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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Larger Fines For Texting While Driving Pass In Virginia

Virginia appears poised to impose larger fines on people caught texting while driving; bills passed this week would also make the infraction a primary offense.

Virginia Assembly Passes Stricter Voter ID Laws

Virginia lawmakers have passed two bills that would make voter ID laws stricter, although one of them would also require the government to provide funding for an education campaign to warn alter voters to the changes.

Gun Rights Advocates Speak Out At Maryland Town Hall Meeting

The debate over gun control in Maryland officially begins in Annapolis today, but Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown has already had a front row seat to the discussion among state residents at community meetings.

Gray Focuses On Affordable Housing In State Of The District

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans to make affordable housing investment a major part of his agenda this year. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

McDonnell's Transportation Funding Plan Dies In Virginia Senate

Two Republican floor amendments were shot down in the Virginia Senate Tuesday evening, effectively killing the transportation funding plan endorsed by the governor.

Analysis: Cantor Makes Pitch To Rebrand GOP

After the House GOP focused almost exclusively on debt and deficit issues for the last two years, The Hill's Alex Bolton explains how Majority Leader Eric Cantor is trying to rebrand the party.

Maryland Lawmaker Warned For Gay Marriage Protest Letter

A Maryland lawmaker has been cautioned after writing a letter on official letterhead to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti seeking to silence linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for his stand for gay rights.

Coal-Burning Power Plant Targeted By D.C. CM Wells

A power plant operated by the federal government in the District still uses coal to generate some power  — something council member Tommy Wells wants to see changed.

District Summit Addresses Concussions Amongst Youth Athletes

Concussions continue to be a problem afficting the nation's young athletes, and a group of area health care professionals and advocates sought to shine some light Tuesday on the unreported injuries.

Fairfax Students Arrested For Child Pornography

The illicit taping of sexual acts by three Fairfax minors has landed them in trouble with the law, charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Mayor Gray To Deliver State Of The District Tuesday Night

Mayor Vincent Gray will lay out his priorities for the year at the annual State of the District address tonight in downtown D.C.

D.C. Most Congested Area The Fourth Year Running

Anybody who drives in the D.C. area knows the roads are often jammed, but for the fourth year in a row, a report has identified commutes in the area as the nation's worst.

Virginia Senate Panel Backs Moratorium On Drones

A Virginia Senate panel approved a two-year moratorium on the use of drone aircraft on Monday, putting the issue up for a vote in the House and Senate today.

USO Opens Largest Wounded Warrior Center At Fort Belvoir

USO and military officials celebrated the opening of the USO's largest military support center today, the 20,000 square foot Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvior. 

ACLU To Testify Against Maryland Cell Phone Tracking Bill

ACLU officials plan to make their case today against a bill in Maryland that would allow police to use cell phone tracking data of suspects without obtaining a warrant.