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Sunday, February 22, 2015

University Of Virginia's Iconic Rotunda To Get $50M Facelift

A library built by Thomas Jefferson is getting a badly-needed makeover, as part of an effort that University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan says will keep the building as "an important link to the past."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Analyst: Maureen McDonnell Sentence Indicates Evolving Role Of First Lady

"The potential for corruption by a married partner of a politician has never been greater," says George Mason University professor Jeremy Meyer.

Transportation Secretary Proposes More Oversight For Local Transit Like Metro

At a news conference at Union Station, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a proposal to give states more resources to increase their oversight of systems like Metrorail. Also, it would give federal transportation officials authority to approve each state's oversight program.

Bill On Cigarette Trafficking Faces A Divide Within Virginia GOP

A Republican in Virginia's Senate wants to tweak rules for cigarette retailers — and put cigarette sales under a different regulator — to help halt trafficking, but his colleagues on the House side recommended killing the legislation.

In Maryland, A Move To Change Who Approves Parole For Prisoners Serving Life Sentences

Maryland is one of just a few states where the governor must still approve parole for those who are serving life sentences. Supporters of changing that are pushing a bill during this year's General Assembly that would give that power to a commission.

Despite Initial Fears, New Express Lanes On I-95 Haven't Affected Sluggers

Nearly two months after opening to traffic, the I-95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia — stretching 30 miles between the I-395 interchange and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County — appear to be paying off on the promise to HOV-3 carpoolers.

Warrants, No Weapons: Virginia Debates Limits On Police Use Of Drones

As a national debate over the use of drones heats up, Virginia legislators are debating a number of measures that would limit how police can use the unmanned aerial vehicles.

I-495 Express Lanes Endure Big Losses Early On Way To Potential Profit

Northern Virginia’s first high-speed toll road is drawing closer to turning a profit.

Maureen McDonnell Sentenced On Corruption Charges

Maureen McDonnell, the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is headed back to court this morning to be sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Spencer for her role in the corruption case that landed on the commonwealth's former first couple.

After Being Homeless, Former Government Worker Struggles to Maintain Identity

We meet a 51-year-old Baltimore native lost his home in 2011, and has been working to maintain his sense of self after he lost everything.

From Motel To Van To Shelter: One Family's Tumultuous Tale of Homelessness

A year ago, Tamika Smalls and her family were living in a motel room. Since then, they've slept in the family van, and are now living in a shelter.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Del. Holmes Norton's Tax-Preparation Fair Returns For 15th Year

D.C.'s voting delegate in the U.S. House says that with District residents paying such a high per-capita amount of federal taxes, it's only fair that they get some help with filing them.

Rabbi Pleads Guilty To Voyeurism Charges, Faces Up To 52 Years In Prison

Prominent D.C. rabbi Barry Freundel is facing up to 52 years in prison after pleading guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women.

Maryland Senate Approves Bill To Raise Speed Limit On Some Roads

Some roads in Maryland may soon have speed limits of 70 miles per hour.

Maryland Environmentalists Want To Get Serious About Rising Sea Levels

Mike Tidwell, the head of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, calls rising sea levels "a huge problem" for Maryland.

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