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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Analysis: Rep. Chris Van Hollen And The House Budget Negotiations

Both Democrats and Republicans have laid out their visions for the federal budget in the U.S. House. While the Republican plan is almost assured to pass, Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen has had a high-profile role in the negotiations.

Fairfax Considers Increase To Stormwater Tax

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are considering a plan to raise property taxes to pay for stormwater management.

9-Year-Old Boy Petitions Congress To Stop Horse Slaughter

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was joined by a 9-year-old political activist at the capitol on Tuesday to call for a permenant ban on the slaughter of horses for consumption in the U.S.

D.C. Budget Highlights: What’s Cut, What’s Not

Anticipating a shortfall in the budget next year, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has released a budget plan that includes a number of cuts and raising revenue through alcohol sales and traffic cameras.

Serious Crimes Down In Alexandria

Crime continues its downward trend in Alexandria as so-called "Part 1" crimes like homicide and assault are down 1.6 percent year over year.

Virginia Waterways Show Some Improvement In Pollution

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality shows that 9 out of 10 rivers, streams, and lakes show some level of pollution, but even that represents an improvement over previous years.

AAA: More Traffic Camera Enforcement Unfairly Targets Drivers

D.C. wants to expand the use of traffic cameras throughout the city, but AAA Mid-Atlantic says that unfairly targets non-D.C. drivers. The group is also raisin red flags about a proposal to change the process for contesting traffic tickets.

Wind Power Bill Passes Maryland House Committee

A bill to pave the way for wind energy in Maryland has cleared one hurdle, and will now move on to the full state House.

Political Donor Jeffrey Thompson Resigns From Firm

Documents have been released showing that Jeffrey Thompson, D.C. political donor under investigation by federal authorities, has stepped down from his accounting firm.

Virginia Senate Passes Budget Bill

In a special session on Monday, Virginia's State Senate succeeded at passing a budget, which includes measures from both sides of the aisle, including funding for Metro's Silver Line to Dulles.

Plugged In: Area Businesses Opening Up To Electric Vehicles

An activist in Maryland says he has a plan to spark the local electric vehicle movement, by encouraging hotels and and parking garages to offer low-costing charging to their customers.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Maryland Black Legislative Caucus Protests Racial Profiling

Members of the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus donned hoodies in the state capital on Monday, to protest the systemic racial profiling that they say has been highlighted in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Bank-Robbing 'Blonde Bandit' Expected To Plead Guilty

The Virginia woman known as the "blonde bandit" after allegedly executing a rash of bank robberies all around the D.C. region, is expected to plead guilty to 6 counts of bank robbery.

Suspect Arrested In Hate-Fueled IHOP Shooting

Police in D.C. have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting that occurred at a Columbia Heightsin what has been described as a crime motivated by homophobia.

Aftershocks Continue Months After D.C.'s 5.8 Quake

Virginia is continuing to experience aftershocks from last summer's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

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