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Oil, gas drilling permits under review by state agencies

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that two Virginia agencies have signed an agreement on coordinating environmental reviews of potential permits for oil and gas drilling in the Coastal Plain that includes Tidewater.


Evan Swaak: Proposed EPA water rules not a power grab

You recently ran a letter about attorneys writing about a rule that the EPA is currently proposing that would restore protections to streams and wetlands that impact Georgia’s rivers.


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AAA: Gas prices down 20 cents a gallon since late June

This week, for the first time since March 12, the national average price for unleaded gasoline has dropped below $3.50 per gallon. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline dropped to $3.48 per gallon Friday, down four cents from last week.


Dinner Diva: Get back to your roots … A Root Vegetable Primer

Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a little primer for you to get all you can from root vegetables including how easy they are to grow and how to prepare them!


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AAA: Where are gas prices headed from here?

Amid continuing geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa, American motorists are paying the lowest average retail price at the gas pump since mid-March.


Maximize the healthfulness of coffee by cold brewing, adding fat

Coffee is more than just a morning ritual. It’s a delicious medicine that humans have been enjoying since the thirteenth century. As one of the best sources of antioxidants, coffee helps eliminate excess free radicals, which cause inflammation and cell damage.


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AAA: Gas prices rolling back as summer driving season rolls on

Despite international turmoil, prices at the gas pump continued a mid-summer slide. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline decreased to $3.54 per gallon Friday, which is the lowest price since March 29.


Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $72.4 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area.


Dinner Diva: Sneaky ways to have pasta

Pasta is one of those comfort foods that everyone loves and yet, if you’re at all like me, that pasta doesn’t love you back. For me, giving up pasta was heartbreaking, until I figured out there’s still ways to enjoy great pasta dishes—just ditch the pasta and try these fabulous alternatives:


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Warner, Kaine applaud DOT effort to improve oil by rail safety

Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine applauded the measures announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments.


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AAA: Gas prices in mid-summer slide

As predicted by AAA, the retail price at the gas pump continued to tick lower following the Independence Day holiday due primarily to lower crude oil costs as the situation stabilizes in Iraq.


Dinner Diva: Five secret swaps so you don’t gain weight!

Summer’s here. It’s hot, it’s sweaty and the food is fabulous! Who doesn’t love the grill for example? And while the grill can provide you with a delicious, flavorful meal, there’s plenty of other summer goodies lurking about, promising to throw your healthy intentions to the wind!


Canada Metal Ltd. to establish first U.S. manufacturing operation in Virginia Beach

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd., a Canada-based manufacturer of marine and industrial products, will invest $3 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in the City of Virginia Beach. The project will create 70 new jobs over three years.


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AAA: Have summer gas prices peaked?

Have gas prices peaked for the summer? All the telltale signs, tea leaves, gut-feelings and educated-guesses market watchers and energy analysts hazard to use point that way.


Dinner Diva: Soup for summer? (with THIS recipe, for sure!)

You’ll find gazpacho on the summer menus of many nice restaurants. It sounds fancier and more complicated than it really is. Basically, gazpacho is cold vegetable soup. You can see why it’s called something else now, yes?


Seven reasons why saturated fats should be valued, not vilified

For many people, the word “fat” strikes instantaneous fear of heart disease and weight gain. Add the word “saturated”, and the brain sounds alarm bells. But, if Mother Nature made saturated fat so delicious, how could it be death-inducing?


Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Spicy Fruit Salsa (and a side of nostalgia)

After a long week on an island, in the Florida sun I was in the mood for something from the grill and that tastes beachy. I am not quite ready to be done with my vacation. So I adapted a balsamic chicken recipe I’ve been making for a while, adding a little heat and some Georgia peaches as well.


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AAA: Gas prices highest in six years

As we approach the end of the first full month of the 2014 summer driving season, the national price for regular unleaded gas is $3.68 per gallon, which is the highest price for early summer in six years (prices topped $4 per gallon in July 2008).


Winners announced in Augusta County Library Teen Art Show

The Augusta County Library recognized the winners of its first annual Teen Art Show at a reception on Friday, June 27 at the Fishersville Library. The show includes drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media works by local artists ranging in age from 11 to 18 years.


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Robert Hurt touts House GOP energy bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act of 2014, which expands onshore energy production, streamlines permitting processes and reduces unnecessary red tape.


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Iraq civil war fuels higher gas prices

The Iraq civil war is fueling higher pump prices in the U.S. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline rose to $3.68 per gallon Friday, up three cents from one week ago.


Earth Talk: Weaning ourselves off oil, coal

We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.


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Gas prices expected to tick up with July 4 holiday approaching

Motorists across the country will likely need to reach further down into their wallets to fill their thirsty tanks as the threat of rising gas prices are on the horizon; just in time for the upcoming July 4 holiday travel weekend.


