Dominion Virginia Power customers could see their electric bills increase 30% by 2025 if proposed EPA regulations are enacted. The Senate and House held a joint committee meeting yesterday to hear from state officials, energy company and environmentalists over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to cut power plant emissions by 30%. A State Corporation Commission Staff report “conservatively” estimated that complying with the EPA’s proposed carbon emission rules would likely cost Dominion Virginia Power customers alone an extra $5.5 billion to $6 billion.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
Every year, ornithologists estimate up to 100 million birds are killed each year by collisions with windows. A grass roots effort at Virginia Tech is trying to do something about it.
Four Clover Hill High School students are facing assault charges following a fight in the cafeteria yesterday. The fight erupted about 7:15 a.m. between two groups involving 15-20 teens. Police were called when school officials were unable to restore order, and one officer fired a Taser at a student who refused to stop.
Four students were charged with assault, three with criminal street gang charges, two with possession of marijuana and one with possession of alcohol. There were no serious injuries and no school lockdown.
Authorities have ruled the death of UVA student Hannah Graham a homicide. Albermarle County police released the cause of death yesterday, following a report from the state medical examiner’s office that Graham died of “homicide violence,” but the exact cause was unknown.
There are thousands of good jobs in high-tech fields that are not being filled. And as Charles Fishburne tells us in this 88.9 WCVE Science Matters report, they come from the last place many people would think about when it comes to technology.
Over the objections of environmental groups and the Governor, a federal management plan just released today, will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in the George Washington National Forest. There is an estimated $10 billion in natural gas in a huge shale formation that extends from New York State to West Virginia, with a small sliver passing through Virginia and the national forest.
A Henrico County woman faces a federal charge after being accused of promoting the Islamic State. An FBI affidavit says Heather Elizabeth Coffman posted flags of the Islamic State and images of men holding AK-47’s on her Facebook account, tried to make arrangements for a man she said was her husband to train and fight with the Islamic state in Syria, and then offering to make similar arrangements for an FBI agent posing as an Islamic sympathizer during a sting operation.
There are many Virginians who smoke and want to quit, and this week, there is a special day set aside to help.
Two children died in the September fire at Doris Lee Thompson’s daycare in Lynchburg and another was hospitalized in critical condition for six days. She was caring for seven children in her home when flames broke out in the kitchen.
A grand jury considered evidence in the case during a closed hearing in Lynchburg Circuit Court and indicted Thompson with one count of unlawfully operating a day care facility. Authorities say she did not have a license to operate a day care center, nor did she have a business license for the facility.
Every year, three million Americans have cataract surgery in what is the most common, and possibly most successful, of all surgical procedures.
Dr. Walter Bundy at the Virginia Eye Institute is about to participate for the 21st year in their annual Cataract Mission to help Virginians in need to receive the surgery free of charge. Applications are being taken now, though the surgery date is February 28st and screenings the week before. He says the lead time is important, because it takes time for many potential patients to get the word.