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Sunday, April 14, 2013

NASA To Test Launch Antares Rocket

Orbital Sciences plans to test launch its Antares rocket on Wednesday from Wallops Island.

Drivers To See Traffic Change Along Route 15 In Frederick County

Drivers along Route 15 in Frederick County will no longer be allowed to make a left turn onto Willow Road starting Monday.

Ocean City Seeks New Method To Count Tourist Population

Ocean City officials are looking for a better way to gauge how many people are coming to the resort each year.

Columbia Pike Streetcar Not Included In Federal Funding

The long-planned Columbia Pike streetcar project has been excluded from the Federal Transit Administration's 2014 Small Starts funding list.

Lawmakers Propose National Museum of the American People

A few local lawmakers sponsored a bill to establish a museum that would represent a variety of ethnicities.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Cicada Invasion Expected On East, But Not On The Coast

The 17-year cicada emergence is expected in the next few weeks, but some parts of the east may be spared from the swarms.

Former Anne Arundel County Exec. Released From Prison

John Leopold has completed a 30-day sentence after being convicted earlier this year of misconduct in office.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Protesters Rally For More Affordable Housing In D.C.

About 70,000 individuals are on the waiting list for affordable housing in D.C., causing protesters to rally outside of the District's Housing Authority on Friday.

New Look For Metro Stations In The Works

WMATA will be looking to overhaul the iconic look of the system's Metro stations, adding steel, glass, and light. A $10 million renovation of the Bethesda Metro will kick-start the plan.

Virginia Board Votes To Tighten Abortion Clinic Standards

The Virginia Board of Health voted 11-2 to approve new strict regulations that some abortion-rights supporters say would force about 20 clinics to close.

Analysis: Scandal Hitting Virginia Governor, Candidates For Governor

The campaigns for Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are trading blows well in advance of the election. Current governor Bob McDonell's lame duck status hasn't shielded him from scrutiny either.

Analysis: Maryland Lawmakers Support Proposal For FBI Headquarters Relocation

David Hawkings, political columnist at Hawkings Here talks about the latest developments in competition among jurisdictions vying to be the new home of the FBI headquarters.

Traffic On 495 Express Lanes Increasing

After a slow start, daily traffic on the toll roads of the 495 Express Lanes has increased, with revenue up by nearly 50 percent.

D.C. Scratch-Off Lottery Vendor Avoids Participation Law

A company just granted a four-year contract to run the scratch-off lottery ticket program in the District has evaded a law mandating it to employ local labor for seven years.