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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Prosecutors: Taxicab Driver Who Shot Police Officer Appeared 'Normal'

Defense attorneys for Kashif Bashir say the cab driver suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and he was undiagnosed and unmedicated the day he shot a police officer. The prosecution offers a different picture.

D.C. Government Workers Get Eight Weeks Of Paid Family Leave

Starting on Wednesday, the D.C. government's 30,000 employees will enjoy a perk few of their counterparts in the private sector get: paid family leave.

Mother Of Slain Student: 'We Are Desperate' To Find Hannah Graham

The family of murdered college student Morgan Harrington is asking the public to focus on finding Hannah Graham.

At Debate, D.C. Attorney General Hopefuls Fight To Woo The Many Undecided Voters

D.C. residents have never voted for an attorney general, and the five candidates vying for the office ahead of the first-ever election in November used a debate on Monday to try and sell themselves as the best possible contenders for the job.

Charles Severance Moved To Arlington Courthouse To Avoid Conflict Of Interest

Police have moved Charles Severance to the Arlington Courthouse to await trial for three high-profile murders, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest for Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, who has ties to a victim.

DDOT Remains Mum On Key Streetcar Questions As Safety Campaign Begins

The District Department of Transportation is teaching kids about streetcar safety ahead of the 2.4-mile system's opening. But students presented pointed questions that officials were not able to answer.

Congress To Grill Head Of Secret Service On White House Gate Jumper

Following news that Army veteran Omar Gonzalez penetrated further into the White House than originally reported, Congressional lawmakers will demand answers today from the head of Secret Service.

Forensics Ties Hannah Graham Disappearance To 2009 Murder

The disappearance of UVA student Hannah Graham may be linked to a similar case where a Virginia Tech student was abducted and murdered in 2009.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Voices From El Salvador: Gang Violence Driving Youth Exodus

Just how bad is the gang violence that has driven thousands of Central American children to flee their homes across the U.S.-Mexico border and into the D.C. area? Armando Trull reports on the crisis from El Salvador.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Father Of Missing Hoggle Children Makes Plea For Amber Alert

Jacob and Sarah Hoggle have been missing for more than three weeks, but their case may not meet the criteria for a wider-reaching Amber Alert.

As Streetcar Testing Winds Down, Safety Campaign Begins

To prepare D.C. residents for the new H Street NE streetcar, DDOT is embarking on a safety campaign with the slogan "Look, Listen, Be Safe."

Shots Fired Outside Ethiopian Embassy, One Person Arrested [VIDEO]

The Secret Service has arrested a man after reports that shots were fired outside the Ethiopian Embassy in Northwest D.C.

Taxicab Driver Who Shot Alexandria Cop Pleads Insanity

Defense attorneys for an Alexandria Yellow Cab driver accused of shooting police officer Peter Laboy are saying their client is not guilty because he was insane at the time of the crime.

Man Charged In Graham Disappearance Linked To Second Missing Student

The man charged with abducting missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been linked to the abduction and murder of another college student five years ago.

Lawsuit: Unless D.C. Gets Statehood, FBI Can't Move Out Of City

A D.C. statehood advocate is suing to stop the upcoming move of the FBI from D.C. to a suburban site in Maryland or Virginia, saying that a move would break an agreement between the federal government and D.C. residents who are denied voting representation.

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