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Monday, September 9, 2013

Pace Of Water Main Inspections Has Montgomery County Leaders Worried

After a water main burst on a thoroughfare in Montgomery County, elected officials have expressed frustration with the pace of inspections.

Prince George's County To Review Whole Foods Plan

Prince George's County officials will review the proposal to build the county's first Whole Foods Market.

Q&A: Washington Post's Reporter Talks About Investigation Into Program That Forced D.C. Residents Into Foreclosures

Washington Post reporter Debbie Cenziper talks about impact of a D.C. government program that turned private investors into debt collectors for the city.

Panhandlers Express Cautious Optimism Over New Program Aimed At Helping Them

A new campaign in Montgomery County that encourages motorists to donate to non-profit groups instead of directly to panhandlers has drawn a cautiously optimistic response from some of the men and women that would benefit.

Congress Returns, But Won't Likely Do Much To Undo Sequester

Despite calls from some local lawmakers for Congress to undo the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, it's unlikely that anything big will make it through the legislative morass in September.

Applications For Gun Licenses Jump In Maryland

Maryland officials have been flooded with 88,000 requests for gun licenses, an increase attributed to a new gun control law going into effect on Oct. 1.

Redskins Game Expected To Cause Major Traffic

The Redskins season opener against the Eagles Monday night at FedEx could result in major traffic delays due to the timing of the game.

Redskins Face Eagles At FedEx Field Monday Night

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will play in his first game since he suffered a knee injury last season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at FedEx Field.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Showdown Looms In Case Over Virginia Gas Royalties

Lawsuits accusing two energy companies of cheating Virginia landowners out of royalty payments for natural gas is being reviewed.

D.C. Residents Forced Into Foreclosure Over Unpaid Tax Bills

A Washington Post investigation found that hundreds of D.C. homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure over unpaid tax liens.

Norton Optimistic On Future Of D.C. Budget Autonomy

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says this year's spending bills could inch the District a little closer to budget autonomy.

D.C. Police Searching For Missing 8-Month-Old Boy

D.C. Police are searching for a baby boy that has been missing since last week. He may be with Jessica Walls, a 21-year-old black woman with a light complexion.

Kennedy Center To Feature Multimedia Profile On George Washington

A new production focusing on the life of the first president of the United States is being unveiled next month.

Virginia Laws Help Lower Human Trafficking

One of the leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking has rated Virginia on its progress.

Fairfax County To Stop Throwing Out Library Books

Library curators in Fairfax County say they'll stop throwing out thousands of outdated books.