Triple A says gasoline prices are the highest in six years. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The prices were supposed to drop. But instead the national price of a gallon rose to 3.68, highest price for early summer in six years. Virginia is 3.48, Richmond is 3.45. Triple A says it probably won’t affect the number of motorists on the highway this holiday weekend, but it will cost them more. The average price at the pump had increased for 12 consecutive days through last Monday, and Friday’s average was 15 cents more than a year ago.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
The July Fourth holiday weekend officially begins at midnight tomorrow (July 2) and the National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms and warning about safety. Charles Fishburne talked with Chief Meteorologist Jeff Orrock, at the National Weather Service in Wakefield. Seventy-percent of lightning deaths occur in the months of June, July and August. The National Weather service survey says fisherman accounted for almost half the fatalities, boaters 23%, people relaxing on the beach 21%, and swimmers eight percent.
Newly released emails show the interim director of the Virginia tobacco commission was uneasy about the timing of a potential job offer to former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett, whose recent resignation has been investigated by the FBI. The emails were obtained by the Associated Press and show the GOP controlled commission appeared to create a position solely for Puckett and even solicited his input in crafting the job description.
Triple A predicts 41 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home during the July 4 th holiday weekend and it will be an extended one for many vacationers.
The weekend officially starts next Wednesday at midnight, and more people will be on the road planning to spend more money - much of it on credit.
Triple A has a news conference scheduled this morning to talk about Virginia but if those numbers approach the national projections they will be the highest level for Independence Day Travel since 2007.
The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has approved a large residential and commercial development at one of the county’s busiest intersections. The board has voted to rezone 25 acres at Bell Creek and Pole Green roads from agriculture to multifamily residential and business where Hanover Land Investors LLC plans to build 48 single family homes, 73 townhouses and businesses.
Virginia is receiving more than six million dollars in federal funds for job training programs for laid-off workers. The money is going to the Community College system to enhance job training services for the long-term unemployed. Officials say the funds will be used to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries. It is part of a larger 155 million dollar package nationwide in a grant through the US Department of labor and will create or help to expand employer partnerships and provide career counseling and job placement.
Richard Sharp, longtime CEO of electronic retailer Circuit City and co-founder of the CarMax chain, has died at the age of 67.
There are new revelations this morning on the number of heavily-laden oil trains passing through Virginia and the rest of the country.The Associated Press has obtained documents that indicate every week in Virginia, approximately 2 to 5 trains carrying one million gallons of oil or more, pass through twenty Virginia counties.
The routing of oil trains has become an issue of rising concern after a string of fiery accidents. Those include derailments in Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, New Brunswick and Quebec, where a runaway oil train crashed last July killing 47 people.
An upcoming launch from NASA’s Wallops Island facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore will be testing new suborbital rocket technologies. NASA says the launch is expected to take place between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. this Saturday (June 28), weather permitting.