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Monday, February 4, 2013

Baltimore Welcomes Home Super Bowl Champion Ravens

The city of Baltimore is welcoming home their victorious Ravens today, which for the few that won't be attending the parade and celebration at M&T Stadium, could be a traffic nightmare.

MPD Hiring Driven By D.C. Population Boom

As many as 50 new police officers are being hired in the District as the city hopes to head off issues caused by a booming population and vibrant night life.

Virginia House Backs Grades For Struggling Schools

An education reform intended to increase accountability, assigning letter grades to public schools in Virginia, has passed the state house.

Maryland Increases Speed Limit On ICC

Maryland commuters will get be able to put the pedal ever so slightly closer to the metal starting in March, when the MDTA raises the speed limit to 60 miles per hour.

Virginia Kills Bill To Close Gun Show Loophole

A Virginia Senate committee has again killed legislation to close the gun show loophole.

'Raise D.C.' Report Offers Sobering Snapshot Of D.C. Students

Low educational achievement levels in the District are leading to low employment rates amongst young adults — rates that were measured in a baseline report released today by a coalition of groups.

How Would Sequestration Affect You?

WAMU 88.5 is covering the pending budget cuts set to go into effect in March, and we're wondering what kind of impact the "sequestered" cuts would make in your life?

Analysis: Mikulski To Take Role In Federal Funding Bills, Cuccinelli Releases New Book

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest in the federal funding bills.

Montgomery County Residents Begin SNAP Challenge

A group of Maryland officials and nonprofit leaders in Montgomery County will be living on very limited budget this week.

Pentagon Station's Escalators Being Repaired

Metro is continuing its effort to fix many of its broken escalators, including three today at the Pentagon station.

Maryland Considers Adding Ceremonial Holidays

Maryland legislative committees are considering adding several ceremonial holidays to the calendar.

Prince George's County Considers Copyright On Students, Teachers' Work

Prince George's County school officials are considering copyrighting work created by students and teachers.

Fundraising Numbers Come In For D.C. Council Special Election

Democrat Matthew Frumin is leading the pack by thousands of dollars in the first round of fundraising figures for this spring's special D.C. Council election.

Baltimore Wins Super Bowl XLVII, Defeats San Francisco 34-31

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in an electrifying Super Bowl XLVII championship.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

International Tensions Causing Higher Gas Prices

Gas prices are on the rise both in the District and around the country — a trend that analysts are attributing to recent events in oil-rpducing regions of Egypt and Algeria.