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    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]

    Light rail fight heats up ahead of November vote
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    Light rail fight heats up ahead of November vote

    October 16, 2019


    INVESTIGATORS SAY CAN HELP PREVENT ACCIDENTS. THE FIGHT OVER EXTENDING LIGHT RAIL INTO VIRGINIA BEACH IS HEATING UP — AS ELECTION DAY INCHES CLOSER. VOTERS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY IN NOVEMBER. TONIGHT — PROTESTERS RALLIED OUTSIDE A MEETING IN NORFOLK WHERE SUPPORTERS TALKED ABOUT WAYS TO WIN OVER ANYONE WHO HASN’T MADE UP THEIR MIND. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S JOE FISHER IS HERE TO BREAK DOWN BOTH SIDES. TOM, ANITA — ON ONE SIDE, THERE’S SUPPORT FOR AN INTERCONNECTED REGION. FOR AN INTERCONNECTED REGION. ON THE OTHER SIDE, MANY SAY LIGHT RAIL COSTS TOO MUCH MONEY. PERHAPS THE BIGGEST QUESTION — IS WILL PEOPLE RIDE THE TIDE? OUTSIDE THE SLOVER LIBRARY IN NORFOLK — PROTESTERS STAND UNITED AGAINST LIGHT RAIL. JOHN ATKINSON/NO LIGHT RAIL VIRGINIA BEACH ((C28 7:23)) “THIS IS A DREAM, IT’S NOT REALISTIC.” INSIDE — SUPPORTERS OF THE TIDE AND ITS EXTENSION INTO THE BEACH — TALK ABOUT A VISION FOR CONNECTING HAMPTON ROADS. WILL CHRISTOPHER/HAMPTON ROADS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE ((C27 58:19)) “HOW WE DEFINE CONNECTIVITY TODAY IS MUCH DIFFERENT. IT’S MORE WALABLE, BIKABLE, HOP ON THE LIGHT RAIL, JUMP IN AN UBER.” IN NOVEMBER — BEACH NEWTOWN ROAD IN NORFOLK — TO TOWN CENTER. VIRGINIA BEACH CITY TREASURER JOHN ATKINSON LED THE EFFORT TO GET THAT QUESTION ON THE BALLOT. HE SAYS THE PRICETAG — OVER 200 MILLION DOLLARS — IS WASTEFUL SPENDING. JOHN ATKINSON/NO LIGHT RAIL VIRGINIA BEACH ((C28 6:22)) “THE STUDY THAT HRT PRINTED SAID THAT ONLY 1,100 PEOPLE WOULD RIDE IT DAILY IN 2034.” ((C28 8:25)) “1,100 PEOPLE A DAY IS NOTHING, IN THE WAY OF CONGESTION, THE ELIMINATION OF POLLUTION OR TRANSPORTING PEOPLE.” NOT THE CASE — SAYS WILL CHRISTOPHER — PRESIDENT OF THE HAMPTON ROADS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE WILL CHRISTOPHER/HAMPTON ROADS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE ((C27 57:16)) “DOWNTOWN TO TOWN CENTER, THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH BUSINESS WE DO BACK AND FORTH.” CHRISTOPHER BELIEVES THE TRACKS COULD SPAWN NEW BUSINESS AND HOUSING. WILL CHRISTOPHER/HAMPTON ROADS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE ((C27 59:20)) “THE ENTERPRISE, BUSIESS THAT HEY WE’RE MAKING INVESTMENT IN THIS COMMUNITY.” SO FAR — THE BEACH HAS SPENT $16.3 MILLION DOLLARS. MOST OF IT — TO BUY THE FORMER NORFOLK SOUTHERN RIGHT-OF-WAY. THE QUESTION NOW — SHOULD THEY MOVE FORWARD. WILL CHRISTOPHER/HAMPTON ROADS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE ((C27 3:05)) “IF WE ARE REALLY SERIOUS, WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT A CONNECTED, UNIFIED REGION.” JOHN ATKINSON/NO LIGHT RAIL VIRGINIA BEACH ((C28 5:36)) “IF NO ONE’S GOING TO RIDE IT AND IT’S THAT EXPENSIVE, DON’T DO IT.” $155 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING SITS ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW FOR THE PROJECT. THE CITY MUST MAKE A DECISION BY DECEMBER 31 — OR THAT MONEY WILL GO TO ANOTHER LOCALITY. MEANWHILE — HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT WILL PRESENT AN ENGINEERING STUDY MONDAY. THAT REPORT IS EXPECTED TO GIVE US A BETTER IDEA OF THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST. I’M JOE FISHER, 10 ON YOUR SIDE WHILE DEMONSTRATORS MADE THEIR POINT TONIGHT IN NORFOLK. A NEW SURVEY FROM OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY TAKES US TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS. IT SAYS NEARLY 60 PERCENT WANT THE TIDE TO RUN TO THE VIRGINIA BEACH OCEANFRONT. 37 PERCENT WANT TO SEE IT IN NEWPORT NEWS. ONLY 13 PERCENT DON’T WANT ANY EXPANSION OF THE TIDE. FIND THE RESULTS OF TODAY’S SURVEY AND ALL OUR PREVIOUS COVERAGE ON WAVY DOT COM.

