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Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America to update machinery at Augusta County facility

- Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) will make a multi-million dollar investment in new machinery at its manufacturing operation in Augusta County.
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U.S. News & World Report: UVA is No. 1 hospital in Virginia

- For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UVA Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia. The publication’s 2018-2019 “Best Hospitals” guide also recognizes nine UVA specialties for adults among the best in the U.S.
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Four specialties at VCU Medical Center recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings

- U.S. News & World Report has recognized VCU Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in the Richmond metro area for the eighth consecutive year, and as the No. 2 hospital in Virginia for 2018-19.
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Interstate 81 lane, ramp closures in Shenandoah County, Frederick County, overnight on Aug. 15

- Brief ramp and right-lane closures are scheduled for the night of Wednesday, August 15, at three interchanges along Interstate 81 in Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

Virginia Tech researchers work with global scientists to study vector behavior, disease transmission

- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report showing that diseases from vectors, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, have tripled since 2004 in the U.S.

Waynesboro approves $1 million in incentives for Virginia Museum of Natural History

- Waynesboro City Council approved a resolution Monday providing $1 million in incentives to the Virginia Museum of Natural History to build a Waynesboro campus downtown. 

Virginia State Police investigating fatal crash in Prince Edward County

- An Appomattox man is dead from injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Prince Edward County early Saturday morning.
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Longtime Fishburne Military School instructor retires from classroom duties

- At the conclusion of the Fishburne Military School 2018 Summer Session, longtime instructor and mentor, Susan J. Johnson, announced that she would be leaving the classroom.
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InterChange Cold Storage to build major new cold storage, blast freezing facility in Rockingham County

- InterChange Cold Storage will create 88 new jobs and invest $41.6 million in Rockingham County to build a 250,0000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cold storage and blast freezing facility.

Update in Nelson, Amherst shootings

- Shortly before 11 a.m., Sunday (Aug. 12, 2018), the Nelson County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Avon Road. Upon arriving, Alexia S. Lockett, 29, of Afton, Va. was found deceased inside the residence.

GasBuddy weekly gas price update, outlook

- Gasoline prices in Virginia have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63/g yesterday, according to the GasBuddy daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.
Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley

Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley announces August support group meeting

- Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley will hold its monthly support group meeting on Wednesday, August 15 from 1-3 p.m. 
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Researcher wins award to study technologies for disability community

- The bracelet looks unassuming, just like any other smart technology worn around the wrist. But rather than counting steps or heartbeats, it serves another purpose.
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VIAble Ventures set to create micro-enterprise jobs for people on the autism spectrum

- The Virginia Institute of Autism has completed its work as part of the 2018 class in the University of Virginia’s i.Lab Incubator Program.
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Staunton Public Library to host digital bookmobile

- The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is making a stop in Staunton. Spreading reading happiness to communities across the nation, this unique traveling exhibit is scheduled to visit Staunton Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 23.
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Shenandoah National Park selectsartist Elizabeth Popp for August Artist-in-Residence Program

- Shenandoah National Park has named Elizabeth Popp as the August Artist-in-Residence.
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Virginia Tech students develop lifesaving device

- This past March, Andy Cohen was caught in one of the worst snowstorms of the year. The Crozet native was on his way back to Blacksburg from touring graduate schools when his flight from Charlotte to Roanoke was canceled.

Arrests made in Charlottesville Sunday

- As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, four individuals have been arrested in connection with incidents in and around the Downtown Charlottesville area.

Update: Waynesboro man dead in officer-involved shooting in Amherst County

- A Waynesboro man is dead in an officer-involved shooting in Amherst County reported Sunday.
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New Celebrity Series features John Conlee at Historic North Theatre

- Tickets officially went on sale this week for the John Conlee Show at the Historic North Theatre in Danville set for Sunday, August 26 at 3 p.m.
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Virginia State Police investigating Sunday incidents in Nelson County, Amherst County

- Virginia State Police are investigating two incidents in Nelson County and Amherst County.
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Free on-farm readiness review for farmers

- Changes are coming in the way farmers grow, pack, hold and distribute ready-to-eat produce, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services can help by performing a free, on-farm readiness review.
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Staunton District Traffic Alert: Aug. 13-17

- The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton District during the coming weeks. The Staunton District consists of 11 counties from the Alleghany Highlands to the northern Shenandoah Valley.
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Blue Ridge Parkway seeks public comment on bridge repairs

- The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is initiating an Environmental Assessment that will evaluate impacts associated with two NPS/FHWA bridge improvement projects on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Staunton: $75,000 grant to help with floodplain study on city’s West End

- The City of Staunton has been notified by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation that it will receive a $75,000 grant to conduct a flood study in parts of the west end of the City.

Virginia corn, soybean production expected to increase

- The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the August Crop Production report forecasting larger Virginia soybean and corn crops.
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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Aug. 13-17

- The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week.

Update: Three arrests for minor infractions in Charlottesville

- As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, three men have been arrested inside and in proximity to the security area in Downtown Charlottesville.

Update on access point entry to Downtown Charlottesville security area

- Several hundred people have made their way into the Downtown Charlottesville security area since the perimeter was established at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday
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First horse tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year

- The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse this year. 
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Mere expectation of checking work email after hours harms health of workers and families

- Employer expectations of work email monitoring during nonwork hours are detrimental to the health and well-being of not only employees but their family members as well.
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Transportation advisory: Charlottesville announces additional road closures, detours near UVA

- From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. this evening, the following road closures and detours in the vicinity of the University of Virginia will be in place.
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Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy to honor volunteers, partners

- The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will recognize the hard work and extraordinary contributions of its volunteers and partner organizations during its Annual Celebration and Awards Benefit.

Virginians lead nation in percentage of vacation days used to travel

- Virginians use 64 percent of their vacation days to travel, the most of any state by a large margin and significantly higher than the American average (47%) according to a new research by Project: Time Off.
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Staunton City Schools releases 2018-2019 policy for free, reduced school lunches

- Staunton City Schools announces its policy for providing free or reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch, and/or School Breakfast Programs.

Industry partnerships fuel packaging lab improvements that enhance student learning

- Often, the best way to learn something new is to give it a try. The Virginia Tech Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design offers a unique, hands-on experience in which students learn to use equipment and procedures that will be vital to their success in the packaging industry.
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Lynchburg District Weekly Traffic Alert: August 13-17

- Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.
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Climate action meeting, activist training, next week in Staunton

- Join the Chesapeake Climate Action Network for a climate action team meeting to learn how to stop dangerous fracked-gas pipelines and put Virginia on track to be a regional leader in stemming the tide of climate change.
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FERC orders construction to stop on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered construction halted on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline following a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals throwing out developers’ National Park Service permit.

August 11 is National 811 Day: Call before you dig

- National 811 Day, observed annually on August 11, highlights the need for homeowners and professional excavators to take the first step to avoid damaging underground utility lines by always calling 811 before beginning any digging or demolition projects.