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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Planners: Regional Job Growth Should Focus On 'Activity Centers'

As the D.C. region continues to expand by leaps and bounds, urban planners are pushing for a focus on areas that mix transportation with living spaces, office buildings and retail.

D.C. Reinforces Drunk Driving Laws

The District suspended its breathalyzer program two years ago after finding some machines were improperly calibrated, but Mayor Gray just signed two laws aimed at cracking down on drunk driving.

Virginia General Assembly Gavels Into Session

The contentious issues are numerous as Virginia's General Assembly starts its 2013 session on Wednesday, with abortion activists stealing the show on Wednesday.

Supreme Court: D.C. Defendant Had To Prove He Abandoned Conspiracy

The nation's high court ruled against D.C. defendant Calvin Smith, who tried to argue that he shouldn't have been convicted for being part of a drug organization necause he was in prison for another crime.

WikiLeaks: Manning Motive Central To Pretrial Hearing

As a pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning continues, attorneys debate the accused's alleged motive for leaking the documents.

Virginia Gubernatorial Race Neck And Neck

Virginia's gubernatorial race is a dead heat, even factoring in a potential independent run by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, according to the latest poll by Quinnipiac University.

Analysis: Sequester Delay Causes More Uncertainty For Feds

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive, discusses the ongoing uncertainty caused by budget negotiations and why federal employees are starting to view the threat of a shutdown as the status quo.

Invasive Zebra Mussels Found In Susquehanna River

Biologists have found invasive zebra mussels in the Susquehanna River and are now urging boaters to take precautions against bringing the species into new, untainted waterways. 

Northern Virginia Contractor Pays $5.2M Abu Ghraib Settlement

A Virginia-based defense contractor has paid more than $5 million to 71 Iraqis who were held at Abu Ghraib and other U.S.-run prisons in Iraq. 

Culpeper Man Sues Sheriff After His Murder Conviction Is Overturned

A man who served 12 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned is suing the Culpeper sheriff, a former prosecutor and several other officers.

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