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    Light rail extension projected to cost $243M, according to HRT estimates
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    Light rail extension projected to cost $243M, according to HRT estimates

    October 18, 2019


    NOW AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF LIGHT RAIL IN VIRGINIA BEACH. EARLIER TODAY WE LEARNED MORE ABOUT HOW MUCH THE EXTENSION COULD COST – $243-MILLION DOLLARS. AS OUR ERIN KELLY FOUND OUT, IT’S COMING UP A LOT LESS THAN ANTICIPATED. SHE IS LIVE IN VIRGINIA BEACH WITH A LOOK AT THE PROPOSAL. UNDER THE CURRENT PROJECT, CREWS WOULD NEED TO BUILD A BRIDGE OVER INDEPENDENCE AND COME THROUGH HERE — ENDING AT CONSTITUTION DRIVE. BUT RESIDENTS HERE ARE DIVIDED OVER WHETHER IT’S WORTH THE COST… THIS IS THE PLAN HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT ENVISIONS FOR A 3.5 MILE LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION FROM NEWTOWN ROAD TO VIRGINIA BEACH. WITH 30 PERCENT OF PLANNING DONE, HRT ESTIMATES THE PROPOSED PROJECT WOULD COST ABOUT $243 MILLION — 84 MILLION LESS THAN EARLIER FIGURES. WILLIAM HARRELL – PRESIDENT, HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT C0027 – 1304 THE EARLIER ESTIMATES WERE BASED ON FIVE PERCENT ENGINEERING. 1307 WE KNOW A WHOLE LOT MORE AT 30 PERCENT. 1310 JOASH SCHULMAN SAYS HE HOPES VOTERS NEXT MONTH APPROVE OF THE CITY SPENDING MONEY ON THE EXTENSION. JOASH SCHULMAN – VIRGINIA BEACH CONNEX C036 – 3112 THE ESTIMATE TODAY GETS US CLOSER TO A NUMBER THAT I THINK WE CAN FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH AND IT’S CERTAINLY A LOT LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL COST ESTIMATE 3124 THE EXTENSION WOULD INCLUDE THREE STOPS — ONE AT WITCHDUCK ROAD, ANOTHER AT KELLAM ROAD, ENDING AT CONSTITUTION DRIVE NEAR TOWN CENTER. HRT SAYS THE CITY HAS $155 MILLION IN STATE MONEY SET ASIDE FOR THE PROJECT, AND WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REMAINING 88 MILLION AND ANY OTHER ENHANCEMENTS. C0030 – JOHN ATKINSON – NO LIGHT RAIL VIRGINIA BEACH 2857 WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A REFERENDUM ON NOVEMBER 8TH AND I THINK THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA BEACH ARE GOING TO SAY, ‘NO.’ 2859 VIRGINIA BEACH CITY TREASURER JOHN ATKINSON STILL OPPOSES EXPANDING LIGHT RAIL. HE SAYS IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE AND RESIDENTS WON’T USE IT. C0030 – JOHN ATKINSON – NO LIGHT RAIL VIRGINIA HRT SAYS THE COST ESTIMATE COULD CHANGE ONCE BUILDERS GET INVOLVED. THE CITY MANAGER WILL BRIEF CITY LEADERS ON THIS TOMORROW. LIVE IN VIRGINIA BEACH, ERIN KELLY, 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

    Surveillance video shows light rail train hit man in Norfolk
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    Surveillance video shows light rail train hit man in Norfolk

    October 18, 2019


    TONIGHT, ONLY ON 10, A DIFFERENT VIEW OF HOW A MAN WAS STRUCK BY A LIGHT RAIL TRAIN IN NORFOLK EARLIER THIS MONTH. HE WAS NOT BADLY HUT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN THE TIDE’S 5-YEAR HISTORY THAT A PERSON WAS HIT BY THE TRAIN. TONIGHT WE HAVE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM H-R-T. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S DEANNA LEBLANC JOINS US NOW. DEANNA, WHAT DOES THIS VIDEO SHOW? THIS IS VIDEO FROM A CAMERA ATTACHED TO THE TIDE TRAIN. NOW WE CAN EXPLAIN HOW THIS HAPPENED – AND IT ALSO CORROBORATES WHAT TWO EYE WITNESSES TOLD US THAT DAY ABOUT ONE PASSING TRAIN BLOCKING THEIR VIEW OF ANOTHER ONCOMING TRAIN. THE FIRST THING YOU’LL SEE IS A WESTBOUND TRAIN – COMING TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE SCREEN. THE PEDESTRIANS WAITING TO CROSS ARE ON THE LEFT JUST OFF SCREEN. AS THAT TRAIN PASSES – IT APPEARS THE THE OPPOSITE TRACKS, IS COMING TOWARD THEM. THEY START TO CROSS WHEN TWO OF THEM APPEAR TO REALIZE THE SECOND TRAIN IS COMING – AND TURN AND RUN. BUT ONE MAN – SEEMS NOT TO NOTICE. AND STEPS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN. JUST SECONDS LATER – YOU SEE THAT OTHER PEDESTRIAN START SPRINTING. TURNS OUT HE HAD COMBAT MEDIC TRAINING – AND THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW I MPORTANT IT IS TO PAY ATTENTION TO SIGNS AND PEOPLE. PLEASE WATCH WHEN YOU’RE AROUND TRAINS. LOOK BOTH WAYS, AND BE CAREFUL. 12:45:55 THAT VICTIM IS OKAY – HRT OFFICIALS TELL US THE TRAIN WAS GOING ABOUT 10 MILES AN HOUR – AND WEIGHS ABOUT ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS. I’M DEANNA LEBLANC, 10 ON

    Armenia – a Unique Land – Ambassador Heffern’s Video Blog – Episode 4
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    Armenia – a Unique Land – Ambassador Heffern’s Video Blog – Episode 4

    October 17, 2019


    [MUSIC PLAYING] AMBASSADOR JOHN
    HEFFERN: [ARMENIAN].. Armenia is unique with its many
    incredible historic, cultural, and religious landmarks that
    bring international visitors here. Recently, my wife, Libby, and
    I visited the town of Jermuk. We loved the mountains there,
    the spas, and the hot springs. MS. LIBBY HEFFERN: I was able
    to have a hydro massage, which was great fun. And I’m hoping that
    next time, I’ll be able to have a whole
    variety of treatments. AMBASSADOR HEFFERN: We also
    saw how the natural water there is creating jobs
    for the local people at the Jermuk water
    bottling plant. On the way to Jermuk, we
    visited the magnificent Noravank church. This church is exactly the
    kind of historic, cultural, and religious landmark that brings
    foreign visitors to Armenia. In Areni, on the way, we bought
    some fine Areni red wine. We also visited the cave there,
    where archeologists discovered Armenia’s famous
    5,000-year old shoe. There are not many
    countries in the world that can claim an archeological
    find such as this. And finally– and it was
    a special treat for me– we stopped for coffee at a cafe. It was a roadside
    cafe in a cave. And the owner of
    this cafe, Vardges, is a serious birdwatcher. And Varges and I– which also
    is one of my favorite hobbies. So Vardges and I are
    planning some trips during next spring’s bird
    migration season in Armenia to do some birdwatching
    around the country. Armenia’s unique wetlands
    and natural parks offer an environmental
    attraction as well for
    international tourists. So thank you very much. [ARMENIAN]