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Record High Spending Of Estimated $17.8 Billion On Small Business Saturday® 2018

November 26, 2018

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday, held on Nov. 24, 2018, kicked off the holiday shopping season for consumers and small, independently owned businesses with record levels of reported spending, an estimated $17.8 billion. Communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico – including Alexandria, Virginia – celebrated this Small Business Saturday with special events and activities.

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U.S. Global Change Research Program Releases Fourth National Climate Assessment

November 26, 2018

A new federal report finds that climate change is affecting the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, and human health and welfare across the United States and its territories. Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment was released Nov. 23 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Alexandria Turkey Trot: A Thanksgiving Tradition

November 24, 2018

The 43rd annual Alexandria Turkey Trot took place on Thanksgiving morning, winding through the streets of Del Ray. The five-mile road race drew about 5,300 participants who braved the cold, breezy day. A new women’s course record was set in this year’s Turkey Trot.

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Noah Lyles Named USATF Athlete Of The Year

November 20, 2018

USA Track & Field today announced their 2018 Athletes of the Year. Alexandria’s own Noah Lyles was named the 2018 Jesse Owens Award winner. Lyles is a 2016 graduate of T.C. Williams High School who runs professionally for Adidas. Shelby Houlihan won the 2018 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award.

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CDC Food Safety Alert: E. coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce

November 20, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine. Thirty-two illnesses have been reported from 11 states, including 13 people who have been hospitalized.

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Federal Court Blocks Trump Asylum Ban

November 20, 2018

A federal court has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s new asylum ban. The complaint charges the Administration with violating the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.

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City Of Alexandria Announces Updates On Potomac Yard Metro Station Entrances

November 19, 2018

The new Potomac Yard Metrorail Station continues to move forward, with recent developments regarding the station’s three entrances. On Nov. 13, the state announced $50 million of funding for a new south entrance for the station, based on the projected increase in ridership associated with the recently announced plans for a new Amazon corporate headquarters and Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in National Landing.

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Virginia Tech Innovation Campus In Alexandria Helps Attract Amazon to Washington, DC Region

November 13, 2018

Virginia Tech is making a historic commitment to build a revolutionary 1 million-square-foot, technology-focused campus in Alexandria – a $1 billion project that is part of a comprehensive higher-education package that was cited as a key reason Amazon selected Northern Virginia for a new headquarters site. Virginia Tech’s new campus will be located in the Oakville Triangle area on U.S. Route 1 in Alexandria.

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U.S. Supreme Court Questions House Republicans’ Standing In Virginia Redistricting Case

November 13, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued an order that the parties further brief the question of “standing” in the Virginia redistricting case, Virginia House Of Delegates, et al. v. Golden Bethune-Hill, et al. The Court has delayed any Hearing on the Merits of the case until briefs from plaintiffs and defendants are received.

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FBI Releases 2017 Hate Crime Statistics

November 13, 2018

Today the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2017, to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year.

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