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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jim Moran Proposes Changes To U.S. Voting System

Virginia Rep. Jim Moran is pushing a new proposal to modernize U.S. elections, but the effort faces steep hurdles.

Longtime Alexandria Prosecutor Won't Run For Fifth Term

The City of Alexandria's chief prosecutor is stepping down after 15 years on the job, and he's endorsed his deputy to take over the post. The new commonwealth's attorney will be elected next year.

McDonnell Offers Few Details On Transportation Funding Proposal

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is staying mum on his administration's long-term transportation funding proposal — at least for now.

Kwame Brown's Brother To Plead Guilty To Bank Fraud

Che Brown, the brother of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, will plead guilty this week to bank fraud — the same charge that Kwame Brown admitted to earlier this year.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ocean City Sees Spike In Heroin Arrests

Following an undercover sting operation, police in Ocean City, Md., indicted 23 on charges related to heroin, after the number of cases in the beachside town spiked this year.

Lewisdale Teen Dies In Gang-Related Double Shooting

Police say that 14-year-old Eliezer Benjamin Reyes was one of two shot and killed early Wednesday morning in what Prince George's County police are describing as gang violence.

New Website Enhances Transparency In Montgomery County

Montgomery County officials have overhauled their website to provide residents with better access to information about the inner workings of their government.

Operation Homefront Brings Holiday Joy To Children Of Veterans

A charitable organization is making sure that the children of area servicemembers get the holidays they deserve, collecting gifts and toys for low-income military families.

Nats Host Job Fair Aimed At Veterans, Spouses

As many as 700 military veterans and their spouses headed to Nationals Park on Wednesday for a job fair aimed at finding former service members meaningful employment.

Analysis: As Former Governor, Kaine May Get A Reality Check In Senate

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is about to get a taste of what it's like to be the low man on the totem pole in the U.S. Senate; National Journal's Shane Goldmacher talks about others that have made the governor-senator transition.

Bradley Manning Hearing On Pretrial Confinement Resumes

Military prosecutors are making their case Wednesday that the restrictive pretrial confinement of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was justified based on a threat of self-harm.

Alexandria Neighborhood: VDOT Ramp Will 'Ruin' Quality Of Life

Residents who live near the planned end of the I-95 Express Lanes in Fairfax County are asking that county's board to support their effort to stop construction on an off-ramp through their neighborhood.

Montgomery County Lawmaker Calls For Reduction Of ICC Tolls

Tolls have been in effect on the Intercounty Connector in Maryland for one year now, and critics of the road, including one local council member, are still advocating for reduced rates.

Gaithersburg Hit-And-Run May Have Been A Homicide

An early morning hit-and-run accident in Gaithersburg is now being investigated as a homicide. The crash killed one man and injured his brother, who is in the hospital recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

Uber Prevails As D.C. Council Passes New Vehicles-For-Hire Law

Sedan car service Uber and the D.C. government have finally settled their differences; the D.C. Council passed a law Tuesday that will allow Uber to operate its digitally-dispatched car service legally in the District.

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