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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Funeral Home Director Speaks Out On Boston Bomber Burial Controversy

The director of the Massachusetts funeral home where Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's  body was held, is speaking out against controversy surrounding Tsarnev's Virginia burial location.

D.C. Could Expand No-Smoking Areas To Parks, Playgrounds And Bus Stops

One D.C. legislator says that she's looking to introduce a bill that would increase the number of places where smoking would be prohibited.

Virginia Pushes For 'Outer Beltway' That Critics Say Isn't Needed

While Virginia officials say that a new north-south highway connecting I-95 to Route 7 would help ease traffic congestion, critics contend that the commonwealth's own numbers show that no significant congestion is expected without it.

New Task Force To Study Whether To Let D.C. Buildings Grow Taller

D.C. and federal officials are studying whether or not to amend the legislation that restricts the height limit of buildings in the District.

Alexandria Poised To Fight Norfolk Southern Again

Officials in Alexandria are taking a stand against expansion of a hazardous materials facility on the city's border with Fairfax County.

Manassas Votes For Higher Property Taxes

A seven-percent increase in residential property taxes will help pay for a new elementary school and improvements to the city's historic downtown.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Prince George's County Revisiting Sunday Liquor Sales

A measure to allow the sale of hard liquor in Prince George's County was shot down in March, but a workgroup has been formed to try and reconcile the differences.

Tommy Wells To Kick Off D.C. Mayoral Campaign Saturday

In a move that should surprise few who watch D.C. politics closely, the Ward 6 council member will formerly announce his candidacy for mayor this weekend.

Teen Drivers Not Heeding Warnings About Texting While Driving

Despite public awareness campaigns and parental admonishment, a new study finds that nearly half of high school students report texting while driving an automobile.

D.C. Big Box Retailers Targeted With Minimum Wage Bill

Supporters of a higher minimum wage for big box employees in the District rallied in front of the Wilson Building today, asking retailers to share the wealth.

Norfolk Southern Looking To Expand Ethanol Operation

Alexandria leaders are about to take a formal position against the expansion of operations at a hazardous materials facility.

Activist Group Wants Suspected Boston Bomber Removed From Virginia Cemetery

The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force wants the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be removed from the private Muslim cemetery he was buried in last week.

Washington National Cathedral Wins Historic Preservation Contest

The victory comes with a $100,000 grant, which will help the National Cathedral pay for repairs to roughly $20 million worth of damage caused by the August 2011 earthquake.

Three Groups Vie For Chance To Build Casino In Prince George's County

Three different groups want to spend big money building Maryland's sixth casino, this one in Prince George's County.

FBI Agent Charged With Murder In Wife's Death

An FBI agent in Stafford County has been charged with second-degree murder.