Local Leads: 5/9/11

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

    FAIRFAX TRAFFIC IMPACT FEES
    WAMU: "The Fairfax County Board is about to consider imposing transportation impact fees that would force developers to alleviate the traffic caused by new projects. But the idea doesn't have much traction. The Fairfax County Board is about to consider imposing transportation impact fees that would force developers to alleviate the traffic caused by new projects. But the idea doesn't have much traction."

    HOUSING VALUES
    Washington Business Journal : "Nationwide home values fell 3 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to real estate tracking company Zillow.com. Home values fell 1 percent between February and March and 8.2 percent compared to March 2010. The cumulative decline in home values since the market peak is now 29.5 percent."

    HUMAN-POWERED HELICOPTER
    Washington Post: " With their eyes on a $250,000 prize, members of a University of Maryland team are preparing for this week’s first test flight of their human-powered helicopter. “Everyone is excited,” said senior research scientist V.T. Nagaraj, an adviser to the team of 50 graduate and undergraduate students at Maryland’s engineering school. A product of two years’ effort, their copter is powered by hand- as well as foot-pedaling and features special carbon fiber construction and longer rotor blades than a regular helicopter."