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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cardin Wants Lawsuit Over His Bill Dismissed

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin has filed a legal brief, urging a court to uphold a key piece of legislation he helped author.

Friday, January 25, 2013

'March For Life' Takes To Streets In D.C.

To protest the 40th anniversary of the controversial Roe v. Wade decision, thousands of activists have taken to the streets of D.C.

Red, Green, Orange Lines Subject To Weekend Track Work

The Inauguration Day crowds are gone, but routine weekend track work on the Metro will continue to slow down some riders.

Light Snow Soaks Friday Evening Commute

Forecasts called for up to an inch of snow in the D.C. area on Friday evening, which has put the freeze on commuters heading home, though effects on the roads have been modest.

Prince George's Police Arrests Two Related To Fatal Teen Shooting

Prince George's County police have made two arrests related to a fatal teen shooting in Fort Washington.

Analysis: Biden Promotes Obama's Gun Control Agenda In Virginia, Sandy Relief Bill Moves Close To Approval

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about Vice President's Biden's trip to Virginia Friday.

Virginia Bill Addresses Domestic Abuse And Gun Violence

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation that strengthens current domestic abuse laws, while also cracking down on gun violence.

Virginia Parents Push For After-School Activities For Homeschooled Kids

Virginia parents who homeschool their kids are again appealing to Richmond to let their students take part in after-school activities.

English Becomes Official Language In Carroll County

English is becoming the official language of Carroll County in Maryland.

Virginia House Delays Vote On Senate Redistricting

Leaders in the Virginia's House of Delegates are delaying action on a controversial proposal to draw new state Senate districts.

Virginia Faces Challenges On Funding For Transportation Maintenance

As Virginia's governor and General Assembly hammer out a plan to raise billions in revenue to fund transportation, it is becoming clear that just keeping up with basic maintenance costs will be very difficult.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

D.C. Statehood Bill Introduced In Senate

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would make D.C. the 51st state, though it's highly unlikely to pass and is being seen as a largely symbolic gesture.

Alexandria Reconsiders Bicycle Registration

Few Alexandria residents even know about the city's bicycle registration requirement, which is why few would likely miss it if city leaders made such a move later this year.

MPD Systemically Mishandled Sexual Assault Cases, Report Alleges

The Metropolitan Police Department is disputing the findings of a Human Rights Watch report that identifies systemic failures to investigate cases of sexual assault.

Bus Driver Gets Six Years For Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

The driver of a bus that crashed in 2011, killing four people north of Richmond, was sentenced to six years in jail for involuntary manslaughter.