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VDOT Unveiling Commuter Travel Time Displays

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Northern Virginia commuters can now count the minutes while they sit in traffic on Interstate 95.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is scheduled to take the wraps off electronic message signs Monday between Fredericksburg and Washington. The signs will display estimated travel times, giving motorists a heads up on what lies ahead or the option to seek alternate routes.

Motorists will see travel times posted at three northbound and four southbound locations along the highway. They will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

The system was introduced in August on other Washington-area commuter routes.


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Toyota Game Night Brief

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Game of the Week voting came down to the wire and a technical glitch in the poll made it impossible to determine the winner. The result: a double dose of high school hoops on Friday.

The night tipped off in Alexandria, Virginia where T.C. Williams topped Thomas Edison, 55-53.

Halfway through the first quarter, Jordan Byrd set the tempo for the Titans with a clean pass to Anthony Huggins, who scored on the alley-oop. 

Edison forward Tyrone Mackall responded with a standout performance. The senior finished the night with 24 points and 17 boards, but it wasn't enough for the Eagles to establish a significant lead. The score stayed close and the Titans won on two late free throws. 

In Oxon Hill, Maryland the Oxon Hill Clippers defeated the Suitland Rams, 75-70. Magic Harris carried Oxon Hill with 20 points and 11 assists. The Clippers will hit the hardwood Tuesday at Bowie High School and the Rams will welcome Northwestern.

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Virginia State Trooper Shot, Suspect Dies

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- Virginia State Police say that a man who was shot during a struggle with a trooper has died.

State police say that 32-year-old Herbert J Wheeler of Chesterfield died Friday morning at Mary Washington Hospital.

Sr. Trooper Michael H. Hamer was shot in the leg, and is recovering at Mary Washington. 

A Department of Motor Vehicles special agent reportedly tried to stop Wheeler for reckless driving Thursday afternoon on Interstate 95 but Wheeler fled from the vehicle.

Trooper Michael Hamer responded found Wheeler on the side of I-95 south about 10 miles south of Fredericksburg and put him in his patrol car.  And that's when things took a sudden and violent turn. State police say Wheeler tried to get Hamer's gun, which discharged and wounded Hamer. He then shot Wheeler with another gun.

Pentagon Wins Tentative $5B Budget Increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional negotiators have tentatively settled on a $5 billion increase for the Pentagon's non-war budget as a mammoth spending bill is taking shape behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.

The measure would also cut President Barack Obama's request for Afghanistan's security forces, as well as his request for special vehicles that are resistant to roadside bombs.

The measure would also provide $115 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to $518 billion for the Pentagon's core budget. War costs are dropping almost $43 billion from last year as U.S. troops leave Iraq.

The budget decisions are contained in congressional documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Associated Press


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