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Oyster farmers are real farmers and important part of Virginia agriculture

Oyster farmers are as important to Virginia agriculture as the farmers who plant corn and soybeans or raise beef or chicken on dry land. While all of agriculture contributes $91 billion a year to Virginia’s economy, the dockside value of the oyster harvest alone was $35.8 million in 2016, up from $28 million in 2014.

Upcoming winter weather about like last winter, the experts say at VDOT annual snow meeting

According to Lauren Mollerup, the district maintenance engineer for VDOT, this winter looks like it's shaping up to mirror last year's weather. "We're likely to have a winter, according to the National Weather Service, similar to what we had last year."

All Aboard! Intercity passenger rail service returns to the Roanoke area for first time in 40 years

DRPT, in collaboration with Amtrak, the City of Roanoke, and Norfolk Southern, has worked to bring intercity passenger rail service back to the Roanoke area for the first time in four decades. The Northeast Regional service will provide a same-seat trip to and from Roanoke and to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and other cities along the Northeast Corridor.

Attorney General reaches settlement and refund agreement with internet’s Mr. Amazing Loans

More than $265,000 is going back into the pockets of hundreds of Virginians who took out loans from Mr. Amazing Loans, a Las Vegas, Nevada based Internet lender, according to Attorney General Mark R. Herring.

Interstate 95 Express Lanes to open in Stafford County Oct. 31

A project to extend Interstate 95 Express Lanes by two miles in Stafford County, adding new northbound and southbound ramps, will open to traffic ahead of schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Construction to add 204 beds at the Adult Detention Center to begin in November

rince William Board of County Supervisors recently awarded a $39-million contract to Branch and Associatesf to expand the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center by 204 beds. Construction is expected to start in November

Autonomous car software firm to invest $3.8 million to expand R&D near Charlottesville

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that Perrone Robotics, a developer of autonomous car software, will invest $3.8 million to expand its research and development operation in Albemarle County to add to its test track and facilities.

Virginia ranked in Top 20 of Area Development’s “Top States for Doing Business”

Governor McAuliffe was quoted as saying, “Virginia is a ‘Top State for Doing Business’ because we focus on building a stronger workforce and healthier business climate, and not on divisive or discriminatory social issues. I’m proud of the success we have had so far making Virginia an even better place to live, work and run a business.”

First Lady McAuliffe, Sen. Jeremy McPike serve breakfasts to Potomac High School students Sept. 29

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, accompanied by State Senator Jeremy McPike, served breakfast to Potomac High School students in Woodbridge who stopped to get food between the first and second period of the day Sept. 29 as kickoff to her "Day of Action" campaign to fight child hunger. Every PWCS high school offers this Second Chance Breakfast, which accounts for a part of the 21,000+ breakfasts that are served Divisionwide.

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