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The cost of Facebook: Loudoun economic development dept. spends $20K per year on social media site

Getting your message out in the cyber world can come with a steep price tag. And in Loudoun County, some local officials are no strangers to those costs.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie, joined by former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, at an event in Ashburn last year. Times-Mirror File Photo

GOP gubernatorial hopefuls play nice at first debate

Virginia Republican hopefuls for governor played nice during their first debate Saturday, a break from some of the pointed attacks that have taken place online and in the media.

Virginia lawmakers still grappling with ethics law

The Virginia General Assembly is set to adjust the state's ethics laws for the fourth straight year, as lawmakers continue struggling over what kind of gifts they can take from lobbyists and special interests.

Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D) at the dais in the board room. Times-Mirror File Photo

Randall changes course, will use private funds for women’s commission

After Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) vowed to continue with plans for a Commission on Women and Girls with funds from her district budget, the first-term chairwoman announced today she will only use privately raised money for the body and is now accepting applications for the initiative.

Horsemeat CBP officials confiscated at Dulles Airport.U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Customs seizes 42 pounds of horse meat and genitals at Dulles Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialists say they have seen a number of oddities in the bags of travelers at Washington Dulles Airport.

LeMunyon, other lawmakers denounce feds’ decision to withhold transit funds

Virginia lawmakers are calling on the U.S. secretary of transportation to reverse the Federal Transit Administration's decision to withhold millions of dollars in funding.

Loudoun County administrator proposes $2.5B budget that would keep taxes level

County Administrator Tim Hemstreet on Wednesday night proposed a $2.5 billion budget for fiscal 2018, a spending based on Board of Supervisors guidance to present a budget at the estimated equalized real property tax rate of $1.135 per $100 in assessed value.

Leesburg’s floodplain gets a major reshuffling

Town Council members passed all five measures of a floodplain package, including a resolution for the county to assist community groups and nonprofits that want to plant trees in the floodplain.

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MORE: New Metro estimates are in, and they aren’t pretty

After an outpouring of questions from constituents and the media on how much Metro will cost Loudoun, county administration worked over the past week to gather the latest estimates.

Judge grants injunction against Trump travel ban in Virginia

A federal judge Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban's constitutionality.

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Republicans divided on Vogel-led redistricting reform

District lines in Virginia are redrawn every 10 years following the U.S. Census and are constitutionally required to be composed of “contiguous and compact territory” and to represent the population of the district.

Loudoun residents say county’s quality of life ‘excellent,’ but growth and development big problems

The 2016 survey results were part of Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia on behalf of the county conducted last year from June 20 to Aug. 21.

Feds withholding transportation funds from DC, Md. and Va.

Federal officials say they are withholding millions of dollars in transportation funding from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia until they create a new commission to oversee safety on the Metro.

Sterling man sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempting to aid Islamic State

A 27-year-old Sterling man was sentenced today to 11 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

What will Metro really cost Loudoun? If county officials know, they aren’t saying

As the Washington Metrorail system readies to move into Loudoun County, the annual costs associated with the transit authority's operations and construction are becoming frighteningly real and worrisome for local officials.
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