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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Funeral Scheduled For Prince William Cop Killed In Line Of Duty

A funeral and other memorial services have been scheduled for a Prince William County police officer who lost his life in the line of duty earlier this week.

Lawsuit Over Virginia Woman's Online Comments Deemed Unjustified

The Supreme Court rules a lawsuit against a Fairfax County woman over negative online comments she made unjustifiable.

Virginia May Increase Penalties For Cigarette Smuggling

The Virginia General Assembly may increase penalties for those smuggling cigarettes out of the state in the upcoming session.

House GOP Again Denies Norton The Vote

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton may be denied the right to vote in the Committee of the Whole in the 113th Congress; the veteran lawmaker plans to appeal the Republican-controlled House's floor rules in court today.

Md. Panel Recommends Seizing Guns From Mentally Ill Who Pose Threat

A panel of Maryland officials is recommending that access to guns by the mentally ill be restricted in certain cases, according to a new report.

Maryland Del. Wants More Regulation For WSSC

The santitation commission that serves Montgomery and Prince George's counties could be subject to more stringent regulations next year if Del. Tom Hucker gets his way.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Shows Modest Environmental Improvement

The Chesapeake Bay is still far from healthy, according to an environmental report, but its 2012 rating did creep up slightly from the last report issued in 2010.

Should Virginia Governors Be Able To Run For Reelection?

Under current Virginia law, governors can only serve one consecutive term in office. Some lawmakers believe that is holding the Commonwealth back, and are renewing a push for a change.

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.