Atlantic Coast Pipeline cost expected to increase by $1.5B

The cost of a controversial natural gas pipeline planned to run through Virginia is expected to increase by more than $1 billon. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Duke Energy is a 47 percent partner in the 600-mile (1,000-kilometer) Dominion Energy-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Duke CEO Lynn Good said in an earnings call Tuesday the estimated total project cost is now at least $6 billion because of delays in the permitting process. Dominion spokesman Aaron Ruby could not confirm the new estimate but said Dominion’s financial disclosure next week would have more information. Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Greg Buppert says the higher cost means Virginia and North Carolina utility customers will pay more. Duke anticipates the project’s cost to increase by up to $1.5 billion before its expected 2019 completion date.

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GOP Senate candidate scolds “toilet paper” Republicans on Medicaid expansion

U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart has made his disdain for the GOP-controlled House of Delegates budget that includes Medicaid expansion known using toilet paper. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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GOP-led push for Medicaid expansion faces roadblocks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Even with new support from key GOP leaders, Medicaid expansion in Virginia still faces serious roadblocks. That includes a fierce intra-party squabble among Republicans and strong disagreement among expansion supporters on how to pay for it.
Those divisions were on display Thursday as both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly debated whether Medicaid expansion should be included in the state budget. The House favors Medicaid expansion and the new hospital tax, which the Senate opposes.

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UPDATE: Missing Campbell County man found safe

UPDATE: Mr. Quivers has been found locally and is safe. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office appreciates and thanks all those who assisted with information toward his safe return.

PREVIOUS: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing senior citizen. Louis Sterling Quivers, age 76, was last seen on Wednesday, February 21 at 11 a.m. on Timberlake Road (near the Waterlick Plaza area) in Campbell County.

Mr. Quivers is 6’2”, 198 pounds and was wearing a red sweat suit, black leather hat, a black back brace (over his sweatshirt jacket) and red Nike shoes. Mr. Quivers may be experiencing memory issues or may appear confused.

If you have seen Mr. Quivers, or have any information on his location, please contact the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9574.

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Jimmy Carter to deliver commencement at Liberty in May

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(from Liberty release) Liberty University is proud to announce that former President Jimmy Carter will deliver the keynote address at Commencement on Saturday, May 19. It will be Liberty’s 45th Commencement and will include the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s inaugural graduating class.

The university has previously hosted two other U.S. presidents for Commencement, both while still in office. George H. W. Bush spoke at the May 13, 1990, graduation. President Donald J. Trump spoke at the school during an event last year. President Falwell said, “I did not meet President and Mrs. Carter until early last year.  I was so impressed with the president’s warmth, kind demeanor, and humility. It is one of the greatest honors of my life to welcome President Carter to our Commencement stage. I have tremendous respect for him as a statesman and a true Christian”

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Contract awarded for Phase II of Odd Fellows Road project

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded a contract for the second phase of the Odd Fellows Road interchange and improvement project. The work will involve reconstructing the road from Mayflower Drive to the Lynchburg Expressway, a project that includes building a center turn lane, and it should be completed by fall of next year. Also approved: contracts worth $11.6 million to repave multiple routes in Campbell, Appomattox, Amherst and Nelson Counties.

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