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AAA: Gas prices continue recent climb

A recent increase in gas prices is due to a decline in gasoline supplies, relatively strong demand and continued refinery maintenance.


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Robert Hurt: A sensible domestic energy policy will make life easier for Virginia families

As I travel across the Fifth District, I consistently hear about the numerous negative impacts high fuel costs create. High gas prices hurt families trying to pay their bills, making it more expensive to fill their tanks and increasing the price of groceries and other goods.


A brief history of agricultural time

Agricultural methods over the past 12,000 years have been responsible for two-thirds of our excess greenhouse gases, essentially mining soil carbon and converting it to carbon dioxide and methane, beginning a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel.


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McAuliffe invests $500,000 in community college program to credential Virginians in high-demand sector

Seven of Virginia’s community colleges will receive direct incentives totaling $500,000 for student completion of credentials identified regionally as high-demand by business and industry.


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Governor McAuliffe announces new Virginia Bioscience Initiative

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a Virginia Bioscience Initiative, kicking off the effort with a roundtable discussion on the commercialization of university bioscience research at the State Capitol.


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Cotton farmer: ‘We use the term ‘relentless’ to describe harvest

Shelley and Joe Barlow and their son, Joey, grow about 400 acres of cotton. On a particularly good day, they can harvest about 50 acres.


Rooftop solar finally cost competitive with grid in U.S.

Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change.


Shenandoah National Park announces fall, winter Visitor Center hours

The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and the Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) in Shenandoah National Park will both be open on Thanksgiving Day.


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William and Mary basketball edges Howard, 56-49

A strong first half, including a standout defensive effort, propelled the William and Mary men’s basketball team to a 56-49 win over Howard in the Tribe’s home opener Tuesday.


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Sierra Club publishes 2014 Climate and Energy Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

For the first time, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club has published a Virginia General Assembly Climate and Energy Scorecard.


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$5 million gift to fuel Virginia Tech entrepreneurship and innovation initiative

Virginia Tech recently renamed the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Pamplin College of Business in recognition of a joint commitment of $5 million by four university alumni.


Sierra Club responses to George Washington National Forest Plan

The U.S. Forest Service today released a new plan for how the George Washington National Forest will be used and managed in the future.


#25 JMU romps past #14 Richmond, 55-20

Taylor Reynolds returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and Vad Lee threw for 433 yards to fuel a monster day for the JMU offense, as the 25th-ranked Dukes won their sixth straight, defeating #14 Richmond, 55-20, on Saturday.


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Bob Goodlatte: Time to build the Keystone pipeline

You’ve probably heard the old phrase, “good things come to those who wait.” Well, the American people have been waiting over six years for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.


Much hotter summers, loss of forests expected as Virginia climate heats up

Wide ranging climate change impacts throughout Virginia are detailed in a new book, Virginia Climate Fever, by journalist Stephen Nash.


Climate change and food’s nutritional value

It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality of our food, researchers warn that it may be only a matter of time.


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Local food, local fuel, focal finance

Building a vibrant local economy requires many interlocking pieces – from local food, to local fuel, to the local finances to bring these initiatives to fruition.


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National gas prices under symbolic $3 per gallon average

At long last! Tomorrow, the national average retail price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline will drop below a dreaded psychological barrier – the $3 a gallon threshold.


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Gas prices continue to tumble

Gas prices continue to tumble in Virginia and across the country. Motorists in the Commonwealth are paying $2.81 per gallon on average today, as compared to this year’s peak in April at $3.52 per gallon.


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Grocery bill increases 2 percent as beef and pork prices rise

National food prices rose about 2 percent from a year ago, according to a quarterly survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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Randy Forbes: The story of Virginia’s ports

In a national economic slump, we often look for those indicators of economic muscle that show us America is moving, innovating, and poised to take on the next era of global commerce.


Earth Talk: Should plastic bags be banned?

California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.


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Bob Goodlatte: The war on affordable energy

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average residential electricity rate in the United States is 12.39 cents per kilowatt-hour. In Virginia, it is slightly lower at 10.91 cents per kilowatt-hour.


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Fall wildfire season begins Oct. 15 in Virginia

Daylight is getting shorter; nights are getting cooler. Sure, summer has officially ended, but more importantly, fall wildfire season is here! And officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry want to keep you and your family safe from the ravages of wildfire.


WWE apologizes for Russian flag incident

Interesting move today from WWE, which issued an apology for an angle on this week’s Monday Night Raw in which Big Show ripped down a Russian flag flying over the ring to further his beef with Rusev.


Earth Talk: Ethanol’s unrealized promise

Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels.


Peace Action responds to Obama’s ISIL plan

In response to President Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. made the following statements.


Virginia tourism revenues exceeded $21.5 billion in 2013

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia generated $21.5 billion in revenue from tourists in 2013, a 1.4 percent increase over 2012.


Earth Talk: Tar sands oil development’s impact on birds

Each year tens of million of migratory birds “overwinter” in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract of mostly uninhabited coniferous woodlands and wetlands stretching from Newfoundland to the Yukon.


Shenandoah National Park plans prescribed burn

Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 35 acres of Big Meadows sometime between September 20 and October 10, 2014, weather permitting.


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Tips for buying firewood

When it comes to buying firewood, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has two pieces of advice.


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Governor McAuliffe announces 500 new jobs in the City of Newport News

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Continental, a leading international automotive supplier, will invest approximately $150 million to expand its operation in the City of Newport News.


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Robert Hurt: Allow our family farms to prosper

When I visited a cattle farm in Appomattox, I spoke with the farmer about the rising cost of fuel, which is among his largest expenses as it powers the tractors and vehicles that allow him to transport hay and cattle.


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Keys finish sweep of Lynchburg with 7-2 win

Lynchburg plated two unearned runs in the fifth inning but was shutout the rest of the way in a 7-2 loss at Harry Grove Stadium, as Frederick completed a sweep of the Hillcats Sunday afternoon.


Earth Talk: Are fuel cell cars green?

Fuel cell cars have not caught on and skeptics wonder if they ever will. One big hurdle is that creating hydrogen fuel turns out to be highly inefficient compared to other readily available fuels.


National Preparedness Month highlighted by local solar company

National Preparedness Month is an awareness-raising event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an effort that aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.


Mike Marcinko puts dream ending on dramatic Valley League championship game

Waynesboro Generals shortstop Mike Marcinko stepped into the batters box Wednesday night at Kate Collins Field with an almost unreal scenario in front of him. Tie ballgame, runner on third, two outs, bottom of the ninth, championship there for the taking.


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Lynchburg Hillcats rout Salem Red Sox in series opener, 13-5

Jose Martinez went 3-for-6 with a season-high four RBIs and three runs scored to fuel an offense that posted a season-best 13 runs on 15 hits in a 13-5 Lynchburg Hillcats victory at LewisGale Field Tuesday night.


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Randy Forbes: How many times are you taxed a day?

Our tax system is complex and confusing. It discourages job growth and overall competitiveness, and it discourages every day Americans who want to live their lives without the stress of Uncle Sam knocking at their doors.


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VMI names Jamie Severns associate director of athletics for external relation

Jamie Severns has been named Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations, Virginia Military Institute Athletics Director Dr. Dave Diles has announced.