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  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories Round 2: Another winter storm expected Tuesday morning

    Round 2: Another winter storm expected Tuesday morning

    Today’s early winter storm was mostly sleet and ice. Tomorrow? Snow, two to four inches of it, the National Weather Service says. Sometime between 4 to 6 a.m Tuesday, the storm will start as a mix of sleet and snow, changing to all snow later in the morning. Snow is expected to continue falling through the afternoon from about 2 to 4 p.m. Stay tuned to weather forecasts for the latest. Government and courts operating status will be announced later when available. This is a good […]

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  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories Wintry mix clears … for now; Fairfax schools, courts, some parks, libraries closed

    Wintry mix clears … for now; Fairfax schools, courts, some parks, libraries closed

    Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today (Monday) as the area deals with the early winter storm that has brought rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow to the region. More than 2,000 salt trucks and plows have been working to keep roads passable in northern Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Crews are plowing as well as heavily salting roads and will continue to do so through the Monday morning rush hours. While roads are passable, ramps, bridges […]

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  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories VDOT, Metro prepare for icy Sunday

    VDOT, Metro prepare for icy Sunday

    VDOT and Metro are preparing for the predicted blast of snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday. VDOT crews are pre-treating roads in northern Virginia today in advance of snow, sleet and freezing rain forecast for tomorrow. Drivers should watch for slow-moving vehicles pre-treating roads through this evening. Metro, meanwhile, has canceled all track work tomorrow to free crews for weather-related chores. The system will operate on a regular weekend schedule. VDOT said that by 8 a.m. Sunday, almost 800 trucks […]

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  • Education Top Stories School Board votes to acquire office building for use as elementary school

    School Board votes to acquire office building for use as elementary school

    The Fairfax County School Board has adopted a resolution approving the proposed public use of a five-story office building in the Seven Corners area as an elementary school, designed to provide enrollment relief for the severely overcrowded Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences. The Board resolution approves the use of the property at 6245 Leesburg Pike in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County as an elementary school and directs the superintendent or assistant superintendent for facilities and […]

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  • County Government Top Stories Fairfax County adopts new noise law for residential areas

    Fairfax County adopts new noise law for residential areas

    Fairfax County has a new noise ordinance but it’s only temporary, thanks to a court ruling against Virginia Beach’s noise law. Fairfax supervisors say will conduct a “comprehensive overhaul” of noise ordinances. The new noise law, which went into effect immediately, is limited to residential areas. The new law only applies to noise within residential buildings and areas — not sounds coming from commercial, industrial and government properties. Dog parks are not covered, for example. Also, it only applies to noises that […]

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  • Education Top Stories NOVA honored as “Champion of Access and Success”

    NOVA honored as “Champion of Access and Success”

    The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), an organization celebrating 20 years of promoting access to and success in higher education for all students, announced today Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) as a recipient of its inaugural IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards.  NOVA received the “Institutional Champions of Access and Success Award” for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence, and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled, and other underserved students. As a recipient of […]

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  • Top Stories Transportation Night closures on Rtes. 50, 29, I-95 this week

    Night closures on Rtes. 50, 29, I-95 this week

    Drivers can expect nightly lane closures after Thanksgiving weekend. Crews will begin setting one full-span overhead sign structure and several cantilever sign structures. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.: Route 50 northbound (Arlington Boulevard) is scheduled to close two lanes from Williams Drive to Gallows Road. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.: Route 50 northbound (Arlington Boulevard) is scheduled to close one lane from the ramp to I-495 northbound to Fairview Park Drive. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 p.m. – 5:30 […]

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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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