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by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 8:09AM
Do you have plans to visit DC this weekend? Then get ready for delays on some lines, but longer hours overall, for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Metro says track work will mean trains running every 18 minutes on the orange, blue, yellow andgreen lines. Some will be out of service altogether too on the yellow and green lines too. On Saturday, the entire system will open at 5:00 a.m. to get runners and supporters to the race.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 8:03AM
Be careful with propane outside your house and make sure all of your wiring is safe at home. They are likely causes in two Spotsylvania house fires, Sunday and yesterday, but nobody was hurt. The tank in the Massaponax Church Road blaze is still being examined. The fire on Log Cabin Road started in the crawl space of the house. Up to $28,000 in damage is reported in the two homes.
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Location : Spotsylvania County
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:55AM
The man charged with abducting and killing UVA student Hannah Graham is set to find out the date of his trial today, from an Albemarle County Circuit judge. Jesse Matthew Jr. faces up to life in prison, if convicted. He has another trial that starts on June 8th, on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault in an unrelated case in Fairfax.
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Topics : Law_Crime
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:54AM
We are feeling a little more pain at the gas pump this week, as the summer blends start hitting the market. Prices in the DC metro area are up eight cents a gallon from a week ago, sitting at $2.58 a gallon for regular. A small silver lining though, it is still four cents below the national average of $2.62 a gallon.
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Topics : Business_Finance
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:48AM
Get your credit card ready, find your favorite area charity online and donate today.
It's easy to support the cause or organization you feel most passionate about, during the second annual Community Give Day. It's put on by the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region and runs through tonight at 11:59 p.m. An entire list of causes it at
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:42AM
If you were among the folks that had to wait longer to get home on VRE yesterday, more of it could be on the way in the coming months.
CSX officials force speeds to drop on their tracks and heat restrictions start when it's warm enough to cause dangerous sun links in the rails. When they are in effect, it adds about eleven minutes to get all the way back to Fredericksburg.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:41AM
Be careful when you take the kids out and about in downtown Fredericksburg and other spots to enjoy the nice weather and keep an eye on your surroundings.
Fredericksburg Police are still looking for the man accused of exposing himself to a family at Hurkamp Park, around 6:30 p.m. last Friday. He's described as black, in his 30s wearing jeans and an afro type hairstyle.
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:33AM
Officials were on hand at the Lorton VRE station this morning for a demo of the new mobile ticketing App, on the way.
Don't worry though, more sessions are still coming. They will show you how easy it is to just click for buying a ticket and then show it for rides at the Quantico station on May 12th. They will be in Manassas on the 19th and Broad Run on the 26th. The new app goes live on the 15th.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:27AM
Many farmer's market are already open around the region for the long local growing season and another one is added to the mix tomorrow. It opens in the parking lot of the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. each week. Get more details at
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Topics : Business_Finance
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:26AM
Do you have a little one that is ready to head to kindergarten this fall?
This week the Children's Museum of Richmond's Fredericksburg branch, in Eagle Village, can help. It's bringing in teachers, crossing guards and other staff to teach them everything from how to hang up their coat and backpack to raising their hand to ask questions. Thursday evening's event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:25AM
If your parents are older and still licensed drivers, they could get some help from an event from 9:00 a.m. to noon today in the Career Training Solutions Parking lot in Spotsylvania.
Nancy Lo with Virginia GrandDriver says it helps them adapt their car to the changes that happen as we age. The placement of the steering wheel, rear and sideview mirrors and seats are important to make sure they can see out. The "12-point CarFit checklist" is aimed at keeping older drivers safe on the road.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 5 2015 7:22AM
President Barrack Obama and a University of Mary Washington International Affairs Professor have warned that one of our biggest post 9-11 threats is homegrown terror.
Today, ISIS claims responsibility for the weekend attack outside the Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas. In a radio broadcast, it refers to gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi as its' brothers. The announcement ends with a warning that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse. A security guard was shot outside the event, before Simpson and Soofi were gunned down by police.
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Topics : PoliticsWar_Conflict
Location : Texas
by Frank Hammon posted May 4 2015 1:36PM
A King George woman was killed in an early morning crash in Westmoreland County.
The accident happened at 12:35 a.m. along Stratford Hall Road when an SUV driven by 22-year-old Taylor N. Paire drove off the right side of the road, over correceted and ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Paire, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:29AM
The Virginia-based ACLU is happy that Governor Terry McAullife supports a plan to protect our privacy rights when it comes to drone use. The legislation, signed last week, will requires police to get a search warrant to use drones in investigations. The new law adds Virginia to the list of only 11 states with the requirement.
