After last-ditch effort to fund I-81 improvements this year fails, more study, another report, and lots of divergent opinions await

State Sen. Mark Obenshain went out on a limb with a bill to begin tolling on I-81 to pay for $2.2 billion in much-needed improvements to the interstate . Things didn’t work like he’d hoped, however.

“I’m deeply disappointed,” Obenshain said. “We had a commitment to a process last year, and, frankly, I did a pretty uncomfortable thing of taking the result of that process and carrying that legislation.”

Local supporters of Equal Rights Amendment prepare to ratchet up the volume for passage in Virginia

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment maintain that it is imperative that the U.S. incorporate inclusive language into its constitution and are frustrated that it has taken this long to pass. Now, local proponents are looking turn up the pressure unless the House reconsiders. “If it is not passed in the House, we regroup,” said Sylvia Rogers, a retired JMU professor and co-vice president of public policy for the American Association of University Women of Virginia.