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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Va. Governor McDonnell's PAC Raises $1.5 Million

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's political action committee raised $1.5 million in the past three months, and records show nearly all the funds came from large individual donations.

Fairfax Board Chair: LaHood Plan For Dulles Metrorail Looks Promising

Fairfax County's board of supervisors is still considering a proposal that would end the deadlock over the proposed Metrorail station at Dulles Airport, but Board Chair Sharon Bulova appears optimistic about the latest plan.

Congresswomen Write Obama On Entitlement Programs

The D.C. region's Democratic congresswomen say changing entitlement programs would hit women harder than men.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

African and Native American lives, visions of faith, and Mexico via Nat Geo.

Montgomery County Council Passes Smoking Ban Extension

Council members in Montgomery County have extended the county's smoking ban to include more common areas, including those in private apartment complexes.

Md. Officials Urge People Not To Move Firewood Due To Invasive Beetle

All Maryland counties west of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna river are under a firewood quarantine due to an invasive beetle, the emerald ashborer, spreading faster than expected.

Montgomery County Police Investigating Hate Crime In Cloverly

About two dozen residents of the Spencerville neighborhood in Cloverly, Maryland got a rude awakening this morning when they woke to find their cars vandalized.

Gray Says Gun Ban Solution On the Way

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says a solution to the city’s de facto ban on handguns is in the works.

The Redskins Are Going Green

The Washington Redskins plans to install solar panels this September at FedExField in Landover Maryland. There'll also be panels installed in the stadium's parking lot.

Charlie Sheen Escort Routine Says Report

A new District of Columbia inspector general's report says there was nothing unusual about the police escort given to actor Charlie Sheen, according to A.P.

New Montgomery County Facility Will Cost 'Nothing' Eventually

In Maryland, leaders in Montgomery County broke ground on a new facility they hope will spur development near the Shady Grove Metro Station.

Protester Arrested In D.C. Statehood Demontration Goes To Trial

The trial of one of the D.C. protesters arrested for demonstrating for D.C.'s autonomy in April began today at D.C. Superior Court, but was ultimately delayed

Calls Don't Stop For DCFD On High Heat Days

The high temperatures we've been experiencing in the Metro area have prompted many people to take it easy. The heat means more work for local firefighters, as they rush to treat heat-related illnesses.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Va.'s Retirement System May Need Larger Share of Taxpayer Dollars

The Virginia Retirement System had an exceptionally good return on its investments this year. But with less than 75 percent of future liabilities currently funded, a larger share of taxpayer dollars may be needed to fully restore the pension fund.

Caps Rookie Hopes To Be The First Norwegian Goalie In NHL

It was only six years ago that Alex Ovechkin skated in his first Rookie Camp with the Washington Capitals. This week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, it's another international player hoping to turn some heads.

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