Politics

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Northam announces $2 million in grants for new youth training, employment initiative

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of a $2 million initiative to attract young adults in Virginia to high-demand jobs through FastForward training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges.


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Virginia State Police announces leadership changes

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, announced additional advancements involving department leadership.


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Tri-Caucus members oppose weaker clean car standards

Members of the Tri-Caucus sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in opposition to the Trump Administration’s recently announced plan to weaken federal clean car standards.


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Northam, Chesapeake Executive Council sign directive in support of farmers

Representatives from the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the EPA signed a directive in support of increasing technical assistance to the farmers of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine announce $11.7 million for improvements at Virginia airports

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that nearly twenty Virginia airports will receive a total of $11,725,371 in federal funding.


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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.


Anthony Flaccavento

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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McEachin announces $345,000+ grant award for VCU

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced a Health and Humans Services (HHS) grant awarded to VCU for the study of the drug ethanol in C.Elegans, a primitive organism that shares man of the characteristics that are problems in human biology.


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VDOT invites innovators to hackathon, idea jam on Aug. 17-18

VDOT invites developers, planners, futurists and data enthusiasts to the third installment of the SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam Series set for Aug. 17-18 in Roanoke.


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NRCS unveils conservation strategy to improve health of Chesapeake Bay watershed

The USDA today released an action plan that outlines goals for using Farm Bill conservation programs to help agricultural producers improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


Donald McEachin

McEachin joins bipartisan effort urging Senate-level funding for Chesapeake Bay in Farm Bill

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) signed a letter with a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers urging funding for the Chesapeake Bay in the final version of the Farm Bill.


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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.


Mountain Valley Pipeline

Virginia DEQ requires Mountain Valley Pipeline to stabilize soils during work stoppage

Late on Friday, Aug. 3, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a stop work order for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.


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Federal court throws out key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today threw out the National Park Service’s permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a case argued by the Southern Environmental Law Center.


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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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VCU to lead evaluation of Virginia Medicaid expansion

The Department of Medical Assistance Services has selected a team of VCU School of Medicine faculty members to lead a multiyear evaluation of Medicaid expansion in the state.


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Muslim Advocates demands answers regarding federally-funded programs targeting Muslims

Muslim Advocates has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security to obtain documents related to the its recent Countering Violent Extremism grant to the National Governors Association.


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TV Ad: Tim Kaine focuses on building ‘An Economy That Works For All’

In the first TV ad of his 2018 Senate campaign, entitled “Skills,” Senator Tim Kaine focuses on building “an economy that works for all” by spotlighting his efforts in the Senate to expand and strengthen job training.


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Virginia Wildlife Grant Program now accepting applications

Do you manage a program that creates curiosity, discovery, and adventure in the outdoors? The Virginia Wildlife Grant Program may be able to help.


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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.


Anthony Flaccavento

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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Overnight lane, ramp closures on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County

Milling and paving operations on northbound Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County requires alternating lane closures and an off-ramp closure beginning August 6.


FDA

FDA to examine food labels that influence consumer decisions

Consumers often make food purchases based on labels, which can affect their health. Because food labeling plays such an important role in consumers’ food choices, the FDA is working on a new Nutrition Innovation Strategy.


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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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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Aug. 6-10

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