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Friday, March 9, 2012

Virginia Tech President Defends Actions During Shooting

In a wrongful death trial for the families of the victims of the tragic Virginia Tech shooting in 2013, the university's president testified that he did the best he could given the circumstances.

Budget Uncertainty Hampers Maryland Transportation Planning

Lawmakers in states like Maryland would like to undertake long-term transportation projects, but Congress' reticence to pass budget legislation has many such projects on hold.

Weekend Track Work On All But Green Line

Those traveling into the District this weekend should expect between 15-20 minute delays, as station closings and single-tracking abound, except on the Green Line.

WaPo's McCartney: Unfinished Business In Virginia Legislature, Fallout In Anne Arundel County

Having failed to pass a budget during their legislative session, Washington Post's Bob McCartney says Virginia legislators will have to address lingering issues in the next few weeks.

CQ Roll Call: Senate Begins Transportation-Funding Bill, Big Local Projects May Suffer

Rep. Eric Cantor said that bipartisanship can continue, but it's unclear how far it can go, especially with a transportation-funding bill that could affect projects in our area.

Obama To Discuss Economy At Rolls Royce Plant

President Obama heads to Virginia to show off a state partnership with Rolls Royce.

Virginia Bill To End Continuing Contracts For Teachers Dies

Virginia public school teachers can rest easy this year, as the bill the would make it easier for them to get fired has died.

Police Investigate Shooting On D.C. - Maryland Line

Police are investigating a shooting that took place early this morning near the D.C. - Montgomery County border.

Smithsonian Hires National Geographic Executive

The Smithsonian Institution has hired a National Geographic executive to head the business side of the museum complex.

Maryland Approves Tax Hike, Continues Working On Budget

Maryland lawmakers have approved an income tax hike for the state, and are continuing to hammer out other budget proposals.

Board Game Teaches African Heritage

A Laurel, Md. woman talks about The Africa Memory Game, a board game she created to teach her children about their Cameroonian roots.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

D.C. Income Disparity Amongst Highest In U.S.

Levels of income disparity within D.C. are higher than almost anywhere else in the United States, which is putting pressure on the lower-income residents of the District.

D.C. Considers Community Solar Power

A new law proposed in the District would make it easier for businesses and organizations to get on the solar-powered bandwagon, even if their particular building leaves something to be desired in the sun department.

JOBS Act Passes With Rare Bipartisan Support

Congress passed the JOBS Act Thursday with bipartisan support -- a rarity in Congress in recent months. Democratic legislators were supportive, but emphasized that the legislation does not go far enough.

DC Vote Targets Rep. Franks Over D.C. Autonomy

The advocacy group DC Vote is fighting back against Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, taking to his home turf to protest his introduction of an abortion bill solely for the women of D.C.

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