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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Activists Protest Federal Minimum Wage, Saying Increase Doesn't Cut It

Protestors gathered outside Union Station to protest what they consider a paltry federal minimum-wage hike.

Judge Postpones Ruling On D.C. Gun Ban

D.C.'s gun ban is back temporarily: In response to Mayor Gray and D.C. Police's request for a stay, Judge Frederick Scullin has agreed to postpone last weekend's ruling for 90 days.

Soap Opera-Worthy Drama Expected To Unfold In McDonnell Corruption Trial

In opening statements today in the federal corruption case against the former governor, lawyers for the McDonnells painted a picture of a dysfunctional marriage falling apart as a scheming businessman tried to take advantage of them.

Prince George's And Fairfax Counties On Short List For FBI Headquarters

Officials in both Maryland and Virginia have been in fierce competition for several years to get the new FBI headquarters built within their state's borders.

Caldwell Butler, Virginia Congressman Who Voted To Impeach Nixon, Dies At 89

Butler, who represented Virginia's 6th congressional district, said his vote against Nixon took a toll on his political career.

Virginia Among States Expected To Appeal Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia and three other states may soon allow gay marriage after a federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, but supporters of a ban are expected to ask for a Supreme Court hearing.

Virginia Teen Charged With Arson After Woodbridge House Fire

Investigators are charging a Virginia teen with attempted murder and arson after a fire in Woodbridge, Virginia.

After Silver Line Debut, Attention Turns To Phase 2

The Silver Line debuted with much fanfare over the weekend, but already officials are turning to Phase 2 and how it will be paid for.

McDonnell Trial Underway On Tuesday

With jury selection completed on Monday, opening statements are expected this morning in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

D.C. Lawmakers Scramble To Respond To Ruling On Gun Ban

D.C.'s attorney general has asked for a stay on a ruling striking down the city's ban on carrying guns outside the home, and D.C. lawmakers say they will return from summer recess to address the gun laws.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Witness List Released In McDonnell Corruption Trial

Among those on the witness list are Maureen McDonnell and the couple's three children, Sean, Rachel and Bobby.

Jury Selection Begins In McDonnell Corruption Trial

Jury selection started Monday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

D.C. Asks Judge To Stay Handgun Ruling, Says Time Needed To Craft Response

D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan has asked for a stay of a ruling that tossed out the city's ban on the carrying of guns outside the home, saying that time was needed to appeal or craft a legislative response.

Silver Line Ridership Off To A Strong Start, Especially In Reston

The Silver Line saw impressive ridership during its first morning rush hour, with the Wiehle-Reston East station attracting particularly high ridership.

Federal Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A three-judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is at odds with the constitution.

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