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  • Transportation secretary lays out plan to toll I-64 HOV lanes

    05/07/2017 7:57:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    WAVY 10 On Your Side ^ | April 11-12, 2017 | WAVY Web Staff and Andy Fox
    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne on Wednesday discussed a plan to ease congestion in Hampton Roads — but it comes with a cost to some. In October, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to allow VDOT to convert eight miles of HOV lanes on I-64 into toll lanes. The conversion to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes or express lanes will impact the stretch of I-64 from the I-264 interchange up to Interstate 564. Solo drivers will be able to use the lanes for the first time during peak hours, but they will have to pay a...
  • In GOP primary, Wagner runs on gas tax increase

    04/12/2017 10:52:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Press ^ | April 11, 2017 | Travis Fain
    State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican candidate for governor, said Monday he'd like to turn much of U.S. 58 into an interstate as part of his plan to juice transportation construction in Virginia with an increase in the gas tax. The increase, part of a tiered plan that would charge more per gallon when prices are low, then roll back the rate when prices rise, wouldn't just affect rates in Hampton Roads or Northern Virginia, which have regional taxes. It would be statewide in implementation and effect, Wagner said. Wagner is charting an unusual course in this GOP primary: running...
  • Could treated sewage be a tool against sea-level rise? [AGW doomage]

    01/14/2017 7:15:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2017 9:31 AM EST | Ben Finley
    Scientists say treated wastewater could help Virginia’s coast respond to rising seas. A local sanitation department for the Hampton Roads region wants to start injecting the water deep underground instead of dumping it in rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. The U.S. Geological Survey says the water could likely expand the sandy aquifer underground, causing the ground to rise. …
  • Aubrey Layne: Trump's infrastructure plan is no magic bullet

    01/05/2017 7:16:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 30, 2016 | Aubrey Lane
    PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump has proposed a $1 trillion plan to fix America’s infrastructure. It relies on public-private partnerships as its primary source of financing. Our country’s complex transportation network needs an overhaul, but private investment is not the answer, mainly because of the returns that investors expect. Public-private partnerships can be an excellent procurement tool, but selecting the right project is key. Virginia has been a national leader in such deals since the General Assembly passed the Public Private Partnership Act in 1995. The law was designed for the partnerships to be used as an option for certain projects if...
  • I-73 is not an easy sell

    10/06/2016 10:09:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Martinsville Bulletin ^ | October 2, 2016 | Ben R. Williams
    There’s a famous old fable known as “Belling the Cat.” For those who haven’t heard it, it goes like this: A bunch of mice are threatened by a vicious cat, and they call a council to figure out how to solve the problem. One mouse proposes that they place a bell around the cat’s neck. That way, they’ll hear the cat approaching and have plenty of time to run and hide. The mice applaud the plan. They love the plan. It’s a great plan. One mouse asks who’s going to volunteer to place the bell around the cat’s neck. Suddenly,...
  • Students Suspended For Playing With Pellet Gun in Own Front Yard, One Mother Called Because It Made

    09/24/2013 10:37:23 AM PDT · by matt04 · 40 replies
    WAVY, the NBC affiliate in Hampton Roads, Virginia asks “has zero tolerance gone too far?” as it reports this story: A suspended seventh grade Virginia Beach student will find out soon if he is expelled for the rest of the year for shooting an airsoft gun. Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus. The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop;...
  • Bob McDonnell’s “Road for Nobody” near Hampton Roads insults Northern Virginia

    01/31/2013 1:04:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert McCartney
    A few years ago, Alaska’s proposed “Bridge to Nowhere” became a national symbol of wasteful government spending on little-needed projects. Now Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has pushed through his own version of this embarrassment, a $1.4 billion highway outside Hampton Roads that qualifies as a “Road for Nobody.” McDonnell has perplexed people across the state by his insistence on adding a tolled, four-lane highway parallel to U.S. 460. It will stretch for 55 miles from Petersburg, a Richmond suburb, southeast to Suffolk. The deal signed in December to build the road is especially insulting to traffic-jammed Northern Virginia, where...
  • U.Va. Institute Assists Citizens with Sea-Level Rise Issues on Virginia's Coast [Gag Me!]

