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Friday, September 28, 2012

Why The Loudoun County Drug Court Collapsed

We'll talk with the former coordinator of Loudoun County's drug court, which was eliminated by county supervisors earlier this year.

Reporters Keep Tabs On Homicides Even As Murder Rates Drop

These journalists in D.C. and Baltimore are dedicated to making sure no homicide goes unnoticed — even as murder rates in both cities decline.

D.C. Buyers Scramble For Homes In A Seller's Market

The fall real-estate market in the District is heating up as buyers compete for a limited supply of homes for sale.

This Week On Metro Connection: Falling

We'll mark the start of autumn with a show about "Falling" — from falling supplies of homes for sale, to falling head over heels in love.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cuccinelli Sends Abortion Regulations On To Governor

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has passed new rules governing medical clinics that perform abortions on to Gov. Bob McDonnell. 

Loudoun Supervisor Accused Of Using County Staff For Campaign

A former employee in Loudoun County supervisor Eugene Delgaudio's office says she spent most of her time calling potential donors to her boss's campaign.

Pepco Workers' Union Rejects Contract, Possible Strike Ahead

Pepco customers may face possible rate hikes, as well as more headaches when it comes to service.

Prince George's Police Seek Information In Student's Murder

For the second time in a  month, Prince George's County police called students, parents and other community members together for information on the murder of a high school student. Police are still looking for leads in the killings of Markel Ross and Amber Stanley.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Montgomery County Voters Get Five Early Voting Spots

Got plans for Election Day? Montgomery County has just released their list of polling locations for those who want to tackle Maryland's lengthy ballot ahead of time.

More Virginia Schools Fail To Make The Grade

More schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia have failed to meet accreditation standards in English, math, science and history, according to the latest statistics.

Kwame Brown To Land Back In Court For Unspecified Violation

former d.c. council member kwame brown

Kwame Brown has already pleaded guilty to bank fraud and misdemeanor campaign finance charges, but he has landed a new court appointment for a violation that has not yet been specified.

Young African Americans Consume Higher Numbers Of Alcohol Ads

bacardi silver ad

African Americans below the drinking age are more likely to consume advertisements pushing alcohol than youths in general, according to a new study.

Poll: Marylanders Split On Casino, Favor Same-Sex Marriage, Dream Act

A new poll of Maryland voters shows that both the law allowing same-sex marriage and the state's DREAM Act are likely to be upheld in the November elections, but that the issue of expanding gaming in the state still has residents staunchly divided.

Repairs To Begin On Washington Monument

the washington monument in 2011

The Washington Monument will soon be encased in metal scaffolding as repairs begin on the damage caused by the earthquake that struck the east coast in August of 2011.

Analysis: Virginia Senate Candidates' Wives Hit The Trail Hard

The conventions brought lots of commentary on the presidential candidates' wifes, but National Journal's Shane Goldmacher decided to look at the roles Virginia Senate candidates' wives are playing in the campaign.