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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Victims' Families Call For End To Maryland Death Penalty

Legislators in Maryland are considering a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state, and dedicate some of the cost savings to the families of crime victims.

Virginia Regulators Fail To Notify Public On Mountaintop Removal

Environmental groups are calling for the EPA to strip Virginia regulators of the ability to issue permits for mountaintop removal, saying they have been doing so without providing sufficient notice to the public.

O'Malley Signals Intention To Commute Life Sentences

Two inmates serving life sentences in Maryland prisons may have their sentences commuted after Governor Martin O'Malley signaled his intention to do so in a newspaper Wednesday.

ACLU Investigates Abuses Of Anne Arundel Exec

According to the ACLU, John Leopold, a county executive in Anne Arundel County, may have improperly used police resources to collect information on political opponents.

Montgomery County Approves Traffic Cameras On School Buses

School buses in Montgomery County will soon be equipped with traffic cameras to capture drivers who pass illegally, after the County Council voted in favor on Tuesday.

DDOT Identifies Most Dangerous Intersections

With the volume of pedestrians, cars, and buses on D.C. roads, intersections can be something of a hazard. The DDOT has released statistics identifying which are most hazardous to your safety.

National Journal: Virginia Primary Analysis, Looking Ahead To D.C., Maryland

Virginia's voter turnout was low for the Republican primary, but D.C.'s and Maryland's April 3 contests could end up being more meaningful than observers originally thought.

D.C. Council Loosens Rules On Gay Divorce

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to make it easier for gay couples married in the District to divorce.

Tame Primary Campaigns In Virginia Could Benefit GOP

Virginia was largely spared the vitriol among GOP presidential candidates leading up to the Super Tuesday primary, and that could end up benfitting the eventual Republican candidate in November. 

After Death Threat, Loudoun County Sikh Man Speaks

A Sikh family living in Loudoun County is hoping police will find the people that sent them death threats this week. 

County Leaders Protest Virginia's Budget Impasse

Local leaders from across the Commonwealth of Virginia converged on Richmond Tuesday to call for state legislators to agree on a budget and free local governments from budget gridlock.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Commentary: Mental Health Of D.C. Youth Needs To Be Priority

Judith Sandalow says that as the D.C. Council evaluates the performance of the city's Department of Mental Healthit's, it's time to focus on giving at-risk children the mental health services they need.

Romney Wins Virginia GOP Primary Amidst Low Turnout

As expected, Mitt Romney has been declared the winner of the GOP Presidential primary in Virginia, taking 59 percent of the votes in a contest that failed to generate much interest in the commonwealth.

Speeding Prince George's Council Member Gets Retroactive Ticket

Following more than a week of bad press after Prince George's councilwoman Karen Toles received only a warning for driving more than 50 mph over the posted speed limit, a review panel has opted to cite her for reckless driving.

D.C. Council Approves Gun Law Changes

The laws in D.C. regarding gun ownership are still in flux after the Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban, as the D.C. Council have preliminary approval to roll back some rules.