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Gas prices continue to fall heading into Labor Day weekend

Gas prices continue to head downward as nearly 30 million travelers take to the roads to celebrate the last travel holiday of the summer.


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AAA: Nearly 1 million Virginians traveling for Labor Day

AAA Travel projects nearly one million (964,305) Virginians will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a very slight increase of 0.5% over 2013.


NASA Langley Research Center scientist to speak at Bridgewater College

Dr. Russell De Young, a senior research scientist in the Science Directorate of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will speak on “NASA Advances in Understanding the Solar System,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.


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AAA projects biggest Labor Day travel weekend since 2008

AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.


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Gas prices continue downward slide as end of summer approaches

Gas prices continue to slide as 29.7 million Americans prepare to make their last road trip of the summer during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.


Chris Graham: More echoes of the civil rights era in Ferguson

The grainy footage from the civil rights era protests of the 1960s is getting an update in HD with the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, stemming from the police shooting of an unarmed teen two weeks ago.


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Chris Graham: America as police state

The police response in Ferguson has not yet reached its nadir; that much is painfully obvious after watching the live news reports Monday night.


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Good news: Double-digit drops in prices at the gas pump

Gas prices have dropped by double digits in the past month and just in time for travelers wishing to take last minute vacations prior to the end of summer.


Chris Graham: The erosion of America from within

So much ink and code has been devoted to the biggest problem facing America being Democrats and Republicans not being able to get along.


Earth Talk: Antarctica ice melt and its impact on coastlines

Antarctica, roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined, is composed of rock covered by glaciers some 16,000 feet thick. The glaciers form from fallen snow compacting into successive layers of ice, and they eventually move downhill toward the coasts and “calve” into the ocean as icebergs and eventually melt out into the sea.


Robert Sarvis: Ferguson crisis highlights race disparities, militarization of law enforcement

In response to the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Mo., Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate of Virginia, Robert Sarvis, released the following statement.


Oil, gas drilling permits under review by state agencies

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that two Virginia agencies have signed an agreement on coordinating environmental reviews of potential permits for oil and gas drilling in the Coastal Plain that includes Tidewater.


Evan Swaak: Proposed EPA water rules not a power grab

You recently ran a letter about attorneys writing about a rule that the EPA is currently proposing that would restore protections to streams and wetlands that impact Georgia’s rivers.


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Opposition to Dominion pipeline grows in Nelson County

Friends of Nelson, one of several groups opposing Dominion’s proposed 42” natural gas pipeline, calls the project incompatible with the tourism and agricultural way of life in the mountainous rural county.


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AAA: Gas prices down 20 cents a gallon since late June

This week, for the first time since March 12, the national average price for unleaded gasoline has dropped below $3.50 per gallon. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline dropped to $3.48 per gallon Friday, down four cents from last week.


Earth Talk: Are fuel cell cars green?

Fuel cell cars have not caught on and skeptics wonder if they ever will. One big hurdle is that creating hydrogen fuel turns out to be highly inefficient compared to other readily available fuels.


National Preparedness Month highlighted by local solar company

National Preparedness Month is an awareness-raising event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an effort that aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.


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AAA: Where are gas prices headed from here?

Amid continuing geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa, American motorists are paying the lowest average retail price at the gas pump since mid-March.


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Randy Forbes: How many times are you taxed a day?

Our tax system is complex and confusing. It discourages job growth and overall competitiveness, and it discourages every day Americans who want to live their lives without the stress of Uncle Sam knocking at their doors.


Dinner Diva: Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” with your diet without feeling deprived.


Lawmaker Joe May to speak at Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia is proud to announce a special addition to its Lunch Break Science program on Wednesday, July 30.


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AAA: Gas prices rolling back as summer driving season rolls on

Despite international turmoil, prices at the gas pump continued a mid-summer slide. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline decreased to $3.54 per gallon Friday, which is the lowest price since March 29.


EPA’s carbon pollution rules: Good for business, good for the economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?


Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $72.4 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area.


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Warner leads group urging Obama to oppose sale of French warships to Russia

In a bipartisan letter to President Obama, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Bill Keating (D-MA) urged the President to strongly oppose the sale of French warships to Russia.


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AAA: Gas prices in mid-summer slide

As predicted by AAA, the retail price at the gas pump continued to tick lower following the Independence Day holiday due primarily to lower crude oil costs as the situation stabilizes in Iraq.


Earth Talk: Preventing wildfires

There’s no question that wildfires are on the increase across the American West and other fire-prone regions of the world, and most environmental leaders agree that global warming is largely to blame.


Improving chemical safety: A baby step in the right direction

In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals.


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Remarks by President Obama on jobs, economy

Remarks by President Obama on jobs and the economy today at an event at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, McLean, Virginia.


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AAA: Have summer gas prices peaked?

Have gas prices peaked for the summer? All the telltale signs, tea leaves, gut-feelings and educated-guesses market watchers and energy analysts hazard to use point that way.


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How bad was UVA football’s 2013? A look back

UVA football finished the 2013 season with a historically bad 2-10 record. But were the Cavs really 2-10 bad in 2013? The short answer is no.


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Fourth of July gas prices highest in six years

Although the national average price of gas has remained relatively steady as we approach the Fourth of July holiday, prices at the pump remain at a six-year high for this time of year.


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AAA: 41 million Americans to hit the roads for Fourth of July

AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.


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Robert Hurt: Energy independence will reduce gas prices, create jobs

It is hard to believe that only five short years ago, the national average price for a gallon of gas was $2.35 compared to $3.68 today.


Tropical Storm Arthur headed to Virginia: Safe travel tips

A tropical storm is churning in the Atlantic and timing could not be worse for the over 1 million (1,158,038) holiday travelers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Report: The impact of fuel taxes on Virginia, Maryland, D.C.

Last year, lawmakers in Virginia made history by altering the state fuel tax rate formula. In a rejection of traditional transportation funding, Virginia became the first state to eliminate the conventional cents-per-gallon (cpg) fuel tax,and the District of Columbia followed suit.


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AAA: Gas prices highest in six years

As we approach the end of the first full month of the 2014 summer driving season, the national price for regular unleaded gas is $3.68 per gallon, which is the highest price for early summer in six years (prices topped $4 per gallon in July 2008).


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AAA: Despite high gas prices, record July 4 travel projected

Not even in 2001, 13 years ago when AAA began keeping holiday travel records, did as many Virginians travel for Independence Day as will in 2014, according to AAA.


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Robert Hurt touts House GOP energy bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act of 2014, which expands onshore energy production, streamlines permitting processes and reduces unnecessary red tape.


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Iraq civil war fuels higher gas prices

The Iraq civil war is fueling higher pump prices in the U.S. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline rose to $3.68 per gallon Friday, up three cents from one week ago.


Earth Talk: Weaning ourselves off oil, coal

We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.


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McAuliffe announces 75 new jobs in the City of Hampton

Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a business unit of Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) and a global leader in superalloy airfoil and titanium and aluminum structural investment castings, will invest $25 million in its operation in the City of Hampton, which will create 75 new jobs.


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Gas prices expected to tick up with July 4 holiday approaching

Motorists across the country will likely need to reach further down into their wallets to fill their thirsty tanks as the threat of rising gas prices are on the horizon; just in time for the upcoming July 4 holiday travel weekend.


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AAA: Iraq crisis could push gas prices up

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the modern self-serve fueling station with the national average price for regular unleaded gas dropping a penny from last week to $3.65 per gallon.


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AAA: Gas prices hold steady

Two weeks into the summer driving season, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.66 per gallon, even with last Friday.