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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Virginia DA Seeks Law Enforcement Authority On Medical Fraud Cases

Investigators in Virginia's Attorney General's office are seeking greater powers to catch suspects committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Montgomery Co. Launches Program To Support Wounded Veterans

A new project in Montgomery County called "Serving Together" is designed to reach out to military veterans and their families.

Judge Says Evidence In Blackwater Trial Is Shaky

A civil trial is underway in Alexandria for the company formerly known as Blackwater, which just recently relocated to our area.

North Old Town's Transformation Brings Fresh Challenges

Few neighborhoods in Northern Virginia are experiencing as much transformation as the north end of Old Town Alexandria right now, but those changes aren't coming without challenges.

Baltimore Uses Grand Prix Race To Promote Safe Driving

Baltimore is about to host a world class auto race for the first time, and local authorities are using it as an opportunity to promote safer driving.

Two Transgender Women Attacked In Two Weeks On NE Block

District police are investigating an attack on a transgender woman that took place just a block away from where a transgender woman was murdered two weeks ago.

Maryland Recognizes Officers For Federal Gun Enforcement Program

Local law enforcement officials took time yesterday to reinforce the benefits of Project Exile, a nationwide crime fighting tool.

Maryland Lawmakers Call For Eliminating Tax Loopholes

Even though the nation's borrowing limit has been raised, the battle over Washington spending has only just begun.

Tuskegee Airmen's Plane Takes Final Flight

Nearly 100 surviving veterans of the Tuskegee Air Corps gathered in Washington to mark their 70th anniversary. The reunion coincides with the donation of an important piece of their history to the Smithsonian museum.

Alexandria Teacher Pleads Guilty in International Child Pornography Investigation

In Virgina, a fourth grade teacher at an Alexandria elementary school pleaded guilty today to two counts of producing child pornography.

Speed-Ticketing Cameras Going Up On The Beltway

Maryland's State Highway Administration is warning motorists that it will begin using automated cameras to target speeders on a portion of the Beltway.

D.C. Council Members Upset With Mayor's Veto

DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s decision to "pocket veto" a bill is rankling members of the city council.

Secret Service Detain Homeless Man For Scaling White House Fence

D.C. police are holding a homeless man who's accused of jumping a fence Tuesday evening at the White House.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mountain Lion Siting In Loudoun County

Residents of Round Hill, Va., believe they've seen and heard a mountain lion in their midst, according to reports.

Two Northern Virginia Congressmen Decry Debt Deal

The region's U.S. House lawmakers split their votes on whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

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