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Plan To Privatize Liquor Stores Revealed

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has released details of his plan to privatize the liquor industry.
He says the state can raise $500 million by selling the 332 ABC stores Virginia owns.

Then he says the state can pull in $230 million annually by auctioning off 1,000 liquor licenses, the bulk of which will go to grocery and discount stores. Small stores and pharmacies will get the rest. He wants the money raised to go to local highway congestion relief projects.

"I like the idea of privatizing. And if it really does bring back money to the community, then I think it's a good idea," said Ginger Henney of Fairfax.

The plan reserves 600 licenses for large outlets such as grocery and discount stores. It reserves 250 for small mom-and-pop shops and another 150 for small-scale sales in pharmacies.

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Military Community Reacts To Koran Burning

QUANTICO, Va. (WUSA)-- In the town of Quantico, where American flags fly just steps from the marine base, love of country and love of our troops reign supreme; but some see a change in the country's landscape.

"Like they say, the marines are at war, Americans are at the mall," said former Marine George Schaudel.

Schaudel served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and said the Florida pastor who wants to burn the Koran is against the troops because his actions could spark more violence and bloodshed overseas. "Like the General (Petraeus) said it could cause more problems than it could solve," he added.

Other members of sitting at the bar inside the Marine Corp League agreed. "I'm sure (it will cause violence) when you incite someone during a time of war," said Former Marine Jack Stewart, "it's adding more fuel to the fire."

"It's insensitive," said former Navy sailor Vic Piollucci, "but only in America it is a first amendment right."

Va. Police Chief Questions Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Virginia police chief is calling on federal government officials to stop giving employment authorization cards to illegal immigrants with pending deportation proceedings after the recent death of a nun.

Prince William County police chief Charlie Deane mentioned the August death of a nun who was allegedly killed by a drunken driver who is not legally in the country in the letter to Homeland Security officials released Friday.

Police say 23-year-old Carlos Martinelly Montano, who is from Bolivia, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a previous arrest, but he was released pending a deportation hearing.

Deane says Montano received an employment authorization card after his second DUI offense and that Montano used the card to obtain a Virginia driver's license.

Dog Attacks Va. Animal Shelter Worker

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prince William County police say a pit bull has mauled an animal shelter worker.

Police say the dog was being walked on a leash to its owner when it suddenly attacked the 51-year-old woman at the shelter on Bristow Road on Wednesday. They say she was treated at a hospital for severe injuries to her leg and foot.

Two other shelter employees were able to contain the dog, which officials say had not previously shown signs of aggression toward the shelter staff. The pit bull had been quarantined at the shelter for the past 11 days after attacking three family members.

Police say the pit bull's owner decided to put down the dog.

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Free Admission to English Horse Show

The Prince William Horse Association is sponsoring an English Horse Show this upcoming weekend on Sunday, August 29. The show will feature pleasure and jumping events and begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Prince William County Fairgrounds in the Horse Arena. This English Horse Show is 1 of 14 competitions the Prince William Horse Association hosts each year.

The fairgrounds are located at 10624 Dumfries Road in Manassas. Admission is free! For more information call 703-330-7584.

Calling All Moms: Fall Consignment Sales Event

“Just Between Friends” is the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event franchise. JBF of Prince William County is hosting a fall consignment event on September 11th and 12th at the Prince William County Fairgrounds. They are now accepting consignors and volunteers!

The event will be held in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Prince William County Fairgrounds and run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday the 11th and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday the 12th. Admission is $5 a person from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The fairgrounds are located at 10624 Dumfries Road in Manassas, VA. Remember to register for special presales! Check out more information at http://princewilliam.jbfsale.com/.

 

Wastin' Away Again in Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band Concert is coming to town! Under the Big Top Tour is Thursday, September 2 through Saturday, September 4. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. at the Jiffy Lube Live located at 7800 Cellar Door Drive in Bristow, VA.

Tickets range from $36 to $136 and you can purchase your tickets now at www.livenation.com/venue/jiffy-lube-live-tickets.