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Food, craft beer and culinary challenges at State Fair of Virginia

Visitors to this year’s State Fair of Virginia Sept. 28-Oct. 7 are in for a tasty time.


Forum to bring together policymakers, VCU experts to focus on challenges facing state mental health system

A “Mental Health Mini-University” will bring together policymakers and VCU researchers and officials for a discussion on the continued challenges facing the mental health system in Virginia.                                                                     

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Virginia State Police: Traffic fatalities more than double over Labor Day weekend

Traffic deaths in Virginia reached a three-year high during the 2018 Labor Day weekend.


Research into genetics of mosquito reproduction could help stop spread of disease

Female mosquitoes bite us because they need our blood to produce eggs. During this feeding process, infected mosquitoes can transmit such diseases as Zika, dengue, and yellow fever, making them one of the deadliest creatures on Earth.

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UVA physician helps craft new CDC concussion treatment guideline

A UVA Health System emergency medicine physician helped develop new CDC treatment recommendations for children with concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injury.

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Dominion Energy seeks applicants for 2018 ArtStars Awards

Dominion Energy is inviting nonprofit arts organizations across Virginia to apply for a 2018 Dominion Energy ArtStars award. Shining Star Awards.


AAA: Gas prices remain steady despite high demand

At $2.83, the national gas price average is trending toward lower gas prices that motorists haven’t seen since early May. Today’s national gas price average is one-cent less on the week, four-cents cheaper than last month, but 19-cents more than a year ago.


GasBuddy Virginia weekly gas price update, outlook

Gas prices in Virginia are unchanged  in the past week, averaging $2.61/g yesterday, according to the GasBuddy daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.


Update: Arrests made in Crimora shooting: Authorities investigating

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with an early-morning shooting in Crimora.

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Shooting in Staunton: Police seek information

A Staunton man was shot multiple times in an incident reported overnight, and police are seeking information on what went down.

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Two arrested in assaults on Augusta County sheriff’s deputies

Two Stuarts Draft residents have been charged with assaults on law enforcement following an incident in Augusta County overnight.

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere all month: September is Virginia Spirits Month

Governor Ralph Northam has declared September as Virginia Spirits Month, marking the third annual celebration designed to educate consumers and travelers about Virginia distilled spirits.

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Waynesboro Public Library hosts singer-songwriter Kristen Hughes

The Waynesboro Public Library begins a new season of Midday Music at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 with singer-songwriter Kristen Hughes.

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Nursing simulation lab at EMU undergoes renovations, equipment upgrades to meet growing demand

Eastern Mennonite University is expanding its clinical laboratory space and adding simulation equipment to meet a growing national demand for highly qualified nurses.


VFW sponsors Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes, Our Military Heroes and Profiles of Honor

District 11 of the Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring a charity bicycle ride, the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes on Saturday, September 8 in Staunton. 

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Health Beat: Augusta Health events for September 2018

Events, programs and classes at Augusta Health in the month of September 2018.

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Overnight detours at Interstate 81/Interstate 64 interchange in Augusta County Sept. 4-7

Interchange improvements at the junction of Interstates 81 and 64 in Augusta County require overnight ramp closures for four nights beginning Tuesday, September 4.

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Bridgewater College’s Larry Taylor to present ‘On a Mission’ recital Sept. 9

Dr. Larry Taylor, associate professor of music at Bridgewater College, will present “On a Mission” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in Cole Hall on the college campus.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Sept. 4-7

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

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation offering Shenandoah Valley clean water stewardship course

Registration is now open for a Shenandoah Valley clean water stewardship course offered by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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Virginia Tech leads international research partnership on refugee integration

Virginia Tech will unveil a policy brief on refugee integration on Sept. 5, the first research on this subject to embrace an interdisciplinary and international approach.

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Shenandoah National Park celebrates wilderness

Shenandoah National Park will honor America’s wilderness heritage during its 18th annual Wilderness Weekend, September 8 – 9.

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No Kid Hungry Virginia highlights importance of breakfast programs in local schools

As students across the state head back to the classroom, No Kid Hungry Virginia wants to remind the community about one of the most important parts of the school day: breakfast.

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Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce presents 46th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival

The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce has plans for the 46th annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival well under way.

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Shenandoah University professor’s investigations into ASMR draw national attention, book deal

Have you seen videos where people whisper, cut hair, or unwrap candy bars slowly to help other people relax? If you have, you’ve potentially experienced Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR.

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Staunton District Traffic Alert: Sept. 3-7

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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Lynchburg District Traffic Alert: Sept. 3-7

Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.

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New insurance service should help dairy farmers

Virginia dairy farmers are in a world of hurt, but a new Dairy Revenue Protection insurance policy will provide some measure of relief.

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Fresh, local produce perfect for fall gatherings

Summer may be coming to an end, but fresh, Virginia-grown produce is still available. Apples, Asian pears, beets, berries, squash, peaches, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon are still ripe and ready for the picking—and eating.

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Registration closes soon for many State Fair competitions

Individual registration closes at midnight on Sept. 7 for many competitions at this year’s State Fair of Virginia.