Pr. William Struts Over Income Rank
Census Study Puts County Third in Nation
Prince William County has caught up to its richer neighbors in the region, according to recent Census Bureau figures.
The numbers show that the county has a median household income of nearly $83,000 -- about a $12,000 jump in one year. The Census Bureau ranks the county third in the nation in median household income, behind Somerset County, N.J., and Howard County.
The data are based on an annual national survey of about 800,000 households. Statistically, the bureau says, there is no significant difference among the Top 10, which also includes Montgomery and Fairfax counties.
Earning College Credit Early Streamlined
Plan Will Honor High School Advanced Courses
Virginia students will find it easier to collect college credit before graduating from high school thanks to an agreement signed by representatives of 63 of the state's public and private universities and community colleges.
High school students could bank as many as 13 credit hours -- the equivalent of one semester's worth of courses -- by taking accelerated classes in biology, psychology or U.S. history. The partnership guarantees that Virginia colleges will honor the credits high school students earn in Advanced Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate program or classes at community colleges, starting this year.
Case of Missing Ex-Wife Gets New Trial
Prosecutor Cleared, Judge Removed in Lentz Suit
A federal appeals court granted a new trial for former naval intelligence officer Jay E. Lentz on charges of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife, ruling that the jury that convicted him had seen evidence never admitted in the case.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit also threw out the trial judge's finding that the lead prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D. Mellin, had deliberately placed the evidence in the jury room. The court said the judge made "a rather broad leap" based on a lack of evidence and "clearly erroneous" logic. The appeals court also took the rare step of removing the judge, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, from the case.
GOP Legislators Pitch Transportation Plan
Borrowing Against Insurance Tax Revenue Urged
A group of Republican legislators from Northern Virginia announced a plan to borrow billions against insurance tax revenue to finance roads and rail in the state, the first such proposal for a 2005 General Assembly session that lawmakers say will be dominated by efforts to raise money for transportation.
Backers said they released their plan Tuesday, a full four months before the legislature meets, because they wanted to lay claim to what they say will be a $700 million budget surplus and to build momentum behind their idea.
Fairfax Studies Stadium's Spillover Effect
Baseball in Loudoun Would Bring Traffic Issues
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors directed its staff to study how a proposed Major League Baseball stadium just over the Loudoun County line would affect traffic on Fairfax's already congested roads and in its nearby neighborhoods.
The possibility of a decision soon on whether Major League Baseball will come to Northern Virginia in the form of the transplanted Montreal Expos appeared to spur the supervisors to explore how the proposed 42,500-seat stadium and surrounding development would affect their community. The study comes after Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (I-At Large), in an unusual visit to the Fairfax board, said he understood that the stadium's impact would be felt beyond Loudoun.