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by Raphael Okure posted Oct 16 2014 1:49PM
Do you know how the Ebola virus spreads? Do you feel safe to fly? Is the government doing enough? What about the prep of local hospitals and emergency responders?
Tune into 93.3 WFLS this Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. to hear local resident's reaction and the medical facts from the Head of the Rappahannock Area Health District, Dr. Brooke Rossheim.
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by Raphael Okure posted Oct 16 2014 1:27PM
If you're a runner, you're probably excited about The Marine Corps Marathon on the 26th, but a deal on a local run starts the day before.
The lowest registration fee available for Fredericksburg's Historic Half next May 17th starts then. The Historic Half registration fee is $60 and goes up from there. Online registration will be on www.marinemarathon.com.
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by Raphael Okure posted Oct 16 2014 1:25PM
You probably know how good the food is if you've every eaten at Foode in downtown Fredericksburg and now the world knows too.
Southern Girl and co-owner Joy Crump made it through to another round on Bravo's Top Chef last night. Another University of Mary Washington graduate and DC chef was cut though. Find out what the future holds in today's Free Lance-Star.
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by Raphael Okure posted Oct 16 2014 1:19PM
We've already been told the I-95 Express Lanes will now open in December, so do you have an EZ Pass yet?
A new incentive lets the first five-thousand people to open an E-ZPass account using the "95Express" promo code from now throughNovember 15th, get a toll-free week on them early next year. Get the details at www.95ExpressLanes.com/offer.
by Raphael Okure posted Oct 16 2014 1:18PM
Dulles International Airport is one of four U.S. airports to start screening travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea today. They're looking for elevated temepratures, the first sign of Ebola. A Congressional Committee will alsobe questioning how the second nurse diagnosed in the U.S. was able to fly from Clevland back to Dallas after admitted to caring for the one man here that's died from the virus and with a slight temperature.
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Location : Dallas
by Raphael Okure posted Oct 16 2014 1:16PM
Eat a good meal, drink lots of water and get some sleep tonight and tomorrow you could help save three lives.
The Rappahannock Red Cross is hold some blood drives to help people in need. There's one tomorrow at the Southpoint Parkway donor center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and one Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m., both at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
by Raphael Okure posted Oct 16 2014 1:14PM

