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5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Plans For, And Opposition To, Proposed Fracking Pipeline in Virginia

A buried pipeline's linear clear-cut through woods. This pipeline is in Ohio. Image credit: Wikipedia user Analogue Kid.

In July 2014, the first survey crews should be appearing on private lands along a proposed new pipeline's route.  Construction is expected to get underway in 18 to 24 months.

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Main Street Community Partnership
10:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Yes, Virginia, That Was Another Earthquake

Virginia earthquake of May 22, 2014 --summary of witness reports and detection equipment. Image credit: USGS

On May 21 of 2014, a weak earthquake felt at night in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Louisa, and elsewhere mostly just rattled nerves as the historic 2011 Virginia Earthquake leapt to mind.

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WMRA News
3:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oil Train Crash and 50-Foot Fireball in Lynchburg

Image credit: WSET via New York Daily News

The latest fiery oil train incident is in the WMRA area. In downtown Lynchburg, a CSX oil train derailed near the Depot Grille. Towering flames and a column of black smoke prompted a local state of emergency, evacuations, and warnings to avoid the area.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Open Schools During Blizzards?

Image credit: Wikipedia user Burtonpe (adjustments by WMRA News /tw)

Some members of Albemarle county's school board supported keeping schools open during winter storms by temporarily switching school bus stops to the major roads most likely to be plowed first. However, the idea of schoolkids hiking slippery snowbound secondary roads in wind chill conditions alarmed some board members.

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Main Street Community Partnership
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Involuntarily-Inked Va Kids Could Get Out-of-State Help

Two Virginia girls involuntarily tattooed by their babysitter could get free removal treatments by a good Samaritan from the North.

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WMRA News
12:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Grisham, Banks for Innocence Project in Charlottesville (Event Wed.6pm)

WMRA's recent Virginia Insight episode about judicial false confessions, generated so much interest that it seemed wise to pass along info about a related event.

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WMRA News
4:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Activated: Zany "French" Redesign of I-64/US-15 Jct

Image credit: VDOT (Zion X-Rds project video: youtube.com/watch?v=kYOCC1oUivo )

Bad news: the unnerving experience of driving up the "wrong" side of the road for a bit.  Good news: big boosts in safety and in traffic flow. On Friday, Feb 21, Virginia's first-ever "French flip" intersection is scheduled to open just east of Charlottesville, at the once-sleepy but now overcrowded I-64 Zion Crossroads interchange.

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Main Street Community Partnership
2:55 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Rockingham Fracking-Leases Issued?

Generic photo of a typical hydrofracking site. Image credit: US Geological Survey.

That and other lesser-known drilling and fracking tidbits (including the occasional Bergton drilling boom/s) are in an OldSouthHigh article by Andrew Jenner. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
6:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

C-ville "Knockout" Story Goes National

Drudge report screencap from Dec 30 with the C-ville item linked in the top stories

A couple apparently brutally beaten while strolling the Charlottesville downtown pedestrian mall late on Dec 20 has been wondering why Charlottesville Police haven't publicized photos of the alleged assailants which the victims provided. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:05 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Golfing on Conservation Easement Land?

View of some rural Albemarle County land. Photo (cropped) credit: Wikipedia user Versageek

Albemarle County-based Trump Winery hopes to build the Trump National Golf Club on land acquired from the Kluge estate. Trump would need a special use permit from county authorities to put a golf course on rural land.

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