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What’s eating you? Study reveals common emotional eating triggers

Boredom is, at most, a mildly annoying emotional state, but having nothing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon could be a gateway to more problematic behaviors. It comes down to a simple Freudian principle: We are motivated to seek pleasure and avoid pain.


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VDOT preparing for forecast overnight snow

VDOT is warning motorists to prepare for snowy travel conditions as a winter storm moves through the Commonwealth. Accumulations between one and four inches are expected in most areas as the storm moves eastward across the state.


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Light snow in forecast: VDOT pretreating roads in Shenandoah Valley

Snow is forecast for much of Virginia tomorrow. On Monday, January 15, the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District is pretreating interstate roads and some primary roads in the Shenandoah Valley in preparation for this winter weather event.


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Staunton Creative Community Fund offers zero-interest loans for 10-year anniversary

The Staunton Creative Community Fund announced a new lending opportunity for new and expanding businesses in the Central Shenandoah Valley.


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AAA: Area gas price increases persist

Much like last week, consumers saw a slight increase in both local and national gas prices this week. Drivers in Virginia have seen prices increase in some areas by up to 10 cents (Norfolk) since last month.


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No update on Augusta Health, Anthem stalemate

There is no update on negotiations between Augusta Health and Anthem, according to a news release issued by the hospital Friday.


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McAuliffe grants conditional pardons to six Virginians

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed conditional pardons for 6 Virginians who were given sentences that were excessive and unjust in relation to the crimes for which they were convicted.


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ACLU releases guidelines for protest permitting, raises concerns about rules for Lee Monument

The ACLU of Virginia today released a comprehensive set of recommendations for government agencies struggling with how to regulate free speech in a way that is legal and also protects public safety.


House, Senate Democrats list Medicaid expansion as top legislative priority

Virginia House and Senate Democrats said Thursday that extending access to affordable health care to nearly 400,000 hardworking Virginians through Medicaid expansion is their top joint legislative goal.


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December 2017 state revenue collections up 10 percent from 2016

December General Fund revenue increased 10.0 percent from the previous year. The gain was driven by collections of nonwithholding payments. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 5.9 percent through the first half of the fiscal year.


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Warner, Warren introduce legislation to hold credit reporting agencies accountable for data breaches

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced today the Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act to hold large credit reporting agencies (CRAs)—including Equifax—accountable for data breaches involving consumer data.


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Renovations planned for Johnson Street Parking Garage in Staunton

The Johnson Street parking garage in Staunton is scheduled to undergo significant repairs to update and revitalize the structure this year. This renovation will represent the first major rehabilitation project since the garage was built 42 years ago.


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Virginia State Police seek public’s help with Augusta County fire investigation

The Virginia State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with an ongoing investigation into a fire that destroyed a building still under construction in Augusta County.


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Halifax County, Wise County and Waynesboro receive enterprise zone renewals

Governor McAuliffe today accepted the renewal applications of the Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations for the counties of Halifax and Wise, as well as the City of Waynesboro.


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VCU poll: Almost half of Virginians want Confederate monuments left in place

Virginians are split over what course of action to take with Confederate monuments, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU.


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Fishburne Military School prepares for Governor’s Inauguration with parade through Waynesboro

In preparation for their appearance in Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s Inaugural Parade this weekend, the Fishburne Military School Corps of Cadets will be staging a practice march through parts of Waynesboro tomorrow afternoon.


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Medicaid expansion is not going to happen anytime soon

Virginia Democrats, on Election Night, and the first few days after, were in celebration mood, after their historic gains in the November House elections.


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Warner, Kaine announce $350,000 in economic development grants for Virginia

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $350,000 in federal funds towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy for rural communities across Virginia.


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Shenandoah Valley: Be alert for possibility of snow, icy roads Monday

Forecast light amounts of snow and ice may cover and glaze some Shenandoah Valley roads on Monday, January 8.  Motorists should be alert for areas of black ice or ice coated roads, bridges and ramps.


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AAA: Gas prices back up with higher demand post-holidays

High travel volumes over the holidays drove gas prices up this week locally and nationally. In the first week of 2018, motorists in Virginia are noticing slight increases in some areas compared to one week ago.


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VCU poll: More Virginia voters pulled lever in response to Trump than Confederate monuments

More than one in five voters in Virginia’s recent gubernatorial election say they made their decision in response to the Trump administration, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  


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Environmental groups critical of Trump administration offshore drilling plan

The Trump administration today released a draft of the proposed 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program that would allow annual lease sales off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.


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Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council kicks off 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Season

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council enters the next century of Girl Scouts selling cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for them across the United States.


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AccuWeather: What is bombogenesis?

You may have heard or read about a storm undergoing “bombogenesis.” What exactly does that weather term mean? In simple terms, bombogenesis is a storm that undergoes rapid strengthening.


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Armed robbery at hotel in Augusta County: Investigation

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery reported early Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Verona.