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Thursday, May 9, 2013

George Washington National Forest Awaits Fracking Decision

The National Forest Service will soon rule on whether fracking will be permitted in the 1 million acre preserve of Virginia's the George Washington National Forest.

Maryland Attorney General Says Gun Control Bill Is Constitutional

Attorney General Doug Gansler says the sweeping gun control legislation is legally defensible, giving Gov. Martin O'Malley the green light to sign it next week.

D.C. Shows 'Promising Beginnings' On Children's Mental Health Issues

When it comes to treating children with mental health issues, D.C. has made progress in some areas, but "bureaucratic fragmentation" has lead to deficiencies in others.

Virginia Gubernatorial Race Briefly Turns To Issues, Though Scandal Looms

The race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli may be about the issues for now, but it's certain to turn ugly later this year.

U.S. Senator Introduces Bill That Would Restrict Abortions In D.C.

A Republican senator wants to prohibit abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks, provoking complaints from city officials that he's imposing his opinion upon D.C. residents.

D.C. Circulator Fares Could Double Under Budget Proposal

Fares for the popular D.C. Circulator bus service could jump from $1 to $2 in cash or $1 to $1.50 with a SmarTrip card, with additional revenues going to pay for an expansion of the service.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Financial Exploitation Of Elderly Difficult To Detect

More than 70 percent of the nation's wealth belongs to the over-55 population, which makes seniors a primary target of scam artists.

In Lieu Of Parking, Fairfax Plans Buses To Silver Line

Current plans include no permanent parking for the five new stops on the Silver Line, but plans for bus service to the stations is taking shape.

Half The Battle

Jobs? Relationships? Bills? Why it is so hard for young vets transitioning home. An AU project.

Montgomery County Police Target Scofflaw Drivers

Starting today, police in Montgomery County will engage in a month worth of stings meant to catch drivers that endanger pedestrians.

UVA Professor Helps Identify Issues For Young Readers

Many students enter kindergarden without basic reading skills. University of Virginia education professor Marcia Invernizzi has pioneered a process to identify them.

Maryland Lt. Governor Set To Announce Gubernatorial Bid

Maryland's Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is expected to announce his bid for the state's highest office on Friday.

Students Hit The Road For National Bike To School Day

There were bikes aplenty on the road to school this morning, in a national event to promote healthier lifestyles and greater bicycle safety.

Record Number Of Tourists Visited D.C. In 2012

Close to 19 million tourists visited Washington, D.C. in 2012, spending $6.2 billion.

Metro Survey Highlights Progress In Promoting Culture Of Safety

There's still plenty of work to do to make Metro safer, but a recent survey shows progress in employees' willingness to report safety issues on the transit system.