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Cheat Sheet: January 22, 2013

Truck scatters granite countertops on I-264

If you were heading eastbound on I-264 early this afternoon, you were probably surprised to see all four lanes crawling at a snail’s pace around Ballentine Boulevard. A tractor trailer lost its load of granite countertops on the highway, causing at least a mile-long backup beginning around 12:30 p.m. Three of the four lanes were closed until the Broad Creek Bridge for crews to clean up the debris. (Source)

Shots fired at Texas community college

Shots were fired today at Lone Star College in Houston. The school has since been put on lock down, and paramedics have been sighted treating victims on the campus. It is currently unknown how many were injured. One person is in custody, and police are searching for a possible second suspect who may be on the run. An emergency notice has been sent to all students of the community college warning them not to enter the campus. (Source)

New law will fine reckless car door flingers

If you don’t already, be sure to think twice before recklessly flinging your car door open. A proposal just approved by the Virginia State Senate allows $100 fines on motorists who open vehicle doors on the side of oncoming traffic when it is unsafe to do so. The legislation was brought forth by Sen. J. Chapman Petersen as a safety measure to reduce “dooring” incidents where bicyclists in their designated lanes are struck by car doors. Apparently many of the 730 bicycle accidents in 2011 involved this kind of incident. (Source)

Keystone possibility back on the table

The controversial Keystone Pipeline proposal is back on President Obama’s desk today after Nebraska governor Dave Heineman signed off on the project. Last year, Heineman held off approval for the pipeline, which would transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Texan Gulf coast, due to concerns over the pipeline’s route. The route has since been revised to avoid the Sand Hills region of Nebraska, a change that has satisfied Heineman but may not be enough to deter the president’s environmental concerns. If approved, the pipeline is predicted to create thousands of jobs. (Source)

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