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Sunday, February 3, 2013

International Tensions Causing Higher Gas Prices

Gas prices are on the rise both in the District and around the country — a trend that analysts are attributing to recent events in oil-rpducing regions of Egypt and Algeria.

Lawmakers Continue Gun Control Debate

It appears lawmakers on both sides of the gun control debate can't agree on what they say they agree on.

Virginia Lawmakers Fight For More Transparency

Virginia lawmakers are considering an effort to shine sunlight into one of the darkest corners of the Commonwealth.

Voucher Helps Virginia Families Care For Members With Disabilities

Virginia families caring for loved ones with disabilities may now be eligible for some reimbursement — if they hire respite care.

D.C. Council Approves Funding For More Police Officers

The District will soon be hiring more police officers.

Nine Arrested In D.C. Drug Investigation

D.C. police have arrested nine people in connection with a drug investigation in the city's Shaw neighborhood.

Super Bowl Bets Brew Between Teams' Hometown Bars

It's Super Bowl weekend, and that means bets are flying. But instead of cash, two bars from the teams' hometowns are betting on some brews.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 4, 2013

This week, you can break it down with exhibits that focus on color, texture, and simple lines and circles.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

President Lincoln's Cottage Displays Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at President Lincoln's Cottage for a little while longer.

Virginia To Crack Down On Texting While Driving

A Virginia Senate committee says it will wait until Monday to debate bills that crack down on texting while driving.

Baltimore Officers Step Up Security For Super Bowl

In anticipation of a rowdy Super Bowl Sunday, Baltimore police are bringing in additional officers to patrol the city.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Plastic Bag Tax In Montgomery County Not Stopping Shoppers

Montgomery County assumed that imposing a tax would curb the use of plastic bags amongst shoppers, but the data so far doesn't appear to bear out that trend.

Analysis: D.C. Lawmakers Debate Future Of City's Surplus

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney discusses D.C. lawmakers' dispute over the city's $417 million surplus.

John Leopold Resigns As Anne Arundel Co. Exec

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold, found guilty earlier this week of misconduct for his misuse of his security detail, has formally tendered his resignation.

Analysis: Action Pending On Violence Against Women Act

The Senate is preparing to move on a Violence Against Women bill after a long stalemate; David Hawking of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing talks about what has finally gotten the bill over the hump toward passage.