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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Smooth Sailing So Far For Transurban Operations Center

The 495 Express Lanes in Virginia have been open for six weeks, and so far,  things have gone rather smoothly for employees at Transurban's operation center in Alexandria, Va.

Congressman Jim Moran Explains Opposition To Fiscal Cliff Deal

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) was one of few Democrats to oppose the fiscal cliff deal approved by the House, saying he was disappointed with the concessions made by party leaders for wealthy Americans.

Michael Brown Officially Running For D.C. Council

Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown is officially in the mix for the D.C. Council special election this April, this time as a Democrat.

Maryland Comptroller: Averting Fiscal Cliff, NFL Playoffs Boost Economy

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says the state is breathing a sigh of relief that the fiscal cliff was averted for the time being, and he also lightheartedly says the NFL playoffs may have similar effects for the area economy.

Virginia Official To Serve On President's Gun Violence Task Force

A Richmond-area police official has been has been chosen as a member of President Obama's special task force on gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Transportation, Education Top McDonnell's 2013 Agenda

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is gearing up for the final General Assembly session of his term as governor, and he hopes to make major strides in the areas of education and transportation. 

Grosso Sworn In As D.C. Council Member

Wednesday marked the swearing-in ceremony for new and returning members of the D.C. Council, including one fresh face: David Grosso.

Virginia Professor Examines One Of Beat Generation's Unknowns

Many members of the beat generation drew inspiration from Herbert Hunke, and a James Madison University professor has a new book exploring the life of this one intriguing — and lesser known — character.  

Stink Bug Population Will Bounce Back In 2013

Farmers and researchers alike are eying the local stink bug populations warily, as 2013 is expected to be another big year for the invasive Asian insects. 2012 offered a reprieve with extremely low numbers of the bugs.

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.