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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

McDonnell Reduces Revenue Projections In Budget Plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell is reducing revenue projections and planning to move some money around in the Virginia state budget in light of the ongoing stalemate in federal fiscal cliff negotiations.

Water Main Break Closes Columbia Pike In Arlington

A water main break in South Arlington is tying up traffic on and around Columbia Pike this morning. Authorities expect Columbia Pike to be closed in both directions near South Thomas Street throughout the morning rush.

Airports Board Spent $1.5M On Martire's Lawsuit

The Metropolitan Airports Authority Board spent a total of $1.5 million in legal fees defending embattled member Dennis Martire; Martire later resigned from the board, ending his fight with the state of Virginia. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Court Appearance Pushed Back For Former Gray Campaign Aide

Eugenia Jeanne Clarke Harris, former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, has her day in court postponed until March.

Gun Regulations Take Legislative Spotlight In Virginia After Shooting

When the Virginia General Assembly meets next year, gun regulations are expected to take center stage, after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., revived the conversation on the national stage.

Smithsonian's American History Museum Displays 'Wicked' Dress

A special performance of the award winning musical Wicked at the Smithsonian marks the donation of a dress.

Maryland Issues Fewer Work Zone Speeding Tickets

The number of Maryland drivers being issued tickets for speeding in work zones has plummetted in 2012, but whether that represents greater safety consciousness or fewer road projects remains to be seen.

Analysis: Lawmakers Likely To Reevaluate Gun Control After Newtown Shooting

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what Obama and lawmakers plan to do regarding gun control in the wake of the shooting at Newtown, Conn.

School Districts Increase Police Presence After Newtown Shooting

School districts throughout the D.C. region are ramping up security and counseling services this week in light of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 28 people dead. 

NASA To Try Again For Rocket Launch From Wallops Island

A rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Island facility in Virginia may be visible to observers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 17

Take a trip over the rainbow with these colorful art events.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Virginia Looks To Cut Costs Through Government Collaboration

A Virginia watchdog agency is looking at potential collaborative opportunities that can help advance state policy goals.

Plans For Richmond Highway Leaves Horse Stable's Future Uncertain

A long-awaited widening of Richmond Highway is finally moving forward, but some of the details have yet to be worked out.

Presidential Inauguration Comes With Hefty Price Tag

While President Obama's second inauguration isn't expected to be quite as extravagant as the first, it will still be quite pricey.

National Cathedral Takes A Stand On Gun Control

In response to the mass shooting in Newtown, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral says the faith community must work together to push for stricter gun laws.

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