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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Area Lawmakers Push Priorities As Sequester Cuts Loom

Across-the-board budget cuts are set to take effect next week unless Congress can take action, which has area lawmakers stumping for the programs and priorities they would like spared.

Man, Two Children, Die In Glenarden House Fire

Officials are investigating a deadly house fire in Prince George's County that killed three in the early morning hours on Thursday.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Compromise Would Lower Virginia Gas Tax, Raises Sales Tax

The transportation deal brokered in Richmond on Wednesday strikes a balance between proposals on both sides of the aisle, but still faces a number of hurdles for passage before the Saturday deadline.

Seventh Teen Dies, As PGPD Charges Five In Death Of Charles Walker Jr.

A seventh Prince George's County teenager died from gun violence Wednesday, shortly before Police Chief Mark Magaw announced the arrest of five suspects charged in connection with the murder of 15-year-old Charles Walker Jr.

Panetta: Furloughs Could Hit 'Vast Majority' Of Pentagon Workers

The "vast majority" of civilian workers with the Defense Department would face furloughs if the automatic spending cuts are allowed to kick in March 1, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday.

Virginia Transportation Funding Plan Moves Forward

A conference committee in Virginia has agreed on a compromise that, if passed before Saturday, would represent the first comprehensive transportation funding overhaul in decades.

Law Grants Virginia AG Power To Prosecute Election Laws

Too often, Virginia lawmakers say, potential violations of state election laws go without an investigation. That is why they passed a law that would grant the state attorney general authority to prosecute.

D.C. Bicycle Safety Bill Focuses On Driver Awareness

D.C. Council members Tommy Wells and Mary Cheh want to continue to make bicycles a viable option for District commuters, introducing a bill with several measures that promote cyclist safety.

'Close Call' Reporting System In Works For WMATA

A new system in the works would enable Metro workers to anonymously report problems about the transit system without fear of retribution.

Sixth Prince George's County Student Shot, Killed Tuesday

Just 24 hours after 15-year-old Suitland High School student Charles Walker Jr. was shot and killed, police say another Suitland High School student was killed by gun violence.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Citing Policy, Alexandria Police Won't Release Incident Reports

Alexandria Police Department officials are refusing to release the incident report from a fatal police-involved shooting Monday.

Gray Appoints Search Committee For New D.C. CFO

Some familiar faces for District residents will head the search committee to find a replacement for Natwar Gandhi, who is stepping down as the District's Chief Financial Officer.

Charles Walker Jr., 15, Killed In Hillcrest Heights

Prince George's County Police officials are investigating the shooting death of 15-year-old Charles Walker Jr., the fifth teenager in the county to be killed this school year.

Judge Says $50M ACC Lawsuit Against UMD Will Go Forward

The University of Maryland is poised to join the Big Ten in 2014, but the issue of whether they will have to pay an exit fee of $52 million is far from resolved.

Virginia Second Grader Absolved After 'Finger Gun' Suspension

A second grade student in Prince William County has has his record cleared on appeal, after first receiving a suspension for pointing his finger like a gun at another student.