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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Two Suspects Arrested In Connection With Marcus Jones Murder

Prince George's Police have arrested two in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Marcus Antonio Jones — the fourth high school student to be killed in the county in the past few months.

Snow Dusts D.C. Region, Making For Difficult Commute

D.C. woke up to a light covering of snow this morning, closing some of the area's outlying school districts and prompting the federal government to allow unscheduled leave or telework.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

'No Budget, No Pay' To Fuel Congressional Budget Talks

If Congressional lawmakers fail to pass a budget, they will have to forego their paychecks. That was part of a compromise reached Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling.

Alexandria To Consider Registration For Bicycles

Members of the Alexandria City Council are considering taking up a proposal to require bicycles in the city to be registered for a small fee — expanding on an obscure and rarely enforced measure already signed into law.

Congestion Pricing Draws Skepticism From Area Commuters

Area commuters responded more favorably to a gas tax than the idea of congestion pricing, according to a new study conducted by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.

Analysis: O'Malley Building His Brand For Presidential Run In 2016

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has staked out positions that will endear him to liberal members of the Democratic Party, but as Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal explains, the effects on his general election prospects are cloudier.

Gas Tax Headlines Proposals Out Of Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate fielded a slew of proposals on Wednesday, but the one most likely to garner attention is a proposal to raise the gas tax in the state for the first time in decades.

D.C. Parents Could End Up Charged Under New Truancy Bill

Under a new bill proposed by Council member David Catania, parents in the District could face charges if their children continue to miss classes.

Former MWAA VP Sues For Defamation

A former Vice President of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is suing his former employer for defamation, claiming that the organization misrepresented the terms of his departure to authorities.

O'Malley Tries Again On Offshore Wind In Maryland

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is seeing a clearer path for his offshore wind proposal this year than in previous legislative sessions.

House To Vote On Combination Debt Limit, Budget Mandate Bill

The House is expected to vote today on a bill to push back the debt ceiling fight by three months, but there's a catch. Republicans also want lawmakers to forego their own salaries if they fail to pass an annual budget.

Planners Survey Area Residents On Transportation Solutions

Regional transportation planners are trying to gauge public sentiment on various options to address the gridlock on the D.C. area's roads. More toll lanes were the most popular option in a study they will release today.

Virginia Debates Putting Armed Guards In Schools

A Virginia task force charged with reexamining school safety in the commonwealth is debating whether to require an armed guard in every school — but not everyone is sold on the idea.

McDuffie Proposes Mandatory Campaign Finance Training

The D.C. Council member recently put in charge of the city's campaign finance reform efforts is hitting the ground running; he has proposed requiring campaign finance training for all candidates and treasurers before they can take donations.

Thursday, April 26, 2012