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U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., along with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va. and U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., announced last week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is allocating $235.6 million to Buchanan County and $51.3 million to Dickenson County for new flood risk reduction projects.


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Forest Service seeks information on vandalism, trash dumping at High Knob Tower



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The U.S. Forest Service is seeing an increase in illegal activity that is damaging national forest lands across southwest Virginia and is asking for the public’s help in reporting such incidents.


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Dickenson County mobile home fire contained to single building

DICKENSON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) - Crews were out in 16-degree weather on Tuesday night battling a mobile home fire in Dickenson County, Virginia.


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Norton, Va. — Seven local governments in Southwest Virginia have passed resolutions calling on the state’s congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would reauthorize funding program to reclaim abandoned coal mines. The town of Pound, in Wise County, passed a resolution last night, becoming the 7th Virginia locality to do so in less than two months. The others are St. Paul, Norton, Big Stone Gap, Dungannon, Haysi, and Appalachia.



'Swallowed by Opioids'? A New Look at Appalachian 'Deaths of Despair'

Ever since Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University coined the term "deaths of despair" in their 2015 study on rising mortality rates among working class whites, the public and policymakers have been focused on the role of long-term un- and under-employment in rising levels of suicide, addiction and alcoholism among white, less-educated workers. The jobs that had sustained the white working class, it was argued, moved out and drugs and alcohol moved in. The Case-Deaton study codified an unease in the public mind that automation and international trade had deprived working class whites of jobs they had depended on for generations to achieve and maintain middle-class lives. Productive work was replaced by social collapse culminating in rising numbers of early deaths. Read more…


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Honey, have you seen the kids? They were here just a minute ago.

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