    08/21/2012 12:23:14 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 21 replies
    University of Virginia, UVA Today, UVA Facebook ^ | 20 Aug 2012 | University of Virginia
    U.Va. Institute Assists Citizens with Sea-Level Rise Issues on Virginia's Coast August 20, 2012 — Virginia's largest city may get up to 45,000 acres smaller over the next century, due to an anticipated 2.3 to 5.2 feet of relative sea-level rise expected in Virginia Beach – a rise that would also impact the entire Hampton Roads region and the Eastern Shore. Recognizing the challenges this will pose, the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation is assisting citizens and decision-makers in long-range planning. Under director Frank Dukes, associate director Tanya Denckla Cobb and graduate associate Melissa Keywood – all from...
  • VDOT Conducting Bridge & Tunnel Inspections (earthquake)

    08/24/2011 5:14:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    WRIC ^ | August 23, 2011 | VDOT Press Release
    Release from VDOT: RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation today dispatched inspection teams to bridges and tunnels across the state soon after the 5.9 magnitude earthquake to assess any potential damage. Currently, no damage has been confirmed to bridges, tunnels or roads. Inspections are expected to continue for 24 hours. All four tunnels in the Hampton Roads area (Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, Downtown Tunnel and Midtown Tunnel), as well as Virginia's two mountain tunnels on Interstate 77 have been inspected with no sign of damage. VDOT's Culpeper and Fredericksburg Districts did report some minor damage to buildings....
  • Virginia Tea Party draws big media attention

    06/06/2010 5:35:50 AM PDT · by ToughLove · 372+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | June 6, 2010 | ToughLove
    After stirring the political pot in the VA-2 GOP primary, the Hampton Roads Tea Party takes the spotlight in a major newspaper article. The No-Longer-Silent Majority will be heard! http://hamptonroads.com/2010/06/hampton-roads-tea-party-gains-clout-after-scrappy-start
  • This could be a big Tea party move

    05/24/2010 8:22:44 AM PDT · by ToughLove · 2 replies · 353+ views
    PubliusForum ^ | May 24, 2010 | ToughLove
    Word is spreading about the pending announcement by the Hampton Roads Tea Party (SE Virginia) regarding which GOP candidate its Board will endorse in the widely watched VA-2 congressional primary. Warner Todd Huston's PubliusForum has picked up the story. This could be such a big deal that the announcement of the announcement is getting big play.
  • Virginia Tea Party takes the next big step

    05/24/2010 4:06:53 AM PDT · by ToughLove · 4 replies · 290+ views
    http://hrteaparty.com/ ^ | May 24, 2010 | ToughLove
    Inside sources had it right - the Tea Party in SE Virginia is about to jump into the GOP Congressional race there in a big way. Question is - who'll be their pick in the crowded field of candidates? Here's the announcement on their web site: TEA PARTY BOARD TO ANNOUNCE ENDORSEMENT IN SECOND DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE Continuing to build upon the strength and momentum of successful Tea Party activism around the country, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Tea Party (HRTP) will announce its candidate endorsement in Virginia's Second District Congressional race. The candidate backed by the...
  • Virginia Beach TEA Party

    04/16/2009 4:18:35 AM PDT · by tgusa · 16 replies · 631+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 16, 2009 | Deirdre Fernandes
    This wasn’t your great, great, great, great-grandfather’s Boston Tea Party. There were some protesters dressed in Colonial garb and a handful of men in wigs, but the Hampton Roads Tax Day Tea Party also drew small business owners, realtors, retirees, stay-at-home moms and children on spring break. Police officials estimate that up to 700 people gathered at Town Center Wednesday to protest government spending. They also vented against bank bailouts, socialism, restrictions on gun rights and the influence of international law.
  • Thousands more in 5 cities seek school lunch assistance

    11/30/2008 1:14:55 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 35 replies · 926+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | Nov 30, 2008 | Lauren Roth
    Across South Hampton Roads, thousands more families have signed up for subsid ized school lunches for their children. "It'd be safe to say that has somethi ng to do with the economy," said Jay Ratliff, director of food services for the Virginia Beach school system, which is serving 2,000 more free or reduced-price lunches each weekday than it served last year. In the five cities, the percentage of students getting free or subsidized lunches - generally for 40 cents or less - has risen for two years, with the largest increases this fall. The need extends beyond the school doors.
  • Light rail construction suspended for Obama rally in Norfolk

