Local Leads: 02/09/09

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

    SNOW MORE!!
    The Virginia Department of Transportation expected to remove 500,000 tons of snow from northern Virginia roads this week, and that was before weather teams started calling for a second storm to hit the region this week. Parts of Fairfax County received as much as 34 inches of snow during the initial storm that started Friday, Feb. 5. A few days later, local emergency responders were bracing for a second wave of winter weather, expected to bring as much as 10 to 20 inches of additional snow on Tuesday, Feb. 9. (Connection Newspapers)

    FINE DINING WITH FIDO
    Dog lovers may soon be able to dine with their pooch on the patios of Frederick County restaurants. Sen. Alexander X. Mooney (R-Dist. 3) of Urbana proposed legislation last week that would give county commissioners the authority to permit Frederick County restaurants to allow people to dine with dogs on patios. (Gazette)

    TAX BILLS COULD INCREASE IN LOUDOUN
    Loudoun County residents could see their tax bills increase by an average of 10 percent, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet told supervisors Feb. 8.  Hemstreet formally presented the Board of Supervisors with the fiscal year 2011 budget, which included – as requested by the board – a 5 percent increase over last fiscal year's expenditures that were funded with local tax money.  That scenario reflects a tax rate of $1.40 per $100 of assessed value. This would mean an increase of $505 on the average residential tax bill. (Loudoun Times)

    FELONY SNOWBALL THROWING
    Throwing snowballs at occupied vehicles isn't a harmless prank, Harrisonburg police say. Two James Madison University students learned that lesson the hard way. Each faces a felony charge for throwing snowballs at a city snowplow and an unmarked police car. (wtop.com)

    HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES
    Gaithersburg-based food services giant Sodexo Inc. has agreed to join First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation, planning healthier school lunches as part of its commitment.Sodexo serves more than 2.8 million school meals a day to students in more than 470 school districts across the country. (Washington Business Journal)