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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Poorly Maintained Signs Could Have Helped Cause Baltimore Train Derailment

Federal investigators say that poorly maintained road signs may have been to blame in the derailment of a train outside of Baltimore.

Federal Officials Shut Down Virginia Charter Bus Operator

Springfield-based Advanced Ventures was shut down Wednesday after federal investigators found 39 safety violations.

Norton Pledges To Fight House Attempt To Change D.C. Gun Laws

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is again fighting a House measure that would exempt active military personnel from the city's strict gun laws.

New Lanes On Wisconsin Avenue Provoke Fight Between Residents, D.C. Legislator

Traffic-calming measures on a stretch of Wisconsin Avenue haven't calmed passions between residents who say they make the area safe for walkers and a D.C. legislator who says they merely back up traffic.

Another D.C. Legislator Scrutinized By Federal Investigators

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) said Wednesday that federal investigators had subpoenaed documents from his 2011 campaign.

Despite Heavy Storms, Thirsty Plants Might Spare Region From Flooding

There's been no shortage of rain in recent weeks, but the fact that it's still spring may well spare the region from any severe flooding from storms expected to hit on Thursday.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fast-Moving Storm And Tornado Hit D.C. Area

It may not have been the derecho some were expecting, but Thursday's storms and strong winds left many toppled trees, flooded roads and hundreds without power.

Partisanship And Pitching: Congressmen Square Off In Congressional Baseball Game

On Thursday night Democrats and Republicans will take their partisan differences to the baseball diamond for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Summer Months Bring Increased Risk Of Traffic Fatalities Involving Teen Drivers

The number of traffic deaths involving teenage drivers doubles during the summer months.

Students At Closing D.C. Schools Not Re-Enrolling In New Schools

According to D.C. school officials, 87 percent of students at 13 public schools set to close have yet to re-enroll in a receiving school.

Despite Concerns, Montgomery County OKs Retirement Community In Germantown

What was originally supposed to be a plot of single-family homes east of I-270 has turned into a residential community for residents over the age of 50.

Prosecutors Use Interview With Manning's Aunt During Court Martial

Statements made by Pfc. Bradley Manning's aunt during a 2010 interview were introduced as evidence during his ongoing court martial for turning over classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Storms Cause Virginia Officials To Shut Down Shellfish Harvesting

Recent storms moving through Virginia are causing sanitation problems, and in turn forcing state health officials to shut down the navesting of clams and oysters until June 30.

Norton Wants Local Control Of D.C. National Guard

D.C.'s National Guard can only be called out by the president, but D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants the mayor given that power during natural disasters.

Maryland Teenager Killed By Falling Tree Branch

15-year-old Joshua Davis' body was found on Tuesday afternoon along Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase, a day after strong storms hit the region.