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McAuliffe Comments Give Bi-County Parkway Boosters Hope

A controversial highway plan in Northern Virginia may have gotten a boost from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

At a gathering of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, McAuliffe was asked a question about the Bi-County Parkway, to which he responded that he expects the proposed highway to receive a high priority rating in the state's new scoring system for road projects, according to a report in the newspaper Leesburg Today.

That's exactly what the many opponents of the parkway fear. But state Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says a funding decision for the parkway is a year away.

"The governor has been very clear that there will be no favorites and that it doesn't matter what locality it is in. However these projects are scored will be the ones they favor," he says.

Chris Miller at the Piedmont Environmental Council, which has fought the highway plan for years, says the governor's remarks to the Loudoun Chamber are not consistent with his past statements.

"Every project should be scrutinized and there should be no predetermined outcomes. We are certainly expecting that is still the policy of the state," he says.

Projects will be scored based on criteria such as congestion relief, economic development, and environmental impacts.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.
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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Trump's Cyber Comments Rouse The Democrats

As they bolster their case that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, Democrats are seizing on Donald Trump's comments seemingly encouraging Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

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