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ROANOKE— A rapidly growing neighborhood that’s sprung up in downtown Roanoke has reversed decades of population loss and revitalized previously vacant buildings.The influx of new residents, however, have complicated policy decisions in a district that’s traditionally been home to citywide and regional public services. And as to the question...
Virginia transit officials flew out to California earlier this year to check out a tunnel dug by Elon Musk’s Boring Company and, well, they think the state should stick with traditional railways and roads for now.“It’s a car in a very small tunnel,” Michael McLaughlin, Virginia’s chief of rail...
Old Order Mennonites dress plain, rely on horse and buggies for transportation and, for the most part, don’t want their picture taken.It’s meant most members of the community don’t have state-issued identification cards – a situation Virginia is set to remedy this year with the passage of legislation allowing...
To get to her dad's funeral, Christine Wilson had to crawl under a stalled train so she could be there on time."That's dangerous, no doubt, but what do you do?" her longtime partner, Paul Shiflett, said.In their community about 15 miles east of Front Royal, a freight train regularly stops in...
Supporters of hands-free driving legislation that fell apart in the final hours of this year's legislative session are hoping Gov. Ralph Northam will revive the bill."Hands free is not over," says Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, who has been working on the legislation for seven years.The governor has the power to...
Ultimately, three words led to the downfall of hands-free driving legislation that lawmakers hoped would finally allow police to crack down on widespread use of phones while driving.Legislation banning drivers from holding a phone for any reason passed the House.And it was poised to pass the Senate when an...
Benjamin West/ Capital News Service In October, Lt. Bradford Clark, a Hanover County firefighter, was killed when a tractor-trailer failed to “move over” as mandated by Virginia law. Now, the General Assembly plans to memorialize Clark through a specialty license plate and strengthen the state’s “move over” law. As Tropical Storm Michael...
The fiercest battle over the prospect of tolling on Interstate 81 in 2019 did not take place within the Virginia Capitol.Sure, the debate within the General Assembly over how best to fund capital improvements on the 325-mile highway that sees 42 percent of statewide interstate truck traffic left...
Both chambers of the General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that bans holding a cellphone for any reason while driving, ending years of debate and replacing a current ban on texting that police said was virtually unenforceable.Lawmakers who opposed tightening restrictions said their views have changed as they’ve encountered more...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News ServiceTeary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony.Others held framed pictures of loved ones who died in distracted driving crashes. The press...