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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jury Finds Virginia Tech Negligent For '07 Shootings

A jury has found Virginia Tech negligent for delaying a campus warning ahead of the massacre in 2007, during which more than 30 students were killed.

Casino In Prince George's County Under Consideration

A committee in Prince George's County will consider whether the county wants to become home to a high-end casino over the objections of the harness racing industry.

National Journal: Blackberry Domination Ending On The Hill

The domination of smartphones in the mobile market is beginning to penetrate that last bastion of Blackberry loyalty -- Capitol Hill.

Accusations And Counter-Accusations At Alexandria Schools

Alexandria school superintendent Morton Sherman is fighting to keep his job in the wake of a scathing auditor's report, after the vice mayor called for his resignation.

Virginia American Water Proposes General Rate Increase

Virginia American Water is proposing a general rate increase for portions of Northern Virginia and that's got at least one county very upset.

Damage To Washington Monument Being Inspected

Surveyors are trying to figure out whether the Washington Monument sank or tilted as a result of the quake.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Maryland Student Facing Deportation Is Released From Custody

A grassroots movement to stop the deportation of a local college student and his family appears to have paid off, as young Jorge Steven Acuna and his family were released from a detention center on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Federal Transportation Bill Passes With Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate passed the federal transportation bill, and while some area lawmakers are disappointed with its limited scope, others are just happy to get funding to move forward with transportation projects.

The Hill: The Federal Transportation Bill -- Will It Pass, What Does It Mean For Federal Workers

The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan federal transportation bill, which could have some serious implications for federal workers.

Roads Or Mass Transit? Montgomery County Council Must Decide

With limited transportation dollars in Maryland being divvied up between Purple Line projects like a new Bethesda Metro entrance and traditional road projects, Montgomery County Council members took the issue to the mat.

Orange Releases Information On Controversial Contributions

Following a week of pressure from primary opponents, D.C. Council member Vincent Orange has released money orders that have been linked to political donor Jeffrey Thompson, who is under federal investigation.

Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Underfunded, Advocates Say

Efforts are underway to clean up the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, but environmental activists caution that not enough funding is being dedicated to do the job properly.

Senate President Proposes Putting Off Maryland Gas Tax

The issue of a proposed gas tax in Maryland is so controversial, says Senate President Thomas Miller, that lawmakers should consider putting it off until a special session.

Suspect In Kensington Shooting Found Dead

Police closed off an intersection in Montgomery County to investigate an alleged shooting that took place.

Residents Rally Against Cuts To D.C. Social Service Spending

Residents picketed the Wilson Building on Monday to protest $187 million in proposed cut by Mayor Vincent Gray, nearly two-thirds of which came from social services.

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