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Thursday, March 14, 2013

No Furloughs For Arlington National Cemetery

Workers across the D.C. region are bracing for the effects of sequestration, but one oasis from the furloughs is in the region's famous military cemetery.

Local Catholics Celebrate Election Of Pope Francis

Catholics in D.C. and Baltimore greeted the election of 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Maria Begoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis, with ringing bells and widespread jubilation.

Whispering Pines Motel Becomes 65th Target Of Suspected Accomack Arsonist

Accomack County police on Virginia's Eastern Shore are determined to catch a suspected arsonist, after another abandoned building was burned to the ground.

Facing Sequestration, Local Governments Weigh Tax Hikes, Service Cuts

Hundreds of thousands of Virginia residents are facing furloughs and layoffs, whichis forcing leaders in local government to make difficult choices about their budget priorities.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Biden Commends Maryland's Domestic Violence Murder Rate

Vice president Joe Biden announces federal domestic violence prevention plans modeled from Maryland.

Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis I'

It is 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

New Device Developed To Curb Texting While Driving

The life of a young Virginia woman was changed forever when she got in an accident while using her phone. One tech company is trying to prevent that from happening with a new device.

Federal Workers Targeted In Paul Ryan's House Spending Plan

Congressman Paul Ryan unveiled his 2014 spending plan on Tuesday, which would cut as much as $4.6 trillion in spending over the next decade largely through cuts for federal workers and social programs.

Do You Know When The Silver Line Is Scheduled To Open?

Confusion persists about the Silver Line, which is why WMATA is holding public meetings to gather common questions and concerns about the $6.8 billion project, including when it opens and how it affects peoples' commute.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Maryland May Be Getting Soft On Marijuana

A bill that would lessen penalties for anyone caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana in Maryland is headed for a vote.

Money Rolling In For D.C. Council Special Election

Candidates for this spring's special election for the D.C. Council have filed their campaign finance reports.

Press Foundation Posts Leaked Audio Of Pfc. Bradley Manning

Supporters of the Army private charged with aiding the enemy released audio recording of his explanation for releasing U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks. 

Drive-By Shooting In NoMa Neighborhood Comes With The Territory

A drive-by shooting that left 13 wounded earlier this week has raised concerns for residents in the surrounding NoMA neighborhood of D.C.

Bald Eagles Threatened By Eastern Shore Wind Farm

As many as 20 bald eagles a year would be killed by a proposed Eastern Shore wind farm, according to a report disputed by lobbyists for wind power in Maryland.

Compromise On Maryland Pit Bull Liability Collapses

A bill that would have lowered the liability standard for owners of pit bulls has fallen apart after two lawmakers disagreed on a small, but significant point.