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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Property Tax Hikes Hit Across Northern Virginia

 

Local leaders in Northern Virginia are raising property taxes, stoking fears that the area may become more expensive and less competitive.

D.C. Police Officer Hit With Federal Money Laundering Charges

A D.C. police officer was arrested Monday in connection with a federal charge related to laundering the proceeds from drug trafficking.

Maryland Holds Open Houses On Purple Line Progress

The Maryland Transportation Administration is holding five open houses to update residents on the progress of the Purple Line—and some residents aren't happy with what they're seeing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Waiting List For D.C. Charter Schools Outstrips Available Spots

The number of names on the waiting list for D.C. charter schools far exceeds the number of open spaces, according to DCPS data.

D.C. Legislator Moves To Ban Guns Made With 3D Printers

A gun you make at home with little more than a 3D printer? It exists—and one D.C. legislator wants to outlaw it.

Local Law Enforcement Celebrate 'Blue Mass' Today

Law enforcement and first responders who died in the line of duty were remembered today in the annual service out of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

D.C. Council Gives Preliminary Approval To Truancy Bill

Under the bill, D.C. could reach out to public school students that are endemically truant, before turning their names over to the Attorney General and  Court Social Services.

Tackling Nursing Home Complaints With Ombudsman Programs

Who do you turn to when you have a complaint about a nursing home? One options for many families are ombudsman programs. They deal with more than 157,000 nursing home complaints each year, on topics large and small.

Stun Gun Ban Lifted In Anne Arundel County

The Anne Arundel County Council voted by a narrow margin on Monday to lift the ban on tasers and stun guns for county residents.

First Homeless Youth Shelter In A Decade Opens in Prince George's County

The emergency homeless shelter will serve up to 20 youths a night, a small proportion of the 200 that are estimated to be homeless on any given night.

Virginia Democrats Say McDonnell Chef Case Will Hurt Republicans

Recent polls show voters aren't too bothered by the recent controversy surrounding a chef and a donor to Gov. Bob McDonnell, but Democrats insist they would be if the events were made more clear.

Penn National Proposes Prince George's County Casino It Once Opposed

A casino company that once opposed expanding gambling in Maryland has now opted to enter the running for a new casino in Prince George's County.

Is 'Common Core' At Fault for Low Math Test Scores in Montgomery Co.?

A high number of Montgomery County high school students failed their math finals this year, prompting some closer evaluation of new standards being adopted in the county.

Fairfax County Struggles Between Urban And Suburban Development

Residents and officials in one part of Fairfax County are debating what type of development and transportation they want and expect—urban or suburban?

Construction Of M Street Bike Lane Beginning In August

D.C. officials sketched out the route of a new M Street bicycle lane on Monday, which would feature many improvements over existing designs, including a greater buffer against automobile traffic.

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