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Friday, February 22, 2013

Adult Severely Injured In Montgomery County School Bus Collision

One adult suffered life-threatening injuries in a school bus collision in Montgomery County Friday afternoon.

Virginia House Passes Highway Reform Bill

The Virginia House has voted 60-40 to approve a major reform in the state's system for highway financing — the first in a generation.

Players Compete In 10th Annual Fairfax Pinball Open

Pinball fanatics can test their skills on classics and new machines this weekend.

Virginia Senate Passes Two-Year Moratorium On Drones

Virginia lawmakers considered a bill to regulate drones, but decided on an alternate version of the measure instead.

UMUC Overpaid Contractor, According To State Audit

An audit of the University of Maryland University College found an oversight in the marketing department led to more than $3.3 million in potential overpayments.

Virginia House Passes 'Straw Purchase' Bill For Tighter Gun Laws

Obtaining a firearm in Virginia may soon get a little tougher.

Roanoke Women Charged With DUI For Backseat Driving

Backseat drivers are normally obnoxious enough, but one woman from Roanoke, Va., took it to a new level, drawing a DUI charge after causing an accident from the back seat.

Maryland Delegate Introduces Measure To Legalize Marijuana

Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) introduced a measure in the state House that would both legalize marijuana, as well as regulate and tax potential sales.

Jim Graham Fights Back Against Reprimand From D.C. Council

Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham stands accused of violating the city council's code of conduct for a 2008 contracting deal — an accusation that Graham dismisses as a mischaracterization.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 22

This weekend you can reflect on the concept of community with two contemporary dance performances and meditative music.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wheaton Residents Take Costco Gas Station Fight To State House

Some Wheaton residents want to take the fight over a mega-gas station at Costco to Maryland state lawmakers, after disappointment with a measure that passed the county council last year.

Climate Change Issue Reemerges In Congress

Climate change is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill, but some lawmakers are doubtful of a solution.

Advocates Push For More Environmental Funds

Environmental groups are urging Congress to avoid dipping into funds reserved for preservation efforts.

Md. To Vote On Death Penalty, Gun Control

Key votes on bills to repeal the death penalty and toughen gun control in Maryland are expected Thursday night.

Virginia Voters Support ID Requirement

Despite continued opposition by Democratic leaders, laws requiring voters to present valid identification continue to enjoy widespread support in Virginia, according to a poll.