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GRTC’s ‘Where’s Santa?’ returns


GRTC will again thanks its transit riders with its annual "Where’s Santa?" event.

This week, from Dec. 16-19, the GRTC Santa will visit buses on different routes each day. Santa will greet each rider aboard and give each one a GRTC GoCard good for one free bus ride.

The routes and times of day that the GRTC Santa will appear are not being announced in advance.

Miller Road to be closed at railroad crossing March 11-13

A portion of Miller Road will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 to mid-afternoon Thursday, March 13 for repairs to the CSX railroad crossing.

The work by CSX will prohibit travel on Miller between Charles City Road and Seven Hills Boulevard. Message boards will alert motorists of the closure. South Laburnum Avenue and South Airport Drive provide alternate routes between Charles City and Seven Hills.

Amtrak station parking expansion plans progress


Relief is on the way for the crowded Amtrak station parking lot on Staples Mill Road.

A nearly five-acre expansion to the lot could begin later this year and be completed by the summer of 2015. The Virginia Department of Transportation has purchased five parcels of land adjacent to the station and is under contract on two other adjacent parcels, which should close later this spring, VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand said.

Summit spotlights dangerous driving habits

A commuter train runs a red light in Los Angeles and collides with a freight train, killing 25 and injuring 135.

A helicopter runs out of gas and crashes a mile short of landing while on a medical flight in Missouri, killing the pilot, the patient, and two medical personnel.

A tractor trailer driver veers out of his lane and crosses the median in Kentucky, killing 11 -- including eight members of a family traveling to a wedding.

Replica guns confiscated at airport

A man was stopped by TSA officers at Richmond International Airport (RIC) on Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint x-ray machine detected two guns in his carry-on bags. The guns were confiscated by the airport's police department, which determined that they were replica guns. The man, who was originally ticketed to fly to Dallas Fort-Worth, was allowed to continue on the flight.

Officials are reminding travelers that actual firearms and realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags and must be packed in checked baggage. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.

Florida man dies in tractor-trailer crash in Eastern Henrico

A 47-year-old Florida man died last night when the tractor-trailer he was driving ran off the left side of the exit ramp heading from I-64 West to I-295 South in Eastern Henrico.

Reggie D. Battle, 47, of Jacksonville, Fla., was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10:30 p.m. Virginia State Police continue to investigate the incident. No other injuries were reported.

Airport begins another round of growth

Being one of the most efficient airports in the world requires staying ahead of the curve, especially in one of the country’s fastest-growing regions.

Richmond International Airport is continuing to be a leader in development in Eastern Henrico, with planned expansions and improvements on its 300,000 acres to accommodate future business and passenger needs. It was recently named the second-most efficient mid-sized airport internationally by the Air Transport Research Society.

AAA Mid-Atlantic launches ‘Smart Driver Challenge’ web quiz

When is it ok to go through a yellow light? What are you supposed to do when an emergency vehicle passes you with sirens blaring? Why is it bad to tailgate, other than annoying your fellow drivers?

How would you score if you had to take your written driver’s test today? The AAA Mid-Atlantic Smart Driver Challenge will help you find out just how much know and whether you need to refresh your skills.

Virginia woman stopped at RIC with loaded gun

A Virginia woman was stopped by TSA officers at Richmond International Airport on July 18 at 7 a.m. after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected a loaded gun in the woman’s carry-on bag. The incident marks the second time this year that TSA detected a gun in a passenger’s carry-on at the RIC checkpoint.

TSA contacted the Richmond International Airport Police Department who responded and confiscated the .38 caliber handgun, loaded with 6 rounds. The woman, who was originally ticketed to fly to Philadelphia was arrested on a state charge. There was no impact to airport operations.

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