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Next month, when state lawmakers meet for a special session to divvy up Virginia’s $4.3 billion share of American Rescue Plan funding, they’ll be faced with some easy decisions. Read more

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THUMBS-UP: On Saturday, we met Justice Murchison, a 6-year-old who lives on Kelley Street and has taken ownership of his family’s planting box at the community garden located just down the street. Read more

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Temperatures rising into the 90s is nothing new in Virginia and especially here in the Valley, when July begins its slow turn into August. Read more

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It seems incredible, but should Dr. Rahul Gupta’s nomination to become new director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy be confirmed, he will be the first physician to serve as our nation’s “drug czar.” Read more

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At the start of this year, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a zero-tolerance policy against unruly passengers on flights. Since then, more than 400 cases have reached the level of being officially investigated. More than 3,000 incidents involving unruly passengers have been repo… Read more

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THUMBS-UP: Maybe more of a thumbs-half-staff. The Shenandoah Valley region is leading the state when it comes to recovering jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia plans to invest $700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to speed up the deployment of “last-mile” broadband infrastructure to the vast underserved areas. Read more

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The Salvation Army needs to raise money to feed empty stomachs, assist families in need with utilities and meet all the critical needs in the communities they serve. To raise that money, it uses its recognizable red kettles, which need bell ringers to help bring that money in. Read more

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Something stinks about the United States Postal Service right now. And we write this with all the respect in the world for the rank-and-file employees who work tirelessly every day to make sure our mail gets stuffed in our boxes in a timely manner. Read more

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THUMBS-UP: Stuff the Bus events aren’t uncommon around here. But Mount Crawford is having its first in August and going a step further by making it a memorial event. Read more

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It seems common sense: Prisons are meant to discipline criminals by keeping them locked away from the rest of society. The function of a prison is to keep the inmates, well, imprisoned. But according to a recent Associated Press report, our nation’s minimum-security federal prison facilities… Read more

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Most of us are looking for something to do to celebrate summer — a relatively normal summer, at that. There are camps, vacations, home improvement projects, fairs and festivals … plenty to occupy active families. Consider adding something else to the list: become a blood donor. Officials wit… Read more

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It has been more than a decade since opioid abuse exploded into an epidemic in West Virginia. Shady pain clinics, pill mills and unscrupulous doctors became “legal” drug dealers as they reaped as much profit as they could before government caught on. Read more

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THUMBS-UP: It was great to see people gathering to celebrate the Fourth of July, especially after plenty of us stayed home during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago. Read more

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