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Aimée Surprenant appointed dean of Virginia Tech’s Graduate School

Aimée Surprenant, associate vice president and dean of the School of Graduate Studies for Memorial University of Newfoundland, will serve as the new dean of Virginia Tech’s Graduate School, effective Sept. 1. 

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Virginia gas prices hold steady over past week

Virginia gas prices are unchanged in the past week, averaging $2.98/gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.

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Earth Talk: AI to the rescue for conservation

AI tools are extremely precise in the more statistical and analytical elements of conservation, whether it’s detecting complex patterns or making mathematical calculations.

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Scientists tie improved learning processes to reduced symptoms of depression

Virginia Tech scientists with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC have identified neural learning processes to be associated with symptoms of depression.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech community exceeds 2021 Lights Out!/Power Down! goal

For the 12th year in a row, the Virginia Tech community exceeded its goal during the annual Lights Out!/Power Down! event held on June 24 on the Blacksburg campus.

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New Zealand man pleads guilty to production of child pornography

A New Zealand man pleaded guilty this week to production of child pornography.

Virginia Department of Health

VDH updates for advisory in Tuckahoe Creek, James River

The Virginia Department of Health is issuing an update for the recreational water advisory issued July 29 for Tuckahoe Creek and the James River.

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Delta variant, high gas prices rerouting plans for remaining summer travel

Summer travel has hit a roadblock this year, but not in the amount of people driving. It’s in the distance people are willing to go.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Board of Visitors members reappointed

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced the reappointment of two members to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. 

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Sunglasses and sunscreen: How to beat the heat this summer

Slathering on sunscreen isn’t only for a day at the beach; it’s just as essential on the farm and at other outdoor work settings.


State Police investigating fatal crash in Warren County

Virginia State Police Trooper W. Diberardine is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Warren County.

Virginia Employment Commission

New Virginia unemployment claims down slightly over past week

For the filing week ending July 24, the figure for seasonally unadjusted initial unemployment claims in Virginia was 6,178, a decrease of 126 claimants from the previous week.

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VDH issues recreational water advisory for Tuckahoe Creek, parts of James River

The Virginia Department of Health is issuing a recreational water advisory for all of Tuckahoe Creek beginning at River Road, and the James River from Robious Landing Park in Chesterfield, Goochland and Henrico counties to Belle Isle in the City of Richmond. 


Peak-season peaches available throughout Virginia

Peaches are at their sweetest in midsummer, and Virginia-grown varieties are available now at local farm stands, farmers markets and orchards.

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Underwater grass abundance in Chesapeake Bay falls for second straight year

In 2020, the preliminary figure of 62,169 acres of underwater grasses was mapped in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, achieving 48 percent of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s 2025 restoration target of 130,000 acres.


AARP awards six community grants in Virginia as part of nationwide program

AARP announced six Virginia organizations will receive 2021 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.2 million awarded among 244 organizations nationwide.

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Iconic Virginia Diner to invest $4.5M to grow manufacturing, distribution operation

Virginia Diner will invest $4.5 million to nearly double production of its iconic gourmet peanuts.

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Settlement agent sentenced for misappropriating closing funds

The former president of an escrow and title company was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison for misappropriating $715,000 of closing funds in connection with 48 real estate transactions for which she served as the settlement agent.

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U.S. News names VCU Medical Center best hospital in Richmond metro area

U.S. News & World Report has recognized VCU Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in the Richmond metro area for the 11th year in a row, according to its newest Best Hospitals rankings.

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Summer interns gain hands-on learning in Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 testing lab

While the rest of us avoid COVID-19, 20 college students and medical laboratory technicians signed up this summer for a closer look at the many forms of detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Mega-warehouses: A next-day-delivery economy, but at what price?

If you have ordered something online and been amazed when it arrives at your doorstep the next day, you can probably thank a super-sized warehouse.

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Inside the Numbers: Get vaccinated already!

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Virginia continues on a downward slope from the springtime high, and, no surprise, our case numbers are climbing with the delta variant taking root.

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Passport processing delays disrupting travel plans

A significant increase in the time it is taking the State Department to process passports is forcing many travelers to postpone previously booked vacations.

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Gas prices up slightly in Virginia, down nationally

Virginia gas prices have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98/gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia.

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WWII TBM Avenger to fly at Nags Head Aug. 19-20

The Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will celebrate National Aviation Day on Aug. 19 by flying its 1945 General Motors TBM Avenger torpedo bomber over Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture honors authors

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is recognizing the authors of the best article to appear in its quarterly journal, as well as an author of a work in the field of Virginia biography.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech COVID-19 testing operation demonstrates the power, versatility of academic labs

In the early days of the pandemic, scientists at Virginia Tech created a COVID-19 testing laboratory and novel test for the virus from scratch.  

Virginia Department of Veterans Services

Virginia Department of Veterans Services Military Medics and Corpsmen Program honored

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services Military Medics and Corpsmen program has been chosen as a winner of the 2021 State Transformation in Action Recognition Award.