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Friday, August 9, 2013

Norton Wants Congress To Reinstate Federal Tax Credits For D.C.

The city's non-voting delegate to Congress says that residents and businesses would benefit from a number of federal tax credits that have expired.

Va. Candidates Face Tricky Question: Do They Support Bi-County Parkway?

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will likely have to flesh out what their position on the controversial Bi-County Parkway is at a candidate forum today.

Maryland's Gamble On Casinos Pays Off For Treasury

The state's casinos brought in $830 million in fiscal year 2013, a 27.5 percent increase from the year before.

After Rash Of Suicides, D.C. Makes Changes At Jail

Four people have killed themselves at the D.C. Jail this year, and city officials are implementing new measures to prevent any further suicides.

Pharmacy Chain Limits Sale Of Nail Polish Remover Over Meth Concerns

Removing that nail polish may have gotten a little more complicated, as CVS is now limiting how much nail polish remover it will sell over concerns that it can be used to manufacture meth.

On The Coast: Kicking A Heroin Habit, And Helping Others Do The Same

As officials try to get a handle on a recent uptick in heroin use on Maryland's Eastern Shore, we hear from a local man who used the drug for years, and finally beat his addiction.

Beating The Odds: Shooting Victim Hits The Books, Prepares For College

We'll meet a D.C. high school student who was shot in the leg on her way to school... and is now about to pursue her college dreams.

A New Cop Shares Life On The Beat

We'll spend the wee hours of the morning with a rookie cop, and find out what it's really like to "protect and serve" as a police officer.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mayor: Spread Message Of D.C. Voting Rights During March Commemoration

Thousands will take to D.C. later this month to commemorate the March on Washington 50 years ago, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says its a good time to call for D.C. voting rights.

Norton Now Top Democrat On Transit Subcommittee

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is now the top Democrat on the Congressional subcommittee that oversees the nation's transit systems, including Metro.

Is D.C. A Mecca For Child-Free Living Or Are Kids Just Too Expensive?

As a city known for its dedicated career professionals and high educational attainment, D.C. was recently ranked the third-best city in the country for childfree living.

Zillow Values White House At Nearly $320 Million

According to the real estate website Zillow.com, the White House would list for $319 million, if it were on the market.

Effort To Streamline Search And Seizure Process In Virginia Revisited

Virginia legislators have revisited the language of a bill aimed at prosecuting sex offenders, attempting to streamline the process for searching computers.

Oldest Community Of Free African Americans Unearthed In Maryland

A neighborhood in Easton, Md. called "The Hill" is believed to be the oldest community of free African Americans in the United States.

O'Malley Campaigns For Cory Booker In New Jersey

Maryland's governor will be in the Garden State today campaigning for Democratic up-and-comer Cory Booker, who is running for New Jersey's vacant senate seat.