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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Delays On Metro's Red Line Due To Switch Problem

There are significant delays on Metro's Red Line this morning due to a switch problem outside Judiciary Square. Trains are single tracking between Farragut North and Judiciary Square. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Analysis: Sandy Relief Funds May Find Their Way To Eastern Shore

Some have been surprised at the resistance to passing relief funds for areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. As The Hill's Alex Bolton reports, funds may yet find their way to areas hit by the storm.

Presidential Limo To Use 'Taxation Without Representation' Plates

After calls from District officials and a petition from D.C. voting rights activists, President Barack Obama has agreed to put D.C.'s "Taxation Without Representation" plates on the presidential limo.

Doctors Weigh Impact of Inaugural Crowds On Flu Outbreak

With hundreds of thousands of people poised to descend on the District for next week's inauguration festivities, D.C. health officials consider the potential impact on the flu outbreak.

Train Derailed At New Carrollton Railyard Saturday, Metro Confirms

Metro confirmed late Tuesday that a train derailed early Saturday morning at the New Carrollton rail yard, though estimates of damages were not forthcoming.

Virginia Senate Panel Deadlocked On Restoring Rights To Convicts

A proposal to restore civil rights to non-violent felons in Virginia continues to hit roadblocks, after a Senate committee declined to endorse the plan.

Bethesda Speed Camera Not Moving Despite Court Ruling

A Montgomery County judge tossed out one resident's speed ticket after he challenged its placement, but despite that ruling, there are no plans to move the offending camera.

Doug Gansler Boasts $5.2M In Campaign Funds In Md. Governor Bid

Maryland's attorney general Doug Gansler has already raised $5.2 million for a potential run for the office of governor in 2014.

'Intense' Metro Track Work Forecasted For Next Four Years

Track work on the Metro has come to feel almost normal, especially on the weekends, but for those who thought it was a temporary inconvenience, they may be disappointed.

New Internal Watchdog Appointed To MWAA

A new, temporary accountability officer has been appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

NAACP Supports Repeal Of Maryland's Death Penalty

The NAACP will join the fight to get Maryland's death penalty repealed; officials from the organization will make the announcement with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley today.

Tysons Residents Fight To Preserve Area's Last Forest

Some Fairfax County residents are preparing to celebrate a victory in saving one of the last pieces of green space near Tysons Corner. The land was being considered for a four-lane road, but county officials are expected to pull the plan.

Virginia Budget Sets Aside Funding For School Safety Improvements

A task force appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to release recommendations on school safety by the end of the month, and the governor says there will be funding available to implement improvements.

Metro GM: 'Don't Blame Me' For Blue Line Reductions

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says he is not to blame for the decision to reduce the number of Blue Line trains.