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Thursday, November 15, 2012

House Intelligence Committee To Grill CIA Official On Benghazi

A top CIA official appears before the House Intelligence Committee today in a closed hearing to discuss the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, but one Maryland member of the committee expects the David Petraeus scandal to come up.

Poll: Majority Of Virginia Voters Against Year-Round Schooling

A new poll released today shows that a majority of voters polled in Virginia are against year-round schooling.

Gov. Bob McDonnell Maintains High Approval Rating

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's popularity remains high, as he enters the final year of his term.

Brian Moran Steps Down As Chair Of Virginia Democrats

The head of Virginia's Democratic party is stepping down, and the shift may pave the way for the party's first African-American woman as chair.

What To Do With DCPS' Closed School Buildings?

D.C. will close 20 schools this year if a plan outlined by D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson goes forward, but many are wondering what the District will do with all that empty space.

D.C. Teachers Union President Wants Charter Teachers To Organize

The Washington Teachers Union wants the city's charter school teachers to unionize, although it would take a new law and the approval of Congress to do so.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

George Washington University Stripped Of U.S. News Ranking

Students at George Washington University are in an uproar after finding out that position in U.S. News and World Report's college rankings has been stripped.

Contractor Bounces Paychecks For Walter Reed Janitors

The cleaning staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center have been on lean times in recent weeks, after the contractor who hired them sent out paychecks that bounced.

Homeless Mother Waits In The Cold For Spot In Shelter

Complicated rules force D.C. shelters to turn away families, so they can keep beds empty before the start of "hypothermia season." One mother was left to walk the streets at night with her two-month-old son, hoping for cold.

Head Of D.C. Teachers' Union Reserves Judgment On D.C. School Closings

The head of the Washington Teachers' Union is holding his tongue on the proposal that came out yesterday to close the doors on 20 D.C. schools until he can do further analysis.

Cigarette Tax Hike Called For In Maryland

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett joined the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition in calling Maryland to raise the taxes on cigarettes again next year.

Motorists Hit With 50-Cent Hike On Dulles Toll Road

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Drivers who frequent the Dulles Toll Road may soon my searching for extra change, after the MWAA board approved toll hikes effective in the beginning of next year.

Warner Polls Strongly Against Other Virginia Candidates For Governor

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has not announced any intention to run for governor in the Commonwealth, but a Quinnipiac Poll shows he is strongly favored over the competition.

Maryland Casino Adding 1,200 Positions For Table Game Expansion

Casinos in Maryland aren't taking their time after voters approved Question 7 on Election Day, announcing plans today for the addition of table games like poker and blackjack to the casino floor.

Foundation: Effort To Fight Chesapeake Cleanup 'Serious Attack' On Clean Water

A Baltimore law firm's campaign to get rural Maryland counties to challenge the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort has come to the attention of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.