Local Leads: 11/29/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Monday, Nov 29, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Red Kettle Donations Down

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

VIRGINIA BRIDGES NEED WORK
Stafford Sun / AP: "Virginia Department of Transportation documents show the state has a big number of aging bridges. The Daily Press reported Sunday that the agency found more than 80 structurally deficient bridges in the Hampton Roads area alone. Statewide, the agency says 9 percent of bridges and culverts - or about 1,800 of them - are deficient."

METROBUSES TALK

wtop.com: "Ten Metrobuses have been fitted with a safety device that plays a recorded message when the bus is about to turn: "Pedestrians, bus is turning."  As the driver turns the steering wheel inside the bus, a different message plays: "Caution. Look both ways."  

RED KETTLE DONATIONS DOWN
Gazette: "One of the Salvation Army's most recognizable fundraisers — the Red Kettle campaign —isn't performing well in its first week and representatives are pointing toward a new Giant Food policy as the reason. The National Capital Area Salvation Army reported today that the campaign — where volunteers and paid personnel stand outside shopping centers during the holidays ringing a bell to draw attention to the large red bucket next to them — has seen a $74,000 drop in donations compared to the same week last year. "
 

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