latest salmonella outbreaks

After a salmonella outbreak killed at least 30 people and sickened 146 last year, grocery shoppers are again wary of cantaloupes. A year later, two people in Kentucky have died and 141 have fallen ill in 20 states from contaminated cantaloupes. The fruit was recalled last week, but food-safety advocates are claiming the cantaloupes should not have been contaminated in the first place.  (Source)

Labs working on new needle-free vaccines for children

Vaccinations: a necessary evil for small children. They might be painful, but they help prevent illnesses. However, some laboratories are developing ways to take the pain out of vaccinations. Instead of using needles to administer vaccinations, doctors may issue clear patches to parents, who would place the patch on their child’s back and let the patch dissolve painlessly.  No mention was made of when the needle-free vaccinations would be made public, or which vaccinations would be available in patch-form. (Source)

Golf Club adds first 2 female members

After 80 years of being female-free, Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia has invited two women to become members. When the club opens for a new season in October, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore will be there driving, putting and chipping as the club’s newest female members. ABC reports that the move likely ends a debate that intensified in 2002 when women first attempted to become club members but were denied green jackets, even at the expense of losing Masters television sponsors for two years. (Source)

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