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State Senate blocks minimum-wage increase legislation on party-line votes

Senate Republicans defeated a pair of bills to increase the minimum wage in Virginia on party-line 21-19 votes.

Who will Democrats run for the open seat in the 20th House District?

I’ve been selling the 20th House District seat as a possible Democratic pickup in November, and honestly, I was doing that before Dickie Bell, the Republican incumbent, announced last month that he will not seek re-election this year.

What keeps us down: Poverty of Imagination

Democrats, in our coffee shops, scooting around town in our hybrids listening to NPR, over local-sourced dinners with our foodie friends, find ourselves at an uncharacteristic loss for words when forced to confront the uncomfortable reality.

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House subcommittee advances Virginia Dream Act

- A Virginia House education subcommittee voted Monday to report the Virginia Dream Act (H.B. 2388) to the full committee.

Virginia announces additional Amtrak service to Norfolk beginning March 4

- A second Amtrak train service serving Norfolk will debut on March 4, adding a 9 a.m. departure to the current 6:10 a.m. scheduled Norfolk train.

OneVirginia2021 announces statewide Leadership Council

- Political and business leaders across Virginia highlight the bipartisan Leadership Council backing a constitutional amendment to create the commonwealth’s first Citizens Redistricting Commission.
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VDOT: Covington road detour begins March

- Part of Durant Road in the city of Covington is scheduled to close for no more than 90 days beginning in early March 2019. During that time, the roadway will be closed 24/7 between Willis Avenue and Thacker Avenue.
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Beverley Street Studio School Gallery opens new exhibit on Jan. 25

- Beverley Street Studio School Gallery will host Nan Covert’s Exhibit of recent paintings, Paint & Places: Dare County, NC. Highland County, VA. The Exhibition will run from Jan. 25 to March 10.
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NIH salutes UVA discovery as one of 2018’s most promising medical advances

- A UVA School of Medicine discovery about the role of the brain’s cleaning system in aging and Alzheimer’s disease has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as one of 2018’s most promising medical advances.
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UVA lost at Duke: Based on how, I’m OK with it

You’re supposed to feel bad, if you’re a UVA basketball fan, because your team just lost at Duke, which was playing without point guard Tre Jones. So, why is it that I feel as good about Virginia basketball as I’ve felt in the past six years?

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Inside the Numbers: Foul trouble dooms Virginia Tech in loss at UNC

- Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker picked up his second foul at the 10:48 mark of the first half last night in the Hokies’ game at North Carolina.
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What’s new with Marial Shayok: UVA transfer doing well at Iowa State

- Marial Shayok, remember him? Mercurial talent for some good UVA basketball teams. One game, he’d be lights out. Then, a couple weeks, nothing.
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Lights-out shooting in the second half gives Liberty the win

- Liberty started off slow to start the game, but a second-half surge on offense propelled the Flames to a 72-47 victory over North Alabama.

ODU erases 12-point deficit in 76-70 win at Charlotte

- ODU (15-5, 5-2 C-USA) erased a 12-point first half deficit to take down Charlotte (5-13, 2-5 C-USA) by a 76-70 score on Monday afternoon at Halton Arena.
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I’m a runner: And I hate running in cold weather

- Good column by Patrick Hite at the News Leader on what runners do in cold weather, and credit to him for going out there today in the single digits to report.
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EMU announces Women’s Basketball Alumni Day

- EMU announced a Women's Basketball Alumni Day on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Royals host Guilford College that day at 2:00pm.
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Join #TeamAFP as sponsor of 2019 ACC Tournament coverage

#TeamAFP is going back to Charlotte for the 2019 ACC Tournament. Top-ranked Duke, #2 UVA, #9 Florida State and #10 Virginia Tech will headline the 15-team field competing for the 2019 ACC Championship as teams also jockey for bids into the NCAA Tournament.

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Does believing in good luck actually make you luckier?

- Good luck is an age-old superstition that tends to divide people. It may seem like a strange question to ask ‘can believing in good luck make you luckier?’, but a number of studies and surveys show that this could actually be the case.
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4 of the hottest trends shaping global business education in 2019

- The nature of business education is evolving. It used to be that a bachelor’s degree was sufficient for obtaining a top-level job and earning a comfortable salary.
Virtual Private Networks

How a VPN can help any business

- Virtual Private Networks create encrypted tunnels which shield confidential data, and apply IP address anonymization, making it almost impossible to tell the identity of internet users.
Polycarbonate Machining

Everything you need to know about polycarbonate machining

- Polycarbonate (or PC) is a very useful polymer that was developed quite some time ago but has quickly conquered its place among industry grade plastics.
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Achieving digital safety for your business

- While individual users can suffer from a large spectrum of negative consequences, it is businesses that are normally regarded as much juicier targets by hackers.

Qualities of good insulation piercing connector

- Insulation piercing connectors present a fast and straightforward way of making a tap off style connection. It allows you to pierce the insulation and create a high-pressure connection with the conductor.

About Augusta Free Press

Augusta Free PressAugusta Free Press launched on July 2, 2002. The site serves as a portal into life in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia – in a region encompassing Augusta County, Albemarle County and Nelson County and the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton and Waynesboro, at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail.