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SAMHSA awards $61.1 million in suicide prevention funding

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced it has awarded up to $61.1 million in grants to be disbursed over several years for suicide prevention programs.

Virginia unemployment rate falls to 3.0 percent

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point in August to 3.0 percent and was down 0.7 percentage point from a year ago.

Tim Kaine TV ad highlights efforts to improve healthcare

The latest Tim Kaine Senate campaign ad highlights Kaine’s work to reduce healthcare costs and protect people with pre-existing conditions.

SELC challenges new Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed legal challenges today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to new permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline issued by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week.

Get this, folks: Donald Trump, not popular in Virginia

Yes, I know, hard to believe, but it’s true, Donald Trump isn’t held in the highest esteem in Virginia, according to new numbers from the University of Mary Washington.

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ELECT commissioner announces high school voter registration challenge winners

- The Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections announced that eight high schools across the Commonwealth achieved the Commissioner’s Award for Voter Registration by registering 65% or more of their eligible senior class.
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SAMHSA releases guides to help women navigate opioid use disorder treatment while pregnant

- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is releasing four Healthy Pregnancy: Opioids in Pregnancy fact sheets that offer treatment guidance for women who have opioid use disorders and who also are pregnant and/or are mothers of infants.

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Virginia unemployment rate falls to 3.0 percent

- Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point in August to 3.0 percent and was down 0.7 percentage point from a year ago.
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Virginia honors legacy of Henrietta Lacks

- Members of the Henrietta Lacks Commission are to be sworn in and convene for the first time Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Virginia Department of Forestry leads project protecting wildlife habitat, water quality

- The Virginia Department of Forestry announced the protection of more than 2,800 acres of forestland fronting the Appalachian Trail near Wind Rock and Mountain Lake in Giles County.
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Virginia receives $2.2 million to support state parks, outdoor recreation

- Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke has announced a $2.2 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to Virginia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

 

 

AFP Editor Chris Graham

chris graham espnChris Graham, the editor of AugustaFreePress.com, an award-winning journalist and editor, is a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, and has covered Virginia politics since 1997.

An author of six books, Chris also co-wrote a book on the history of University of Virginia basketball, Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, which was published in 2006.

Chris has covered University of Virginia sports since 1995, and is a commentator on ESPN3 college football and baseball broadcasts.

This fall, Chris will serve as the play-by-play voice on radio broadcasts for VMI football, marking his fourth season as a broadcaster for Keydets’ radio broadcasts.

He is a member of the Football Writers Assocation of America, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

From 2009-2014, Chris was the play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, a premier college summer baseball league affiliated with Major League Baseball and the NCAA.

The former co-host of “ACC Nation,” a syndicated radio show that ran for four years, ending in 2007, Chris is currently a contributor to “The Mark Moses Show” on 95.9-The Fan in Melbourne, Fla.

Chris also served as a member of the creative team and on-air TV commentator for Awesome Wrestling Entertainment on AWE’s Night of the Legends live pay-per-view event in 2011.

Chris wrote a book on that experience, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, that was published in 2018.

He is also the former co-host of “Viewpoints” on WVPT, a weekly news affairs TV show that aired from 2016-2017.

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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