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Thursday, June 2, 2011

D.C. May Be Without Breathalyzer Program Until Next Spring

Authorities in D.C. say it could take another nine months before the city's breathalyzer program is up-and-running again. At least one official is concerned that without this key law enforcement tool, the city could see more drunken drivers.

D.C. Businesses Offer Free Refills On Water Bottles

A new program in the District is urging residents to drink water sustainably.

LaHood Meeting On Dulles Rail Yields No Agreement

The partners working to build an extension of Metrorail to Dulles Airport are deeply divided, and their funding agreement is on the verge of collapse. Now, the federal government is stepping in.

No Charges Will Be Filed In DC9 Death

In the District, prosecutors say they won't press charges in the death of a man who died following an altercation outside the DC9 nightclub in October. The U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. says there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The District's Miyazaki, VSA's Shift, and the 24 Hour City Project.

Arrest Made In Memorial Day Shooting

Police in the District have made an arrest in the murder of a 15-year-old boy on Memorial Day.

New Potomac River Bridges? Don't Count On It

If you head down I-95 in Northern Virginia all the way to Dumfries, and then make a left turn, you'll eventually run into a small, master-planned community called Southbridge on the Potomac. It's kind of a weird name, actually, given that there's no bridge over the Potomac anywhere near here for at least 20 miles.

Traffic Safety: Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure Lately?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is joining with rubber manufacturers to talk about proper tire care.

Transportation Secretary Says He'll Deny Loan Request For Dulles Metrorail

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is telling the planners behind the Dulles Metrotrail project that he won’t grant them the federal loan they were requesting, and that could have a big impact on local toll road users.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Questions About Bus Safety Follow Fatal Bus Crash

It's a booming industry, where every day, low-price buses head north from D.C. to New York, Philadelphia and Boston, and south to North Carolina and elsewhere. But exhausted drivers and a lack of seat belts have led to calls for more regulation.

New Va. Human Trafficking Laws Provide Options For Victims

State lawmakers from Northern Virginia and local law enforcement leaders say new measures signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell should make a big difference in fighting human-trafficking.

Transportation Safety Board Investigates Va. Bus Crash

Virginia State Police say driver fatigue was one of the factors that led to a tour bus flipping over and killing four of its passengers on I-95 in Virginia Tuesday. But it may be a while before we know what really caused the fatal crash.

At Long Last, Sulaimon Brown Says He'll Testify

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown will finally testify before the D.C. Council for its investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

Faulty Breathalyzers On D.C. Council's Agenda Today

The District's ongoing problems with its breathalyzer program will be the focus of a D.C. Council hearing later today.

Md. And N.J. Governors Fight Over Cap-And-Trade Program

Maryland is one of ten states that participate in a coordinated cap-and-trade program designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change -- but one of those states is dropping out.

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