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Rep. Abigail Spanberger visits Todos Supermarket in Woodbridge during a campaign stop on August 8, 2022. [Photo: Rick Horner]
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-Va. 7) says she's focused on preventing federal officials from participating in insider trading.

However, those same safeguards wouldn't apply to locally-elected officials.

Since 2020, Spanberger has sought to ban politicians from trading single stocks. Spanberger introduced the Transparent Representation Upholding Service and Trust in Congress Act. She has also gone so far as to recommend that family members of sitting members of Congress should not be allowed to buy or sell individual stocks due to the privileged information that may find its way into their hands.

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Prince William County will collect too much tax revenue in the coming year. As a result, it will give teachers and other county government school employees a bonus.

The Board of Supervisors agreed to front the county schools with $12.5 million for a one-time teacher bonus. Last April, in the largest county budget ever approved at $3.8 billion, Supervisors hiked taxes in anticipation of losing revenues from taxes collected at grocery stores.

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A crew team uses a dock at Lake Ridge Marina on the Occoquan Reservoir. [Photo: Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye Facebook Page]
Prince William Board of County Supervisors ordered a study water study in the wake of multiple data center campuses looking to build in the area. 

The study, to be overseen by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, will examine and detail what sediments are flowing into the Occoquan Reservoir, one of the largest drinking water sources in Prince William County. Two-thirds of all stormwater runoff in the county end up in the reservoir. 

The study comes as residents have voiced concerns that the continued development of the county's rural areas with new data center campuses would produce more sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus that can pollute the reservoir. 

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QTS data center in Manassas [Photo: Google Maps]
Power problems for data centers in Loudoun County will not affect its neighbor, Prince William County.

A recent report in Loudoun Now states Dominion and Loudoun County officials are working to solve an issue that has led to the power transmission problems.

According to Dominion Energy spokesman Aaron Ruby, the problem in Loudoun affects a small portion, Ashburn, hindered by a lack of transmission infrastructure to power new data centers. Loudoun officials say they are concerned that the issue may stall the development of new power-hungry data centers and server farms that power the internet.

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Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair At-large Ann Wheeler.

Ann Wheeler has much to say in a fundraising email to constituents following bi-partisan calls for her to resign or be removed from office.

Wheeler, the top locally-elected policy maker in Prince William County, dodged a question from this news organization about her reaction to a bi-partisan effort to recall the Democrat, who's served as the At-large Chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors since 2020. However, in an email posted to the Coalition to Protect Prince William's website, one of the groups calling on Wheeler to resign, the chairwoman July 17, said those calling for her recall are detractors of the Board's progressive agenda.

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Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor Center is located on Route 234 near Manassas, Virginia.

If building heights aren't limited, visitors to the hallowed ground near Manassas will see data centers no matter where they look.

This week, a new report from the Prince William County Planning office shows visitors to Manassas National Battlefield Park would see towering data centers, no matter where they stand in the park, if companies were allowed to build them to standard heights of 85 to 105 feet tall.

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They take their drive-through lanes seriously in Prince William County.

After much back and forth with lawyers representing Sheetz gas stations, the Board of County Supervisors approved a new fueling station and convenience store to be built at Interstate 66 and Route 29 at Gainesville Crossing. It will be the first retail development in a new complex next to a 1,000-space commuter lot.

Micheal Vanderpool of the Manassas-based law firm Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, P.C., representing developer Buchanan Partners, said the Sheetz is the perfect project in an ideal location. Vanderpool petitioned the Board of County Supervisors for a Special Use Permit, a document required before Sheetz could build a planned drive-through lane outside the convenience store, and install gas pumps.

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Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair At-large Ann Wheeler.

Prince William County Board Chair At-large Ann Wheeler continues to stonewall reporters following a bi-partisan recall effort from residents demanding that she resign.

Today, the Prince William County Government called a press conference to discuss a $10.6 million deal to buy a vacant retail shop next to Potomac Mills mall for a mental health crisis center. Wheeler dodged a question from PLN, seeking her reaction to the recall effort.

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Elected officials gather for a private event in 2017 for the opening of an Iron Mountain data center near Gainesville, Va. [Submitted photo]
Iron Mountian was one of the first significant data centers to open in Prince William County.

Its grand opening celebration in 2017 was closed to the public and drew several high-profile business leaders and county officials. The county's economic development office heralded it as a win for the region as it began working to lure data center companies from neighboring Loudoun County, which has the highest concentration of data centers globally.

According to permit data published by the Prince William County Department of Development Services, Iron Mountain will build a $6 million addition to its campus at 11680 Hayden Road, just off Wellington Road near Gainesville.

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