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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lackluster Virginia Gubernatorial Race Filters Down To Swing Counties

Swing counties in Virginia that were key to President Obama’s victory aren’t showing many signs of life in this year’s governor’s race.

Virginia Officials Hope Bi-County Parkway Deal Will Be Signed By End Of Year

Top Virginia transportation officials say the next several weeks will be critical to the future of the Bi-County Parkway, but they expect to have a final deal signed by the end of the year.

Same Law Firm Represents Alexandria And Developers In Fight Over Waterfront

The same law firm is currently representing Alexandria officials hoping to redevelop waterfront sites and the developers that would lead the charge, provoking complaints from opponents of a conflict of interest.

D.C. Council Holds First Of Two Hearings On Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

With the D.C. Council poised to pass a bill decriminalizing marijuana, members of the public are getting the chance to weigh in. The first of two hearings on the measure took place on Wednesday evening in Anacostia.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

McAuliffe Maintains Lead Over Cuccinelli In Latest Poll

With outside money heating up the off-year Virginia election, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is maintaining a significant lead, according to the latest poll.

Virginia Route 606 Expansion Slated For Next Year

A transportation bottleneck in a busy portion of Loudoun County will double in size next year, under a plan by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Prince George's County Approaches 'The Final Frontier Of Recycling'

Food waste is being added to several tons of compost being produced in Prince George's County — something not often seen on this scale elsewhere in the country.

Body Found Behind Wall At Judiciary Square Metro

There was a grissly discovery at the Judiciary Square Metro station Wednesday afternoon, after a man's body was pulled from behind a wall next to a station platform.

Man Accused Of Shooting Howard County Police Officer In Custody

The man accused of shooting a Howard County police officer was apprehended on Thursday morning.

Analysis: Polls Show Shutdown May Affect Virginia Governor's Race

As Virginia's gubernatorial election nears, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened a lead. Josh Kraushaar, editor-in-chief of National Journal's Hotline, weighs in on the reasons.

Do You Belong In D.C.? Take The Test To Find Out

A new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds that District residents borrow some of the best and worst traits associated with other areas of the country.

Amazon To Start Charging Sales Tax In Maryland Next Year

A new Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore is expected to bring 1,000 jobs to the city, but it also means Maryland shoppers are about to be charged more at checkout.

Wells, Barry Host Hearing Tonight On Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Members of the D.C. Council are inviting the public to testify on a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Analysis: Congress Digs Into Affordable Care Acts' Troubled Launch

The launch of the health insurance exchanges set out in the Affordable Care Act has been anything but smooth. Alex Bolton with The Hill newspaper explains the role a local lawmaker is playing in the fix.

Thursday, October 3, 2013