    Governor discusses Virginia Beach’s $20 million light rail expansion bill
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    Governor discusses Virginia Beach’s $20 million light rail expansion bill

    October 16, 2019


    WATCHES OR WARNINGS FOR OUR AREA. GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE WAS IN TOWN HELPING NORFOLK ACADEMY CELEBRATE ITS UPCOMING 300 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. HE WAS ALSO TAKING QUESTIONS FROM 10 ON YOUR SIDE ABOUT $20 MILLION DOLLARS VIRGINIA BEACH OWES STATE TAXPAYERS. THOSE QUESTIONS POSED BY ANDY FOX WHO JOINS US FROM THE NEWSROOM. AFTER VIRGINIA BEACH VOTERS REJECTED LIGHT RAIL COMING TO THE BEACH, EFFORTS BEGAN TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS DUE THE STATE. TALK OF A PROMISE THAT THE CITY WOULD USE THE RAIL TRACK RIGHT OF WAY FOR MASSIVE OR RAPID TRANSIT SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. AFTER TALKING WITH GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE YOU GET THE IMPRESSION HE IS SKEPTICAL VIRGINIA BEACH CAN DEVELOP THE REQUIRED MASSIVE OR RAPID TRANSIT USE FOR THE PROPERTY. GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE REMINDS EVERYONE THE $20 MILLION DOLLARS THE STATE GAVE TO VIRGINIA BEACH FOR LIGHT RAIL IS $20 MILLION DOLLARS THAT NEEDS TO BE REPAID (45:05 37) ((IF THEY WANT TO DO SOME TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECT IN IN THE CORRIDOR WE WOULD LOOK AT THAT BUT WE ARE NOT PUTTING 20 MILLION DOLLARS SO THEY CAN PUT UP CONDOS OR WHATEVER THEY MIGHT BE. THAT IS NOT FAIR TO THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA)) RUNS: 15 GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE ALSO SAYS PUTTING A BIKE PATH OR WALKING PATH IN THIS RIGHT OF WAY IS NOT WHAT THE STATE IS LOOKING FOR. (52:56 38) ((DO YOU THINK VIRGINIA BEACHES 20 MILLION SHOULD BE DIVERTED AND GIVEN OVER TO NORFOLK IF IT IS FOR LIGHT RAIL YES)) RUNS: 06 NORFOLK MAYOR KENNY ALEXANDER (53:07 38) ((THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A BIKE PATH A WALK PATH APPROPRIATION AND THE MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR THE EXPANSION FOR LIGHT RAIL THROUGHOUT THE REGION OF SPECIALLY THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF NORFOLK )) RUNS: 13 GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE SEEMS TO AGREE WITH WHAT THE “SPIRIT OF THE $20 MILLION WAS TO BE USED FOR” (45:48 37) ((THE SPIRIT OF THE MONEY WAS USED FOR LIGHT RAIL THEY CAN COME BACK AND MAKE AN ARGUMENT FOR A MASS CAPACITY TO MOVE PEOPLE THROUGH TRANSPORTATION BARRING SOME AGREEMENT THAT MONEY IS COMING BACK IT IS ONLY FAIR)) RUNS: 11 (52:38 38) ((NORFOLK HAS LIGHT RAIL NORFOLK IS WILLING TO EXTEND LIGHT RAIL NOT ONLY TO THE NAVAL STATION TO ODU AND THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF NORFOLK.))52:47 RUNS:10 THAT’S WHAT GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE WANTS TO HEAR. (37 46;20 13) ((NORFOLK THEY’RE TRYING TO EXPAND MAYBE THEY NEED THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS 46:20 AND IF NORFOLK PUTS UP A GREAT PROPOSAL IF THEY PUT UP A GREAT PROPOSAL WHAT? WE WOULD FUND IT. NO QUESTION RUNS: 46:27 DID YOU HEAR THAT WE WOULD FUND IT NO QUESTION (38 53:22) (ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE GOVERN R THE 20 MILLION FROM VIRGINIA BEACH GIVEN TO NORFOLK INDEED.)) RUNS: 05 I AM TOLD VIRGINIA BEACH COUNCILMAN JOHN MOSS HAS BEEN TALKING WITH MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO GET THE $20 MILLION DOLLARS RETURNED TO THE STATE. 10 ON YOUR SIDE HAS SPOKEN WITH BEACH MAYOR WILL SESSOMS IN THE PAST, AND HE HAS SAID THE CITY COULD COME UP WITH THE $20 MILLION, IT WOULD BE HARD, AND WOULD PROBABLY TAKE AWAY FROM SOMETHING ELSE. THIS STORY IS CHANGING, STAY WITH US FOR DEVELOPMENTS.

