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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gas Prices Reach Unseasonable Highs In D.C.

Gas prices are creeping up in the D.C. area -- something that's unusual for the cold winter months. Some analysts say the tenuous situation in Iran is to blame, and it could make matters worse going forward. 

Virginia To Repeal Limit On Handgun Purchases

Most Virginia residents are restricted to one handgun purchase per month -- something that lawmakers are moving to change with the repeal of a 1993 law.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Probe Implicates D.C. Employees In Unemployment Fraud

A D.C. probe has found that as many as 130 people in the District's employ have received unemployment benefits while on city payrolls going back to 2009.

Sulaimon Brown's Traffic Charge Trial Rescheduled

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, who was set to go to trial on a charge of driving without a valid license, will have to return to court.

Julius Henson Back In Court For Using Robocalls In Maryland Election

A political operative accused of using robocalls to suppress turnout among black voters during the 2010 gubernatorial election in Maryland is back in court today.

Police Make Third Arrest In Lenny Harris Murder

Police have made a third and final arrest in the murder of Alexandria civic activist Lenny Harris, who was honored in a memorial service in NE D.C. on Monday morning.

Texting Could Soon Be Primary Offense In Virginia

Virginia lawmakers will soon see a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense -- which means it can be used as cause to pull over drivers in the commonwealth.

CQ Roll Call: FAA Bill Expected To Pass, Talks On Payroll Tax Cuts Continues

The FAA authorization bill is expected to pass a final congressional hurdle this week, while lawmakers continue negotiations on the payroll tax cuts.

Charlottesville Preps For Overcrowded Courtroom For Huguely Trial

Charlottesville prepares for a media circus that will likely last throughout the murder trial of George Huguely, the former UVA lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love.

Occupy DC Protesters Plan To Move Forward

Occupy DC protesters say they're trying to rally today after U.S. Park Police moved into their encampments in downtown Washington over the weekend.

D.C. Elections Board To Rule On Yvette Alexander Ballot Petitions

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will review the signatures submitted by Council member Yvette Alexander's campaign today and make a ruling on whether some of those ballot petitions were faulty.

Bill To Allow Slots In Prince George's County Introduced

A bill is expected to be introduced today in the Maryland Senate that would allow slot machines and other gambling games in Prince George's County.

George Huguely Trial Begins Today In Charlottesville

Jury selection is underway in the murder trial of UVA lacrosse player George Huguely, who pleaded not-guilty Monday to charges including first-degree murder.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lawmakers Split Over Refinancing Proposal

The region's lawmakers are split on party lines over President Obama's proposal to help millions of families refinance their homes.

Arlington County Considers Changes To Sign Regulations

Arlington County board members are about to consider changes to rules detailing sign regulations, an issue that has been hotly debated for years.