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On I-81 improvements, legislators detour around tax-or-toll decision and opt for more time

Committees in both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday approved revised versions of bills by Valley legislators that outline $2.2 billion in needed improvements to I-81 but now no longer explain how to pay for them. The new legislation, which Sen. Mark Obenshain called a “pale shadow of its former self,” was meant to keep I-81 in the foreground of public discussions amid continued disagreement over funding methods.  

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HEC General Manager explains utility budget shortfall that city schools’ solar project is expected to cause

As reported last week in The Citizen, HEC says the planned schools project will result in a $225,000 net operating loss to its budget – even though the electricity generated by the schools’ solar panels will reduce the amount of electricity HEC buys from Dominion. That’s because HEC doesn’t sell electricity to the city schools, or any of its customers, at the same price it buys it.

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Democrat April Moore seeks rematch against Sen. Obenshain in 26th District

Democrat April Moore has announced her run for the 26th state Senate District seat held by Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain. Obenshain defeated Moore in the 2015 general election with more than twice the number of votes— 25,042 to 11,308.

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Some scooters might be hibernating — but for how long? The next month will be key for the future of shareable rides.

The scooters showed up suddenly last fall, sparked intense debate and then many of them disappeared when college students left for winter break. Did the “Birds” just migrate? Did city council’s decision to regulate the scooters cause them to fly the coop?

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City’s population estimate declines for the first time in more than 40 years

For the first time since Gerald Ford was president, Harrisonburg’s estimated population has decreased – if only ever so slightly. According to figures just released by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center, Harrisonburg’s July 1, 2018 population was an estimated 54,606. That’s 83 fewer people than the July 1, 2017 estimate of 54,689, a decrease of 0.2 percent.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, is OK to not always enjoy being a new parent?

Dear Elderly Aunt,
People always tell new parents “enjoy this time.” But this time — the changing life roles and the massive responsibility of raising humans and the juggling work and sleepiness nights and never being able to have an adult conversation or a minute to your own thoughts — is it OK to not enjoy it sometimes?

From ‘bubble of fear’ to path of hope: Drug court’s effects beginning to be felt in Hburg

The courtroom was chilly as participants in the afternoon hearing on a recent Thursday trickled in. Some were alone, others entered with partners and family members. But this wasn’t like many other court proceedings, marked by tension and conflict.

Power is money: HEC, city leaders to consider financial effects of city schools’ solar project

Nearly two months after the Harrisonburg City School Board announced its massive solar development, sealing the deal will require more talk between leaders at the school board, the city and the Harrisonburg Electric Commission about how it could financially affect all three intertwined entities.

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