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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Unveil Proposed Gun Control Measures

In the wake of the devastating shooting in Newtown, Conn., Maryland lawmakers are taking a renewed look at gun control measures in the state, including a proposed ban on assault weapons.

Dramatic Drop In Crime Reported In Prince George's County

Officials in Maryland were pleased to report a dramatic reduction in the crime rate in Prince George's County for 2012 on Wednesday, and pledged to make the reduction sustainable.

Maryland Educators Call For Expanded Free Breakfast Program

Maryland leaders are requesting $1.8 million from the state legislator to provide free breakfasts at an additional 130 public schools.

Michael Brown 'Moving Toward' Running In Special Election

Former D.C. Council member Michael Brown was ousted in November's election, but it appears he may be considering running in the April special election to fill the seat vacated by Phil Mendelson.

D.C., Maryland, Virginia Will All Be Represented In Inaugural Parade

Bands and other groups from around the D.C. region will be represented in the inauguration parade when President Obama is sworn in for a second time next month. 

Army Reviews Hiring Practices After Assaults At Child Care Center

Two employees were arrested in at the Fort Myer Army base in Virginia after assaulting children at a base child care center, which has prompted the Army to review its hiring practices.

Maryland Lawmaker Not Sold On Boehner's 'Plan B'

House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" to raise taxes on those making more than $1 million is being panned by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin.

Alexandria To Demolish Its Lowest-Performing School

The Alexandria school district is taking a drastic approach to rehabilitating its worst-performing elementary school: knocking it down and starting from scratch.

O'Malley Will Introduce Legislation To Prevent Mass Shootings

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to introduce legislation next year that would try to prevent mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last week. 

VDOT Unveils Proposal For New Northern Virginia Highway

Virginia transportation officials are rolling out plans for a new north-south corridor in Northern Virginia that would include a new highway providing more access to Dulles Airport from Prince William County, and so far, they're getting mixed reviews.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Analysis: Sen. Mikulski May Slide Into Intel Position In Senate Shuffle

The senior member of the Senate, Daniel Inouye, died Monday at the age of 88. Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper says that while his colleagues mourn his passing, a broad shuffling of committee leadership is expected as a consequence.

Bill Offering Hiring Protections To D.C. Ex-Cons Shot Down

A bill championed by D.C. Council member Marion Barry that would have offered legal protection to ex-convicts applying for jobs was voted down in a contentious final meeting of the 2012 legislative session.

Plans For National Prayer Service In January Laid Out

Plans are in place for next year's National Prayer Service the day after the Presidential Inauguration at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Virginia Democrats Oppose Plan To Use Sales Tax For Roads

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is calling for the state legislature to use $48 million in sales tax revenue for roads, but Democrats oppose dipping into the general fund.

Two Alexandria Police Cars Stolen On Consecutive Nights

Thieves stole two marked Alexandria police cars on two consecutive nights, leaving authorities wondering how they managed the feat and whether the crimes are related.