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Chamber Receives Report on General Assembly Activities

Roll for a casino in Fairfax County?

“It was a session with a lot of changes,” said State Senator Scott Surovell speaking to the Mount Vernon Springfield Chamber of Commerce at the annual General Assembly Report business breakfast.

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Virginia’s Equine Industry Is Thriving

Here in Fairfax County, we have Frying Pan's Equestrian Center. It is a public-use facility that is part of Frying Pan Farm Park. The center offers rental events, schooling, horse shows, short-term stabling, and multiple trailer-in schooling options.

VDOT Warns of Text Message Scams

Text messages claim people owe money for unpaid tolls

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging people to be on alert for a text message scam, also known as smishing, that is sending requests for payment of outstanding toll charges.

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Explore George Washington’s 250-year-old Tent

Mount Vernon’s Revolutionary War Weekend is May 4-5.

On May 4 and 5, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, people can explore a replica of the tent that General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, used from 1775 to 1783 when he led the colonies to independence.

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‘Hanged by a Mob’

City marks 127th anniversary of McCoy lynching.

For Joseph McCoy, there were no lawyers, no legal proceedings, no testimony, no trial, no safety. Instead, the 18-year-old, who had been accused of assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of his employer, was dragged from his jail cell to the corner of Cameron and Lee streets and lynched by an angry mob who had breached the police station.

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Are Our Waterways Becoming Plastic Soup?

Local cleanups reveal many mysteries.

On April 20, 100 volunteers hauled out 40 bags or 400 pounds of trash from the Potomac River shoreline of Belle Haven Park and in the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in two hours.

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In Tents Not by Choice, But Lack of Choices

Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Johnson v. Grants Pass. on April 22, 2024 with consequences for people experiencing homelessness.

People experiencing homelessness opt to sleep in areas ‘not designated for human habitation’ because of a lack of affordable housing, especially for those earning below 30 percent of the Area Median Income.

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Prepare Now for ‘Extremely Active Hurricane Season’

Researchers at Colorado State University are forecasting an extremely active 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.

$1 Billion in Refunds for Tax Year 2020 Unclaimed

Taxpayers face May 17 deadline.

The Internal Revenue Service says that almost 940,000 people across the nation have unclaimed refunds for tax year 2020 but face a May 17 deadline to submit their tax returns.

Arlington Doctor Who Illegally Flooded Region with Oxycodone Sentenced to 10 Years

An Arlington woman convicted of illegally prescribing and distributing over a million oxycodone pills was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Saving the Parkway’s Trees

National Park Service forests are at risk of failure in the national capital region and beyond.

English ivy is one of the most invasive and destructive plants in the region.

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Mount Vernon Ladies Receive Spirit of Virginia Award

Governor and First Lady make presentation at the Estate.

“In rescuing America’s most historic home and pioneering the preservation space, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association embodies what it means to uplift the spirit of Virginia.” — Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Equality Virginia: Finally, Marriage Equality is Codified in Virginia

Gov. Youngkin signs HB 174 which updates the Virginia Code to affirm marriage rights.

On March 8, Equality Virginia Advocates, the public policy and advocacy arm of the Commonwealth’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) equality, applauded the signing of HB 174, a bill that updates the Virginia Code with an affirmative right to marriage for same-sex couples.

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Arena Fail

General Assembly says no to Glenndome; lawmakers to reconvene April 17.

“I just stood firm on what I believe in my heart to be in the best interest of the commonwealth, and that was just to say no to the Glenndome.” — Sen. L. Louise Lucas “We will continue to engage with policymakers in Richmond to ensure that Alexandrians ultimately get to consider a final version of this proposal.” — Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson

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Apprehension Mounts As City Council Considers Arena Proposal

Virginia General Assembly must create an authority that would own the property and lease it to Monumental for the plan to move forward.

“Recognize a fairy tale when you're told one.” — Meredith Lair, Lynhaven “The city has an AAA bond rating for a reason.” — Councilman Canek Aguirre

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