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  • Politics Top Stories McAuliffe modifies Restoration of Rights policy

    McAuliffe modifies Restoration of Rights policy

    Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced his amendments to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s process by which rehabilitated felons can have their voting rights restored after they have paid their debt to society. When it takes effect on April 21, the new policy will make the restoration of rights process more transparent by providing Virginians with a list of the offenses that require a waiting period before an offender can apply to have his or her rights restored. It will also empower […]

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  • Education Top Stories All Fairfax County schools make top schools list; Oakton in top spot

    All Fairfax County schools make top schools list; Oakton in top spot

    All Fairfax County high schools have been designated among the most demanding public schools in the country and are featured in the 2014 Washington Post list of more than 1,900 top U.S. high schools. Oakton High School had the highest ranking of FCPS high schools on the list, which is based on a formula devised by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews. Oakton was ranked 144th on the 2014 list. Rankings for other Fairfax County Public Schools are: Centreville High School, […]

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  • Politics Top Stories Moran-Connolly bill would give federal workers a 3.3% raise

    Moran-Connolly bill would give federal workers a 3.3% raise

    Reps.  Jim Moran (D-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), John Tierney (D-MA) and other House members, today introduced legislation to provide a 3.3% pay raise to federal workers. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act would provide the pay hike to all federal employees in calendar year 2015. “Federal workers deserve to be compensated for the vital role they play in the lives of millions of Americans,” Rep. Moran said. “These are the men and women finding […]

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  • Lorton Police & Crime Top Stories Dumfries man arrested in fatal I-95 shuttle bus crash

    Dumfries man arrested in fatal I-95 shuttle bus crash

    Virginia State Police have arrested a Dumfries man in connection with an early-morning accident involving a 16-passenger shuttle bus on I-95 near the Lorton exit. One bus passenger, David Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, was killed and at least one other seriously injured in the accident. The passengers on the America Transportation shuttle bus, all from Prince William County, were returning from a birthday party in D.C. and were traveling south on I-95 when, according to witnesses, a white, four-door passenger vehicle traveling […]

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  • Education Top Stories GMU names Lehigh University dean its next provost

    GMU names Lehigh University dean its next provost

    George Mason University has chosen S. David Wu, the dean of a prestigious engineering college, to be its next provost and executive vice president. Wu joins Mason after a 27-year career at Lehigh University, including the past decade as its dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. He brings a wealth of experience that will strengthen George Mason and its mission to set the standard for public universities in the 21st century, the university said in […]

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  • Education Top Stories Sen. Kaine talks STEM at NOVA

    Sen. Kaine talks STEM at NOVA

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Alexandria campus today to discuss the importance of career and technical education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs like SySTEMic Solutions, a program at NOVA that strives to equip students with the skills needed in today’s workforce. “This is a good thing for students because they are acquiring skills that are in high demand among Northern Virginia employers right now,” said Kaine. “This is a program that […]

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  • County Government Politics Top Stories Herrity: Proposed tax rate “dead on arrival”

    Herrity: Proposed tax rate “dead on arrival”

    Fairfax County voters have always been generous, approving one bond issue after another and quietly accepting steadily increasing property taxes, car taxes and a wide range of fees and taxes imposed exclusively on Northern Virginia taxpayers while sparing those in other parts of the state. But Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) thinks the Board of Supervisors’ latest budget proposal may be going a bit far. By an 8-2 vote yesterday, the board approved advertising the tax rate for fiscal year 2015 […]

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  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories Look out! Fairfax streets still icy as temps stay below freezing

    Look out! Fairfax streets still icy as temps stay below freezing

    Ice continues to be the major issue facing northern Virginia drivers and 2,000 Virginia Department of Transportation trucks today (Tuesday). “Ice is unavoidable under these conditions,” said Branco Vlacich. “We ask drivers to be alert to changing conditions, even on cleared roads, as snow and slush will melt under traffic and sunlight and refreeze in frigid temperatures.” Salt alone becomes ineffective below 20 degrees, but a salt/sand mix will be used in conjunction with traffic and sun to help the melting […]

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