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Tips on how to give greener gifts this holiday season

The holidays are a time for giving but it is also important to be conscious about spending your gift budget wisely to eliminate packaging waste.


Frank Clemente: Big Pharma’s blockbuster tax cuts

The biggest losers from the GOP tax plans now before Congress would be the 87 million middle-class families facing higher taxes, plus the 13 million people who would lose their healthcare.

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Gas prices dropping as holidays approach

Motorists throughout Virginia have seen gas prices drop steadily throughout the week, as much as three cents in some areas, outpacing the national trend.


U.S. egg production recovers, prices returning to normal

Two years after one of the nation’s worst high-pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks decimated laying flocks, U.S. egg production has recovered, and prices seem to be returning to normal.

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Gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays

Holiday shopping for flower lovers is a snap with a gift of potted bulbs. Purchased from local greenhouses and nurseries, bulbs will bloom indoors, adding a bright accent on bleak winter days.

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Historic Clifton Inn acquired by Westmount Capital Group, EKG

Washington, D.C.-based Westmount Capital Group, LLC and Richmond, Va.-based EKG, LLC have acquired the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, and have retained Scout Hotel & Resort Management as its operator.


It’s time for Virginia farmers to be counted

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has begun mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture form to nearly 45,000 Virginia producers.


Holiday food safety tips that may surprise cooks

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises all cooks and food handlers to go beyond the basics this holiday season.

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St. Anne’s-Belfield School alumna seeking support for The Polaroid Project

St. Anne’s-Belfield School alumna Summer Jones ’13 is seeking donations for The Polaroid Project, an initiative she founded after traveling throughout Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico and realizing that many families lack multi-generational family photographs.

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VMI downs Longwood, 81-70

The VMI Keydets got a career-high 19 points from Keith Smith, a season-low five turnovers and weathered a second-half comeback attempt by the Longwood Lancers on the way to an 81-70 win.

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Loyola shoots 71 percent in 80-52 win over Norfolk State

Loyola Chicago attempted just 35 shots in the game but made them count by shooting 71 percent from the floor in an 80-52 win over the Norfolk State men’s basketball team.

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Complete effort pushes George Mason past NCCU, 77-65

The George Mason University men’s basketball team put together one of its most complete efforts of the season en route to a 77-65 victory over North Carolina Central on Saturday afternoon inside EagleBank Arena.

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VDOT warns drivers of possible icy conditions overnight

Motorists should be prepared for potentially slippery roads in Virginia this evening through tomorrow morning. Most road conditions are clear to minor with patches of snow, ice or slush.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline signs Project Labor Agreements with four leading construction trade unions

Atlantic Coast Pipeline has signed Project Labor Agreements with the nation’s four leading building and construction trade unions.

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McAuliffe announces $6.5 million in grants to support crime victims in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe this week announced $6.5 million in federal grant funding to provide support for essential programs and services in all aspects of Virginia’s criminal justice system.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Dec. 11-15

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week.


Young Farmers to compete for national honors, prizes in January

Winners of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture Award will compete on the national level at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


Dukes get off the deck: Breaking down JMU playoff rally

JMU was, clearly, rattled. An uncharacteristic defensive breakdown led to an 81-yard TD pass that gave Weber State a 14-10 lead in the third quarter, and then things seemed to start to snowball.


Tax overhaul would free up churches, billionaires to exert more political influence

Want your pastor to preach from the pulpit about politics? The tax overhaul bill making its way through Congress will help you get your wish.

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UVA increases tuition for 2018-2019

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors on Friday approved a 2.5 percent increase in tuition for most undergraduate Virginians entering in fall 2018, and a 3.5 percent increase for most entering out-of-state students.

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‘Practical Tools for Hard Problems’ at third annual peacebuilding Community Day

Eastern Mennonite University will host its third annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) Community Day Friday, Feb. 2.

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McAuliffe announces $12.5 million in land conservation grants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week nearly $12.5 million in grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation to nine projects.

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Slow-roll closures on Interstate 81 in Augusta County Sunday morning

Northbound and southbound Interstate 81 drivers can expect delays Sunday morning during a slow-roll closure for utility work in Augusta County near the Rockingham County line.

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Lynchburg District Traffic Alert: Dec. 11-15

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


Invasive plants have surprising ability to pioneer new continents, Virginia Tech researchers discover

Virginia Tech scientists have discovered that invasive plant species are essentially able to change in order to thrive on new continents and in different types of climates.