News in Briefs: April 3

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April 3, 2009

2:04 AM

*Mascot Committee seeks ideas from students*

The College of William and Mary Mascot Committee is officially accepting mascot ideas between April 1 and June 30.

Students may obtain more information and submit ideas online. Drawings, photographs, videos or other visual representations of mascot ideas are encouraged, but not required.

The mascot search website is available at www.wm.edu/mascot/ideas.

*Williamsburg Area Transport increases frequency*

The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority announced in a press release that it will increase the frequency of service on several Williamsburg Area Transport lines.

WAT will put a second bus on four hourly routes starting at the Williamsburg Transportation Center and running every half-hour between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. WAT’s hours will remain hourly on all other lines and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The blue and gray line buses will increase in frequency year round. The orange and tan lines will increase from April through October.

These changes were made to support the WAT system’s highest ridership.

*Five Virginia buildings receive green renovation*

United States Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner announced Wednesday that the U.S. General Service Administration has released more than $66 million to renovate and modernize five of Virginia’s federal buildings as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a press release.

“Modernizing our federal buildings to perform more efficiently will create local jobs and save future taxpayer money on energy costs,” Webb said in a press release. “This funding will provide the necessary resources for communities to properly invest in public buildings and spur economic growth in the area of energy efficiency.”

The GSA’s Public Buildings Service based their decisions on the ability of the project to put people back to work quickly and increase energy efficiency in federal buildings.

*Virginia working families receive tax credit*

The Obama Administration released a state-by-state analysis Wednesday to demonstrate the national impact of the Making Work Pay Tax credit. President Barack Obama signed the tax credit into law in February.

According to a press release, 2.9 million working Virginia families will collectively receive $1.5 billion. Nationwide, the credit provides tax relief for over 110 million working families. The relief is valued at nearly $60 billion.

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