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Monday, January 28, 2013

Lawmakers Lay Groundwork For Acquiring Dulles Greenway

Facing ever-increasing tolls on the 14-mile stretch of the Dulles Greenway, Virginia legislators may vote this week on a provision that would allow them to acquire the struggling toll road.

Opponents Of Maryland Death Penalty Rally In Annapolis

Demonstrators took to the steps of the Maryland state house on Monday to support a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state.

Boy Scouts May Soon Reverse Ban On Gay Members, Leaders

A policy shift is under consideration in the Boy Scouts organization that could open the way for the admission of openly gay scouts and troop leaders.

Unmarried Couples In Virginia May Soon Live Lawfully Together

Unmarried couples living together in Virginia is a state crime, but that may soon change.

No Tax Break For Trumps' D.C. Hotel

District lawmakers have turned down a request for tax breaks from the famously wealthy Trump family, who plan to turn the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Ave. into a luxury hotel.

Christine Jones, Long-Time Prince George's Democrat, Dead After Fire

Former Maryland state legislator Christine M. Jones died over the weekend after being pulled from a fire in her Prince George's County home.

D.C. To Determine What To Do With Estimated $400M Surplus

The District of Columbia will have to decide what to do with an estimated $400 million surplus from tax revenues from 2012. 

Analysis: Lawmakers Still Working On Deal For Spending Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest in the across-the-board spending cuts.

Analysis: Lawmakers Still Working On Deal For Spending Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest in the across-the-board spending cuts.

Bill Would Compensate Virginia's Forced Sterilization Victims

The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that would provide compensation to individuals who were forcibly sterilized under a state-mandated eugenics program during the 20th century.

Maryland Lawmaker Joins Effort To Rename 'Negro Mountain'

Lawmakers in Maryland and Pennsylvania are resurrecting an effort to rename a mountain on the states' border that some find offensive.

Hearing In Virginia Tech Wrongful Death Case Set For Feb.

A hearing in a case related to the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 has been scheduled for Feb. 12. The families of two women who died in the shootings are accusing the university of wrongful death for not acting earlier to warn students of the threat. 

Inspectors Find Asbestos In Virginia General Assembly Building

An assessment of the Virginia General Assembly building in Richmond, Va., has found the building partially contaminated with asbestos and in violation of other building codes.

Police Arrest 3 In College Park Robbery

Police are investigating a string of armed robberies over the weekend in College Park, Maryland. 

Many Schools, Federal Government Delayed Due To Wintry Mix

A winter weather advisory is in effect in the D.C. region this morning, and freezing rain and sleet have lead to government office and school delays in many areas.

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