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Virginia State Police dedicates helipad to honor trooper-pilot killed in the line of duty in 2017

- Two Virginia governors joined more than 200 family and friends Wednesday (April 18, 2018) to formally dedicate and name the helipad at the Virginia State Police administrative headquarters in Chesterfield County.
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Lynchburg District Weekly Traffic Alert: April 23-27

- Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.



Northam announces nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones

- Governor Northam has announced the nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury. This represents the maximum number of zones the Governor may nominate under the new federal tax tool that targets low-income census tracts.
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Sen. Tim Kaine’s brief run-in with the law

- Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the University of Virginia on April 20 that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal.



State agriculture secretary meets with aquaculture producers

- As state legislators worked to reel in a viable state budget, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry received industry updates from aquaculture professionals.

MI Technical Solutions Inc. to expand IT support in Chesapeake

- MI Technical Solutions Inc. (MITS), a professional engineering and technical services operation, is investing $100,000 to expand its IT and cybersecurity operation in the City of Chesapeake due to increased demand from the U.S. Navy, its largest client. The project will create 15 new jobs.


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Pitching lifts Lynchburg Hillcats past P-Nats, 8-2

- For the second consecutive night, the Lynchburg Hillcats (9-7) used a dominant pitching performance from their starter in route to a victory over the Potomac Nationals (9-8).
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Richmond Flying Squirrels comeback falls short

- The Altoona Curve (8-6) socked 14 hits and dodged a late surge from the Richmond Flying Squirrels (11-5) in a 7-6 win on Saturday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field.



AFP Editor Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of Augusta Free Press, and an award-winning journalist and editor, has covered Virginia politics since 1997, conducting interviews with governors George Allen, Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Bob McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam.

As a sportswriter, Chris is a credentialed member of the press box and press row at University of Virginia football, basketball and baseball games, covering the ACC Tournament, the NCAA Tournament and Virginia’s run to the Sweet Sixteen at Madison Square Garden in 2014, and also covering the UVA baseball team in the ACC Baseball Championship, and the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals.

As a broadcaster, Chris is the former play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, from 2009-2014, has been the host of two TV talk shows, is in his third season as a color commentator for ESPN3 college baseball broadcasts, and this fall will begin his third year as the radio play-by-play voice for VMI football.


Books by Chris Graham

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and The Rock ‘n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

Read for free: click here.

Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall, by Chris Graham and Patrick Hite, is a look at the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. From Barry Parkhill’s last-second shot to knock off No. 2 South Carolina to the struggles faced by coaches Barbara Kelly and Dan Bonner in the early years of UVa. women’s basketball to the excitement of the early 1980s in the House that Ralph Built to the move to JPJ – it’s all here.



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