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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.

Contractors Vying For Silver Line Phase II Have History Of Busting Budgets

There are five construction companies currently in the running for the Silver Phase II contract, and many of them have a track record of going over budget on public projects in Virginia.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

'Sandy' Retired From List Of Storm Names

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials have retired the name "Sandy" because of the massive damage the storm caused along the east coast last year.

Fairfax County Hires Texas Educator As New Superintendent

Texas educator Karen Garza has been selected to succeed Jack Dale as superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools this summer.

Metro To Add New Emergency Signs On Trains

A new glow-in-the-dark sign will soon display on Metrorail trains to prevent passengers from "self-evacuating."

Senate Votes To Open Gun Control Debate

By a vote of 68 to 31, the U.S. Senate voted to consider expanded gun control legislation, which is already farther than most expected it to go.

Bonds, Perry Say Race Matters In D.C. Election

Anita Bonds and Perry Redd, African-American candidates for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, said the racial makeup of the city should be a factor when electing local leaders.

Accomack Co. Man Denied Bond After Admitting To 52 Arsons

A district court judge denied bond for Charles R. Smith III, 38, accused of setting more than 50 fires in Accomack County going back to last year.

Case Against Suspected Shooter Of Alexandria Cop Sent To Grand Jury

The taxi driver accused of shooting Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy in the head during a routine traffic stop in February will face a grand jury.