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Virginia Transportation Plan Includes Higher Taxes For Northern Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.  (WUSA9) -- Virginia lawmakers negotiating a transportation plan compromise have worked out a deal that includes a fundraising component for Northern Virginia.

Del. Dave Albo, who was one of the conference committee members, said the plan would raise the sales tax in Northern Virginia to 6%, while the rest of the states would only go up from 5% to 5.3%.

That .7%, along with a Northern Virginia hotel tax of 2% and a grantor tax on buying houses at cents, would add up to $345 million earmarked specifically for Northern Virginia Transportation. The taxes will be collected by the state but distributed through The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

The entire state plan includes replacing the 17.5 cents per gallon gasoline tax with a 3.5% wholesale gasoline tax paid by distributors. Diesel fuel taxes would remain the same, but would be shifted from a per gallon tax to a 6% wholesale tax.

Fleeing Shoplifter Nearly Hits Officer With Car

Manassas, Md. (WUSA) -- Officials arrested a man who nearly hit an officer with his car while attempting to flee a Home Depot.

Officials say that police responded to shoplifting at a Home Depot located in Manassas. They say employees witnessed Frye opening packages of batteries and taking them.

Officials report that officers spotted Frye leaving the store. He was able to get into his car before officers got a hold of him. As Frye drove away he nearly hit one of the officers.

Frye stopped the vehicle in the University Blvd. and Wellington road area, and police took him into custody with no further problems.

No injuries have been reported. A trial date and bail has not been set.

Roof Collapses On Firefighters At Manassas Apartment

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters experienced a close call when crews rushed to an apartment building in Manassas on Monday at 10:57 p.m. At first, firefighters tried to douse the flames from inside the building in the 11200 block of Lady Jane Loop, but part of the third floor roof collapsed on their heads. They were wearing protective equipment, according to officials.

The firefighters sent a Mayday signal, but all managed to evacuate the building.

One resident was sent to the hospital, say fire officials. Two firefighters were taken to a hospital for observation and two others sustained minor injuries, according to officials.

Stars Shine at D.C. BET Honors Awards

Stars Shine at D.C. BET Honors Awards

The annual BET Honors with the stunning host Actress Gabrielle Union again celebrated and showcased the achievements of African Americans with their version of what can be likened to the Kennedy Center Honors.

The lineup at the Warner Theatre: Honorees Halle Berry (Service), Chaka Khan (Musical Arts), T.D. Jakes (Education), music exec Clarence Avant (Entrepreneur) and basketball player Lisa Leslie (Athletics).

Ten Tips for Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse

Ten Tips for Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse


Within New York City alone, the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department investigates over 5,000 cases of animal cruelty each year; the animals vary from household pets to horses and livestock. However, most cases are never reported and the animal’s suffering goes unrecognized and without the necessary intervention. To assist in the protection of abused animals, the Guardians of Rescue organization steps in.

“It’s easy to overlook the many animals in distress, or to turn away from it,” Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, stated. “We don’t do that. We work hard, with the support of those in the public, to help these animals in need, and we feel great doing it.”

Manassas City Public Works Joins Schools to Support Growing Up Green Program

Manassas City Public Works Joins Schools to Support Growing Up Green Program


For the past five years, the City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities and the Manassas City Public Schools have been ‘going green’ by championing the Go Green Initiative, a comprehensive environmental program that teaches earth-friendly behaviors and helps evaluate environmental impact. From school energy audits to learning gardens, Manassas City Schools are helping students grow up green and educating them on the benefits of recycling and reusing. Going Green Initiatives are endorsed by the National School Board Association, the National Recycling Coalition, and Parent-Teacher Associations throughout the United States. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

In honor of National Heart Month, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. is featuring their “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign, offering unlimited adult dance and mind/body classes throughout February for a special price of $110. And MFAC will donate 10 percent of all “Dance Your Heart Out class fees to the American Heart Association. Schedules can be viewed at www.metrofinearts.com. Classes are available at Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. locations.

MFAC’s “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign includes all adult dance, yoga and MetroBarre classes. A regular adult class fee is 10 classes for $130. The February “Dance Your Heart Out” program provides unlimited adult class access at a significantly discounted set fee of $110 with 10 percent donated to the American Heart Association.