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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gas Prices Expected To Stay High Through Election

Gas prices are expected to remain high for the foreseeable future, despite the fact that a general election has historically caused fuel costs to drop.

Montgomery County Public Power Support Growing

A growing number of people are seeking to create a publicly owned power utility for Montgomery County, but getting state approval may be tough.

MWAA Board Member Calls LaHood 'Heavy-Handed'

One member of the local airports board is haranguing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his failure to find federal funding for the Silver Line project.  

In Alexandria, Reviews Of Debate Fall Along Party Lines

Some voters in Alexandria watched the first presidential debate closely last night, weighing how the candidates's performances will ultimately play in Virginia, where the race is extremely close.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Judge May Call D.C. Police Chief To The Stand

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier may be asked to testify in a lawsuit stemming from mass arrests of hundreds of protesters 10 years ago.

Commentary: New Effort For D.C. Budget Autonomy The Right Approach

Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed, says that the D.C. Council's move to establish budget autonomy is a long-overdue move to force Congress' hand on the controversial issue.

At Long Last, Teddy Wins Nationals' Presidents Race

Teddy Roosevelt at the Nats game

Teddy won the vaunted President's Race today in the Nationals' season finale against the Philadelphia Phillies, ending a drought that goes back more than half a decade.

Expansion of MWAA Board Approved By D.C. Council

reagan national airport

A change to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board approved this week will add two Virginia members and one from Maryland and D.C.

Analysis: Virginia Remains A Battleground Going Into Debates

National Journal Hotline's Josh Kraushaah outlines what Virginians will be looking for at the debates and how candidates are doing in the commonwealth. 

Eating Maryland Seafood Could Help Restore The Bay

Maryland's Department For Natural Resources is pushing a promotion next week which advocates eating state seafood to raise funds for oyster recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.

Kids Head Out For International Walk To School Day

Kids throughout the region will walk or bike to school today as part of International Walk to School Day; in Takoma Park, residents and kids with several safe routes to school have a reason to celebrate.

Virginia Forensics Experts Facing More Court Appearances

Virginia is working to help ease the schedules of some of its forensic staff even as more and more cases require them to testify in court.

Maryland Gaming Expansion Gets Redskins' Support

The Washington Redskins football team is throwing its support behind a gambling expansion provision in Maryland, saying the economic benefits would help the business climate in Prince George's County.

Authorities Investigate String Of Robberies In House Offices

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a rash of thefts in House office buildings on Capitol Hill, the latest of which left one congressman missing two bottles of Scotch and approximately $1,000 of cuff links.

Parties Target Virginia's Swing Voters

Politcal party operatives are more active in some parts of Virginia than others as both Republican and Democrats try to secure undecided voters in certain counties.

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