A dream of a new bridge to Maryland; Norfolk Southern’s possible new headquarters; a man lost in a landfill and more

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    Local Virginia leaders are ready for a new bridge into Maryland

    Loudon County leaders are ready to find another way across the Potomac River into Montgomery County, Md.

    Loudoun leaders picked two future crossing locations out on Tuesday, but will hold off making any more plans because Maryland leaders have been less excited about the idea.

    The area needs an alternative to the American Legion Memorial Bridge, said Loudon Supervisor Matt Letourneau. The bridge is part of I-495 which circles Washington D.C. and connects Virginia to Maryland. It’s frequently jammed with traffic.

    “I think many citizens in Maryland do agree,” Letourneau told WTOP.  “There’s a reluctance for some in government, particularly in Montgomery County, to explore this option.”

    Read more about Loudoun’s moves to plan for a new bridge here.

    More news:

    • A 31-year-old man fatally shot himself outside of a Richmond courthouse Wednesday morning. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    • Seven Virginia Indian tribes celebrated their long roads to federal recognition Wednesday with visits from federal officials at Werowocomoco, the former home of Chief Powhatan and Pocahontas in Gloucester. – The Daily Press
    • A Florida company will get to construct Culpepper County’s first major solar energy project after it was approved by county leaders yesterday. The project will last 40 years and generate more than a million dollars in revenue for the county. “We need to embrace clean energy” one county supervisor said. “It’s not rocket science.” – Culpepper Star-Exponent
    • After some speculation, Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said railroad company Norfolk Southern is likely only two weeks away from announcing a plan to relocate its headquarters to Atlanta. The company employs about 1,000 in Hampton Roads and 4,000 across the state. – The Virginian-Pilot
    • Law enforcement agencies in the southwestern part of the state thought a man known to dig through dumpsters was accidentally dumped in a landfill. Officers searched for the missing man and couldn’t find him, but are taking a break from the search, now confident he’s not in the landfill. – Bristol Herald Courier
    • The Virginia Department of Social Services announced a new policy this week to inspect religiously affiliated daycare centers around the state. Those centers are exempt from licensure and aren’t supposed to receive state subsidies.- WVEC
    • Danville officials are considering providing free bus service for its residents on Election Day. Buses would run their normal routes and the city’s manager estimates the city would lose about $1,200 for the day. – The Danville Register & Bee
    • A new study has found it cost Virginia localities $830,000 last year to detain people wanted by the federal government for immigration violations. – WVTF
    • A Goochland County supervisor apologized after posting a tweet on Tuesday that some users read as a threat to “reload” on protestors at the nation’s Capitol. Manuel Alvarez Jr. said the tweet was a “bad off the cuff response.” – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    • The state has added two natural areas in Southwest Virginia and the Eastern Shore to its Natural Area Preservers System. The program is meant to protect rare or declining plant and animal species. – Associated Press
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    Mechelle Hankerson
    Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.