Hanley Ponders Moran's Job
She Won't Seek Reelection as Fairfax Leader
Democrat Katherine K. Hanley will not seek reelection as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman in November because she is considering a run for Congress in Virginia's 8th District next year.
Hanley, 60, said she would not run for reelection while she explores challenging Rep. James P. Moran Jr. in a Democratic primary in 2004.
Warner Signs Drunk Driver Bills
Measures Set Mandatory Fines, Jail Terms
Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) signed a series of bills designed to get tough on drunk drivers by increasing fines, mandating jail terms and providing for the revocation of drivers' licenses.
Two of the bills impose minimum fines that start at $250 for a first offense and range to $1,000 for a third or subsequent conviction. Another bill requires a minimum jail term of five days for the conviction of a drunk driver who has a passenger age 17 or younger.
N.Va. to Get Medical School Campus
Inova Gets Grant for Health Education Center
Inova Health System was awarded a $5 million challenge grant to build a health education center in Fairfax to house Northern Virginia's first medical school.
The grant was given by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, which said its goal is to expand the medical knowledge of Virginia health care professionals and to provide training. The center, which will be built on the campus of Inova Fairfax Hospital, will be the home of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine-Inova Division and is expected to welcome its first class of students in June 2005.
Protesters Pressure Governor
Veto Sought of Bills Affecting Illegal Immigrants
Protesters rallied in a park across from Gov. Mark R. Warner's Alexandria home Tuesday, urging him to veto legislation that would prohibit illegal immigrants from getting Virginia driver's licenses and in-state college tuition.
The demonstrators, mostly Hispanic immigrants, criticized Warner (D) for not coming out strongly against the two bills, which passed by wide margins last month in the Republican-controlled legislature. A Warner spokeswoman said the governor, who has until Monday to act on the bills, is close to a decision, but she declined to elaborate.
Extending Metro in Stages
State Wants $600 Million for Tysons Segment
Virginia has asked Congress for $600 million to help extend Metrorail to Tysons Corner, marking the first time the state has conceded publicly that a rail line along the fast-growing Dulles Corridor will have to be built piecemeal.
The request, which was submitted last week, asks only for money to build the rail project's "first segment" and heeds warnings from the Bush administration in December that the full $4 billion line to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun was too costly and would carry too few riders to win federal approval.
Across the Region
Disaster Aid Requests; Doubts About Zoo Review
* Virginia, Maryland and the District are seeking a total of nearly $130 million in federal aid to cover the costs of storm-related damage and snow removal from last month's Presidents' Day weekend snowstorm, officials said. Virginia is seeking more than $70 million; Maryland, $55 million; and the District, about $4 million.
* The National Academy of Sciences, the nonprofit organization that was recruited by a congressional committee to perform an independent review of animal deaths at the National Zoo, is part of a joint business venture with the Smithsonian Institution, which runs the zoo. Officials of the National Humane Society of the United States expressed concern that a study of the animal deaths would accomplish little unless it were done by independent reviewers.