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Monday, May 13, 2013

Prince George's County Revisiting Sunday Liquor Sales

A measure to allow the sale of hard liquor in Prince George's County was shot down in March, but a workgroup has been formed to try and reconcile the differences.

Tommy Wells To Kick Off D.C. Mayoral Campaign Saturday

In a move that should surprise few who watch D.C. politics closely, the Ward 6 council member will formerly announce his candidacy for mayor this weekend.

Teen Drivers Not Heeding Warnings About Texting While Driving

Despite public awareness campaigns and parental admonishment, a new study finds that nearly half of high school students report texting while driving an automobile.

D.C. Big Box Retailers Targeted With Minimum Wage Bill

Supporters of a higher minimum wage for big box employees in the District rallied in front of the Wilson Building today, asking retailers to share the wealth.

Norfolk Southern Looking To Expand Ethanol Operation

Alexandria leaders are about to take a formal position against the expansion of operations at a hazardous materials facility.

Activist Group Wants Suspected Boston Bomber Removed From Virginia Cemetery

The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force wants the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be removed from the private Muslim cemetery he was buried in last week.

Washington National Cathedral Wins Historic Preservation Contest

The victory comes with a $100,000 grant, which will help the National Cathedral pay for repairs to roughly $20 million worth of damage caused by the August 2011 earthquake.

Three Groups Vie For Chance To Build Casino In Prince George's County

Three different groups want to spend big money building Maryland's sixth casino, this one in Prince George's County.

FBI Agent Charged With Murder In Wife's Death

An FBI agent in Stafford County has been charged with second-degree murder.

Baltimore To Modernize Public Schools

Baltimore will spend roughly $1 billion to transform dilapidated schools where students and staff endure leaky pipes, undrinkable water and inadequate heating and air conditioning.

Richmond Tea Party Among Those Targeted By IRS Over Tax Status

The leader of the Richmond Tea Party says his group is among those targeted by the IRS over its status as a non-profit.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Manassas Votes For Higher Property Taxes

A seven-percent increase in residential property taxes will help pay for a new elementary school and improvements to the city's historic downtown.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Montgomery County Collects Over 100 Unwanted Guns

The county's first gun turn-in program brought in a total of 111 guns, loads of ammunition—and a grenade and a sword.

Lawmakers Battle Over Virginia's Online Sales Tax Bill

Revenue that Virginia officials were anticipating from online sales tax legislation is now in doubt.

Delaware Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Into Law

A newly passed piece of legislation makes Delaware the 11th state in the country to allow same sex couples to marry.