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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Virginia School District Cancels Classes After Possible Threat

A rural school district in Virginia cancelled classes Wednesday after an online article appeared to threaten violence somewhere in Giles County.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Maryland Bans Arsenic In Chicken Feed

Maryland became the first state to prohibit the use of additives containing arsenic in chicken feed Tuesday.

UVA Calls For Investigation Into 2012 Accreditation Warning

University of Virginia alumni and trustees asked the Education Department to look into why the school was put on warning following its failed attempt to fire President Teresa Sullivan last summer.

D.C. Unveils $660 Million Proposal To Replace Frederick Douglass Bridge

City officials say the aging bridge, known to many as the South Capitol Street Bridge, may need to be closed unless it's replaced within five to 15 years.

Monday, December 31, 2012

D.C. Murder Rate For 2012 At 50-Year Low

D.C.'s murder rate for 2012 was the lowest its been in about 50 years, city officials report, but D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray still plans to place his focuse on reducing crime.

Dulles Toll Road Tolls Go Up Jan. 1

Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road officially increased starting Jan. 1, with rates rising by 50 cents now and by another 75 cents next year.

Virginia State Parks Offer Special New Year's Day Hikes

Virginia State Park staffers will be trying to get state residents on their feet with a series of "First Day Hikes" on New Year's Day. 

Prince George's Schools Struggle To Fill Nurse Positions

Prince George's County Schools are working to hire dozens of nurses to make up for a shortage in the system. Approximately 10 percent of the county's schools don't have a full time nurse on staff.

Emancipation Proclamation On View For 'Watch Night'

The Emancipation Proclamation will be on view at the National Archives until after midnight on New Year's Eve, keeping up the longtime "Watch Night" tradition.

Redskins Clinch NFC East With Win Over Cowboys, 28-18

The Washington Redskins are heading to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years after clinching the NFC-East division title last night with a win over the Dallas Cowboys.

SoberRide In Effect For New Year's Eve

The D.C. region's SoberRide program will be in effect tonight, offering free rides for those that may have had too much to drink and can't drive home.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stuffed Muskrat Stars In Maryland Town's New Year's Tradition

A lighted ball tends to take center stage at most New Year's Eve celebrations, but in Princess Anne, Md., a muskrat in a tophat becomes star of the town.

Two Virginia Schools Top Rankings Of University Values

Kiplinger Personal Finance has placed two Virginia universities in their "10 Best Public College Values, 2013." Can you guess which schools made it?

Construction Starting Soon On Redskins Training Camp In Richmond

With the approval of Richmond's city council, construction of a $10 million training camp facility for the Redskins may begin in earnest as soon as next week.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Avoid End Of Year Scams With Practical Advice

As the end of 2012 nears, many are looking to get in some last-minute charitable giving for tax purposes. With these helpful tips, you can avoid being taken advantage of.