    Life after light rail: Virginia Beach owes the Commonwealth $20 million
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    Life after light rail: Virginia Beach owes the Commonwealth $20 million

    October 16, 2019


    THE 20 MILLION DOLLAR BILL IS IN FOR LIGHT RAIL IN VIRGINIA BEACH. THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA GAVE THE CITY MONEY TO BUY THE RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY FROM NORFOLK SOUTHERN. BUT SINCE LIGHT RAIL DIDN’T PASS–VIRGINIA WANTS THE MONEY BACK. IT’S GONNA COST TAX PAYERS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER–UNLESS VIRGINIA AND THE CITY COMPROMISE. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S MATT GREGORY IS LIVE WITH WHAT HAPPENS TO THE RIGHT OF WAY BILL. IF THE CITY WANTS TO AVOID THAT 20 MILLION DOLLAR BILL FOR THIS LAND.. THE COMMONWEALTH IS OFFERING A ONE TIME SOLUTION THE CITY HAS TO TAKE IT OR PAY. ON ELECTION NIGHT LIGHT RAIL TO THE BEACH DIED IN A REFERENDUM. AND THE VERY THE NEXT DAY–THE BILL FROM VIRGINIA CAME IN. AUBREY LAYNE /LANE PHONER C0007 1:00:28 “THE STATE’S POSITION IS THAT THE MONEY IS DUE BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH; THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS.” 1:00:35 THAT 20 MILLION BY THE STATE–HELPED TO BUY THIS OLD RAIL ROAD RIGHT OF WAY. TODAY–WE TALKED TO SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION AUBREY LAYNE BY PHONE. HE SAYS THE COMMONWEALTH GAVE THAT MONEY UNDER THE IDEA IT WOULD BE SPENT FOR MASS TRANSIT. AUBREY LAYNE /LANE PHONER C0007 1:07:51 “WE UNDERSTAND NOW THAT LIGHT RAIL IS DEAD. THE CITY HAS SPOKE, THAT’S FINE. LIVE UP TO YOUR OBLIGATIONS.” 1:07:58 VIRGINIA BEACH MAYOR WILL SESSOMS RESPONDED. WILL SESSOMS / VA BEACH MAYOR C0001 6:16:50 “WE COULD COME UP WITH THE $20 MILLION, BUT YOU KNOW IT WOULD BE HARD TO AND IT WOULD PROBABLY TAKE AWAY FROM SOMETHING ELSE.” 6:16:55 HE, STATE LAWMAKERS AND SECRETARY LAYNE THINK THEY HAVE A COMPROMISE. ITS A RESTRICTIVE EASEMENT–WHERE THE CITY PROMISES TO USE THE RIGHT OF WAY–THEY WAY THAT COMMONWEALTH WAS PROMISED IT WOULD BE USED. WILL SESSOMS / VA BEACH MAYOR C0001 6:17:50 “THE USE OF THAT PROPERTY WOULD BE USED FOR MASSIVE OR RAPID TRANSIT SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE.” 6:17:56 BUT SECRETARY LAYNE SAYS TO KEEP THE MONEY–THE CITY CAN ONLY USE THE RIGHT OF WAY FOR A STATE APPROVED TRANSIT PROJECT. AUBREY LAYNE /LANE PHONER WHICH THE ORIGINAL 20 MILLION WAS GIVEN.” 1:01:17 SESSOMS AND LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TO HAMMER OUT THE WORDING OF THE EASEMENT- HE’LL TAKE IT TO THE COUNCIL IN FEBURARY. WILL SESSOMS / VA BEACH MAYOR C0001 6:16:38 “I ANTICPATE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE COUNSEL IS NOT TO PAY BACK THAT 20$ MILLION.” 6:16:44 SECRETARY LAYNE SAYS THIS IS THE LAST EFFORT BY THE STATE TO WORK WITH THE CITY ON THE ISSUE. AUBREY LAYNE /LANE PHONER C0007 1:06:16 “EITHER ACCEPT THIS COMPROMISE OR PAY US BACK THE MONEY.” 1:06:22 IT’S A PROMISE OF MASS TRANSIT IN THE FUTURE–OR PAY THE 20 MILLION DOLLAR BILL. THE CITY ALSO OWES 5 MILLIONS DOLLARS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE PROJECT. MAYOR SESSOMS SAYS SECRETARY LAYNE HAS STARTED TO WORK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SEE IF THIS RESTRICTIVE EASEMENT WILL WORK FOR THEM AS WELL. A TOTAL IN

