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Monday, January 7, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Make Efforts To Protect Defense Budget

Despite last week's dodge from the fiscal cliff, Virginia lawmakers are still making efforts to keep billions of dollars in spending cuts from hitting the region's defense industry.

Candidates For D.C.'s Special Election Struggle To Get Signatures

Nearly 20 candidates have filed paperwork to run in D.C.'s special election in April, but the biggest hurdle may be getting on the ballot.

Connolly Advocates To Allow Cameras In Supreme Court

Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly is renewing his effort to allow cameras in the Supreme Court.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 7, 2013

Explore contemporary drawing and the art of remembering at these new exhibitions. Plus, check out free performances by members of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Organization Puts UVA's Board Of Visitors On Warning

A new battle is in the works, stemming from the incident at the University of Virginia last summer.

Presidential Inauguration Preparations Underway

Plans for Obama's second inauguration are underway, some of which will be a little different from 2009.

Obama Expected To Attend Two Inaugural Balls

More than 20 inaugural balls are scheduled for the President's second inauguration, but Obama and First Lady Michelle are expected at only two of them.

Montgomery County Holds Public Forum On Budget

The first public forum will be held for residents of Montgomery County later this week, to weigh in on the upcoming county budget.

McDonnell Pushes Teach For America Program In Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell wants Virginia to take advantage of a national program that puts young teachers in hard-to-staff schools.

Virginia Government Websites Receive Failing Grades

Nearly one in five Virginia local governments received failing grades in user-friendly websites.

Delaney Calls For Grand Bargain Deal To Address Budget Crisis

New lawmakers in the region are calling for a grand bargain to deal with the nation's budget problems.

Cellular Companies Add More Towers For Inauguration

Extra cellphone towers are being installed on the National Mall to handle the heavy use expected from smartphones during the presidential inauguration.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ocean City Merchant Pleads Guilty To Selling Counterfeit Items

An Ocean City boardwalk merchant has pleaded guilty to selling countless counterfeit items along the resort's famous wooden walkway.

Four Dead In Aurora, Colo. Shooting

Four people are dead, including the suspected shooter, after an hours-long police standoff inside of a Colorado home early Saturday morning.

Pentagon Shooter Yonathan Melaku Diagnosed With Schizophrenia

The ex-Marine who fired shots at the Pentagon and Marine Corps museum in 2010 has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but prosecutors are still pushing for jail time.