N.Va. Road Construction Delayed
State Cuts Affect Work on Heavily Traveled Routes
Construction on more than a half-dozen heavily traveled routes in Northern Virginia has been delayed by local governments after state officials significantly reduced money for secondary roads.
The cuts, part of a more than $1 billion slashing of the state's transportation program, include heavily traveled commuter and neighborhood routes in the inner suburbs and connectors to new communities in the outer counties. Among the projects are the widening of Telegraph, Rolling and Centreville roads in Fairfax County, Linton Hall Road in Prince William County and Belmont Ridge Road in Loudoun County, and the refurbishing of a bridge in Arlington County.
Kilgore's Challenge in Eavesdropping
Democrats Given Deadline to Depose Him
Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore (R) challenged Democrats to question him in a lawsuit they have filed against the state Republican Party over eavesdropping on Democratic conference calls more than two years ago.
Kilgore spokesman Tucker Martin said the offer -- good for two weeks -- was an attempt to put the eavesdropping incident in the past and to see whether the lawsuit was merely a political ploy by Democrats to keep the matter in the public's mind as Kilgore campaigns for governor.
Undergraduate Costs Climb 9 Percent
In-State Tuition and Fees Increased, Report Says
In-state undergraduates will pay 9 percent more on average for tuition and fees this school year than they did last year, according to a report by the State Council of Higher Education. The average annual cost of tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia's four-year schools is $5,612, according to the report, which lists figures from the state's 15 four-year institutions, the community college system and two-year Richard Bland College.
The cost of full-time tuition, fees and room and board at Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities for this school year is: Virginia Military Institute, $13,528; College of William and Mary, $13,162; University of Virginia, $12,560; Christopher Newport University, $12,514; Virginia Commonwealth University, $12,058; Longwood University, $11,836; James Madison University, $11,592; George Mason University, $11,489; Old Dominion University, $10,974; University of Mary Washington, $10,871; Virginia State University, $10,804; Radford University, $10,648; Norfolk State University, $10,531; University of Virginia-Wise, $10,390; and Virginia Tech, $10,126.
Guilty Plea in Alexandria Egging
School Board Member's Son Faces $500 Fine
James J. Luby Jr., the 19-year-old son of Alexandria School Board member Melissa W. Luby, pleaded guilty in Alexandria General District Court to a destruction of property charge for throwing eggs at the home of a parent trying to have the teenager's mother removed from the board. Luby is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the Class 3 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of $500.
Across the Region
Bay Cleanup Proposal; Metro Train Stranded
* The U.S Environmental Protection Agency proposed a multibillion-dollar effort to limit pollution from sewage treatment plants that feed into the Chesapeake Bay.
* Heavy rains stranded a Red Line Metro train late Tuesday and knocked out communications and electronics so controllers didn't realize the train was marooned.