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Virginia Tech international affairs expert: Unexpected benefits to Trump’s presidency?

An expert in international economic affairs says he sees unanticipated outcomes to President-elect Donald Trump’s election.

Right-to-Work and the Apartheid state

There are plenty of reasons why people who believe in human freedom and free markets should oppose so-called “right-to-work” laws.

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Virginia hospitals to lawmakers: ‘Do no harm’ on healthcare

The Virginia hospital community is advocating a do no harm approach to state legislation on healthcare policy.


Poll: Virginians want restraint on healthcare policy changes

New polling from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows strong majorities of Virginians are concerned about the future of healthcare.

Report: Virginia fails at forfeiture transparency

Forfeiture transparency laws in Virginia are in dire need of reform, as they leave legislators and the public in the dark.

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Augusta Health Cancer Center bridges the gap for patients

Fighting cancer is a difficult battle. Those with cancer need excellent care, delivered with compassion and understanding.

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What Augusta Free Press Can Do For You: Wayne Theatre

The Wayne Theatre opened its doors in March 2016, but its marketing relationship with Augusta Free Press goes back well further than that.

New Myers Corner website online: Produced by Augusta Free Press

The Myers Corner development in Augusta County has a new website designed by Augusta Free Press.


Anatomy of failed government: Another look at the DuPont settlement debacle

So much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Waynesboro over being shut out of the $50 million settlement with DuPont, and for what?


Seven things to keep in mind about the U.S. economy in 2017

A new year has dawned, a new president is about to take office and many Americans are wondering how 2017 could affect their bottom line.


Abolishing Obamacare rewards wealthy, punishes working families

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans.

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Senate committee blocks minimum wage increase

A Senate committee failed to pass two measures that would have seen an increase in Virginia’s minimum wage.


New report debunks job killer claims about regulations

The Environmental Integrity Project has released a new report, “Don’t Believe the Job Killer Hype.”

Virginia student debtors face uphill climb: Relief may be on the way

At nearly $1.3 trillion, student loan debt has become a national crisis, now constituting the largest component of household debt for Americans.


Shentel’s annual Big Give Initiative breaks record donations

Shentel held its third annual holiday initiative, The Big Give, this past December and more than doubled the amount raised.

Studies show TV ads impact childhood obesity gene

A new study has found that a genetic trait related to obesity may in fact make children more susceptible to unhealthy food commercials.

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Experiencing hearing loss? There is help for you

Many are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. Perhaps they don’t want to acknowledge the problem.

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AAA: Gas prices stabilizing after days of upward movement

Gas prices across the Mid-Atlantic region have stayed relatively static this week, in some areas rising or falling by just a penny or so.

USDA to measure financial well-being of dairy farmers

Representatives of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service are visiting dairy farms across the nation in January.


New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy

Virginia’s new secretary of agriculture and forestry has rural roots, and he’s determined to help boost the bottom line of the state’s farms.


AAA: More Americans planning vacations in 2017

A recent AAA survey has 42 percent of Americans planning to take a vacation in 2017 – with most planning trips to warm weather destinations.

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Boyce Brannock named to boards of First National Corporation, First Bank

First National Corporation announced this week the appointment of Boyce Brannock to the Board of Directors of the Company.


What’s new in the world of battery technologies?

A environmental footprint required to produce and distribute our current crop of lithium ion and other types of batteries.

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Dental care tips to achieve healthy teeth

Even if you are good at brushing and flossing daily, it does not mean you will not face dental health challenges as an adult.


Advocates for COPN reform applaud recommendations of working group

The General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Working Group on Certificate of Public Need (COPN) Reform endorsed nine principles.

Sterling drops on weak trade data

Sterling dropped below 1.2100 in the forex market for the first time since October 2016 in the wake of the UK trade data.


McAuliffe announces new solar project in Sussex County

Governor McAuliffe announced the permit for a new solar facility to be built in Sussex County.


Why content amplification is important

Content amplification is the process of popularizing your content across multiple channels to reach a wide audience.


Report: One in five Marketplace consumers was small business owner, self-employed

Treasury released a report with new data on sources of health insurance coverage for small business owners and self-employed workers.


VCU poll finds support for higher taxes to fund workforce training, development

The 2017 Public Policy Poll: Economic Development and Workforce Training from VCU found strong support for workforce training in Virginia.

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InterChange Group Inc. to build new facility in Mill Place Commerce Park

InterChange Group Inc. will build a 108,000 square-foot facility and invest over $6 million in Mill Place Commerce Park located in Verona.


All Traffic Solutions to bring more than 80 jobs to the Town of Herndon

All Traffic Solutions has invested more than $100,000 to establish its corporate headquarters operation in Fairfax County.


Navy Federal Credit Union to invest $100 million to expand in Frederick County

Navy Federal Credit Union will invest $100 million to expand its Winchester operations center in Frederick County.

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Dominion Virginia Power adds more solar energy to the grid

Nearly 235,000 solar panels, with help from the sun, are at work for Dominion Virginia Power customers.

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Virginia Retail Merchants Association response to McAuliffe State of the Commonwealth

Governor Terry McAuliffe presented his State of the Commonwealth Address to the elected members of the Virginia General Assembly.

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Sen. Warner questions Wells Fargo on overdraft fees

Sen. Mark Warner joined colleagues in asking Wells Fargo’s chief executive to explain the bank’s recent surge in income from overdraft charges.


New report details VCU economic and cultural impact on the city, region and state

Virginia Commonwealth University generates nearly $6 billion in economic activity and supports 63,000 jobs in Virginia.


Why did Bitcoin (finally) beat gold?

In his 2015 book, The Untold Story of Bitcoin, New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper, described the cryptocurrency as “digital gold.”


Backyard flock owners need to observe strict biosecurity to protect birds

In 2015, a strain of avian influenza resulted in economic losses of more than a billion dollars and led to the death of 50 million chickens and turkeys.

Study: Hospital financials healthy, despite sluggish economy

A new study issued by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy shows that the overall finances of Virginia hospitals are healthy.

No right to free water: Except for Nestlé

Former Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck is famous for denying that access to drinking water is a human right.

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Stable Craft Brewing to debut Winter Craft Beer Dinner Theatre Series

Stable Craft Brewing in Augusta County will be hosting a unique twist to traditional craft beer dinners.

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Hearing healthcare: Treatment of tinnitus

Correcting treatable causes of tinnitus – ear wax build-up, allergy, infection, syphilis – often will improve the condition.

Five signs it is time to hire an accountant

If you are wondering whether you should hire an accountant for financial assistance, here are five signs that you should highly consider.


Five New Year’s Resolutions business owners should make

Psychologists are divided as to whether New Year’s Resolutions are helpful or not, but most of us keep making them.

Hops conference planned for growers, brewers

The South Atlantic Hops Conference for hops growers, brewers and others with an interest in the hops industry will be held March 24 and 25.

Despite setbacks, small grains play important role on state’s farms

Virginia barley and winter wheat harvests have been on a downward trend for several years, and 2016 was an especially disappointing one for growers.

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Staunton Downtown Development Association unveils ambassador program

The Staunton Downtown Development Association has been working with a group of local volunteers to create an Ambassador Program.


Always choose WordPress themes based on needs

If you look at the different Wordpress themes that are available at the moment you will figure out there are thousands to choose from.


Preliminary work on next census of agriculture begins

The 2017 Census of Agriculture is coming, and farmers are urged to promptly reply to a preliminary letter arriving soon in the mail.