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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Eating Maryland Seafood Could Help Restore The Bay

Maryland's Department For Natural Resources is pushing a promotion next week which advocates eating state seafood to raise funds for oyster recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.

Kids Head Out For International Walk To School Day

Kids throughout the region will walk or bike to school today as part of International Walk to School Day; in Takoma Park, residents and kids with several safe routes to school have a reason to celebrate.

Virginia Forensics Experts Facing More Court Appearances

Virginia is working to help ease the schedules of some of its forensic staff even as more and more cases require them to testify in court.

Maryland Gaming Expansion Gets Redskins' Support

The Washington Redskins football team is throwing its support behind a gambling expansion provision in Maryland, saying the economic benefits would help the business climate in Prince George's County.

Authorities Investigate String Of Robberies In House Offices

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a rash of thefts in House office buildings on Capitol Hill, the latest of which left one congressman missing two bottles of Scotch and approximately $1,000 of cuff links.

Parties Target Virginia's Swing Voters

Politcal party operatives are more active in some parts of Virginia than others as both Republican and Democrats try to secure undecided voters in certain counties.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Analysis: Kaine Pulls Ahead, Republicans Will Attack On Defense

New polls show Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine pulling ahead in Virginia. Alex Bolton with The Hill says the Republicans will try to reverse that trend by blaming Democrats for looming defense cuts.

Fairfax County Weighs $2.3B Plan For Tysons Corner Roads

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A massive expansion of development at Tysons Corner in Fairfax County is going to require a lot of investment in transportation infrastructure — but who's going to pay for it? 

Virginia Laws For Police Decertification May See Stricter Enforcement

Virginia law allows for the decertification of police officers for being convicted of crimes of for failing to meet certain criteria, but a state commission is considering pushing for those laws to be enforced more often.

Virginia GOP Cuts Ties With Voter Registration Vendor

A Virginia-based company is facing allegations of submitting questionable voter registrations in Florida, and now Republicans in the Commonwealth are quickly severing ties.

Preservation League Seeks To Landmark Corcoran's Interior

Preservationists are requesting that the inside of the Corcoran Gallery of Art be deemed a local historic landmark in order to prevent major changes from being made the 1897 structure's interior in the event it is sold. 

American University On Alert After Four Fondling Complaints In A Week

Four female students at American University were the victims of sexual assaults along a stretch of Massachusetts Ave NW near the school's campus in the last week.

Protesters Call For More Renewable Energy At Dominion HQ

Protesters are demonstrating outside of electric utility Dominion Virginia's corporate headquarters in Richmond all week to call attention to what they say is the company's inadequate record on renewable energy.

Maryland Board Recommends State Debt Limit Increase

A Maryland fiscal advisory board is recommending that the state increase its debt limit by $125 million, which would bring the total debt limit up above $925 million. 

Nationals Clinch National League East Title

The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East Division title last night despite a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Their postseason position still depends on their next two games.

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