Local Leads: 10/09/2009

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    Metro Braces for More Cuts

    Metro is projecting that declining ridership will create a $22.4 million budget shortfall this fiscal year, forcing managers to urgently search for cuts in coming weeks. The transit agency's chief financial officer, Carol Kissal, told the board's finance committee Thursday that the estimated gap is based on ridership in July and August. If ridership does not bounce back by December, she said, the cuts could grow. "I think it's prudent to get ahead of the game on this," she said. (Washington Post)

    City to Sell Foreclosed Homes

    The townhouse at 58 Vienna Court was once rodent-infested, with first-floor ceilings torn down to expose floor beams above.  No one knew how long it had stood vacant. The foreclosed property on Frederick 's west end prompted the city to take action. Last year, the city bought and rehabilitated the house using its federal Community Development Block Grant money. (Frederick News Post)

    Va Energy Tax Holiday

    Virginia is holding its third annual tax holiday on energy-efficient products.  From Friday through Monday, residential consumers can save money by buying sales-tax exempt heat pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, insulation, toilets and other products priced at $2,500 or less that are certified as being energy efficient with the Energy Star and WaterSense designations. (InsideNova.com)
     

    Free School Lunches Harder to Get

    More children are getting into school lunch lines without being able to pay, creating a financial burden for school districts. Some schools are toughening their policies — limiting students to two or three unpaid meals, creating payment plans and using collection agencies. It's a growing problem that reflects families' economic struggles nationally, says Dora Rivas, president of the School Nutrition Association. (USA Today)

    School Bus Joyride

    Two Virginia Tech students are accused of taking a joyride in a stolen school bus. Blacksburg police say 19-year-old Alexander J. Telkowski and 20-year-old Aleksander Andreyev were charged Friday morning.Each student is charged with felony destruction of property, grand larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, trespassing on school property, underage possession of alcohol and public intoxication. (WTOP)wtop.com/