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Friday, April 20, 2012

Analysis: Virginia Budget Plan Affects Dulles Rail, D.C. Considers Longer School Days

Virginia lawmakers finally agreed on a new budget plan, but it comes at the expense of the Dulles rail project.

Discovery Lands At The Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery has officially arrived at its new home at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Get Crackin': Restaurants Prepare For Lucrative Crab Season

Restaurateurs hope a record level of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay will mean big business this summer.

House Passes Highway Funding Bill, Awaits Conference With Senate

Congress is still at odds over a national highways funding program, and lawmakers from both chambers will still have to work to reach a deal.

Local Democrats Decry House-Passed Small Business Bill

The House passed a small business-friendly bill this week, but its critics say it will largely benefit wealthy business owners.

Seniors For Seniors: Shelter Waives Adoption Fees For Older Pets

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is hoping to find some homes for a few of their more senior charges by offering them for adoption free of charge to seniors over 60.

Virginia Approves Changes To State Pension System

Lawmakers in the Virginia House and Senate approved changes to the Virginia Retirement System that would require state employees to start contributing to their pensions.

Supervisor Calls For More Transparency In Fairfax Schools

The $3.5 billion school budget in Fairfax County is opaque both to outsiders as well as those on the Board of Supervisors, prompting County Supervisor to call for suggestions on ways to increase transparency.


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Washingtonians Dream Of Baseball Glory

Baseball fever has set in, and Washingtonians aren't immune... whether they're rooting for the Nationals or their hometown teams.

From A To B: Inside An Epic Road Trip

Two bikes, an open road and more than two months of travel... We go inside an epic cross-country adventure.

Local Theater Brings Deaf Actors Into The Artistic Fold

The Faction of Fools Theater Company has formed an unlikely partnership with Gallaudet University and is incorporating deaf actors into its productions.

Door To Door: Woodland Normanstone, D.C. And Lorton, Va.

This week, we visit Lorton, Va. and Woodland Normanstone in Northwest D.C.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another Delay For Silver Spring Transit Center

Improperly laid concrete is delaying the open of the Silver Spring Transit Center until at least August, but more delays could be in store pending further review by the county and its contractor.

Metro Testing New, Secure 'Bike & Ride'

WMATA is testing out a new system at College Park where residents can securely parking their bicycles outside Metro stations for a fee.