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Central Shenandoah Health District moves COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling to public website

- Central Shenandoah Health District is transitioning the COVID-19 vaccine clinic appointment process from invitation-only to public scheduling.

Details on three local COVID-19 vaccination clinics set for this week

- Wednesday's large on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Augusta Health has extended hours for those who are not available during the workday. 

Middle River Regional Jail moving state-responsible inmates

- Middle River Regional Jail is beginning to transfer state-responsible inmates to the Virginia Department of Corrections.
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Books Behind Bars program to launch at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

- The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail is launching a program that will let jail residents find purpose, earn college credit and position themselves for success upon their release and re-entry into our community.

Big day for Virginia Lottery Pick 3 players who went ‘0-0-0’

- Virginia Lottery players won big in the Monday Pick 3 afternoon drawing. The winning combination was 0-0-0. Players won a total of $3,087,300, compared to the $565,399 handle that the Lottery took in for the drawing.

EVgo electric vehicle charging stations available for public use in Charlottesville’s Water Street Garage

- The two DC fast chargers were installed by EVgo – a nationwide public fast charging network with over 800 locations – and were fully funded by the state.

Washington and Lee faculty-student documentary earns festival laurels

- A documentary about domestic violence by Washington and Lee University professor Stephanie Sandberg and Nolan Zunk ’22 has been named an official selection in the Cannes World Film Festival.

Gift of reading helps Virginia 4-Hers at an important moment

- The Molina Foundation is making reading a reality for youth across the commonwealth with a donation of $1.2 million worth of books to Virginia 4-Hers, some of who have never owned a book before.

Government/Politics

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Spanberger, Hinson introduce the Paycheck Protection Program Equity Act

- Legislation that would ensure farmers, ranchers and self-employed small business owners can receive their full Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan amount was introduced this week in the House of Representatives.

Jennifer Carroll Foy releases plan to strengthen early childhood education, child care

- Jennifer Carroll Foy today released a plan to reform and strengthen early childhood education and child care in Virginia.

Kim Callinan: Relentless pandemic shows urgent need for end-of-life care planning

- A new study reveals 69 percent of Americans report that talking about their wishes and values for end-of-life care is important.

Hydrogen fuel cells: Once the future king, where art thou now?

- Around the turn of the millennium, the development of hydrogen fuel cells to power our transportation sector with renewable, non-polluting power was all the rage among environmentalists and techies alike.

Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in March

- Virginia’s unemployment rate decreased a tenth of a percentage point to 5.1 percent in March, which is down 6.2 percentage points from its peak of 11.3 percent in April 2020.

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At Orchard Creek, clean ingredient culture starts with basics like butter

- The Waynesboro-based Harvest Restaurant Group, which operates Orchard Creek and several ghost kitchens with food available exclusively on DoorDash, has turned to MainStreet Farmstead in Stuarts Draft to provide the group with their cornerstone ingredients: clean, nutrient-dense foods.

Waynesboro High School graduation plan focused on including more family and peers

- The Waynesboro School Board received an update on the 2021-2022 budget, as well as an overview of possible plans for Waynesboro High School’s graduation this year, at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

Waynesboro prepares to begin next phase of South River Greenway expansion this summer

- The River City’s dream of a 6.5-mile round-trip trail for bicycling and walking is about to begin the next phase in early summer.

Weekend city event lures community to Downtown Staunton for a second year

- As warm weather returns and spring flowers pop up, the Queen City’s Dine Out Downtown for 2021 began April 2. But this year, the Friday-Sunday event will also encourage local shopping.

The Cinderella Project searches for new home

- The story is like a fairy tale. A nonprofit found a caring home. Until it was told to leave in December. Now The Cinderella Project of the Shenandoah Valley is looking for the glass slipper that fits.
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Sports

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Armaan Franklin looks forward to grow as basketball player, person under Bennett

- Tony Bennett’s pitch to Indiana transfer Armaan Franklin might come across as a bit unusual – the part, anyway, where he went over film with Franklin showing him the mistakes he made as a sophomore on offense and on defense.

Virginia loses Lavel Davis Jr., Chico Bennett Jr. to ACL injuries

- Significant injury news from Virginia’s spring practice: star wideout Lavel Davis Jr. and Georgia Tech transfer Chico Bennett Jr. both suffered ACL injuries in camp last week are out until at least November.

Women’s Soccer: Virginia to face SIU-Edwardsville in NCAA Tournament opening round

- Virginia has earned a berth in the 2021 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, and the 12th-ranked Cavaliers will face SIU-Edwardsville in an opening-round match.

Jayden Gardner reveals the key reason he ended up at Virginia

- Coaches were promising Jayden Gardner the world. The rugged 6’8”, 235-pound junior landed at Virginia because Tony Bennett didn’t promise him anything.

VMI to face James Madison in Keydets’ first appearance in FCS playoffs

- Southern Conference champ VMI, fresh off its win over The Citadel this past weekend, will travel up Interstate 81 to face top-ranked James Madison in the first round of the 2021 FCS playoffs on Saturday.

Podcasts

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Brenda Mead discusses Staunton City Council move to end virtual meetings

- Staunton City Council member Brenda Mead joins the show to discuss the move by City Council to end virtual meetings and cut off the ability of citizens to offer comments by phone during live deliberations.

Brian Lemek from Brady PAC discusses Mark Herring endorsement

- AFP editor Chris Graham talks with Brian Lemek, the executive director of the progressive gun violence group Brady PAC.

Armaan Franklin discusses transfer portal, how he ended up at UVA, next steps

- Get to know Armaan Franklin, one of the top guard prospects from the 2021 NCAA transfer portal, and what led him to decide to commit to Virginia.

Jayden Gardner talks transfer portal, what led him to choose UVA, his future

- Jayden Gardner joins "The Jerry Ratcliffe Show" with Chris Graham to talk what ultimately led him to decide that Virginia was where he needs to be.

‘Jerry Ratcliffe Show’ breaks down big news in UVA hoops, spring football

- Big recruiting news, and the status of Trey Murphy III, then spring football. "The Jerry Ratcliffe Show" with Chris Graham dives deep into a busy UVA sports week.

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The real estate market of Fairfax VA

- A desirable place such as Fairfax has an even more desirable housing market; therefore, we are here to tell you everything you need to know about Fairfax’s real estate market.

Medical tech revolutionizing value based wound care

- Let’s take a deeper look at why value based wound care innovations are needed, how wound care technology can fuel innovation, and why medical tech is a must for healthcare professionals and systems.

Top tips when you’re getting started in woodworking

- If you are just getting started on woodworking, you shouldn't expect to be the pro overnight. It would be best if you started small learning through the basic steps and tools.

Vegan lunches delivered straight to your door

- As more information and options become available, the vegan lifestyle is becoming more and more popular.

Top ways to improve the safety of your warehouse

- With the following tips, you’ll have the ability to take pride in the knowledge that your warehousing solutions have the ability to offer a safe and secure work environment.