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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Governors Convene For Winter Meeting, Urge Budget Agreement

Governors are preparing to deal with the March 1 federal spending cuts at this week's National Governors Association winter meeting.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Maryland Senate To Take Up Death Penalty, Gun Reform

Votes on two of Gov. Martin O'Malley's priority measures are expected in the next couple of weeks.

Virginia Senate Approves Transportation Funding Bill

In a 25-15 vote, the Virginia Senate has approved a major reform in the state's system for highway financing.

Maryland House Passes Offshore Wind Bill

Maryland residents may soon see an increase on their utility bills.

Former D.C. Homeland Security Director Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

The former Homeland Security director for D.C. will serve a 3.5-year prison term for tax fraud.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Prince George's To Make Arrest On Murder Of 18-Year-Old Marckel Ross

Prince George's County police are making gains on one of the six murder cases that have taken place this school year.

Federal Cuts Could Affect National Zoo

The federal cuts are expected to affect thousands of jobs, and may even shut down popular exhibits at the National Zoo.

Adult Severely Injured In Montgomery County School Bus Collision

One adult suffered life-threatening injuries in a school bus collision in Montgomery County Friday afternoon.

Virginia House Passes Highway Reform Bill

The Virginia House has voted 60-40 to approve a major reform in the state's system for highway financing — the first in a generation.

Players Compete In 10th Annual Fairfax Pinball Open

Pinball fanatics can test their skills on classics and new machines this weekend.

Virginia Senate Passes Two-Year Moratorium On Drones

Virginia lawmakers considered a bill to regulate drones, but decided on an alternate version of the measure instead.

UMUC Overpaid Contractor, According To State Audit

An audit of the University of Maryland University College found an oversight in the marketing department led to more than $3.3 million in potential overpayments.

Virginia House Passes 'Straw Purchase' Bill For Tighter Gun Laws

Obtaining a firearm in Virginia may soon get a little tougher.

Roanoke Women Charged With DUI For Backseat Driving

Backseat drivers are normally obnoxious enough, but one woman from Roanoke, Va., took it to a new level, drawing a DUI charge after causing an accident from the back seat.

Maryland Delegate Introduces Measure To Legalize Marijuana

Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) introduced a measure in the state House that would both legalize marijuana, as well as regulate and tax potential sales.