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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Maryland House To Vote On Pit Bull Bill This Week

Maryland lawmakers will vote this week on whether pit bulls should be deemed an "inherently dangerous" breed.

Alexandria Leaders Fear State Takeover Of Troubled School

Alexandria school leaders are worried about a state takeover of the city's most troubled school.

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act

The Senate passed a bill that would extend protections to the LGBT community and immigrants.

D.C. Lottery Revenue Increases

More people in the District are hoping for a jackpot, as lottery revenue in the city is on the rise.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 18, 2013

Do unseen forces guide our world? This week you can watch gods and mortals interact in a play and see one man's attempt to capture the almighty through his camera lens.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Accomack County Raises Reward For Info On Arsonist

The Accomack County Sheriff's office has raised the reward to $25,000 for anyone with information about a serial arsonist.

Maryland Bill Increases Penalties For Lasers Pointed At Aircrafts

The penalties in Maryland for pointing lasers at an aircraft may soon include jail time.

Police Posed With Rapper '2 Chainz' After Drug Arrest

A Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested and released for marijuana possession on Maryland's Eastern Shore, but it's what happened after he was released that has raised a few eyebrows.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Motorcycle Riders Again Challenge Maryland's Mandatory Helmet Law

Maryland lawmakers are considering a proposal to relax mandatory helmet laws, which advocates say are no guarantee of safety for riders.

Pharmaceutical Companies Court Virginia Lawmakers For Rule Changes

Pharmaceutical companies have been singing Virginia's praises for it's pioneering work in clinical trials, but some wonder whether it's not a PR stunt to court favor for proposed rules changes on generic drugs.

House Passes Extension Of Pay Freeze For Federal Workers

An extension of the pay freeze on federal workers has passed the U.S. House, though it is likely to be voted down in the Senate, as it is opposed by Senate Democrats.

U.S. Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes

A purchasing specialist with the U.S. Postal Service has pleaded guilty to accepting thousand of dollars in bribes.

Metro Delays Abound Over President's Day Weekend

Federal employees can enjoy some extra time off this President's Day Weekend, but with station closings around the Metro system, don't expect to get anywhere too quickly.

Analysis: House Votes On Extending Federal Pay Freeze

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the House bill that would extend the pay freeze for federal employees.

Alexandria Leaders Poised To Rezone Waterfront

Alexandria City Council members may finally have cleared away the obstacles to the construction of a new waterfront hotel that could change the face of Old Town.