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Monday, April 18, 2011

Va. Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down After Storm

Officials from the Surry nuclear power station in southeastern Virginia say this weekend's strong storms forced a shutdown of the facility's reactors.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Gas Prices Reach $4 A Gallon

AAA's daily fuel gauge, which tracks the average price of fuel across the country, indicates the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the District rose to $4.03 Saturday.

Loudoun Officials Against Dulles Metro Station's Underground Plan

Virginia officials are up in arms over a plan to put the new Dulles Metro station underground.

New Smoking Ban Passed In Rehoboth Beach

A new smoking ban has been passed by commissioners in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

O'Malley To Establish Research Group To Study Septic Tank Pollution

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is putting together a group to study pollution from septic systems.

2 Protesters Arrested At IMF/World Bank Event

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two protesters have been arrested during weekend demonstrations of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Severe Weather And Flash Flood Watch for D.C. Area Saturday Afternoon

Update: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Washington, D.C. area until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Carpools Key to Easing Mark Center Traffic Nightmare

Time is running out for Virginia's Department of Transportation and the Department of Defense to make road and transit improvements around the new Mark Center complex.

D.C. Residents Protest On Capitol Hill

This week, 44 District residents were arrested on Capitol Hill during two separate protests against Congressional budget decisions that affect local matters. Organizers are promising more of the same in the near future.

AU To Install D.C.'s Largest Solar Panel System

American University says it is installing Washington's largest solar power system.

D.C. Mayor Proposes Medical Marijuana Rules

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has officially proposed rules governing the cultivation and dispensation of medical marijuana.

McDonnell Signs Bills To Protect Sexual And Domestic Violence Victims

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed into law 12 bills aimed at protecting and improving services for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Virginia Tech Mourns

Four years after the Virginia Tech shootings, university officials insist they did nothing wrong by waiting two hours to warn the campus that a gunman was on the loose.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Students Banned From Sharing Food After Suspected Marijuana Cupcake

Students at Frederick High School in Maryland are no longer allowed to bring food to share at lunchtime, after some ate a cupcake that may have been laced with marijuana.

DOD Project Gets More Funding, But Ramp Construction Is Delayed

In Virginia, the arrival of more than 6,000 federal workers to the new Department of Defense complex along I-395 is just months away, and federal lawmakers have freed up $20 million in funding for transportation improvements in the area. But this week brought good and bad news for those concerned.

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