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Monday, June 10, 2013

Off-Duty New Jersey Officer Fatally Shoots Maryland Man

For the second time in a month, an off-duty police officer has killed a civilian during a private argument in the D.C. metro area.

With Southwest Expansion, BWI Airport Could See More International Service

Southwest Airlines has started expanding its offerings to international destinations, and some of that growth may come to BWI Airport.

Montgomery County Announces Capital Bikeshare Expansion Plans

Five-hundred of the bike-sharing system's iconic red bikes will be placed at 50 stations throughout the county by summer.

Commentary: Burying Power Lines Won't Stop Severe Weather

D.C. lawmakers are considering a $1 billion-plan to bury 60 power lines to help reduce storm-related power outages. But commentator Mike Tidwell says the debate about burying lines is missing a larger point: how to address climate change.

Analysis: Cummings Says IRS Case Resolved, Expresses Concern For NSA Issue

David Hawkings, columnist for Hawkings Here, talks about the latest in the IRS and NSA cases.

Senate Prepares For Lengthy Debate On Immigration Policy

After five hearings in the Judiciary Committee on the immigration bill that included more than 200 amendments, the Senate will now weigh in.

Fairfax County Schools Lead In National Ranking Of Graduation Rates

With students across the country readying to graduate, Fairfax County Schools have risen to the top of national rankings in terms of how many students complete high school.

Student Loan Legislation Falls On Senate

House Republicans in the region say it's up to the Senate to figure out how to keep student loan rates from doubling in July.

Howard Trustee Says Historically Black University Is In Trouble

Renee Higginbotham-Brooks said in a letter that unless drastic changes are made, Howard University may not exist in three years.

Frager's Moves To Eastern Market As Rebuilding Begins After Fire

On Sunday Mayor Vince Gray announced that the beloved Capitol Hill hardware store would be allowed to vend from a spot in Eastern Market.

Virginia Democrats Prepare To Choose Candidate For Lieutenant Governor

Whomever Virginia Democrats choose tomorrow to be their candidate for lieutenant governor will face off against Republican E.W. Jackson and possibly run for governor in 2017.

Over 10,000 Maryland Residents To Get Money From Mortgage Settlement

The 10,740 residents will receive just under $1,500 a piece as part of a multi-state settlement with five mortgage companies accused of various abuses.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Jack Evans Makes Campaign For D.C. Mayor Official

It's no secret that Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans planned to run for mayor, but his campaign was made official Sunday morning.

Fuel Filter Screen To Blame For D.C. Ambulance Shutdown

Fuel filter screens are being removed from D.C. ambulances after one clogged and caused an ambulance to shutdown as it took a gunshot victim to the hospital. 

One Step Towards Modernized Provisions For Transgender D.C. Residents

A proposal that would allow trangender D.C. residents to legally change their gender has been approved by a D.C. Council committee.