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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

D.C. Mayor Proposes New Taxicab Rules

After the city's taxicab commission recommended a D.C. taxi fare increase last week, Mayor Vincent Gray is proposing some changes of his own to the District taxi industry.

Hearing 130-Year-Old Recordings For The First Time

Shakespeare's timeless Hamlet soliloquy is among the more than century-old recordings that researchers from the Library of Congress have  unveiled recently.

Revised D.C. Ethics Bill Passed

The D.C. Council approved a revised ethics reform bill on Tuesday by a vote of 12-1, which included a provision that allows for the impeachment of councilmembers who 'substantially threaten the public trust.'

Virginia Assembly Considers Tax Credit Transparency

Legislators in Virginia are working on a bill that would make all tax credits received over $1,000 a matter of public record so state residents could have a better idea of who is -- and is not -- helping fill state coffers.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Virginia Drops Ball On Licensing For Autism Treatment

Virginia legislators have failed to establish a licensing procedure for autism therapy, which could leave many families paying for treatment out of their pockets.

MPD Bust Nets $7.1M In Drugs, 160 Guns

In a partnership with the ATF, the Metro Police Department concluded a year-long sting operation, confiscating $7.1 million in methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as 160 weapons from a Mexican drug cartel.

Virginia Governor Unveils $84.9B Budget Proposal

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled his first state budget Monday -- a $84.9 billion proposal that features major contributions to the state retirement system and major adjustments to education funding.

Search For New City Manager Underway in Ocean City

Ocean City, Md. is undertaking a nationwide search to find the next city manager for the popular coastal resort town.

Alleged White House Shooter Detained Pending Trial

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the accused White House shooter, will be detained pending his trial for the attempted assassination of President Obama and his staff.

Closings Hit Dulles Toll Road In Virginia

The bad news: there will be closures on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road tonight. The good news: the work will restore the left lane of travel ahead of schedule.

CQ Roll Call: Lawmakers Still At Odds On Payroll Tax Cuts

House Republicans are holding up a deal on the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions after a deal seemed imminent last week. 

Investigation Ongoing In Prince George's Police Shooting

Authorities are still investigating a fatal shooting involving a Prince George's County police officer Dec. 17. The victims family says he was not armed at the time of the shooting, but police have a different account.

National Zoo Gets $4.4M Donation For Pandas

The National Zoo is going to be getting an early Christmas gift -- a donation that funds its panda program for the next five years.

Maryland Wants To Bring FBI Headquarters To Prince George's

Maryland officials are working to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Prince George's County. The FBI's current headquarters in downtown D.C. is outdated and needs to be replaced.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homeless Prince William Co. Dog Needs Help

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is seeking help for ten-week-old Chihuahua mix Louie, in need of an operation to repair a large hernia in his abdomen.