Sad news if you love to bet on horses and like to do it up close and personal.
The Virginia racing Commission says Colonial Downs. near Richmond, will be closing its' track on November 1st. Its' been in a long dispute to bring in anew horseman's group that was agreeable to the owner's racing plans. Colonial Downs is Virginia's only pari-mutual wagering horse track.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 16 2014 1:11PM
It's probably gonna cost you a little more to make that margarita or gin and tonic after work. Virginia's governor says the 350 state-run liquor stores will increase the price for distilled spirits, resulting in an additional $2.5 million in revenue a year. It and more layoffs to prisons and state police, are aimed at closing a gaping hole in the budget.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 16 2014 1:08PM
Have you taken your kids to the new Children's Musuem of Richmond local branch at Eagle Village in Fredericksburg? If you have, you're not alone and if you haven't, they'll be more to see.
City officials say about 30,000 people visited in the first four months, after it opened last May. Now it's added a "100 Acre Wood Festival" with scenes from "Winnie the Pooh," a real full-sized car donated by the Rosner Automotive Group in Fredericksburg. It's also in the initial plans for an outdoor play space between the museum and Planet Fitness.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 15 2014 10:52AM
Millions of people were startled by the sudden shaking from the rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Louisa back in 2011.
Tomorrow we practice, during the annual "Get Ready to Shakeout" drill, in case it happens again. Some students have even made a new You Tube video talking about their experiences. You can join the drill by registering at www.vaemergency.gov.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 15 2014 10:51AM
DC cops have issued more than 900 tickets for cars passing buses with red flashing lights this school year and it's a trend here too. Stafford Sheriff's Spokesman Bill Kennedy says you need to stop on ANY road that doesn't have a grass or concrete median or in ANY school zone. Most of the issues have come up on parts of Route 1 and Route 3.
Distracted driving adds to the problem, so put down your phone or coffee and keep your hand off the music controls.
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Topics : Education
by Raphael Okure posted Oct 15 2014 8:18AM
Tickets are available, starting today at noon, for the October 28th debate between the candidates seeking to succeed Republican Eric Cantor in Virginia's 7th District congressional race.
The debate will feature Democrat Jack Trammell and Republican Dave Brat, who stunned Cantor in the party primary. The debate will be at the Ashland campus of Randolph-Macon College, where both candidates are faculty members. Get them at www.rmc.edu.
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Topics : EducationPolitics
Location : Virginia
by Raphael Okure posted Oct 8 2014 9:09AM
Military vets and their spouses that need a job in the region, get your pen and resume ready.
The 2014 Military and Spouse Career Fair is at the National Guard Armory on Route 1 in Fredericksburg, this Friday, starting at 10:00 a.m. You'll getthe chance to talk to employment professionals and employers, circulate your resume and learn more about resources available to you and your family.
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People : Job Fair
by Raphael Okure posted Oct 8 2014 9:09AM
Have you got a toothache or maybe just need a cleaning and can't afford to pay for it? Neibauer Dental Care in Dumfries will give its' services away on the 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. You can get either a cleaning, filling or one tooth pulled, for free. It's on a first come first served basis, so call ahead for more info.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 8 2014 9:06AM
Do you have folders or cabinets full of paperwork that you don't know whether to keep or shred? Here's the deal: you need atm and deposit slips for under a week; keep credit card slips until you get a monthly statement. Hold onto pay stubs and bank statements for a year and keep paperwork to back up your tax return for seven. As for the return itself, you'll need them forever.
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 8 2014 9:05AM
You could still get charged to dump trash at the regional landfill if you life in Fredericksburg or Stafford.
Fredericksburg lawmakers are proposing $4 per visit and discounts on ten trip and annual visits. Stafford lawmakers did not approve it, but are asking the operators to balance their budget without city or county help. The final vote is in the hands of the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board. It meets again next Monday.
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 8 2014 9:04AM
Another hit likely for the folks that teach at the University of Mary Washington, thanks to more cuts to the state budget.
Two employee programs were already cut this summer, to save 130-grand a year. First, the school did a temporary freeze on raises and bonuses for getting new certificates, licenses and degrees. It also nixed tuition-assistance, starting next Spring. Now it has to look at spending less on travel and supplies too.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 8 2014 9:02AM
If you need to do business with the Spotsylvania Circuit Court Clerk, there will be a little extra time to do it starting today. To help people that work out of the area and can't come during the day, teh office will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00p.m. every Tuesday.
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 7 2014 11:02AM
Halloween is right around the corner and if your kids are bugging you about pumpkin carving time, there are lots of local farms.
Sneads on Tidewater Trail has 17 fields open to picking. Miller Farms in Locust Grove has them on 17 acres. Braehead Farm in Fredericksburg has the pumpkin patch, a corn maze and rope swings, like Belvedere Plantation and its' "fun barn." Clarks Farm is a little further north, in Stafford, but has pumpkins, a maze, a moon bounce and a gift shop.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 7 2014 11:01AM
Spotsylvania's Sheriff wants you to help keep your kids safe in the car and while they're on a bike or scooter, so his office is partnering with McDonald's to promote "Safe Young Citizens." Just send the Sheriff a picture through Facebook of you and your kid wearing a seatbelt or a bike helmet and they'll get a voucher, for a free ice cream cone, for any Spotsy, Fredericksburg, or Stafford McDonald's.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 7 2014 11:00AM
Already thought about making changes at home to save money this winter and on next year's taxes?
This weekend's your chance. Virginia's holding the 8th Energy Sales Tax Holiday from Friday morning through Sunday night. You can buy everything from dishwashers to ceiling fans and toilets, tax free. Merchants can also offer other items under 25-hundred bucks without tax too, if the want, and pay it themselves.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 7 2014 11:00AM
Are you ready to see all the fall colors on the trees on Skyline Drive and in the Shenandoah National Park? There's still lots of green, dotted with some early turning tulip poplars, but that will all change in the next three to four weeks. Youcan see the latest report on changing leaves through the National Park Service at www.nps.gov.
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Topics : Environment
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 7 2014 10:58AM
If you live in Spotsylvania and plan to vote next month, you'll help decide on five referendums on the ballot.
Your okay to them will let the county borrow money for everything from new transportation to school projects. You can learn about them at a series of seven meetings in the county, starting tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Todd's Tavern Community Center. It's at the same time Wednesday night at the Harrison Road Community Center.
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Location : Spotsylvania
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 7 2014 10:55AM
Two women that met at work and have known each other for ten years are the first to apply for a marriage license in Spotsylvania.
It comes after the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals on Virginia's gay marriage ban and effectively made same-sex marriage legal here yesterday afternoon. Tammy and Sylvia Torres gathered at the Spotsylvania courthouse with family and friends to tie the knot.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 2 2014 11:55AM
It's not always the woman abused in domestic violence. During this awareness month, experts say you need to talk through problems before they turn dangerous.
A Fredericksburg woman will spend eight months in jail after running her husband overwith the family van. He was treated for serious head, ankle and some other injuries, but told the cops he didn't remember it and didn't think his wife would do that to him.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 2 2014 11:52AM
Whether you've thought about a Halloween or not, some things that walk in the night are already here and more are on the way to the region.
King's Dominion's annual Halloween Haunt is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through November 1st. It's got an all-new Maze of Madness and three new live shows throughout the night. The Haunted Hill in Partlow and Wicked Woods in Spotsylvania open this Friday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Oct 2 2014 11:51AM
This might make you less warm and fuzzy about loading your kids on the school bus in the mornings.
A Stafford bus driver is charged with reckless driving this week after the bus hit two trees, going about 50 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone, on Truslow Road. Thankfully, there were no kids on board. The driver was treated for minor cuts and bruises, is being tested for drugs and waiting to hear on charges.
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by By EILEEN SULLIVAN and ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press posted Oct 1 2014 3:38PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that Pierson offered her resignation, and he accepted it.

The move came one day after her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a congressional hearing focused on recent security lapses at the White House.

Pierson had worked at the Secret Service for 30 years.
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Topics : Politics
Location : Washington
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