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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Virginia Makes Its Case To House New FBI Headquarters

Virginia lawmakers showed up in force on Thursday to make their pitch to federal officials for a new FBI headquarters in Northern Virginia.

Sperm Donors' Parental Rights Preserved In Virginia Court Ruling

The Virginia Supreme Court has sided with a sperm donor in a controversial case where a father was denied parental rights after his ex-girlfriend cut of contact with his daughter, conceived through in-vitro fertilization.

Poll: Support For Background Checks At Gun Shows In Virginia

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An overhwhelming majority of Virginians surveyed in a Quinnipiac Poll last week support background checks on people purchasing guns at gun shows — something that is currently not required in the commonwealth.

McDonnell Urges Action On Transportation In State Of The Commonwealth

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gave the state's General Assembly an ultimatum in his State of the Commonwealth address last night, imploring them to pass a transportation funding plan by the end of this year's session. 

Virginia Lawmakers Debate Abortion Rights Again

A new bill in Virginia could affect the debate over abortion and contraception rights in the state.

Inauguration 2013 Guide

Whether you're heading down to the presidential inauguration on the National Mall or desperately trying to avoid the crowds in town for the festivities, we've got the basics on what you need to know as the President is sworn in for his second term. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Martin Sexton Charts His Own Musical Path

World-renowned singer/songwriter Martin Sexton has turned away from major record labels and is relying on his passionate fan base to take his music career into the future.

Building The Next Big Thing With Chicken Feathers?

For 20 years, a researcher at the USDA's lab in Beltsville, Md. has been working to find a better use for a surprising product: chicken feathers.

Constellation Theater Charges Into The Future With Zorro

Constellation Theater Company is bringing the pulp favorite Zorro to the stage this month, with a world-premiere show full of swashbuckling swagger.

Liberians Living In Washington Seek To Help Homeland

These days, the Washington area is home to one of the largest Liberian communities in the United States, and those residents are now looking to give back to their homeland.

Southwest D.C. Gears Up For More Redevelopment

There may be no part of D.C. that's seen more change over the past century than Southwest. And developers are in the midst of more work they hope will make the area a true waterfront destination.

Local Lawmakers Face Big Year of Environmental Decisions

It's going to be a big year for the environment — especially in Maryland, where state lawmakers will be debating the future of both wind power and fracking.

Preppers Prep For Disaster, Confront Stereotypes

You might have heard of the extremists on National Geographic's reality show "Doomsday Preppers," but not everyone concerned with planning for potential disaster lives in the mountains or is obsessed with living "off the grid."

Using 'Clair' Senses To Understand The Present, If Not The Future

Thanks to numerous movies and television shows, people often think being "clairvoyant" means you can predict the future. But a local psychic medium says that's not the whole story.

This Week On Metro Connection: Into The Future

From psychics to scientists to swashbuckling superheroes, this week we'll meet people charging "Into the Future."