New study boosts energy development

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Pro-energy policies could fuel the U.S. economy but excessive regulation will kill jobs … the president of the Virginia Petroleum Council weighs in on a new study … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Future plans for N&W 611

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The recently-restored Norfolk and Western 611 has proven to be both fully operational and a popular attraction, but there is no indication yet when or if excursions will resume. The Virginia Museum of Transportation can run more excursions only if and when  Norfolk Southern permits them on its tracks. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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4 killed in Virginia traffic accidents over holiday weekend

State-PoliceRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia State Police say four people died in traffic accidents over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. State police say it’s the lowest number of fatal wrecks since 2002. Eleven people were killed in traffic accidents over the three-day holiday weekend in 2014. While fatal accidents declined, state police say arrests for driving under the influence rose by almost 20 percent, from 77 in 2014 to 96. Troopers investigated a total of 690 wrecks and cited 8,942 drivers for speeding. Another 2,259 drivers were cited for reckless driving. Troopers also issued citations for 822 safety belt violations and 327 child safety seat violations. The fatal accidents occurred in Carroll, Henrico, Pittsylvania and Washington counties.

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Va. Festival of the Book accepting submissions for `16 event

wfir-linkCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Festival of the Book is accepting submissions from authors to participate in the 2016 festival. The festival is encouraging authors to submit new books published in 2015 or early 2016 for consideration. The festival also is accepting proposals for programs. Guidelines for participants and programs are posted on the festival’s website at VaBook.org. The 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book will be held at more than 50 locations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County from March 16, 2016, to March 20, 2016.

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