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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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.

Maryland GOP To Consider Leadership Change

The strains of trying to pursue the Republican agenda in a blue state like Maryland may be proving too much, as members of the House GOP have set a date for a meeting to review their current leadership.

Clock Is Ticking On Virginia Transportation Funding Compromise

Lawmakers in Richmond have until Saturday to find middle ground on a plan to fund the transportation system of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

UMD Intervention Team Could Have Prevented Murder-Suicide

The University of Maryland was rocked last week by an off-campus murder-suicide — an incident university leaders say could be prevented with greater student participation with a public safety program.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Gas Prices In D.C. Area Continue To Rise

Commuters in the D.C. Metro area are feeling the effects of higher prices at the pump, but some experts say the worst this year is yet to come.