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Monday, December 3, 2012

Intelsat Moves From D.C. To Tysons Corner

Virginia leaders are celebrating a major new corporate headquarters in Tysons Corner.

Virginia Beach's Hotel Tax Hike Undecided

Booking a hotel in Virginia Beach may take a toll on your wallet... if a certain proposal goes through, that is.

Commentary: D.C. Council Should Support Grandparent Caregiver Program

Commentator Judith Sandalow talks about why the D.C. Council's support for low-income grandparents caring for grandchildren is an important step in the District.

Hospital Worker Pleads Not Guilty To Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C

A hospital worker has been accused of infecting patients with Hepatitis C through contaminated syringes.

Montgomery County Council's Berliner Addresses Pepco Rate Hike Request

Pepco is asking for another rate hike, and one of its most ardent critics in Montgomery County is already saying the utility shouldn't get it.

Organization Wants To Stop Teens Texting While Driving

Preventing teenagers from texting while driving continues to be a challenge, but one group may be on the path to an effective solution.

Analysis: Senate To Limit Defense Bill Debate, 2013 Recess Schedule Set

The Senate resumes debate on a defense authorization bill today while the rest of Congress awaits more fiscal cliff negotiations and gets logistics settled for the coming year. 

Metro Seeks Input On Reduced Service For W6, W8 Bus Lines

Metro is proposing changes to several D.C. Metrobus lines; tonight, officials will take comments on proposed changes to the W6 and W8 lines, which have been subject to several rock throwing attacks in the past. 

UVA Student From Falls Church Dies In Caribbean During 'Semester At Sea'

A University of Virginia student from Falls Church was killed in a boating accident off the Caribbean island of Dominica this weekend while traveling for a study abroad program.

Cuccinelli: Virginia Utility Law Costing Customers Too Much

Virginia's utility regulation law is costing customers as much as $1 billion more than necessary, according to a new report from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

'Bricking' Now An Option For Stolen Smartphones

Smartphone owners whose phones are stolen now have the ability to "brick" their phones, rendering them useless — a method that's expected to help deter cell phone theft.

911 System Has Failed Multiple Times In Maryland, Virginia

The D.C. area's 911 emergency call system has been suffering widespread failures for more than two years, long before the June 2012 derecho storm called attention to the problem.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Virginia's Coal Industry Jobs On The Decline

Jobs in the coal industry appear to be on the decline in southwest Virginia, and it's not clear when or if those jobs will return.

Eyes On Virginia For Additional Silver Line Funding

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is looking to Virginia lawmakers to help supplement funds for Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project.

WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning Hearing To Resume Wednesday

Former guards at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. recounted their version of the events of Army Private Bradley Manning's imprisonment during testimony this weekend.