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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gun Control Proposals Expose Political Divide In Virginia

Efforts to close the gun show loophole in Virginia are expected to spark intense debate in the commonwealth in the upcoming legislative session, highlighting the divide between rural and urban areas of the state.

Former DCPS Chancellor Rhee Subject Of Frontline Documentary

A new Frontline documentary from PBS airing Tuesday night will focus on the contentious tenure of former DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Judge Reduces Possible Sentence For Pfc. Manning In WikiLeaks Case

In a pretrial hearing in Fort Meade, Md., a military judge reduced the potential sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for his role in the WikiLeaks case, citing the illegal pretrial punishment he suffered.

Gallaudet Reinstates Suspended Diversity Officer

The chief diversity officer at Gallaudet Unversity in Washington, D.C. has her job back after being suspended earlier this year for signing a petition to subject Maryland's gay marriage law to referendum. 

Flu Cases On The Rise Earlier Than Usual, CDC Reports

The Centers for Disease Control are seeing a higher incidence of flu cases earlier in the flu season this year than in previous years, the agency reports. 

District Releases Road Closures, Parking Restrictions For Inauguration

Local transportation and law enforcement officials have released a transportation plan for the upcoming presidential inauguration, and it includes no parking zones, road closures, and detours on many of the bridges into the city.

O'Malley's Budget Includes $336M For New And Upgraded Schools

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants the state will spend an extra $336 million on school construction and renovations in the coming year.

Fairfax Board To Vote On $250 Million Road Plan For Tysons

Fairfax County Board members will vote tonight on tax plan to fund major road improvements around Tysons Corner — a proposed $250 million during the next four decades.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Monday, January 7, 2013

Uranium Debate Heats Up As Virginia Assembly Session Begins

The fight over the uranium mining ban in Virginia is expected to take center stage when lawmakers return to Richmond for the legislative session this week.

Spate Of Mail Thefts Strike Montgomery County

The next time you go to pay a bill, think twice about dropping a check in your mailbox. Montgomery County police are warning residents about a string of thefts out of residential mailboxes.

Maryland Fracking Opponents Call For Study

Environmentalists in Maryland are renewing the push for a moratorium on fracking for natural gas until a study has been conducted.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012