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Long Range Planning
4:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Six Appointed to Transportation Board

Major changes are unfolding in how transportation planning takes place in Virginia. Either one-third of the 18-member Commonwealth Transportation Board have had their terms expire or were "transitioned off," according to Governor McAuliffe.  

The Governor says the six new members he’s appointing will greatly contribute to easing congestion on the roads, promoting economic development, and supporting local communities

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State Tax Code
4:10 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Tax-Equality for Same Sex Couples

 While Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is being challenged, supporters of overturning the ban are optimistic that eventually, gay and lesbian couples will have the freedoms that other married couples do. But in the meantime, some are calling on the governor, attorney general, and lawmakers to make life easier for those who were married outside of Virginia—and it's as simple as changing the state tax code. Equality Virginia is urging Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to take steps to allow married lesbian and gay couples to file their state tax returns based on their fede

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Health & Medicine
3:34 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Virginia Congressman Wants Pot Legalized for Medicinal Purposes

Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith is sponsoring a bill that would permit the use of medical marijuana in states, such as Virginia, that allow doctors to prescribe it.

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VT Research
7:06 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Perfect Stink Bug Trap is All Natural!

The scent of Cilantro may go fine with dinner, but not if it’s from a stinkbug that fell into your enchiladas.  The invasive pests are now in 41 states, the district of Columbia and Canada and several countries in Europe. 

They destroy crops and frustrate humans, with whom they share a penchant for sheltering indoors in cold weather.  Now scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with stinkbug trap you can make yourself for a couple of bucks-- that works.  

No matter how good a housekeeper you are, it’s not easy to keep stinkbugs from ruining your image.

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NTSB Investigation Begins
5:19 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lynchburg Train Derailment

Credit LuAnn Hunt, City of Lynchburg

The National Transportation Safety Board has a team in place in Lynchburg, trying to determine the cause and the environmental impact of yesterday’s CSX train derailment downtown that plunged three oil-carrying tanker cars into the James River and the resulting massive fire.

 

The NTSB says the on-scene fact-finding mission could take between several days to several weeks.  Chief Investigator Jim Southworth says many organizations are involved in what he calls a well-orchestrated industrial ballet.

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