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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gray Campaign Investigated for Illegally Converted Cash Contributions

D.C.'s office of campaign finance is investigating allegations that Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign illegally converted cash contributions into money orders.

Fairfax Man Arrested In Connection With Pakistani Spy Agency Payments

A federal law enforcement official says a man from Virginia is under arrest and has been charged with getting money from Pakistan's spy agency and acting as an unregistered foreign lobbyist for the Pakistani government, according to the Associated Press.

More Snakehead Fish Found In Maryland

The northern snakehead fish is extending its territory in Maryland.

Patrols Heightened On Metropolitan Branch Trail After More Muggings

Many commuters and others who use the Metropolitan Branch Trail say they're upset about an ongoing rash of robberies there.

Southbound Colesville Road Reopens After Police Car Crash

Update 10:30 a.m. Colesville Road in Silver Spring has reopened after last night's accident.

Civil War Anniversary Is Manassas Battlefield's Time To Shine

Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia is just days away from commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's first major battle.

At African American Civil War Museum Opening, Gray Makes Pitch For Statehood

This week's re-opening of the African American Civil War Museum in Northwest D.C. presented an opportunity for some local elected officials to highlight one of the city's most nagging issues.

Mayor Gray Still Seeking Welfare Reform In D.C.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray continues to press for welfare reform in the District after reducing benefits for long-term recipients earlier this year.

Montgomery Co. Council To Vote On Police Union Negotiations

Later today, council members in Montgomery County will vote on changes to the way it negotiates with the county's police union.

On Pepco's Tree Trimming Plans, Montgomery Co. Council Still Skeptical

In response to last year's lengthy power outages following severe thunderstorms, Pepco promised to increase tree-trimming in Montgomery County. Now, it's looking to the County Council for approval to do that work.

Virginia Officials Weigh Whether To Release Records Of Arrests And 911 Calls

A special advisory panel is weighing whether Virginia’s open-government laws should require public disclosure of calls to 911 emergency centers, arrest information, and other police records.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Sierra Maestra at Artisphere, Candy and Dorothy come to Rockville and an actor explores why people hate actors.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Senate Debt Limit Agreement May Be Too Late

Several key members of the Senate reached a deal that could end the seemingly endless federal deficit negotiations late Monday. The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan about the deal on the debt limit talks the Senate's Gang of Six reached late Tuesday.

Montgomery Co. Council Changes Police Union's Collective Bargaining Process

Council members in Montgomery County have approved changes in they way the county bargains with its police union, and those changes aren't exactly welcome with union members.

Monday, July 18, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Debt-Ceiling Talks Continue This Week

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news that’s going with the nation’s debt crisis.

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