    10/28/2008 7:53:49 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 2 replies · 266+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 28, 2008 | Cindy Clayton
    Hampton Roads Transit has announced that light rail construction will be suspended at noon today at Harbor Park because of crowds anticipated for tonight’s rally with Sen. Barack Obama. No road closures or other changes have been announced by the city in anticipation of the rally, scheduled for tonight at 9:30 p.m. Already, construction crews have torn up asphalt in the A and B parking lots in front of Harbor Park’s main gate, according to an HRT news release. The lots will be the site of a station and lot where commuters can park their cars to ride on the...
  • Navy SEAL Found Dead On Golf Course (Parachuting)

    02/13/2008 5:00:34 PM PST · by decimon · 58 replies · 1,097+ views
    KPHO ^ | February 13, 2008 | Unknown
    CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL was found dead Wednesday morning on a golf course in Casa Grande. The SEAL, whose name was not released, was a Special Warfare Operator from Hampton Roads, Va. He died while conducting a parachute training operation out of Marana, about 30 miles south of Phoenix. The body was found near one of the greens shortly after 7 a.m. by a Mission Royale Golf Course maintenance worker on his morning rounds. Casa Grande police said the Navy arrived immediately to retrieve the body. "I was just coming out of the garage and...
  • ‘Human Flag’ Event Kicks Off Hampton Roads Freedom Walks

    09/11/2006 5:56:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 262+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Grieco, USN
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Sept. 11, 2006 – Servicemembers from around the Hampton Roads, Va., area came together at Mount Trashmore Park here today to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sailors from the Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron 4 stand at attention while the national anthem plays at Mount Trashmore Park, in Virginia Beach, during the 9/11 Hampton Roads Remembers ceremony. More than 1,200 people attended the event to help construct a human flag and remember the tragic events that took place Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by Seaman Kiona McKissack, USN  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The servicemembers, along...
  • America Supports You: Virginia Region Gears Up for 9/11 Freedom Walks

    08/04/2006 6:01:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 617+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Monca Berrera
    WASHINGTON, August 4, 2006 -- Eighteen cities and counties in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region are planning Freedom Walks to commemorate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and show support for veterans past and present. Inspired by the 2005 America Supports You Freedom Walk, in Washington, D.C., Hampton Roads and several other cities nationwide are planning their own Freedom Walks, marking the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11. Each Freedom Walk will conclude with a ceremony, featuring speeches from local officials and patriotic music. Organizers of the walks say they anticipate 500 to 1,000 people will participate in each...
  • Paper Drops 'Asian' Malkin, Too 'Anti-liberal'

    11/24/2004 8:35:26 AM PST · by Maria S · 52 replies · 2,078+ views
    Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot is dropping columnist Michelle Malkin because, according to the paper's editorial board, she's an "Asian Ann Coulter" whose columns are too "anti-liberal" and "seemingly mean-spirited." Responding to a reader's complaint about the conservative scribe, the paper's public editor, Marvin Lake, announced on Monday that "she's outta here." In quotes covered by Editor & Publisher, Lake explained that the Virginian-Pilot's editorial board had concluded that Malkin was "too stridently anti-liberal" and that readers objected to her "seemingly mean-spirited rantings and suggested that she be dropped." Malkin's meticulously researched columns have covered a variety of topics, including exposing Sen. Robert...
  • Virginia Paper Drops Columnist Malkin [Virginian-Pilot Hampton Roads: "too stridently anti-liberal"]

    11/22/2004 1:28:45 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 94 replies · 4,617+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | Nov 22, 2004 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK On daily newspapers' opinion pages, columnists come and go. But the dumping of an increasingly popular conservative at the Virginian-Pilot in Hampton Roads, Va., got more of a public airing than usual. The newspaper's public editor, Marvin Lake, announced in a column responding to a reader's complaint about editorial balance at the paper that Michelle Malkin, who had been added to give "another voice to the conservatives," had been dropped as a columnist because she was "too stridently anti-liberal." Lake explained that "readers often took issue with her seemingly mean-spirited rantings and suggested that she be dropped. Well,...