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Feb 26, 201304:45 PM

Cheat Sheet: February 26, 2013

Immigrants facing deportation given supervised release

In a reaction to the looming budget cuts and potential sequester in three days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released an unknown number of immigration detainees being held pending deportation. These individuals have been released around the country and placed on a supervised release. The decision allegedly comes on the heels of an ICE review of the detained population and a determination that detention resources are too limited to support housing the immigrants. The agency asserts that it will continue to prosecute the cases and the immigrants will be monitored outside detention facilities. (Source)

Hot-air balloon crashes in Egypt

Eighteen people have been killed in Egypt due to a hot-air balloon crash this morning. The balloon, carrying foreign tourists, plummeted nearly 1,000 feet after its gas supply caught fire and exploded. The balloon had reportedly been in the process of landing but had been pushed back into the air by the wind, which caused the gas pipe to snap. The pilot and one other passenger survived but are currently in critical condition. The 18 dead are tourists from France, Britain, Japan, Hungary and China. (Source)

VDOT Contractor charged with unlawful dumping

TME Enterprises, Inc., a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation, faces illegal dumping charges in Chesapeake and misdemeanor charges for tossing road debris into the stormwater system in Norfolk. The company, who was recently involved in the emergency pothole repairs on I-264 this month, is due in Chesapeake court March 19 to answer for its unlawful dumping charge. VDOT owns the company’s South Military Highway site. (Source)

Obama speaks at Newport News Shipbuilding

President Obama visited the Newport News Shipbuilding today and spoke to a crowd of about 2,500. The president’s speech focused on the impending sequester set to take effect March 1 if no budget agreement is made in Congress. The president was accompanied by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA). According to White House officials, the sequester will furlough 90,000 civilian Department of Defense employees and cancel the maintenance of 11 ships in Norfolk, as well as delay other projects. (Source)

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