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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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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 2, 2015

You can plan for dinner and a show (for a cause) or check out a reggae concert.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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