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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Boil Water Advisory In Effect For Parts Of Prince George's County

A broken water main has prompted the WSSC to issue a Boil Water Advisory for areas of southern Prince George's County.

Brown Praises Ruling Upholding Maryland's Assault Weapon Ban

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown is praising a federal judge's ruling that upheld the state's ban on assault rifles and large ammunition clips.

Virginia Republicans Cheer Plan For Oil, Gas Exploration Off Atlantic Coast

The announcement from the White House that they will allow testing for gas and oil off Virginia's Atlantic coast has drawn rare support from Republican lawmakers, who say it's the first step towards kickstarting offshore drilling.

Search For Suspects Underway After Police Officer Shot In Southeast D.C.

A D.C. police officer is listed in stable condition after an attempted carjacking erupted in gunfire in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Federal Judge Upholds Maryland Ban On Assault Rifles, Large Ammunition Clips

Gun owners, gun rights groups and gun retailers had sued the state of Maryland, saying the ban on 45 assault rifles and large ammunition clips was unconstitutional. A federal judge in Maryland disagreed.

Director Steven Spielberg Crops Up In McDonnell Corruption Trial

The A-list Hollywood director was introduced to a doctor by First Lady Maureen McDonnell at the request of the businessman at the center of the trial, according to testimony jurors heard today.

In D.C. Mayoral Race, Bowser Has The Most Cash To Spend

Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser continues to hold a significant fundraising edge over her opponents David Catania and Carol Schwartz.

Vandalism At Manassas Mosque Prompts Calls For Hate Crime Investigation

A local mosque has been vandalized, prompting a prominent Muslim civil rights organization to call on law enforcement to investigate it as a hate crime.

McDonnell Prosecutors Expected To Wrap Up Case This Week

Prosecutors will put the finishing touches on their case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen this week in the corruption trial that has rocked the commonwealth's political landscape.

With Minimum Wage Hike, Some D.C. Workers Could See $1,500 In Extra Pay

Half of the minimum wage workers in D.C. will see their annual earnings increase by over $1,500 per year by 2016, the year that the city's minimum wage hits $11.50.

No Clear Fix For Trains Carrying Dangerous Cargo Through D.C. Area

The derailment of a train in Lynchburg, Virginia, carrying volatile Bakken crude exposed crucial safety risks in American rail transit, but so far nobody has found a silver bullet that would keep communities safe in the future.

Conditions At Park Southern Apartments In Southeast D.C. Becoming Political Issue

D.C. Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has described a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C. as "disgusting," but is facing political flak for trying to protect political allies involved with the building.

Republican Dave Foster Flanks Arlington Democrats On Medicaid

Arlington is fast approaching a special election for the Virginia House of Delegates, and Republican Dave Foster's support of Medicaid expansion has put the normally dominant Democrats on the defensive.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Is BRT The Transportation Future In Montgomery County?

Officials are showing off the 60-foot BRT buses that could be a major factor in reducing transit congestion at the county's agricultural fair,

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