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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Va. Considering Changes To Utility Shutoff Rules

Virginia regulators are seeking comments on new time limits restricting utility providers from shutting off services for customers with serious medical conditions.

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.

Gray's Pick For Juvenile Justice Chief Still Faces Opposition

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's nominee for the head of the city's juvenile justice agency continues to face opposition from some D.C. Council members and local union leaders.

D.C. Will Not Become Licensed Gun Dealer

Updated 1:47 p.m. It looks like the District will not become the first jurisdiction in the country to serve as a federally licensed gun dealer.

Renewed Push For Same-Sex Marriage In Maryland

In Maryland, supporters of same-sex marriage will launch a new campaign later this morning in hopes of getting lawmakers to okay such marriages in the state.

Enforcement Is Next Challenge After Virginia Human Trafficking Bill Becomes Law

This spring Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law several measures to provide new protections against human trafficking and more severe punishment for those who engage in it. Before the introduction of the legislation, many people didn't realize how prevalent the crime is, especially in Northern Virginia.

Firefighters Respond To Dozens Of Health Calls During Heat Wave

While authorities urge many people to take it easy when the weather gets hot, firefighters have to work harder when the temperatures go up.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

A global ballet, Rock of Ages, roadside attractions and a Holocaust reading series.

Montgomery County Executive Wants Teen Curfew

Both the District of Columbia and Prince George's County, Maryland have teen curfews. Now, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett wants one too, and he wants it quickly.

Mind-Controlling Parasites And Their Zombies

Zombies may be the stuff of nightmares, but zombification, it turns out, isn't all that unusual in the animal kingdom. And right here in our region there was recently a mysterious example of this mind-controlling behavior among insects.

Virginia To Move To Alternative Fuels In State Vehicles

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued an executive order to shift Virginia's thousands of state vehicles to alternative fuels.

Alexandria Debates Widening Road Near Mark Center

In Virginia, neighborhood groups in the West End of Alexandria are opposing a proposal to widen Beauregard Street -- a major thoroughfare where more than 6,000 daily commuters are expected to start showing up for work in September.

D.C. Council's Shakeup Means Changes For Metro

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is stripping Council member Tommy Wells of a key committee post, and that has implications for Metro.

Brown Strips Wells of Transportation and Public Works Chairmanship

The D.C. Council voted 12-1 to approve a reshuffling of committee assignments proposed by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, with Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells being the lone dissenting vote.

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