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Government shutdown wreaking havoc with Metro finances and safety

Following inquiries by Virginia and Maryland’s Senators, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) disclosed today, Jan.17, that it is losing, on average, $400,000 each weekday during the government shutdown. In response, the Senators issued the following statement:

All ages to be covered - Ashanti Alert joins Amber Alert for children and Silver Alert for seniors

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) secured unanimous Senate passage of the Ashanti Alert Act, legislation that will create a new federal alert system for missing or endangered adults between the ages of 18-64. Currently, the U.S. does not have an alert system for missing adults.

Va. Inland Port in Front Royal to be expanded with $15.5 million federal DOT grant

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the Department of Transportation is awarding the Port of Virginia $15,500,197 to increase terminal capacity at the Virginia Inland Port (VIP) in Front Royal.

Free Innovation Day workshop for educators Jan. 12 in D.C. area

National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invite Washington, D.C.-area teachers and school district officials to attend an “Innovation Day” professional development workshop focused on inquiry-based learning.

New Virginia Veterans Services office opens at Pentagon

Governor Ralph Northam today, Oct. 29, attended the grand opening for the new Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) office at the Pentagon in Arlington. The space was secured earlier this year and construction of the office was recently completed.

Wittman and Williams to debate at Univ. of Mary Washington Oct. 22

The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg will host a 1st Congressional District Debate on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Vangie Williams will face off for the first time.

Memorial Bridge to be closed overnight Oct. 3-4 and all weekend

Due to sustained high, fast water in the Potomac River, the National Park Service says, in a news release, that construction crews were not able to complete all of the work that was originally scheduled for Arlington Memorial Bridge Sept. 22-23. Completing the work will require additional temporary, total closures, the release stated.

National Park Service to hold Oct. 9 public meeting for Arlington Memorial Bridge users

Work on the 88-year-old Arlington Memorial Bridge began this past the summer and will continue until early 2021, according to a National Park Service statement. Learn how to plan travel around bridge construction activities at an info meeting Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.

Governor’s high school voter registration challenge opens Sept. 25 in Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam today, Sept. 25, announced the 2018–2019 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Elections, Inspire U.S., and the League of Women Voters of Virginia. It goes through May 20, 2019.

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