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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Virginia Tech Shooting Victims' Families Attend State Of The Union

Families of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting were among those victims of gun violence invited to attend the State of the Union address last night as guests of area lawmakers. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Analysis: Local Lawmakers Weigh In On Proposed Federal Pay Increase

President Obama has proposed a 1 percent increase in pay for federal workers, and Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper says local lawmakers are already describing the proposal as skimpy.

Virginia House Votes To Protect Concealed Handgun Permit Holders

The Virginia House of Delegates voted to protect the identities of concealed-carry permit holders on Tuesday, an amendment that still has to pass the state senate.

Large Numbers Of Students Entering, Exiting DCPS

A larger-than-expected number of students are moving in and out of, rather than between, DCPS schools, according to a new report.

Smoking Ban Passes In Montgomery County

An expansion of the smoking ban to all Montgomery County-owned properties passed without much fanfare.

Richmond Police Chief Resigns Over Chris Brown Scandal

The police chief of Richmond, Va., has resigned on Tuesday following allegations that his lack of oversight allowed singer Chris Brown to fake his way through court-mandated community service.

Virginia Senate Passes Bill On College Club Membership

The Virginia Senate passed a bill this week that would allow student clubs at public universities in the state to deny membership to those that disagree with the club's tenets or beliefs. 

Two UMD Students Dead, A Third Injured In Murder-Suicide

Two University of Maryland students are dead and a third is injured after an alleged murder-suicide in College Park, Md. last night. 

Immigration Supporters Flock To Washington For State Of The Union

Immigrant advocates, including one Nevada college student who will be a special guest of the Obamas at the State of the Union, are in Washington to lobby for immigration reform this week.

Familiar Story Of Gentrification Reaches Alexandria's West End

Residents in the West End of Alexandria fear that a new high end development planned for their neighborhood will price out many of the lower income people there. 

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 12, 2013

Two local theater productions are taking audiences on separate journeys into the teenage psyche and the twisted mind of a down-and-out crook.

Monday, February 11, 2013

U.S. Army Corps Proposes Plan To Restore Bay Oysters

A new plan could soon be underway to restore the native oyster to the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Senate Passes Bill For Teacher Evaluation Process

Evaluations for Virginia's public school teachers may soon change.

Gov. McDonnell Willing To Compromise On Gas Tax

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's willing to work with Virginia Democrats on a compromise to eliminating the state's gas tax.

McDonnell Hopes Virginia Senate Resurrects His Transportation Plan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is pushing for the Senate to resurrect his transportation plan on Tuesday.