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2011-10-28 08:00:00

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeScan, Inc., the maker of OneTouch® Brand Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems, has teamed up with Rite Aid to launch the Rite Track Diabetes Tour. Beginning on November 1, the start of American Diabetes Month, a mobile bus will travel to various Rite Aid pharmacies in eight cities in the Northeast to provide complimentary on-site blood glucose and A1c testing, educational materials and free product samples and offers for...

2011-07-12 11:44:00

Ridership projections show a new all-time record will be set WASHINGTON, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amtrak is projecting that for the first time ever its annual ridership will exceed 30 million passengers and in the process set a new all-time record when the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30. "We are having a very strong year because people around the country are choosing the convenience, efficiency and hassle-free environment of Amtrak to meet their travel needs," said...

2011-04-20 12:16:00

One-way fares between New York and Washington, D.C. as low as $29 WILMINGTON, Del., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amtrak announces a sale on its popular Northeast Regional train service. Passengers can take advantage of low one-way rail fares for travel between select Northeast cities. Travel from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. to New York City is just $29 each way and from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Va. only $19. The sale is available now through April 21 for travel...

2010-03-31 07:03:00

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Actor and avid train fan Taye Diggs, star of Private Practice, will join Amtrak to kick-off the third annual National Train Day. Diggs will start the weekend's festivities with a ceremony at New York's Penn Station on Friday, May 7, where he will flip the switch that launches an edible "trainscape" made from elaborate confections and moving model trains. Afterward, Diggs will board Amtrak and travel to Washington, D.C. to host one of National Train...

2010-02-11 11:30:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California leads the nation in pedestrian-train fatalities and in the past 12 months, the Bay Area has experienced an upward trend in deadly train incidents. In an effort to reduce the number of pedestrians who are killed and injured when trespassing around tracks and trains, Amtrak (www.amtrak.com), Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI, www.oli.org), California's transportation agencies and major freight railroad companies today announced the...

2009-10-27 09:37:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The average loss per passenger on Amtrak's 44 nationwide routes was more than $32 in FY2008, according to analysis released today by Pew's Subsidyscope project. This is four times higher than the loss of $8 per passenger, which was calculated using Amtrak's own figures. Further, 41 of Amtrak's 44 lines lost money, between $5 and $462 per passenger depending on the route. Amtrak received $1.3 billion in direct payments from the federal...

2009-08-19 10:39:00

Fares reduced 25% through December 16 WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amtrak continues to make travel in the Northeast affordable by extending through December 16 its fare promotion which offers up to 25 percent off the lowest published coach fare on Northeast Regional service between Washington, DC, New York, and Boston. Sample one-way fares include $49 between either Washington, DC and New York or New York and Boston. "Customer response to these new, low fares has been...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Donnie Johnston, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 8--The Piedmont Rail Coalition is asking Gov. Tim Kaine to help bring enhanced daily business and passenger rail service to the U.S. 29 corridor. At simultaneous news conferences in Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Culpeper yesterday, coalition officials announced that they had sent a letter to Kaine asking him to do what he can to provide state money to help fund an Amtrak round-trip route from Lynchburg to Washington....

2008-06-25 18:02:37

A Virginia Beach, Va., recording studio, where songs for Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Heavy D were produced, has burned down, fire officials said. The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reported producer Teddy Riley's abandoned Future Records Recording Studios burned down Tuesday morning. Riley has had financial and legal problems in recent years, owing about $1 million earlier this year. He also had defaulted on a loan against the studio. Lawyers agreed in February to seek a buyer for the...

2007-07-20 12:07:25

By Danielle Zielinski, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. Jul. 20--JAMES CITY -- A 5-year-old girl drowned in the James River near College Creek late Thursday morning while on a beach outing with her family. Hanna Davis, of Williamsburg, was found floating about 30 feet off shore by James City County police officers shortly after noon, James City Police Lt. Jeremy Barnett said. Police spokesman Mike Spearman said the girl's mother called police shortly after 11:30 a.m. to report her child...