Articles by Charles Fishburne
Dominion Resources and other partners are proposing a five billion dollar, 550 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to connect the Southeast with the rapidly-growing supply of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The 42 inch wide pipeline in Virginia would go through ten counties South and West of Richmond from West Virginia to North Carolina and initially carry about 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.
State Police say ten people died in traffic accidents over the four-day Labor Day weekend. That is up from nine fatalities during the same period last year. The fatal crashes occurred in Accomack, Roanoke, Chesterfield, Henry, King George, Prince George, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties. Four of the victims were not wearing seatbelts, alcohol was a factor in at least two.
Troopers arrested 109 impaired drivers, cited more than 11,850 for speeding and another 3, 480 for reckless driving.
A prayer vigil was held last night for a two-year old girl who police say died Sunday after being left in a car seat in 90 degree heat. It happened in Roanoke.
Police say they received a report of an unresponsive child around 4:30 Sunday. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicates a parent accidently left the girl in a car seat, in a van, parked in the driveway. Temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday.
The Associated Press says that family members of the chairman of the so-called tobacco indemnification commission received a 21 million dollar economic development grant. The A.P. says the money went to a telephone cooperative run by family members of Terry Kilgore, a Republican state legislator and chairman of the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, which controls about 600 million dollars from the national tobacco settlement.
UVA Anthropology Professor Richard Handler is heading up a new Global Studies Major to equip students to deal with future global health, economics, security and justice and sustainability.
Virginia State Police say three people have been killed in a head-on collision on the Eastern Shore. The accident occurred Saturday evening shortly after eight, when police say a van crossed over the center line of US Route 13 near Keller in Accomack County and hit a car. The driver and two of the five passengers died at the scene. A 13-year old boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Two girls, eight and nine, receiverd minor injuires.
NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new payload deployment method for suborbital rockets. From Virginia’s space port at Wallops island, NASA says a Black Brant IX rocket was launched just before dawn yesterday to test a new deployment method using small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from the rocket’s main payload.
The testing including releasing vapor traces in space that were visible in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. NASA is now reviewing the data on the rockets performance.
Rescue teams discovered the body of a missing Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Virginia. Investigators finally reached the crash site yesterday afternoon after navigating along logging roads, fire trails and forest roads in the rocky and wooded George Washington National Forest.