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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Maryland GOP Considers Open Primary

The Maryland Republican Party chairman says they're considering allowing unaffiliated voters to participate in GOP primaries.

Leggett Wants Fillmore To Cancel Molotov Performance

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wants a Silver Spring concert venue to cancel a show by the Mexican band Molotov.

Spanish Navy Tall Ship To Dock At Ocean City In August

Ocean City is docking a replica of a 16th century Spanish Navy Tall Ship to help boost tourism this summer.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

New Play Asks, Can Disco Save Your Soul?

A new show at this year's Capital Fringe Festival asks, "What would disco Jesus do?"

Senate Reaches Agreement On Filibuster Rules

Senators averted a contentious fight over changing the chambers' rules on the filibuster, but lawmakers in the region still want to revisit the issue.

'No Labels' Group Aiming To Make Congress More Efficient

A bipartisan group of 81 lawmakers is coming together in an attempt to streamline the federal government.

Friday, July 19, 2013

WSSC Not Second-Guessing Materials As They Lift Water Restrictions

The question of whether to use iron or concrete pipes is moot, according to WSSC, as work on a Prince George's water main continues and water restrictions are lifted.

No Metro Station Closures This Weekend, But Delays Abound

There's no single tracking or station closures for Metro this weekend, but delays on the Red, Orange and Green Lines will be longer than normal.

Virginia Gubernatorial Contenders Square Off In First Debate On Saturday

This weekend it's time for Ken Cuccinelli vs. Terry McAuliffe, Round 1.

Prince George's County Officers Take Part in Mass-Shooter Drill At High School

Some 200 police and fire and EMS officers took part in a mass-shooter drill today in Prince George's County.

Dominion Virginia Power Considers Putting Power Lines Underground

Putting power lines across Virginia underground would cost $83 billion, or roughly $27,000 per customer.

Analysis: Senate Confirms Thomas Perez As Labor Secretary

David Hawkings talks about what former Maryland labor secretary Thomas Perez will bring to the table now that he's confirmed as labor secretary.

Group To March 100 Miles To White House To Protest Inaction On Climate Change

The walk from Camp David, Md. to the White House seeks to draw attention back to the issue of climate change.

Maryland GOP To Debate Letting Independent Voters Participate In Primaries

Maryland Republicans are divided on whether to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in GOP primaries, but they have agreed to debate the issue.

New Report Says Star Scientific Pressed Va. Government Officials

A campaign contributor to Gov. Bob McDonnell met with state officials to pitch his company's product, but did not benefit from the sit-downs.