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Monday, July 8, 2013

Healthcare Becomes Focal Point Of Virginia Gubernatorial Race

One clear area of distinction between the two major candidates for the office of Virginia governor is their approach to the Affordable Care Act — a distinction Democrat Terry McAuliffe was only too happy to make this week.

Virginia Begins Largest Oyster Replenishment in State History

Under the program, one billion oyster shells will be returned to public oyster grounds.

New Transportation Money A Boon For Prince George's County Bid For FBI

Lawmakers in Maryland are saying the increase in transportation funding being dedicated to Prince George's County should make it a more attractive candidate for the new FBI headquarters.

Defense For Army Pfc. Bradley Manning Opens Their Case

The defense for accused Wikileaks source Bradley Manning has fired the opening salvo of their case today, requesting that as many as seven charges be dismissed.

Small Band Of Protesters Rally Behind Embattled D.C. Fire Chief

In the wake of calls for his resignation, supporters of D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe came to his defense at the Wilson Building on Monday.

Mechanical Problem Strands Amtrak Passengers On Train For 14 Hours

The 200 passengers on an Amtrak train from Richmond to New York were stranded for 14 hours after the dining car developed axle problems.

Body Of Missing Seven-Year-Old Boy Recovered

The body of Michael Kingsbury was discovered by D.C. police on Monday afternoon in a car only yards from his home.

Analysis: Defense Employees Face Furloughs, Lawmakers Return From Break

David Hawkings, of the Hawkings Here column for Roll Call, talks about what Congress will focus on before they leave for the August recess.

Lawmakers Face Gridlock Before August Recess

Congress returns this week after a short Fourth of July break, and will have about a month to tackle several issue before the August recess.

Lighting Ceremony Planned For Washington Monument

One of District's most iconic structures will now illuminate the city skyline at night.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 8, 2013

This week you can explore the multimedia world of hip-hop or check out a series of flicks by funnyman filmmaker Woody Allen.

Commentary: Changes To D.C.'s Legal Team Needed Before Attorney General Election

Next year, voters in D.C. will elect an attorney general for the first time. But before that happens, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan says structural changes are needed in order for the government to operate effectively.

Critics Claim Bi-County Parkway Benefits Developers

The debate over whether Northern Virginia needs a new highway is central to a larger question: are more roads that cost billions of dollars to build the answer to fulfilling the D.C. area's economic potential?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Judge To Rule On Virginia Executive Mansion Chef Charges

Gov. Bob McDonnell's former chef is making allegations in a court brief supporting his motion to dismiss four felony embezzlement charges against him.

Cuccinelli Says Legal Changes To Voting Rights Act Necessary

Some new laws require more oversight of voter registration rolls in Virginia, including routine checks to identify felons.