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Friday, August 2, 2013

Ocean City Tourism On The Decline

Ocean City tourism numbers are down a bit this summer, according to a recently released travel report. But the data also indicates Maryland and Delaware beaches are faring much better than those on the Jersey Shore.

Thousands Of U.S. Park Police Guns Unaccounted For, Report Finds

Thousands of guns owned by the U.S. Park Police, including rifles and machine guns, have gone missing over the last decade, according to an inspector's report.

State Department Issues Travel Warning

State Department officials are issuing travel warnings at D.C.'s international airports to those heading to the Middle East.

Two Orange Line Stations Closed This Weekend

Weekend track work abounds this weekend, but station closings will only afflict those riding on the Orange Line.

Analysis: McDonnell's Donor Scandal Could Affect Virginia Governor's Race

Robert McCartney talks about the latest behind Gov. Bob McDonnell's donor scandal and Pepco's upcoming rate hike in Montgomery County.

Analysis: Lawmakers Reach Solution On Health Care Exchanges For Members

David Hawkings talks about the latest behind health care coverage for members and their aides, and what lawmakers have accomplished before the August recess.

D.C. National Guard Jets Collide In Mid-Air, One Pilot Forced To Eject

The Coast Guard says it rescued an Air National Guard pilot after his jet was involved in a mid-air collision and he ejected from his aircraft approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Rising Test Scores Spark Renewed Interest In Longer D.C. School Days

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that new test scores prove that longer school day may have to be adopted citywide.

Fight Over Bi-County Parkway Hinges On What Exactly The Bi-County Parkway Is

Supporters of the proposed Bi-County Parkway says it's a typical divided highway, but opponents portray it as a big step towards a 45-mile sprawl-inducing "outer beltway."

With Business Unfinished, Congress Leaves Town For Summer Recess

Local lawmakers are unhappy that Congress is taking August off, especially as sequestration continues to affect life in the region.

New Transportation Secretary Wants To Maintain Federal Funding For Metro

Anthony Foxx said that he and President Obama share the goal of maintaining the nation's infrastructure, including mass transit systems like Metro.

Baby Born On Metro Station Platform Gets A Free Ride

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles sent a hand-written note and $100 SmarTrip card to Shavonnte Taylor, who gave birth to a baby boy on the platform of the L'Enfant station on Thursday.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bay Bridge Crash Restarts Talk Of Additional Span

An accident last month that saw a woman plunge into the Chesapeake Bay has lawmakers renewing calls for an additional span on the Bay Bridge.

ACLU Challenges Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Civil liberties and gay-rights groups are challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban in court.

Burn Camp Holding Book Drive In Montgomery County

The 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp, a camp for young burn survivors in the D.C. Metro area, is holding a book drive