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  • Top Stories Transportation Feds clear the way for I-66 expansion planning

    Feds clear the way for I-66 expansion planning

    The Federal Highway Administration has cleared a major roadblock from expanding Interstate 66 from the Beltway to Haymarket. The agency late last week approved the initial environmental impact statement, a necessary step before detailed planning and further environmental analysis can begin. “Today’s approval … gives us the green light to move forward with finding the best short and long-term solutions,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “I-66 drivers sit in frustrating stop-and-go traffic on a daily basis with unpredictable travel times and […]

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  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories “Red Flag” wildfire warning in Fairfax today

    “Red Flag” wildfire warning in Fairfax today

    The National Weather Serivce has issued a “Red Flag” warning, cautioning that high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation pose a serious danger of wildfires. Here is the text of the warning: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR THE POTENTIAL OF RAPID WILDFIRE GROWTH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM EST THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * HUMIDITY…25 TO 30 PERCENT. * WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 […]

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  • Politics Top Stories Rep. Connolly named “Tech Champion of the Year”

    Rep. Connolly named “Tech Champion of the Year”

    Congressman Gerry Connolly was named “Tech Champion of the Year” Thursday night at an awards ceremony featuring leaders from the federal and private sector information technology community. Connolly (D-VA) was the sole recipient of Fedscoop’s Tech Champion award.  The award recognized Connolly “as a leader whose passion for tech made us all think out of the box.”  Connolly and winners of the Fedscoop 50 awards were selected by a voting process that involved members of the public and private sector IT community […]

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  • Politics Top Stories Senate limits filibuster, hoping to speed judicial confirmations

    Senate limits filibuster, hoping to speed judicial confirmations

    Senate Democrats today pushed through a rules change that limits the use of the filibuster, in an attempt to speed up judicial nominations that have been blocked by Republicans. Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine joined the vote to limit filibusters, citing the case of Pattie Millett, a judicial nominee from Virginia. “Today I joined a majority of my Senate colleagues in taking an important step to ensure highly-qualified, non-controversial judicial nominees, including Virginia’s own Pattie Millett, are given the up-or-down vote […]

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  • County Government Top Stories Library board scraps proposed changes after public outcry

    Library board scraps proposed changes after public outcry

    Fairfax County libraries will stay as-is, at least for now, after the Board of Supervisors accepted a recommendation from the Library Board of Trustees that proposed changes be stopped, pending further study and public input. “Libraries are a very important part of our community and hold a special place in many … residents’ hearts. Changes made to the county’s library system need to be done carefully and with a great deal of public input,” said Braddock District Supervisor John C. […]

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  • Police & Crime Politics Top Stories Sen. Creigh Deeds stabbed at his home, his son killed

    Sen. Creigh Deeds stabbed at his home, his son killed

    Creigh Deeds, a Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate, remains at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville today after being stabbed numerous times at his Bath County Home. His son, Gus, 24, died of a gunshot wound at the scene. Details of the incident remain unclear. “Investigators are working now on confirming the motive and actual sequence of events that took place at the residence this morning,” said Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police spokesperson. “There is still a great deal of work to […]

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  • Politics Top Stories McAuliffe names bipartisan transition committee

    McAuliffe names bipartisan transition committee

    Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe announced his “Common Ground for Virginia” Transition Committee today, a bipartisan group of Virginians from all regions of the Commonwealth who will work with McAuliffe over the next two months. “I am honored to work with this bipartisan group of leaders representing a variety of backgrounds, political persuasions, and regions across the Commonwealth to build a strong and diverse administration that will help me bring Virginians together to grow our economy,” said McAuliffe. “The challenges we face […]

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  • Politics Top Stories Virginians on board with addressing climate change, poll finds

    Virginians on board with addressing climate change, poll finds

    Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, participated in the release of new data showing a broad consensus on climate change and policies to cut greenhouse gas emission prepared by Stanford University Professor Jon Krosnick. “House Republicans are keeping their heads in the sand on this issue, but the citizens of Virginia know better,” said Rep. Moran. “We know that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gas were not caused by natural factors. We know that the severe temperatures and extreme weather events of […]

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