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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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.

It's Not President's Day In Alexandria

President's Day is a day to celebrate George Washington's birthday and in Old Town they are not looking to share that day with other former presidents.

Federal Cuts Expected To Impact D.C. Area Significantly

The widespread federal budget cuts are expected to hit a little closer to home, according to a Wells Fargo study.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud Scheme

A Maryland man admits to being involved in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme that involves more than $20 million.

McDonnell Asks Obama To Keep Plans To Avert Sequester

Virginia's governor says the threat of federal spending cuts has already harmed the state and asking Obama for help.

Virginia Orgs. Needed To Serve Meals To Children

The Virginia Department of Health is seeking new participants for their Summer Food Service Program.

'Beloved' Celebrated In Bowie State Read-A-Thon

toni morrison's 'beloved'

Tony Morrison's Nobel Prize-winning 'Beloved' is being honored at Bowie State on Monday, at the same time that a Fairfax school district hearing a proposal to restrict access to the book.

Sale Of Stolen Cell Phones Targeted By D.C. Councilman Wells

Several stores in the District have been accused of selling used cell phones — which one councilmember says offers a black market for stolen electronics.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thousands Gathered For Climate Change Rally In D.C.

A crowd of more than 30,000 gathered in D.C. on Sunday to call on President Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Virginia Historical Society To Hold Presentation On Slave Name Database

The Virginia Historical Society is promoting a database with over 10,000 slave names.

Advocates Promote Responsible Lending In Virginia

A Virginia organization says that since the General Assembly passed reforms, fewer people have been trapped by high-interest loan assistance.

Holly Acres Development Wins Court Settlement Over 2011 Flood Damage

About a dozen Woodbridge families displaced from their trailers due to storm flooding are closer to rebuilding their lives, after a court settlement last week.

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.