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Monday, May 6, 2013

Maryland Father And Son Die In Experimental Plane Crash

A Maryland man and his son are dead after crashing their plane in a field near Suffolk Executive Airport in Virginia.

Part Of Manning Trial To Be Closed To Protect National Security

Prosecutors have proposed closing up to 30 percent of the trial to protect national security.

83-Year-Old Woman Missing After Arriving At Reagan Airport

Police are continuing to search for an elderly woman after she disappeared upon arriving at Reagan National Airport last Friday.

Aging and Abuse

With an aging population, elder abuse is expected to increase. We look at the complexities of elder abuse in the D.C. region and why the problem is so difficult to address.

Twenty-Four Historic Sites Compete For $1 Million In Preservation Grants

A contest has 24 local historic sites fighting for votes—and $1 million in preservation grants.

Johns Hopkins Ramps Up Fundraising Efforts

The university and health system is aiming to raise $4.5 billion by 2017 to help fund professorships, fellowships and financial aid.

More Than Half Of Montgomery County Students Failed Math Finals

Of 19,000 Montgomery County high school students, 11,000 failed their math finals this semester, which will prompt a closer look from within the school system.

McDonnell Enjoys Widespread Support, Poll Says

After a successful legislative session this year, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell enjoys an increased level of support amongst voters, even from the other side of the aisle.

Expansion Plans At Arlington National Cemetery Cause Environmental Concerns

Officials at Arlington National Cemetery want to add space for 30,000 grave sites, but it will require cutting down hundreds of trees.

Volkswagen Gives $10 Million For National Mall Restoration Efforts

German carmaker Volkswagen is giving $10 million to help spruce up the National Mall. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Activist Plans To Carry Guns In D.C. For July 4 Open Carry Protest

You can't carry a gun out in the open in D.C., but that's not stopping one gun rights activist from organizing an Independence Day open carry protest that will cross from Virginia into D.C.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Gearing Up For 2014 Election

It's been six months since the 2012 election ended, but now lawmakers in the region are turning their attention to the 2014 contest, and that means raising money.

The Uphill Battle To End Elderly Abuse

Social workers with Adult Protective Services are a frontline defense against elder abuse, but the economic downturn has been tough on the agency. At a time when their workloads have increased exponentially, budget cuts have hit hard.

UVA Study Finds Salt May Not Contribute To High Blood Pressure

A new study discovered that for most people, reducing salt intake does not prevent high blood pressure.

Local Democrats Urging Republicans For Sequestration Deal

Democrats in the region say its time for House Republicans to come back to the negotiating table and start working on a long-term budget.