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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Obama Visits Newport News To Talk Sequestration

President Obama highlighted the impact of pending budget cuts on the state's defense industry at Newport News, where looming furlough would effect the area

Smoking Ban Extended Inside Orioles, Ravens Stadiums

Baltimore sports fans will subjected to the smell of smoke no longer, as Maryland officials have banned smoking inside the stadiums of both the Ravens and the Orioles.

Fairfax Homeless Population Subject Of Vulnerability Study

Volunteers are taking to the streets in Fairfax County this week to conduct surveys of the area's homeless populations with the hope of ultimately providing housing.

Disputes Expected Before Virginia Takes Over Failing Schools

The Virginia General Assembly has already passed legislation clearing the way for underperforming schools to be administered by the state, but some say legal challenges are inevitable.

Orange Line Delayed Through Rush Hour

Unexpected track work at the West Falls Church station on the Orange Line means that commuters in and out of Virginia will face longer travel times.

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Charges Against Bradley Manning

The pretrial hearing of Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking state secrets to the Wikileaks website, resumed Tuesday with the military judge concluding that most of the pretrial delays were justified.

Prince George's Police Reveal Details About Murder Of Marckel Ross

The identity of the Travon Bennett, accused of killing an 18-year-old Central High School student last September, was revealed Monday, along with his alleged motive.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers: Budget Cuts Mean Fewer Flights, Longer Lines

The airport experience is about to get more aggravating, if Congress does not avoid automatic spending cuts that would slash the budget for the FAA workforce.

PGPD Announces Arrest In Murder Of Marckel Ross

An arrest has finally been made in the Sept. 11 murder of 18-year-old Central High School student Marckel Ross, one of six Prince George's students murdered in the last six months.

Petition Calls On McDonnell To Eliminate 'Hybrid Tax'

Included in the transportation funding deal passed by Virginia lawmakers late last week was a provision taxing alternative fuel vehicles — a provision two Northern Virginia lawmakers want vetoed from the final bill.

D.C. Court To Rule On Privileges For Reagan Shooter John Hinckley

The man who shot then-President Ronald Reagan will be in a District court this week as a judge weighs whether to expand his release privileges.

Analysis: O'Malley, McDonnell Talk Sequester On 'Face The Nation'

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talk about the latest details on the federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect March 1.

Rosa Parks Statue To Be Dedicated In Capitol Wednesday

Prominent civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be the first African American woman to be honored with a 9-foot statue in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

D.C. Council Votes To Reprimand Jim Graham

The District’s 13-member council voted 11-2 to reprimand Jim Graham on his role in a lottery contract scandal, stirpping him of his oversight on the city's alcohol board.

Congress Stares Down Friday Deadline For Automatic Budget Cuts

Automatic spending cuts are set to take effect March 1, with potentially devastating effects across the federal budget if lawmakers aren't able to take action.

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