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Friday, November 9, 2012

Analysis: Looking Ahead After Decisive Election Days in Virginia, Maryland, D.C.

Election Day results are broken down by Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney, who observes the purple state trend in Virginia, Gov. O'Malley's rising star in Maryland, and a renewed commitment to ethics on the D.C. Council.

Suspected Fungal Meningitis Cases Rise In Virginia

Health officials say the number of suspected fungal meningitis cases in Virginia has risen to 50.

Maryland Biologists Save Turtles From Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy affected much of Assateague Island's land and some wildlife, but a nest of loggerhead turtle hatchlings were saved from the storm.

Weekend Track Work Extends To Veterans Day

Track work will snag the Green, Orange and Red lines through Veteran's Day on Monday, when those still heading to work will have to cope with a Saturday schedule.

Analysis: New Members Prepare For Capital Hill, Local Lawmakers Eye House Leadership

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talk about which local lawmakers are top candidates for Nancy Pelosi's seat, and how the new House members adjust to life on Capitol Hill.

Bus Driver Convicted For Killing Dozens In 2011 Crash

The driver of a Sky Express Bus that crashed along Interstate 95 in Virginia, killing four people and injuring dozens more, is convicted.

D.C. United Pulls Out Big Win, Advances To Conference Finals

D.C. United had a big win over the New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer eastern conference semi-final last night. The team will now advance to the finals against the Houston Dynamo.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Chairwoman Steps Up Industry Studies

Federal officials say they support stepping up efforts to study earthquake risks at nuclear facilities.

Heading Into Holidays, Nonprofits Focus On Hunger

As the holiday season ramps up, so do D.C. area groups who work to fight hunger thoughout the region. Nonprofits are seeing a significant increase in visitors seeking meals, according to the Capital Area Food Bank. 

D.C. School System Shows Increased Graduation Rate

D.C. Public Schools' graduation rate is on the rise, as the latest numbers show a rate 3 percentage points higher than the previous year.

Ethics, Education Top David Grosso's Council Agenda

Incoming D.C. Council member David Grosso talks about strategy throughout the campaign, the forces that propelled him to victory and his first orders of business when he takes his seat in January.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Democratic Victory In Virginia May Bode Well For GOP Candidates For Governor

Virginia's gubernatorial field for 2013 is still largely unresolved, but recent trends indicate that a Democratic presidential victory on Tuesday could lead to another Republican victory in Richmond.

Sandy Flooding Halts Shellfish Harvesting In Chesapeake Bay

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy resulted in a massive run-off into area waterways. State health officials are concerned that the run-off may have contaminated shellfish.

Racially-Tinged Harassment At Virginia School After Obama's Re-Election

Officials at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia are reporting a disturbing episode from Election Night, when several dozen students gathered to shout racial slurs and threats outside the school's Minority Student Union.

'Fiscal Cliff' Could Bring Budget Shortfalls For Regional Transportation

Regional leaders met at a Greater Washington Board of Trade conference Thursday, and while they're willing to work across borders, there is some concern that they are unable or unwilling to fill budget holes left by the "fiscal cliff."