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Historic farmers markets still remain popular in our modern times

With a rich history, faithful following and modern versions, farmers markets have withstood the test of time.

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Keep food safety in mind when backyard grilling this spring, summer

It’s no secret that most people enjoy a good cookout during the summer months. While there are no rules about which foods should be served at a barbecue, there is a correct way to prepare grilled foods to ensure they’re safe.


Virginia farmers preparing for what sets up to be a sweet berry season

Strawberries are center stage right now, but blackberries and blueberries will get their time to shine in a few short weeks.

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Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office seeks senior missing since May 15

The Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 69-year-old woman.

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JMU researcher finds common motivation for saving endangered species

On Endangered Species Day, research by James Madison University professor Jennifer Byrne is shedding light on the reasons why people volunteer to help animals.

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Virginia unemployment rate remained steady in April at 3.0 percent

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in April at 3.0 percent, according to data released Friday by the Virginia Employment Commission.

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Report: Virginia’s median home price has jumped $100K since 2018

The statewide median home sales price was $390,000 in April, a jump of $100,000 over April 2018, just four years ago, according to the April 2022 Virginia Home Sales Report released by Virginia REALTORS®.

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Update: Henrico County man located, safe

Update: Thursday, 3:39 p.m. Carlos Piche has been located and is safe, according to a report from The Aware Foundation.


Owner of drug testing lab sentenced in Medicare kickback scheme

A Las Vegas-based laboratory owner who paid another lab owner to direct urine samples to his lab for testing and then billed the federal government for that testing was sentenced last week.

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Virginia Tech expert: Supply chain crisis complicates fixing baby formula shortage

The shortage of baby formula across the United States is being exacerbated by many of the same issues implicated in the global supply chain crisis borne by the COVID pandemic, says a Virginia Tech industrial packaging and shipping expert.

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BBB of Western Virginia warns of potential baby formula shortage scams

The recent shortage of baby formula has scammers watching. They’re popping up online and on social media, scamming parents and caregivers out of their money for formula that doesn’t exist.

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New tool shows how the Chesapeake Bay watershed is transforming

The Chesapeake Bay Program, in collaboration with the Chesapeake Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Vermont, announced the release of the Very High-Resolution Land Use/Land Cover and Change Data.

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Campbell County authorities lead search for man missing since mid-April

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 26-year-old male.

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Virongy Biosciences Inc. to invest $471,000 in Prince William County facility

Virongy Biosciences Inc., a developer of viral diagnostic technologies, anti-viral drugs, and therapeutic viral vectors, will invest $471,000 to expand in Prince William County.

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AAA: Memorial Day forecast points to busy summer 2022 travel season

The unofficial start to summer will be a busy one this year as AAA predicts 39.2 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend.


VDOT, Fauquier County address safety at U.S. 17-Route 245 intersection

VDOT is engaged with Fauquier County leaders and citizens to tackle a serious safety issue at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Route 245.

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Jury convicts Midlothian family of conspiracy to commit forced labor

A federal jury has convicted three members of a Midlothian household on charges pertaining to forced labor.

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Signs of new COVID-19 surge heighten need for boosters in nursing homes

New data indicate another surge of the COVID-19 virus might be beginning, heightening the urgency for booster shots among nursing home residents and staff.  

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Update: Police locate missing Henrico County woman

Update: Monday, 1:14 p.m. Maiah Daniel has been located, according to a report from The Aware Foundation.

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Gas, diesel prices expected to go higher over the next couple of weeks

Gas prices, for now, are holding steady, with the average for a gallon of regular unleaded unchanged over the past week, at $4.31 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.

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Exit 31 on I-66 in Fauquier County to close overnight beginning Sunday

Beginning Sunday at 6 p.m., westbound drivers who use exit 31 to access Route 245 (Old Tavern Road) and The Plains will need to use exit 28, U.S. 17 (Winchester Road) and head south to get to Route 245.


America’s Navy sails into Richmond for Navy Week

Richmond will host the city’s first ever Navy Week beginning on Monday, bringing sailors to participate in education and community outreach events throughout the city, including the Dominion Riverrock Festival. 

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Virginia Tech, 4-H alumnus finds his way to National Geographic

Early in his 25-year career as a photographer, videographer, and explorer, Chris Kugelman, a 1994 Virginia Tech alum, worked an astonishing 14 months in the frigid cold of Antarctica for the National Science Foundation.


Virginia Agriculture Week: Get the big picture of the state’s largest industry

Virginia Agriculture Week is approaching, and the state’s farms are ready to be the stars of the show.

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AARP Virginia seeks 2022 Andrus Award for Community Service nominees

AARP Virginia is now accepting nominations for its 2022 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Virginians age 50-plus who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.