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Pursuit leads to accident, damage to New Hope Grocery

A Charlottesville man is in custody after a two-vehicle crash that sent a vehicle into the side of New Hope Grocery.   

Virginia unemployment drops to lowest level since 2007

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased in July to 3.1 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago. July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, of 3.1 percent, is the lowest rate since the August 2007 rate of 3.1 percent.

Another perspective on the local illegal drug problem

You read about the opioid crisis, about heroin making its return, about the Valley’s problems with meth, and you, of course, know all about the ongoing, strenuous efforts to go after the drug dealers. But, are the drug dealers the problem?

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.

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. 

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What are the environmental benefits of ‘seasteading’ as opposed to building more housing and communities on land?

- We’ve all heard of homesteading, establishing homes from scratch with a commitment to self-sufficiency, including growing and preserving one’s own food, setting up your own sources of power/electricity and even making one’s own clothing and supplies.
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Ken Plum: Back to school

- Last week I had the opportunity to visit one of my grandsons' school, and I was genuinely impressed.
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Another perspective on the local illegal drug problem

- You read about the opioid crisis, about heroin making its return, about the Valley’s problems with meth, and you, of course, know all about the ongoing, strenuous efforts to go after the drug dealers. But, are the drug dealers the problem?
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Alon Ben-Meir: Palestinian refugees-right vs. reality

- Given the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its psychological, political, and demographic dimensions, there is simply no other viable solution.
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Blogcast w/Chris Graham: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

- Summer is a slower pace for me at Augusta Free Press, but with college sports getting going again next week, the marathon begins.
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Fake news: I’m an #enemyofthepeople?

- I’ve been an #enemyofthepeople, apparently, since at least ninth grade world history class. The teacher, Mr. Corbin, would start class with a question about current events. Inevitably, I was the kid who knew the answer.
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Blogcast w/Chris Graham: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

- I'm working on a book, working title: Poverty of Imagination, that I'm imagining as a sort of liberal answer to Hillbilly Elegy.

Blogcast w/Chris Graham: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

- AFP editor Chris Graham muses on life, the issues of the day and whatever.
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The Blogcast Podcast: Tuesday, Aug. 14

- Chris Graham talks in today's Blogcast Podcast about the Red Hen, Bo Time, Bobby Goodlatte, and white privilege.
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Blogcast w/Chris Graham: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

- AFP editor Chris Graham muses on life, the issues of the day and whatever.
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Morgan Griffith: 2018 healthcare checkup

- On August 7, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $500,000 grant to the Health Wagon for construction of a healthcare clinic in Clintwood.
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Bobby Goodlatte backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis for father’s seat

- Bobby Goodlatte, son of retiring Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, is backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis in the midterm election, tweeting that 2018 is the “year to flip districts.”
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Mark Obenshain on EVgo: ‘Social(ist) engineering’

- State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham) released the following statement today in response to the Governor's recent announcement for EVgo to set up electric vehicle charging stations. 
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Blogcast w/Chris Graham: Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

- AFP editor Chris Graham muses on life, the issues of the day and whatever.
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Ken Plum: Old dogs and new tricks

- Regardless of the old adage, it is possible to teach old dogs new tricks. In fact, if old dogs are to survive in a modern world characterized by rapid change they must adopt many new tricks of survival and adaptation.
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Outdoor gear, apparel, and the environment

- It’s true that Patagonia has long been a leader in sustainability initiatives. More than two decades ago the company switched over to organic cotton and soon started examining the environmental impact of every step in its supply chain.
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David Swanson: Charlottesville still has statues, still won’t ban guns

- Charlottesville FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY saying they’ll ban sticks and other potential weapons, just as if this were a nonviolent leftist rally for peace or justice is the right move.
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Trump, the NFL, the anthem: How this plays out

- Every single NFL player is on the sidelines for the anthem. President Trump, the Tweeter-in-Chief, still not impressed.
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Letter: An evening with Democrats

- So I had quite the interesting evening. I went to a picnic for Democrats. It was very telling. These weren’t the rabid socialists I’m so used to hearing about. They weren’t anti America or hated Christians.
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Alon Ben-Meir: The right of return — to where?

- The nearly three months of demonstrations by Palestinians along the Israel-Gaza border under the banner of the “March of Return," which turned violent and has remained as such as of this writing.
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Andy Schmookler: How far would Trump go if he could?

- When I was growing up, we kids were admonished not to take for granted our blessings in living in a free society. This was in the wake of World War II, when a lot of people had made great sacrifices to defend our liberties against tyranny.
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I’m officially done with Twitter

- I’ve been threatening to do this for a few months, but today, finally pulled the trigger, on Twitter.
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Morgan Griffith: Help for veterans

- Although the Veterans Administration was formally organized during the Herbert Hoover presidency, benefits for veterans can trace their roots to near the nation’s birth.
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Letter: Reader backs Anthony Flaccavento for 9th District seat in Congress

- As a farmer and voter in Virginia's 9th District I want to tell you why I'm supporting Anthony Flaccavento to become our new congressional representative.
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Fight fire with fire: Or starve it of oxygen

- I wrote this last year, and I think it needs reinforcing: that if we’d just ignore the white power losers when they have their little rallies, they’d just go away.
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Another rainbow flag story

- I wrote a while back about my wife and I replacing the American flag on our front porch with a rainbow flag after the events of Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville.
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David Swanson: Russia is our friend

- Last May I was in Russia when fascists held a rally in my hometown of Charlottesville, not to be confused with their larger rally which followed in August.
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Letter: Anthony Flaccavento, the patriotic choice for the 9th District

- Anthony Flaccavento is a long time resident of southwest Virginia, a farmer, and a small business owner. He's one of us.
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Ken Plum: In-service training

- The only common requirement for holding elective office is that one be a registered voter in the state meaning then of course that you must be at least 18 years of age.
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Do animals respond to or enjoy music recorded or played live by humans?

- It would seem that animals can appreciate and enjoy human music, but does the science bear this out?