    HRT developing new light rail routes to Naval Station Norfolk
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    HRT developing new light rail routes to Naval Station Norfolk

    October 15, 2019


    (LAURA) BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. LIGHT RAIL IS NOT HEADING TO NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — AT LEAST FOR NOW. (STEPHANIE) HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT SPENT THE LAST FEW YEARS DEVELOPING ROUTES TO THE NAVY BASE — THAT THEY SAY WON’T WORK. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S MARIELENA BALOURIS SPOKE WITH H-R-T TODAY ABOUT THESE PLANS. MARIELENA? (MARIELENA) BASICALLY THE ROUTES WOULD BE REALLY EXPENSIVE TO CREATE AND THERE AREN’T ENOUGH LIGHT RAIL RIDERS — TO MAKE THEM COMPETITIVE FOR FEDERAL FUNDING. (MARIELENA) SO TONIGHT — HRT IS HOLDING ITS FIRST PUBLIC MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE ROUTES AND WHY THEY DON’T THINK THEY’RE GOOD INVESTMENTS. BUT — THEY ARE STILL OPTIMISTIC FOR THE FUTURE. ROADS TRANSIT. JAMIE JACKSON, DIRECTOR OF TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT MULTIMODAL OPTIONS IS IMPORTANT JAMIE JACKSON IS SPEARHEADING THE LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION PROJECT. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, HRT CREATED MORE THAN A DOZEN POTENTIAL LIGHT RAIL ROUTES. THEY NARROWED IT DOWN TO TWO — AND AFTER A SERIES OF STUDIES — REALIZED NEITHER WOULD WORK. JAMIE JACKSON, DIRECTOR OF TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT YOU REALLY HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER YOU CREATE OR CONSTRUCT WILL COMPETE AND THESE TWO ALTERNATIVES UNFORTUNATELY DID NOT SHE’S TALKING ABOUT COMPETING FOR FEDERAL FUNDING. THE CURRENT “WESTSIDE” ROUTES WOULD NEED NEW INFRASTRUCTURE — LIKE A BRIDGE OVER THE LAFAYETTE RIVER AND OVERPASS OVER 564 AND 64 AT WARD’S CORNER. PLUS SEA LEVEL RISE WAS A CONCERN. SO WITH RIDERSHIP NUMBERS THAT DIDN’T MATCH THE COST OF THE ROUTES — HRT IS GOING BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. JAMIE JACKSON, DIRECTOR OF TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT THIS ASSET NEEDS TO LAST 50 YEARS AND ODU ECONOMICS PROFESSOR ROBERT MCNAB SAYS 50 YEARS OF A LIGHT RAIL ROUTE CAN CHANGE A COMMUNITY. ROBERT MCNAB, ODU ECONOMICS PROFESSOR LIGHT RAIL CAN HELP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IT CAN REDUCE CONGESTION AND IT CAN MOVE A REGION FORWARD IN TERMS OF ITS ATTRACTIVENESS HE THINKS TO REALLY BE EFFECTIVE, IT NEEDS TO KEEP EXPANDING. ROBERT MCNAB, ODU ECONOMICS PROFESSOR IF WE’RE GOING TO DEVELOP HAVE TO THINK REGIONALLY WITH REGARDS TO OUR PUBLIC TRANSIT SOLUTIONS RIGHT NOW THERE IS GOOD NEWS — JAMIE JACKSON, DIRECTOR OF TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT WE DO SEE THAT THERE SHOULD BE OR COULD BE A VIABLE OPTION ON THE EAST SIDE — IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WE SHOULD HAVE NEW POTENTIAL ROUTES — JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CITY. (MARIELENA) TONIGHT’S MEETING STARTS AT 6PM AT THE HRT BUILDING ON EAST 18TH STREET IN NORFOLK. THE NEXT ONE IS THURSDAY AT 6PM AT THE LAMBERT’S POINT COMMUNITY CENTER. I’M MARIELENA BALOURIS,

    Woman assaulted at uptown light rail station
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    Woman assaulted at uptown light rail station

    October 15, 2019


    RIVER, TWO OF HER FRIENDS WERE RESCUED, SHE WILL BE LAID TO REST FRIDAY. POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO POINTED A GUN AT A WOMAN AT THIS LIGHT RAIL STOP IN UPTOWN. THE WOMAN CALLED POLICE MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER THE ALTERCATION AT THE NINTH STREET LIGHT RAIL STOP. SHE TOLD OFFICERS A MAN ASSAULTED HER AND POINTED A GUN AT HER, THEN TOOK OFF RUNNING. THE WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO THE