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Monday, November 26, 2012

VRE Sells Out 'Santa Train' Tickets

Santa Claus
More than 3,600 tickets for the VRE's "Santa Train," where kids meet Santa and Mrs. Claus while riding a train, sold out in four minutes Monday.

Virginia Explores Ways To Promote Small Business Growth

The Small Business Commission is exploring the idea that if Virginia focuses on awarding contracts to firms with fewer than 16 employees, it can result in more job growth for the commonwealth.

Analysis: D.C. Area Lawmakers Crucial To Fiscal Cliff Discussion

Lawmakers are heading back to Capitol Hill this week for four intense weeks of negotiations to avoid a wide swatch of pending across-the-board budget cuts and tax increases. CQ's David Hawkings looks at local lawmakers' roles.

Children Injured In Bus Crash In Northwest D.C.

At least three were injured in Northwest D.C. when a charter bus carrying school children was in an accident with several other vehicles in Northwest D.C. Monday morning.

D.C. Considers Ramping Up Incentives To Lure More Movie Shoots

The D.C. Council is hoping to lure more movies to shoot on location in the District, and may provide more incentives to filmmakers looking to shoot in the city by increasing the film incentive fund.

Republicans Put Revenue On The Table Ahead Of Fiscal Cliff Talks

Republicans seem to be backing away from the anti-tax-increases pledge they made to tax activist Grover Norquist, and Democrats are ramping up pressure on their GOP counterparts going into "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

D.C.'s Homicide Total Expected To Be At Historic Low For 2012

D.C.'s homicide total is expected to remain below 100 this year for the first time in nearly half a century.

Cyber Monday Calls Attention To Maryland's Little-Paid 'Use Tax'

Cyber Monday purchases are expected to exceed expectations for another year, but Maryland officials aren't expecting the same of the state's "use tax" which is supposed to be voluntarily paid by online purchasers.

Moran Hopes To Make Immigration Reform A Reality In Next Congress

After a record number of Latinos turned out to vote for President Obama this past election day, advocates of immigration reform are hoping there could be room for compromise on the issue in the next Congress.

Art Beat With Jacob Fenston, Nov. 26, 2012

'Desert Air' and 'Quiet Life Motel'

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Funeral Services For Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot Pending

Funeral services are pending for civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot, who died in his home in Mount Rainer, Md. last week.

Springfield Mall Demolition Begins Monday

Fairfax County leaders will be gathering Monday to celebrate the demolition of Springfield Mall.

Virginia Panel Working To Expand Small Businesses

A legislative panel in Virginia is looking into what policies it can recommend to help small businesses expand and hire more employees.

Kaya Henderson Wants Better Relationship Between Charter Schools And DCPS

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson says there needs to be a way for charter schools and public schools to offer services that "complement rather than compete" for students.

Lawmakers See Rise In Super PACs

Lawmakers will face a new breed of lobbyists when they return from the holiday break this week.