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Friday, November 4, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Infrastructure Disagreement And The Super Committee Showdown

The usual Congressional gridlock is blocking spending bills on transportation infrastructure, and while there are mixed signals on a super committee compromise, few think the across-the-board cuts will actually take effect.

Time To Turn Back Clocks And Check Smoke Alarms

Daylight saving time ends this weekend, but fire officials are advising folks to tend to more than their clocks - they should also check their smoke alarms.

WaPo's McCartney: Virginia Elections, New Federal Winter Weather Dismissal Strategy

Snow is on the federal government's mind. Could a new winter weather dismissal strategy prevent fewer weather-related accidents on the road this year?

Politifact Virginia: McDonnell On Gang Violence, Forbes And Job Loss

Fact checking Virginia politicians' claims and keeping them to their promises with Politifact Virginia.

Virginia To Turn Landfill Waste Into Energy

Virginia is embarking on a new waste-to-energy project in Henrico County.

After Cop Shooting, Panel Calls For Improvements In Baltimore PD

"Lack of supervision" was a major contributor to the chaos that led to the shooting of Baltimore police officer William Torbit by members of his own police force earlier this year, according to a report by an independent panel examining the incident.

MPD Chief Not Budging On Scanner Encryption

Despite an outcry from media outlets, the D.C. police department seems unlikely to reverse its decision to encrypt its radio communications, which will prevent those outside the department from listening in.

Montgomery, Prince George's Cos. Pledge Transportation Cooperation

In a first-ever transit summit bringing together officials from Prince George's and Montgomery counties this week, officials said they hope to bridge the transportation gap between them.

Route 1 Funding May Influence Virginia Election

Route 1 Traffic

The recent announcement of funding to expand Route 1 to six lanes near Ft. Belvoir may prove to be an important wedge issue in a Virginia State Senate election.

New Fund Helps Nonprofits Go Solar

Going solar can help nonprofits cut the money they spend on energy, if they can cover the upfront costs, that is. A new fund in D.C. is helping them do just that.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Details Revealed About McQuain Slayings

Charging documents released Thursday revealed the unsettling details of the murders of 51-year-old mother Jane McQuain and her 11-year-old son William McQuain.

Man Arrested For Threats To Cantor

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The FBI arrested a 62-year-old Tennessee man Wednesday for making threatening comments towards House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and his family.

New, Bigger Cars Approved For MARC

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Frequent commuters on the MARC will find a lot to like about the 54 new cars being purchased, which are faster, have more entrances, and offer expanded legroom.

Crashes Cost D.C. Area $7.4 Billion Yearly

The costs incurred from car crashes in the D.C. region are rising, despite a decline in the number of road fatalities.

D.C. Sued For Not Supervising Committed Juveniles


D.C. is facing a $20 million lawsuit from a family that alleges that improper supervision of committed juveniles led to the murder of their son.