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Location : Virginia
People : Terry McAullife
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:29AM
State ABC Department police go under the microscope, starting today.
The 20 member panel, appointed by the Governor, is set to meet for the first time this afternoon in Richmond. It comes after the public uproar over an ABC agent's arrest of black UVA student Martese Johnson, outside a bar. He needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his head. Many officers might be required to get more training to stay on the job.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:28AM
More than 60% of 800 people recently surveyed say they think the demostrating and rioting in Baltimore, after Freddie Gray's death, is mob violence and criminal. The Rasmussen report shows that only 25% think it's justified. Only 14% think the violence is likely to improve the criminal justice situation in the city.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:27AM
If you live in Fredericksburg, Stafford or Spotsylvania, here's some good news. A new study by the Social Science Research Council shows that people that live there will likely live to the ripe old age of 80.2 years.
The data puts residents ofthe 1st congressional district in the top third for life expectancy among all of them in the U.S. The average U.S. life expectancy is now 79.1 years. The longest life expectancyis in California, at 83-point-nine years old.
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Location : CaliforniaFredericksburg
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:26AM
You might want to look to the sky in our region or head to DC on Friday, if you want to help remember the 70th Anniversay of Victory in Europe Day.
The Capitol Flyover campaign starts at Culpeper Regional Airport. Almost 60 World War Two vintage aircraft take off from Culpeper Regional Airport Friday morning and head to the nation's capitol. About noon, they start flying over the Potomac River and National Mall as part of a three-day commemoration. of the Allied victory over Germany in World War II.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:25AM
Whether you like paying tolls and gas taxes or not, it provides part of the money needed to help maintain and build roads and bridges, but it's running out.
Congress has less than 30 days to refill the federal government's fund before it goes broke. It both sides don't meet in the middle, it will have to cut back on payments to state and local governments who are banking on federal dollars to help with large scale projects.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:24AM
The death toll is still rising in hard earthquake struck Nepal, but the country's government says go home.
It's urging foreign rescue workers to leave, saying the major rescue work in Kathmandu is done and can be handled by local workers. The information minister says foreign aid volunteers are still welcome to help in villages and remote mountain areas though. Sixty search and rescuers from Fairfax are among the boots still on the ground.
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Location : Kathmandu
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:23AM
Are you wishing you had enough cash in the bank to have slept in this morning?
A new Virginia Lottery game that launches this week could help make your dreams come true. The Cash4Life draw game debuts today, with weekly Monday and Thursday drawings. It offers a top prize of a grand a day for the rest of the winner's life. A ticket costs two bucks each and the drawings are at 9:00 p.m.
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Topics : Sports
People : Virginia Lottery
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:22AM
You may have seen all the crowds in downtown Fredericksburg yesterday morning for the Free Lance-Star's 21st annual Great Train Race.
More than 1600 kids came out for the half mile and mile long races. Even more running fans return to the region in just 12 days for a weekend of events for the annual Marine Corps Historic Half. David McCallum, famous as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, of NCIS fame will also be in town, to see the runners off that Sunday.
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Topics : Human InterestSports
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:22AM
Look for more changes to your drive through and around the Falmouth Intersection in Stafford this week.
The folks at VDOT tell us that one lane of Route 1 south will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. today, through Thursday. You will also find one open on Butler Road, headed west, from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Cars will also be rotated north and south on Route 1 in the area at night , during the same times. Look for flaggers and electronic signs to direct you.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:21AM
Five people that face murder and gang-related charges that come after a fatal stabbing at a Halloween party in Culpeper County head to court this week. They range in age from 18 to 25 years old. Police tell the Culpeper Star-Exponent that 19 year old Corey Clanagan was stabbed two dozen times at that party, last November.
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Location : Culpeper County
People : Corey Clanagan
by Deirdre Blake posted May 4 2015 6:20AM
Since the massive demonstrations and protests started in Baltimore, to demand justice for Freddie Gray's death, police have been busy.
They have made nearly 500 arrests and more than 100 cops have been hurt. A citywide curfew was lifted last night, but not before another 46 people are taken into custody. Protests have been mainly peaceful, since criminal charges were announced against the six cops involved, last Friday.

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