FERC: Atlantic Coast Pipeline environmental impacts can be “less than significant”

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, an assessment by federal regulators found. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines, released its final environmental impact statement Friday for the proposed 600-mile (965-kilometer) pipeline, which has broad support from political and business leaders but is staunchly opposed by environmentalists and many affected landowners.The assessment found that if developers use proper construction and mitigation techniques, most of those environmental impacts could be reduced to “less-than-significant” levels. The release of the report sets the stage for a final decision from the commission on whether the project can proceed. The agency’s commissioners will weigh the environmental impact statement as well whether the project meets a public need and whether its proposed gas rates are just and reasonable in making that decision, according to FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen.

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Metered parking program starts on Monday

Representatives for Park Roanoke – the private firm that manages downtown parking spaces for the city – are demonstrating how the payment kiosks will work today before the start of Monday’s pilot program. That’s when 5 percent of the city’s street parking stock will be metered for 90 days. Wyatt Poats in the general manager for Park Roanoke. The first hour in the metered spots will be free. Poats says downtown merchants are hoping it frees up more parking spaces in front of their stores.

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Virginia ranked near the bottom of “Most Fun” states survey

Do you think Virginia is a fun place to live? Because a ranking of the most fun states in America has the commonwealth behind a large majority of the nation. WFIR’s Ian Price has more:

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LewisGale Neurosurgeon: McCain’s confused questions were a likely tipoff to his brain tumor

Dr. Claudia Martin

LewisGale Medical Center neurosurgeon Dr. Claudia Martin says she wondered if Senator John McCain had some sort of medical issue during his confused questioning last month of former F.B.I. Director James Comey. McCain has now undergone surgery for a brain tumor that frequently affects speaking and thinking. Dr. Martin spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones:

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Wheelchair basketball team wants to raise awareness- and funds

A first-time event featuring wheelchair basketball players tomorrow hopes to raise awareness – and funds – for a local team that wants to play competitive ball. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Goodview man charged after fatally shooting neighbor’s dog

A Goodview man accused of fatally shooting a dog this week has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm. According to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office, Fred Dooley called authorities on Wednesday and said a neighbor’s dog bit his grandson and he was requesting an ambulance. Dooley told authorities that after the dog bite, he went inside to grab a shotgun, found the dog and shot it twice.

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