Virginia Declares State of Emergency Over Militia Groups and More News

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency; Women have been found to seriously love beards; Vermont is offering free meals to ALL students and unwanted Christmas dogs are being sold online.

Virginia Governor Declares a State of Emergency

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency after receiving word that armed militia plan to storm the capital. The governor is worried that an upcoming pro-gun rally, dubbed “Lobby Day,” could have the potential for violence.

Governor Ralph Northam
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On Twitter, he wrote:

“We have received credible intelligence from our law enforcement agencies of threats of violence surrounding the demonstration planned for Monday, January 20. This includes extremist rhetoric similar to what has been seen before major incidents, such as Charlottesville in 2017. This intelligence suggests militia groups and hate groups, some from out of state, plan to come to the Capitol to disrupt our democratic process with acts of violence.”

Because of the threat, Northam declared that no weapons will be allowed at the capitol from Friday, January 17 at 5 PM through Tuesday, January 21 at 5 PM.

Women Are More Attracted to Men Who Have Beards

If you’re a bearded, straight fella, you’re in luck! In a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Stirling, it’s been found that the hairiest men receive the most positive responses from heterosexual women. 919 women between the ages of 18 and 70 were questioned in the study.

However, they also found that women are NOT a fan of the fuzz.

Vermont Wants to Give All Public School Students Free Meals

Vermont is seeking to become the first state to provide free meals to all public school students. A bill was filed last week by State Democratic Senator Debbie Ingram that would provide free breakfast and lunch to all students in grades pre-K through 12th grade.

She proposed that the bill could help fill the “need” and “equity” gaps of families who will be affected by “changes to food supplemental programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).”

Unwanted Christmas Puppies Being Sold Online

Although animal rescue groups and veterinarians try to warn the public every year that gifting puppies for Christmas is a bad idea, it continues to happen. According to one rescue group, Charity Dogs Trust, they received 277 calls in the first week after Christmas from people wanting to get rid of their new dogs.

Free advertising sites are often swarmed with listings from people who are trying to ditch their Christmas puppies.