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Monday, July 1, 2013

Analysis: Lawmakers Disagree On Relevancy Of Voting Rights Act

David Hawkings talks about the latest behind the debate on revising the Voting Rights Act and immigration reform.

Majority Of Riders Give Metro Positive Ratings, Poll Finds

Metro often draws the ire of riders with frequent delays, breakdowns, and fare hikes, but a new poll shows that a majority of customers still hold a favorable view of the transit system.

Bill Haas Wins AT&T National

Haas's victory never seemed in doubt during the final round, as he shot a five under par 66 to win by three shots.

Texting and Driving Becomes Primary Offense In Virginia

Beginning today, drivers who text and drive in Virginia will face much tougher fines.

Search Resumes For Missing Swimmer In Potomac

Rescuers resume the search for a man who went missing after attempting to swim in the Potomac River over the weekend.

D.C. Police Investigate Attacks On Transgender Women

Police are searching for a suspect in a string of recent attacks against transgender women.

Small Plane Crash Off Ocean City Claims Lives Of Two Police Officers

Rescuers are continuing the search for a small plane that crashed off Ocean City, Md., Sunday that claimed the lives of two police officers.

Maryland Gas Tax Hikes Go Into Effect

The price of gas in Maryland will go up about 5 cents per gallon beginning today.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 1, 2013

Old meets new in two exhibits inspired by the permanent collections of local museums.

Sequestration Beginning To Have More Impact On Local Federal Workers

Some local federal workers may soon feel the affects of sequestration, as another round of furloughs begin this week.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

National Science Foundation Headquarters Moving To Alexandria

The government agency is relocating from Arlington to the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., in a multi-million dollar deal that includes a significant tax break.

Renowned Economist Says Sequester Will Be Lighter On Va. Economy Than Predicted

A highly-skilled workforce and decreased dependence on government contracts among reasons why Virginia could rebound from budget cuts faster than other states, says economist.

Indianapolis Colts Player Joe Lefeged Arrested In D.C. On Gun Charges

Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday morning on gun-related charges after fleeing police during a traffic stop in Washington, D.C., police say.

Investigation Opened Into Alleged Dog Poisoning In Logan Circle

The Washington Humane Society is warning dog owners in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Northwest D.C. to look out for toxic dog treats after a resident reported finding an poisoned pill pocket.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

College Student From Maryland Andrew Pochter Killed In Egypt

An Ohio college student from Chevy Chase, Md. was killed in Egypt during a clash between government supporters and opponents.