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Labor group critical of House GOP move on wage restrictions

A House committee advanced legislation to prevent state agencies from requiring their contractors to pay workers a prevailing wage.

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House Democrats call on GOP to oppose repeal of Affordable Care Act

Leaders among Virginia House Democrats are calling on Republican colleagues to oppose the congressional repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Area delegation announce judge selections

William C. Goodwin, of Staunton, and Rupen R. Shah, of Staunton, have been confirmed as state judges.

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Small business owners: Join the mobile app revolution

Can a mobile app benefit your small business? Definitely. But the more important question is: can your small business afford to develop an app?


Report: Uptick in high-speed Internet access in Virginia classrooms

Virginia has made significant progress in the ongoing effort to bring high-speed internet to more schools and students statewide.


Virginia companies increase international sales through state exporting program

Nine Virginia companies have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Leaders in Export Trade Program.

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New report details economic impact of Virginia wine industry

The Virginia wine industry contributes more than $1.37 billion annually to Virginia’s economy, according to a new report.

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House Republicans advance anti-worker wage bill

A GOP-controlled committee advanced a bill prohibiting agencies from requiring state contractors to pay their workers a prevailing wage.

Report: Virginia fails at forfeiture transparency

Forfeiture transparency laws in Virginia are in dire need of reform, as they leave legislators and the public in the dark.


House Democrats demand vote on nonpartisan redistricting

House Democrats are calling for a vote on a bill to amend the state’s constitution to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

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House Democrats condemn abortion-shaming resolution

Virginia House Democrats today condemned the advancement of a resolution that would shame women who have had abortions.

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Tom Perriello continues Listening Tour in Roanoke, Martinsville

Tom Perriello will continue his listening tour on Wednesday and Thursday in Roanoke and Martinsville.

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Northam raises more than $1.64 million in second half of 2016

The Northam for Governor campaign announced today that it has raised more than $1.64 million in its final financial report for 2016.

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Delegates, senators talk higher education

Today, legislators from both parties and both bodies of the General Assembly discussed initiatives to improve Virginia’s higher education.

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Ralph Northam statement on GOP votes killing voter-access bills

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released a statement in response to a House subcommittee’s defeat of 11 bills aimed at expanding voter access.

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Steve Landes proposes constitutional amendment on redistricting

Del. Steve Landes has introduced a constitutional amendment that prohibits political considerations from the redistricting process.

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Tom Perriello on Affordable Care Act: Where does Ed Gillespie stand?

Tom Perriello, famously, voted for the Affordable Care Act in his one term as Fifth District Congressman.

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What Augusta Free Press Can Do For You: Wayne Theatre

The Wayne Theatre opened its doors in March 2016, but its marketing relationship with Augusta Free Press goes back well further than that.

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VDOT, Virginia State Police offer presidential inauguration travel tips

VDOT and Virginia State Police encourage drivers to plan ahead with inauguration events on Friday, Jan. 20.

New Myers Corner website online: Produced by Augusta Free Press

The Myers Corner development in Augusta County has a new website designed by Augusta Free Press.

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Virginia in a box on Medicaid, Affordable Care Act

Be careful what you wish for, because Virginia Republicans got theirs, and seem to want to give it back.

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House Democrats welcome Ward, Price to leadership team

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today elected two new members to fill vacancies on their leadership team.


Marriage equality bill fails in Senate committee

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee failed to address inconsistencies in the Code of Virginia with regards to marriage equality.

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Ralph Northam calls on GOP to protect healthcare for millions

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam joined Senator Tim Kaine and others yesterday for a rally with Virginians to save healthcare.

Virginia student debtors face uphill climb: Relief may be on the way

At nearly $1.3 trillion, student loan debt has become a national crisis, now constituting the largest component of household debt for Americans.


Poll: Affordable college, economy tied in eyes of Virginia voters

Virginia voters believe improving the affordability of public colleges and universities would help solve the sluggish economy.


Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Juvies’ coming to Vinegar Hill Theatre

The award winning Juvies, directed by Leslie Neal and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, will be screened at Vinegar Hill Theatre.

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Kris Kristofferson, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! coming to The Paramount

The Paramount Theater will feature two live on-stage performances this May with Kris Kristofferson and Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!

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Legislators to ‘Meet Virginia Agriculture’ at Farm Bureau Legislative Day

State legislators will be able to learn more about agriculture in their districts, as well as issues important to Virginia farmers.


New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy

Virginia’s new secretary of agriculture and forestry has rural roots, and he’s determined to help boost the bottom line of the state’s farms.

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Garrett takes first step toward repealing Obamacare

After an evening of debate in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017 passed along party lines.

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Senate committee kills bill that would help ex-drug offenders get back to work

A Senate Committee failed to report a bill that would have expanded eligibility requirements for recipients of benefits for those convicted of drug-related felonies.

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House Democrats focus on jobs, economic opportunity

House Democratic leaders today rolled out a robust package of new initiatives that will strengthen the New Virginia Economy.

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InterChange Group Inc. to build new facility in Mill Place Commerce Park

InterChange Group Inc. will build a 108,000 square-foot facility and invest over $6 million in Mill Place Commerce Park located in Verona.


All Traffic Solutions to bring more than 80 jobs to the Town of Herndon

All Traffic Solutions has invested more than $100,000 to establish its corporate headquarters operation in Fairfax County.

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Speaker Howell announces House committee assignments

House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) on Wednesday announced changes to the standing committees of the House.


Republican perspective on State of the Commonwealth

Delegate Ronald A. Villanueva and Senator Siobhan S. Dunnavant delivered the Republican perspective on the State of Commonwealth.

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House Democrats thank McAuliffe for commitment to jobs, economy

Virginia House Democratic leaders thanked the governor for his commitment to creating jobs and strengthening the state’s economy.


$2 million investment to enhance Virginia response to sexual violence

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has secured a $2 million grant to implement enhancements to the way Virginia handles sexual assaults.

Study: Hospital financials healthy, despite sluggish economy

A new study issued by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy shows that the overall finances of Virginia hospitals are healthy.


African American Heritage Museum to host Martin Luther King Jr. program

The Waynesboro African American Heritage Museum is hosting an event to mark the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Denver Riggleman enters Republican governor nomination race

Denver Riggleman has thrown his hat into the ring for the Republican governor nomination.

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House Democrats unveil plan for refinancing student loan debt

Virginia House Democrats today announced new legislation that would allow borrowers to refinance student loan debt.

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Rasoul requests study to explore fairness in Virginia higher ed admissions

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) has filed HJ 585, legislation that would study rates of in-state and out-of-state undergraduate student admissions.

Despite setbacks, small grains play important role on state’s farms

Virginia barley and winter wheat harvests have been on a downward trend for several years, and 2016 was an especially disappointing one for growers.


Virginia Council on Women announces sixth annual STEM Essay Contest

The Virginia Council on Women announced the sixth annual STEM Essay Contest for high school junior and senior young women.

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New tenants announced for 5th Street Station

5th Street Station Ventures announced new tenants joining the retail hub’s 24 other mixed-used occupants.

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Ken Plum: A look at the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session

At noon on January 11 the sergeant at arms will enter the chamber of the House of Delegates carrying a 20-pound, 24-karat gold coated mace.


McAuliffe announces 40MW of new solar capacity in Virginia

Governor McAuliffe announced the recent issuance of permits for two new solar projects to be built in Virginia.

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Habitat for Humanity prepping for annual fund-raising gala

The Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity Home for Homes Ball has raised more than half a million dollars for the non-profit in its first five years.