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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

O'Malley Will Introduce Legislation To Prevent Mass Shootings

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to introduce legislation next year that would try to prevent mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last week. 

VDOT Unveils Proposal For New Northern Virginia Highway

Virginia transportation officials are rolling out plans for a new north-south corridor in Northern Virginia that would include a new highway providing more access to Dulles Airport from Prince William County, and so far, they're getting mixed reviews.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Analysis: Sen. Mikulski May Slide Into Intel Position In Senate Shuffle

The senior member of the Senate, Daniel Inouye, died Monday at the age of 88. Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper says that while his colleagues mourn his passing, a broad shuffling of committee leadership is expected as a consequence.

Bill Offering Hiring Protections To D.C. Ex-Cons Shot Down

A bill championed by D.C. Council member Marion Barry that would have offered legal protection to ex-convicts applying for jobs was voted down in a contentious final meeting of the 2012 legislative session.

Plans For National Prayer Service In January Laid Out

Plans are in place for next year's National Prayer Service the day after the Presidential Inauguration at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Virginia Democrats Oppose Plan To Use Sales Tax For Roads

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is calling for the state legislature to use $48 million in sales tax revenue for roads, but Democrats oppose dipping into the general fund.

Two Alexandria Police Cars Stolen On Consecutive Nights

Thieves stole two marked Alexandria police cars on two consecutive nights, leaving authorities wondering how they managed the feat and whether the crimes are related.

Virginia's Renewable Energy Policy Under Review

Both Virginia's largest utility and environmental groups agree that current policy on renewable energy in the commonwealth is inadequate. Where they diverge is on the proposed fixes.

Holiday Exodus Expected From D.C. Region

The D.C. region may be much quieter over the holidays, as a report from AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates that as many as 40 percent of area residents will be traveling 50 miles or more.

D.C.'s Child Services Agency Shows Marked Improvement

The District's Child and Family Services Agency appears to be making real progress in making improvements to home visits, placements and other services 20 years after a child advocacy group sued the agency.

Virginia Schools To Examine School Safety After Sandy Hook

The Governor of Virginia is ordering all of the state's school districts to review security policies and practices in the wake of last week's shootings in Newtown, Conn. 

Some Reforms Won't Make Cut For Final D.C. Council Meeting

The D.C. Council will vote on dozens of bills today at its last meeting of the current council session — but some pieces of legislation dealing with ethics reforms will be left off the list and pushed back until next year.

Counselors Talk With Students After Newtown Shooting

Counselors in the D.C. region are on standby at schools and one District-based counselor is offering advice on how parents and teachers can help students cope with anxiety and grief after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Conn.

McDonnell Reduces Revenue Projections In Budget Plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell is reducing revenue projections and planning to move some money around in the Virginia state budget in light of the ongoing stalemate in federal fiscal cliff negotiations.

Water Main Break Closes Columbia Pike In Arlington

A water main break in South Arlington is tying up traffic on and around Columbia Pike this morning. Authorities expect Columbia Pike to be closed in both directions near South Thomas Street throughout the morning rush.