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AAA: Iraq crisis could push gas prices up

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the modern self-serve fueling station with the national average price for regular unleaded gas dropping a penny from last week to $3.65 per gallon.


My Clean Kitchen: Orange Beef and Broccoli

Today was a big day for me! I harvested the very first thing from my little backyard raised bed garden! A head of broccoli! Man, that feels good. I’m in love with my broccoli.


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President Obama statement on Iraq

Yesterday, I convened a meeting with my National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq, and this morning I received an update from my team. Over the last several days, we’ve seen significant gains made by ISIL, a terrorist organization that operates in both Iraq and in Syria.


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AAA: Gas prices hold steady

Two weeks into the summer driving season, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.66 per gallon, even with last Friday.


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Medical marijuana for epilepsy approved in Virginia

Work involving epilepsy family Tracie Thomas, Dr. Paul Lyons and the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia has led to Food and Drug Administration approval for compassionate use for the cannabis oil epidolex for three Virginia patients.


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AAA: Higher gas prices to start the summer driving season

The summer driving season started last weekend and motorists paid slightly more for gas at this time of year than in the previous two years ($3.66) – three cents more than in 2013 ($3.63) and two cents more than in 2012 ($3.64).


Dinner Diva: Cheap, tasty & fast! (my favorite protein+easy recipes!)

Chicken breasts are a great starting point for a delicious and healthy meal. They’re a very lean source of protein and an excellent item to serve to your family on a regular basis.


White House issues energy report

Today, the White House released a report, “An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth,” detailing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.


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AAA: Gas prices trending down toward Memorial Day

Motorists hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend will continue to see prices moving a little lower at the gas pump. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Friday is $3.66, up a penny in the last week.


Staunton Augusta Art Center opens new exhibit May 23

The Staunton Augusta Art Center and Beverley Street Studio School are collaborating on a major new exhibition titled The American Landscape.


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AAA: Gas prices continue slide ahead of Memorial Day

Just in time for this week’s start to the busy holiday travel season, motorists across the country are finally feeling some relief at the gas pump.


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AAA: Gas prices may start trending downward

After weeks of steady increases, gas prices may have reached a springtime peak of $3.70 per gallon (April 28). The national average price of regular grade gasoline dropped two cents this week to $3.66 Friday.


Governor McAuliffe announces Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the creation of the Commonwealth’s Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce. The announcement follows the April 30 derailment of a CSX train carrying crude oil shipped from the Midwest to Yorktown.


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Warner, Kaine on emergency action on crude rail shipments

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released a joint statement following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s issuance of an emergency order requiring railroads transporting large amounts of Bakken crude oil to notify state emergency response officials.


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Senators call for improved rail safety, communication following Lynchburg derailment

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine called for improved safety for rail shipments of crude oil and increased collaboration with local first responders following last week’s derailment of 17 rail tank cars carrying crude oil in downtown Lynchburg.


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Gas prices highest in a year: But is relief in sight?

The national average price of gas this week reached a high of $3.70 per gallon, which was the most expensive price since March 20, 2013.


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Lynchburg train derailment cleanup continues

Recovery efforts continue along the James River today following yesterday’s derailment and fire involving a CSX train transporting crude oil through downtown Lynchburg.


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Robert Hurt: Energy independence, create Jobs with the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a key piece of an all-of-the-above energy strategy aimed at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and giving Americans more affordable domestic energy choices.


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AAA: Gas prices push past summer 2013 peak price

Less than a week before the May 1 deadline to switchover to summer gas, prices continue to climb within the forecasted spring gas price peak range of $3.55 to $3.75 per gallon made by AAA at the beginning of the year.


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Survey: Americans paying more for bacon, eggs, toast

Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey.


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AAA: Gas prices spring up this week

The national average for a gallon of gas continues to edge higher, although it remains at the low-end of AAA’s forecast to begin the year.


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AAA: March gas prices lowest since 2010

Gas prices may have inched up again this week, but this year there is less madness at the pumps. Drivers across the country paid the lowest for fuel in March than they have since 2010.


Dinner Diva: Time to get rid of the winter grime!

Winter is over, and the days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning.


Shenandoah Valley Art Center: April 2014 calendar

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of April, is featuring the artwork of Kaleb Gay, a self-taught artist who lives and works in Lynchburg.


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AAA: Gas prices continue to rise

March gas prices are going out just as they in roared – like a lion. The national average price at the pump rose to $3.54 per gallon Friday, a penny above week ago prices, and 11 cents more expensive than one month ago.


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March Madness: Gas prices soar to six-month high

It’s been March Madness at the gas pump of late, as prices soared to their highest price point in six months. The national average price at the pump rose to $3.53 per gallon Friday, two cents above week ago prices, and 15 cents more expensive than one month ago.


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AAA: Gas prices continue to climb

Gas prices at the pump continue to climb upward during an annual upswing motorists have come to expect. The national gas price average topped $3.50 per gallon on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months.