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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Underfunded, Advocates Say

Efforts are underway to clean up the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, but environmental activists caution that not enough funding is being dedicated to do the job properly.

Senate President Proposes Putting Off Maryland Gas Tax

The issue of a proposed gas tax in Maryland is so controversial, says Senate President Thomas Miller, that lawmakers should consider putting it off until a special session.

Suspect In Kensington Shooting Found Dead

Police closed off an intersection in Montgomery County to investigate an alleged shooting that took place.

Residents Rally Against Cuts To D.C. Social Service Spending

Residents picketed the Wilson Building on Monday to protest $187 million in proposed cut by Mayor Vincent Gray, nearly two-thirds of which came from social services.

Handicapped Drivers Receive 1,100 Additional Parking Meters In D.C.

DC's Department of Transportation has begun to install 1,100 more parking meters for handicapped drivers in the city.

Police Defend Actions In Virginia Tech Massacre Wrongful Death Suit

Police who responded to the first shootings at Virginia Tech on the day a gunman later killed dozens of people say they believed the initial violence was an isolated, domestic incident.

Maryland Students Create Award-Winning Video On Teen Dating Violence

In Maryland, four students at a Germantown school have won an award for producing an online video recognizing National Teen Dating Violence Month.

Baby Found Safe After Carjacking In Anacostia

A baby boy is back home in Southeast Washington after the SUV he was in this morning was carjacked from a driveway in Anacostia.

Shooting At DC USA Concerns Neighbors

Four years, almost to the day of DC USA's grand opening in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, there was a shooting at the District's largest retail operation.

Maryland Considers Smoking Ban In Kid-Laden Cars

Maryland lawmakers will take another look Monday at a bill that would ban smoking in cars with children less than 8 years old in the vehicle.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Robert Griffith III Is Redskins-Bound, As NFL Approves Trade

Heisman-winner and former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffith III is expected to head to Washington D.C. in the draft this year, after the NFL approves a trade during which the Redskins shipped away three future draft picks.

Laws Boosting Business Pass Virginia Assembly

A budget continues to elude the Commonwealth, but a slate of business-friendly provisions passed through Virginia's General Assembly to the delight of business advocates.

Stakes Rise In Virginia After Failure To Pass Budget

The Virginia legislative session ended on Saturday, leaving the commonwealth without a budget for the first time since 2001. The implications, experts say, could be far-reaching.

Maryland Students Suspended For Trying To Organize Walkout

Students at Northwestern High School in Prince George's County organized a walkout to protest what they say are unsanitary conditions, but the school's principal squashed the effort before it started.

Virginia Wineries Create Passport For Civil War Sesquicentennial

With the sesquicentennial of the Civil War commemorated this year in Virginia, area wineries are participating in a ceremony  to showcase the best the commonwealth has on offer.