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Joe Biden names Kamala Harris as his running mate.
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Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, the 55-year-old first-term senator is one of the party’s most prominent figures. She quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended. In a tweet, Biden called Harris a “fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.” “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump,” he said. Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday near Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware.
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If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, the city of Harrisonburg has some, but it is probably not what you’d expect. “It’s the easiest way for us to get those back out into the market and recover some of those costs,” Michael Parks, director of communications for the city, said. Every year cities across the country re-purpose used items that are no longer needed and open them up to the public. “An item we are no longer in need of or if it’s a vehicle, the city will have policies for how many miles or how many years we put on a vehicle before it gets to the end of its life for us, but it could still be used for others,” Parks said. Right now a firetruck, dump truck and two police cars are stored at the city’s transportation building and some cars are even being used for city WiFi in the time being. “We park it in the community. People can get on the internet to do their schoolwork and then once that’s over we’ll be able to take those vehicles and put them back out into the auction,” Parks said. But it’s not just vehicles, there’s a little bit of everything for auction. “Everything from furniture to parks and rec equipment to, we’re even auctioning off some of the wood that has been taken from Westover Park that people can reclaim and use for projects,” Parks said. All of the money earned goes back to the city budget. “If at the end of their life for us, we can put those things back into the market, recoup some of those costs back into our budget. That’s less tax payer dollars we have to use for other things,” Parks said.
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Harrisonburg City council is considering an ordinance to limit the number of people at gatherings to 50 in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance would be in effect for 60 days unless extended by the council. There are some exemptions such as religious activities, weddings, and any expressive activities with the purpose to exercise one’s rights. Other areas like Charlottesville, Blacksburg, and Radford have or are considering similar situations. The penalties for violations include fines for all involved, up to $500 for the owner and $250 for any attendees. There is also the potential for misdemeanors, but those charges would not be placed unless a warning is given first by law enforcement. If passed this would go into effect tonight at midnight and would go through October 12th unless extended by the council.
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On Tuesday, volunteers and crews with the city of Staunton were out at Gypsy Hill Park surveying damage from this weekend’s flooding. Saturday night’s flooding impacted several parts of the park including playgrounds, sidewalks, baseball fields and even the duck pond. “The west end of the park from there, forward all the way to the duck pond and bandstand area, is where we received significant damage,” Chris Tuttle, with Staunton Parks and Recreation, said. Multiple fences around the baseball fields had been mangled and torn down, the parks pool overflowed with runoff water and playground equipment had been mowed down. “The Gypsy Express mini-train received significant damage from under wash, the tracks are now exposed and fencing is torn down,” Tuttle said. Volunteers with the Gypsy Express were out clearing the tracks and clearing up debris. Wade Haislip, who maintains the railway, said this is the third time in recent years that part of the foundation under the tracks had washed away. “I couldn’t believe it. The track has moved over we’ve got to jack it up to put the riff-raff under there the track,” Haislip said. " At this part right here coming out of the tunnel its bent.” The train has not been in service this year due to COVID-19 but because of the damage, the train will have to stay at the station longer. “We’ve got a contractor that’s going to do the major work putting all this rock back but we’ll be here to help him,” Haislip said. Tuttle said the departments plan is to clean up the debris this week in the park and make an assessment of the financial damage.
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