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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Teen Death Leads To Virginia Bill Targeting Distracted Drivers

The death of a Fairfax County teenager may lead to new legislation targeting motorists who get caught texting while driving.

Virginia State Senator Proposes New Gas Tax

Virginia State Sen. John Watkins is proposing a new tax on the wholesale price of gasoline to help fund transportation projects.

Conference Examines History of U.S. Slavery

Researchers are coming together in Virginia for a closer look at the history of slavery in the U.S.

Lame Duck Session Begins With Low Productivity

Lawmakers in the region are frustrated that not much work is getting done in the lame duck Congress.

White House To Light National Menorah

The White House lighting of the National Menorah is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, and is expected to draw thousands of people.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Prince George's County Man Surrenders After 12-Hour Standoff

A man who was barricaded inside a Prince George's County home for 12 hours has surrendered to police.

Virginia's Annual Pesticide Disposal Program Continues

Virginia residents are taking steps to remove thousands of pounds of dangerous chemicals from the environment.

Virginia Lawmaker Proposes Shared Worker Program Bill

Virginia Sen. George Barker has proposed legislation that he thinks will benefit businesses and employees during an economic slowdown.

O'Malley Asks Shore Residents For Storm Damage Assessments

Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning to appeal FEMA's decision to deny aid to victims on the Eastern Shore.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wikileaks Day Nine: Jailer Says Manning Was Uncommunicative

The pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was in its ninth day Friday. A Marine Corps brig commander testified that she kept Manning on suicide watch because he didn't communicate with her.

Ex-Corrections Officer To Face Court In Death Of Ronnie White

A former Prince George's County corrections officer will finally face a courtroom in January after he was accused of negligence in the death of inamte Ronnie White in 2008.

Oceans Rising At Higher Rate Than Expected

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration claims oceans are rising at a much higher rate than scientists previously thought.

Weekend Work: Five Red Line Stations Closed, Yellow Line Rerouted

It won't be a pretty weekend for those traveling via Metro. Five stations are closed on one end of the Red Line, and Yellow Line trains from Virginia will be following the Blue Line due to a bridge inspection.

Bankruptcy Sale Of Maryland's Only Ski Resort Approved

The sale of the Wisp ski resort, the only one in the state of Maryland, has been approved by a bankruptcy court to the tune of $23 million.

Analysis: Another Delay On Financial Disclosure Rules For Staffers

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings talks about the latest delay in implementing a rule that would require thousands of legislative and executive staff members to post their financial disclosures online.