Baliles Proposes Beltway, Interstate Tolls
$1 Billion Annually Would Fund Road Projects
Former Virginia governor Gerald L. Baliles (D) proposed charging tolls on the Capital Beltway and Interstates 66, 95 and 395, as well as on dozens of other roads across the state, to raise $1 billion annually to solve the state's transportation problems.
The plan calls for charging an 85-cent toll at 38 spots on interstate highways. Baliles said the toll revenue would fund several much-needed projects, including widening the Beltway and other major commuter routes in Northern Virginia.
Warner Will Not Seek Allen's Seat
Governor Thought to Be Pondering Presidential Bid
Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner announced that he will not challenge Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) next year. Observers said the decision leaves the governor free to explore a presidential bid.
Warner (D) said he does not want to be distracted by campaigning against Allen during the final four months of his administration. Virginia bars governors from running for consecutive terms.
Warner said he is committed to finding a viable opponent for Allen.
Day Laborer Charged With Murder
Fairfax Contractor's Body Burned After Stabbing
A day laborer from Annandale has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a Fairfax County contractor who hired him to work in a Chevy Chase home, police said.
The slaying occurred after the laborer stole stereo equipment and jewelry from the house where they were working, court records say. According to a search warrant affidavit, Carlos H. Bustamante Medieta, 29, admitted killing Hak Bong Kim in Chevy Chase, taking his body to Annandale and trying to dispose of it by burning it in a pit.
The smoldering body of Kim, 55, was discovered Aug. 15 in the woods near St. Michael's Catholic Church off Ravensworth Road.
State's Math SAT Scores Jump
Va.'s Combined Average Tops Md. by Four Points
Virginia schools reported a five-point increase in math SAT scores -- the largest gain by any state where a majority of students take the college entrance exam. In Virginia, 73 percent of students took the test.
Virginia's combined average SAT score of 1030 exceeded Maryland's average of 1026, reversing the states' relative standing from last year.
Warner Restricts Cold Medicine Sales
Limits Prompted by Methamphetamine Role
Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) signed an executive order to restrict the sale of over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, which can be used to make methamphetamines.
The regulations, which will take effect by Oct. 1, restrict the amount of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine that a person can purchase in a 30-day period. In addition, buyers will have to show identification and must sign for the drugs, which retailers will be required to keep behind counters.
House Speaker William J. Howell (Stafford) and other Republican legislators said they will introduce legislation to make such restrictions a state law.
Group Sues Herndon Over Day-Labor Site
Plan Would Draw Illegal Immigrants, Suit Says
A conservative legal group sued the town of Herndon to try to block a regulated site where day laborers can wait to be hired, saying the plan would attract immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Six Herndon residents are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The suit, brought on residents' behalf by the advocacy group Judicial Watch, alleges that the Town Council violated federal and state laws last month when it voted to approve a site for the laborers.
The group hopes to set a national precedent in the case.