Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Tuesday, the Virginia House of Delegates voted to grant local school boards the power to choose whether classes begin before or after Labor Day, so long as students have a five-day Labor Day weekend. The repeal of the Kings Dominion Law will go before the Senate by March 10.
According to a University of Virginia survey, Loudoun County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state, having acquired another 84,000 residents since 2010 and coming in at a total population of 396,068.
A 17-year-old male was taken into custody as a person of interest in the case of Jholie Moussa, the 16-year-old whose body was found in Woodlawn Park after having gone missing on Jan. 12.
The first Reston Annual State of the Environment Report will be presented to the community at meeting from 7-8 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) on Thursday.
One-half of an acre of a Woodbridge Senior High School (3001 Old Bridge Road) grass practice field caught fire over the weekend. Tryouts for spring sports will still be held on Feb. 19, however.
The hands-free cell phone bill presented by Senator Scott Surovell did not pass the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would have prohibited drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving and also grant those how cannot show legal immigration status, but pay Virginia taxes and are capable of passing a drivers test temporary driving permits.