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Sierra Club “Coal-Aid” stand attracts attention at DEQ hearing

Activists with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club set up the mock lemonade stand and served glasses of “Tom and Bob’s Coal-Aid.”


McAuliffe announces $2.8 million in flood mitigation grants

Seven residential properties in flood-prone areas of Virginia will be elevated and another six properties will be acquired to reduce future flood damage.

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Governor McAuliffe vetoes bill permitting sale of high-proof grain alcohol

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation that would have allowed the sale of high-proof class 1 neutral grain alcohol in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Game Notes: No. 4 Virginia plays Clemson in ACC road finale Tuesday

No. 4 Virginia (22-6, 11-5 ACC) plays Clemson (16-12, 9-7 ACC) in Atlantic Coast Conference action in Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday (March 1).

Governor McAuliffe creates Zika virus task force

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the creation of a statewide task force to guide preparedness initiatives related to Zika virus.

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Landes highlights bills passed by House of Delegates

Del. R. Steven Landes, (R-Weyers Cave) today highlighted his legislation that has been passed in the House of Delegates.


Save Our Towns program shows Walmart’s effect on two towns

A new monthly episode of Save Our Towns goes out to leaders in Virginia’s Appalachian region this week, this one also touching on West Virginia with a look at the border towns of Bluefield. You might be surprised at the different ways the two towns reacted to overtures from Walmart.

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VCU unveils new health system brand

Virginia Commonwealth University has adopted a new brand to celebrate the rich legacy of its health system and its continuing commitment to world-class care.


Virginia Municipal League announces winners of the 2015 Achievement Awards in Local Government

The Virginia Municipal League announced on Monday the winners of its annual achievement awards for excellence in local government.

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UVA offers first special ed master’s program in Northern Virginia

According to the Virginia Department of Education, the No. 1 need in Virginia public schools is for special education teachers.

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Mark Obenshain: Photo ID is under attack

On Friday, a motion to intervene was filed on my behalf asking a United States District Court to add me as a defendant in litigation filed by Democrats challenging the constitutionality of Virginia’s voter identification law.

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UVA women’s soccer picked second in ACC in preseason poll

The preseason accolades continued to roll in for the Virginia women’s soccer team as seniors Makenzy Doniak and Emily Sonnett were tabbed for preseason All-ACC honors by the league coaches, the Atlantic Coast Conference office announced on Thursday.

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Interstate 64 to close Saturday night at Ivy Exit 114

The Virginia Department of Transportation will close Interstate 64 at mile marker 114 in eastern Albemarle County from 11 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday to perform maintenance work to bridges that span Route 637 (Dick Woods Road).


TE Connectivity to invest $9 million to expand operation in Hampton

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a global leader in connectivity, will invest $9 million to expand its sensor solutions operations (formerly known as Measurement Specialties, Inc.) in the City of Hampton.


Hurt, Kaine, Warner, Griffith introduce bill to promote economic development, reform permitting process

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia), along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia), recently introduced the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act (H.R. 3434 and S. 1914) in both houses of Congress.


Governor McAuliffe announces across-the-board improvement on SOLs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that student scores on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests have improved significantly since last year.


Governor McAuliffe announces partnership with Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday the Go Global with Coal & Energy Technology (GGCET) program, a collaboration of the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) as a result of the Governor’s 2014 Energy Plan.

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Andy Schmookler: Is Mark Obenshain Virginia’s Scott Walker?

Months ago, when I publicly characterized the Virginia state senator from my district as “the man who would be Virginia’s Scott Walker,” I had no idea that there was or would be any direct connection between those two politicians.


Governor McAuliffe announces agreement to continue operation of the Virginia Commercial Space Authority

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week an agreement has been reached between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Orbital ATK regarding repair costs and insurance coverage following the October 2014 launch mishap that damaged portions of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS).


Virginia Tech researchers show cancer markers may arise early during human development

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have uncovered a link between the genomes of cells originating in the neural crest and development of tumors — a discovery that could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

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Route 635 in Augusta County closing nightly Aug. 9-13 at Route 608 intersection

Route 635 (Augusta Farms Road) will be closed at the intersection of Route 608 (Tinkling Springs Road) in the Fishersville area of Augusta County nightly from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, August 9, to Thursday, August 13, to replace a portion of the road.

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Randy Forbes: The empty chair

Today is not Veterans Day. It’s not Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July. On those days, America pauses. We take a moment to recognize our servicemembers, honor the fallen, and reflect on the sacrifices of those who have worn this country’s uniform both past and present.

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Bob Goodlatte: Reining in red tape

Regulations and red tape continue to stream down from the federal government. Under the Obama Administration, on average, 82 major rules – those with economic impacts of $100 million or more – have been filed each year.

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Republicans challenge McAuliffe on voter access

Over 90 percent of the more than 1,200 public comments submitted regarding Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed voter registration changes are in opposition, according to a House of Delegates analysis.

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Staunton VDOT District Traffic Alert: July 6-10

The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties: Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke.