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Richmond International Film Festival to open with Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish film, Nona

The Opening Night film at the 2018 Richmond International Film Festival will be Nona, a narrative feature written and directed by filmmaker Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, The Astronaut Farmer) and co-produced by Kate Bosworth.  


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New invasive pest detected in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) just announced the detection of a new invasive insect pest in Virginia. In early January, VDACS inspectors discovered the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, at a stone yard in Frederick County near Winchester.


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South Koreans visit EMU to learn about the roots of restorative justice

Last year in South Korea, middle school teachers Yongseung Roh and Kyungyun Hwang read Howard Zehr’s seminal text Changing Lenses with a study group. This year, they were part of a South Korean delegation that came to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) to learn directly about restorative justice from Zehr himself.


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Smartly containing the cloud increases computing efficiency, Virginia Tech researchers find in first-of-its-kind study

Not too long ago booting up a computer meant there was time for a lengthy coffee break even before the workday started. For a decade now though, thanks to the cloud, computers have accessed information from virtual machines that exist in the ether, allowing software to launch quickly on demand.


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Augusta County Historical Society examines local impact of WWI

Exactly 100 years ago this year, the first war ever to engulf most of the world came to an end.  World War I had been a horrible and costly war, both in young lives and in resources.  Those costs were particularly memorable in Staunton and Augusta County, the birthplace of the wartime president, Woodrow Wilson.


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Virginia State Police dedicates aviation hangar in memory of H. Jay Cullen

Close to 200 family, friends and colleagues gathered Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2018) at the Virginia State Police Chesterfield Aviation Base to honor the life and sacrifice of Lt. H. Jay Cullen III.


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Farmers invited to free manure-management workshops

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will host two free workshops to help farmers maximize the use of manure on their farms.


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Staunton District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 12-16

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: Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren.


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Agriculture Literacy Week to feature readings of These Bees Count!

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom’s annual Agriculture Literacy Week will take place March 5-9, and Virginia AITC has selected These Bees Count!, a children’s book by Alison Formento, as its 2018 Book of the Year.


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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Feb. 12-16

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones.


Public invited to learn about 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway Happenings

The National Park Service invites the public to attend the 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway Season Preview, a showcase of upcoming Parkway activities and projects. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 28, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, on the Parkway.  


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Quality radiation oncology care earns national accreditation for UVA Cancer Center

The American College of Radiology has reaccredited the radiation oncology program at the University of Virginia Cancer Center for meeting the highest level of quality and patient safety.


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Spring wildfire season begins Feb. 15th in Virginia

As wildfire season approaches, an increased threat is expected in some areas of Virginia. Factors influencing this risk include a lingering lack of rain, minimal snowfall and  continued growth into areas where development and natural areas meet.  


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Lynchburg District Traffic Alert: Feb. 12-16

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


Iconic Linn Cove Viaduct to receive facelift during upcoming closure

The National Park Service announces the closure of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway for surface repaving and bridge maintenance from March 1, 2018 through May 24, 2018.


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Fulbright scholar studies creativity across cultures

A stereotype perplexed Carol Mullen: Was there any truth to the notion that the intensive focus on standardized testing meant that Chinese learners lacked creativity and the capacity to be imaginative, innovative, and inventive?


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Rabies diagnosis at VDACS laboratory may have saved farmers lives

It was typical day at the Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Veterinarian John Moody necropsied two calves from the same farm.


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Fox 21’s Homeland slated to have record impact on Virginia economy

The Showtime drama Homeland, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, is on track to produce an estimated $45 million in direct spending in the Commonwealth, representing the largest single production expenditure in Virginia’s history.


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Augusta County Sheriff’s Office K9 laid to rest

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Joe was laid to rest Friday. Joe had served the sheriff’s office for 11 years. Joe and his K9 handler, Deputy Kenny Randozzo, started their career together in 2008, with the Department of Corrections.


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VDOT conducts preliminary Route 11 alignment study at Natural Bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation is conducting an alignment study for Route 11 (Lee Highway) in the Natural Bridge area of Rockbridge County.


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Data shows Virginia opioid prescription volume trending downward

New analysis shows that opioid prescribing volumes in Virginia declined considerably during a two-year period spanning 2015-2016. This is an encouraging development at a time when law enforcement officials, elected leaders and many other stakeholders are working to combat the opioid crisis.


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Becker Global-America to invest in new equipment in Washington County

Becker Global-America, a designer and manufacturer of custom electrical equipment for mining, industrial military, and export markets, will invest $150,000 to purchase new equipment and diversify its manufacturing operation in Washington County.


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Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in 16 Virginia deer

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was confirmed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in 14 deer in Frederick County and two deer in Shenandoah County during the 2017 deer hunting season.


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UVA named to national list of great neurosurgery, spine programs

National healthcare publication Becker’s Hospital Review recently honored University of Virginia Medical Center on its list of 100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs.


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City Market Arts returns this weekend

Artists from the popular City Market along with other local artisans will be displaying and selling their creations at the City Market Arts event on Saturday, February 10 from 10 am to 4 pm at Carver Recreation Center in Charlottesville.