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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Invasive Zebra Mussels Found In Susquehanna River

Biologists have found invasive zebra mussels in the Susquehanna River and are now urging boaters to take precautions against bringing the species into new, untainted waterways. 

Northern Virginia Contractor Pays $5.2M Abu Ghraib Settlement

A Virginia-based defense contractor has paid more than $5 million to 71 Iraqis who were held at Abu Ghraib and other U.S.-run prisons in Iraq. 

Culpeper Man Sues Sheriff After His Murder Conviction Is Overturned

A man who served 12 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned is suing the Culpeper sheriff, a former prosecutor and several other officers.

Montgomery County To Cull Deer In Rock Creek Park

Montgomery County will close part of Rock Creek Park next month so hunters can cull the deer population in the area. 

Montgomery County Elem. Schools May Get Security Upgrade

Montgomery County school officials voted unanimously last night to increase security measures at the county's elementary schools; now it's up to the County Council to approve the $364,000 needed to finance the improvements.

D.C. Budget Autonomy Amendment Will Go On April Ballot

An amendment that would give the District of Columbia full control over its own municipal budget will be placed on the ballot for voters in April, the D.C. board of Elections ruled Tuesday.

National Cathedral To Perform Same-Sex Marriages

The Washington National Cathedral will become one of the first Episcopal congregations to perform same-sex marriages, according to cathedral officials. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Analysis: Democrats Urge Obama To Unilaterally Raise Debt Ceiling

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Congressman Jim Moran, are urging President Obama to consider unilaterally raising the debt ceiling. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, explains.

McDonnell Proposes Higher Sales Tax To Replace Gas Tax

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled a new plan to fund transportation in the commonwealth on Tuesday, including a provision to replace the gas tax with an overall sales tax increase and fees on alternative fuel vehicles.

Death Penalty, Wind Power On Maryland Legislature's Agenda

Maryland's Senate President said on Tuesday that he expects both a repeal of the death penalty and wind power to be put up for a vote this session, after both measures failed to make it to the floor last year.

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. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

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