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Friday, January 25, 2013

Prince George's Police Arrests Two Related To Fatal Teen Shooting

Prince George's County police have made two arrests related to a fatal teen shooting in Fort Washington.

Analysis: Biden Promotes Obama's Gun Control Agenda In Virginia, Sandy Relief Bill Moves Close To Approval

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about Vice President's Biden's trip to Virginia Friday.

Virginia Bill Addresses Domestic Abuse And Gun Violence

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation that strengthens current domestic abuse laws, while also cracking down on gun violence.

Virginia Parents Push For After-School Activities For Homeschooled Kids

Virginia parents who homeschool their kids are again appealing to Richmond to let their students take part in after-school activities.

English Becomes Official Language In Carroll County

English is becoming the official language of Carroll County in Maryland.

Virginia House Delays Vote On Senate Redistricting

Leaders in the Virginia's House of Delegates are delaying action on a controversial proposal to draw new state Senate districts.

Virginia Faces Challenges On Funding For Transportation Maintenance

As Virginia's governor and General Assembly hammer out a plan to raise billions in revenue to fund transportation, it is becoming clear that just keeping up with basic maintenance costs will be very difficult.

Coastal Communities Grapple With Spike In Heroin Use

We investigate why police and public health officials on the Maryland coast are grappling with a spike in heroin use.

Bookend: Korean-American Sisters Team Up On Writing And Chocolate

In our monthly series Bookend, we meet Frances and Ginger Park: sisters who double as partners in chocolate-making and writing.

Door To Door: Waterford, Va. And Cameron Station, Va.

This week, we visit Waterford, Va., and the Cameron Station neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

D.C. Statehood Bill Introduced In Senate

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would make D.C. the 51st state, though it's highly unlikely to pass and is being seen as a largely symbolic gesture.

Alexandria Reconsiders Bicycle Registration

Few Alexandria residents even know about the city's bicycle registration requirement, which is why few would likely miss it if city leaders made such a move later this year.

MPD Systemically Mishandled Sexual Assault Cases, Report Alleges

The Metropolitan Police Department is disputing the findings of a Human Rights Watch report that identifies systemic failures to investigate cases of sexual assault.

Bus Driver Gets Six Years For Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

The driver of a bus that crashed in 2011, killing four people north of Richmond, was sentenced to six years in jail for involuntary manslaughter.

Metro's Expansion Plans Includes New Tunnels

Metro management presented a plan today outlining their priorities for the next several decades, including the possibility of building new tunnels at the core of the Metro system with additional funds.

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