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Autism risk determined by health of mom’s gut, UVA research reveals

- The risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders is determined by the mother’s microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that naturally live inside us – during pregnancy, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.

Report: More problems with Sentara/Optima Health Charlottesville premium rates

- This week, local advocacy group Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance challenged the Virginia Bureau of Insurance on Sentara/Optima’s 2019 rate filings for the Charlottesville area.
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What has Augusta Free Press been up to lately?

- Augusta Free Press LLC recently completed two graphic design projects for clients.
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Waynesboro YMCA board member, volunteer honors her late husband through service

- As a retired schoolteacher, Liza Scallet isn’t a philanthropist in the traditional sense, endowing her favorite charity with gobs of money.

Update: Arrest in investigation of shots fired at Staunton motel

- Jeremy Shifflett, 34 of Stuarts Draft, has been arrested in connection with the June 11 shooting at the Sleep Inn, according to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.
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Beverley Street Studio School presents Cleveland Morris

- Beverley Street Studio School will host Cleveland Morris’ show, More Fun than Fun, at its Staunton gallery.
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Thirty new Girl Scout badges now available to power girl leadership in key 21st century issues

- Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and Girl Scouts of the USA revealed 30 new badges now available exclusively for girls ages 5–18.

Broadway’s Showalters build family legacy at AAEC

- At first take, John Showalter of Broadway, Virginia, is a soft-spoken 17 year-old following his parents’ Hokie footsteps.
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Expect congestion, delays on Route 250 at Ivy due to culvert deliveries at Ivy Creek bridge project

- Motorists traveling west from Charlottesville on Route 250 this afternoon may encounter congestion and delays as they approach the Little Ivy Creek bridge replacement project.
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Chesapeake Bay restoration targets exceeded for phosphorus, sediment

- Today, the Chesapeake Bay Program announced the partnership has exceeded its pollution reducing targets for phosphorus and sediment.

Update: Virginia State Police locate convicted sex offender

- Thanks to tips from the public, Christopher J. Mixell, 38, has been located and taken into custody. He was apprehended July 10, 2018, by the U.S. Marshals Service without incident at campground in Botetourt County.
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Shenandoah National Park selects Artist Malia Furtado for July Artist-in-Residence Program

- Shenandoah National Park has selected Staunton bluegrass artist Malia Furtado as its July Artist-in-Residence.
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Summer of Savings begins for State Fair admission, premium parking

- Summer of Savings discounts on tickets to this year’s State Fair of Virginia are now available.

Excivity to expand software operation in Fairfax County

- Excivity, a developer of custom software and hardware technologies, will invest approximately $392,000 to expand its operation in Fairfax County.
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Proposed changes to Staunton historic district guidelines to be presented July 24

- Architectural and planning firm Frazier Associates will present a final draft of proposed revisions to Staunton’s historic district guidelines at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at City Hall during the Historic Preservation Commission’s regular monthly meeting. 
Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley

Nonprofit changes name to Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley

- Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley, Inc. is the new name for Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery.
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CURED Bacon Festival in Charlottesville Saturday, July 21

- Bacon lovers, rejoice! Next weekend, Charlottesville welcomes the return of CURED Bacon Festival and Chef’s Competition at Sprint Pavilion on Saturday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m.
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UVA Health System earns three national awards for quality heart attack care

- UVA Health System has received three national awards from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology for providing fast, quality care for heart attack patients.

Is Waynesboro going to do this history museum thing, or not?

- The ground work continues for a $10.4 million Virginia Museum of Natural History Waynesboro branch campus, with three possible locations still under consideration.

VDOT sets public hearing for Waynesboro Southern Corridor project

- VDOT will hold a public hearing concerning the proposed location and design of the Waynesboro Southern Corridor in the city of Waynesboro.

GasBuddy Virginia weekly gas price update, outlook

- Gas prices in Virginia have risen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday, according to the GasBuddy daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.
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Perfect Saturdays at WTJU’s Freefall Music & Art Festival at IX Art Park

- The perfect Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville’s beautiful autumn? It’s the Freefall Music & Art Festival – presented by WTJU 91.1 FM and the IX Art Park every Saturday from September 1 through October 27.
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Engineering students take lifesaving concept to market with help from university environment, donors

- A little seed money and a lot of advice goes a long way for a budding entrepreneur. Take it from the two Hokie engineering student founders of Park & Diamond, a young startup that makes collapsible, sleek bike helmets.
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Forestland transfer workshops help sustain Virginia woodlands

- Virginia forestland is a valuable asset to society, providing clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities and renewable wood resources for all Virginians. 
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Charlottesville Municipal Band 96th Summer Concert Series continues at The Paramount Theater

- The Charlottesville Municipal Band's 96th Summer Concert Series continues at The Paramount on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30PM. This concert series is free to attend. 
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Will Boast to read at New Dominion Bookshop on August 4

- New Dominion Bookshop (404 E Main St., Charlottesville) will host a book reading and signing with UVA alum Will Boast on Saturday, August 4, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Justin Augst promoted to manager of Staunton Kroger

- Justin Augst has been named manager of the Staunton Kroger store.
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Swoope man dead in Saturday night crash in Augusta County

- A Swoope man is dead as a result of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash in Augusta County Saturday night.
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Route 601 in Shenandoah County closed July 16-27 for slope repairs

- Part of Route 601 (Funk Road) in Shenandoah County is scheduled to be closed for slope repairs from 7 a.m. Monday, July 16, through 5 p.m. Friday, July 27.
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DMV begins offering veteran indicators on driver’s licenses, ID cards

- The Virginia DMV now offers a veteran indicator on Virginia driver’s licenses and ID cards.
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Park Properties Management Company members receive CAMT designation at PVCC

- Two members of the Park Properties Management Company maintenance team, Kenneth Schroeder and Kevin Fitzgerald, recently completed the Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician Credential Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Virginia forest economy continues to grow

- Virginia set a new record for the volume of timber harvested with slight increases in both hardwood and softwood volume compared to the previous year.
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AAA: Gas prices back on the rise?

- Drivers throughout the Mid-Atlantic saw gas prices take an upward tick in the last week.  Across the region, prices have increased slightly, rising by at least a penny in many areas around Virginia.
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Staunton District Traffic Alert: July 16-20

- The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks. The Staunton District consists of 11 counties from the Alleghany Highlands to the northern Shenandoah Valley.
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National Jazz Workshop welcomes participants to Shenandoah Conservatory

- The National Jazz Workshop will hold its tenth week-long camp at Shenandoah Conservatory from Sunday, July 15, through Friday, July 20.