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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lawsuit Argues MWAA Can't Tax Dulles Toll Road Commuters

A group of people suing the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority over its authority to increase tolls to pay for the Dulles Rail Project will make its case again in court next month after being shut down by a lower court in July. 

U.S. Ambassador To Libya Killed In Attack On Consulate

Attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya have killed the nascent U.S. ambassador to that country and three other Americans. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

D.C. Council Member Michael Brown Addresses Missing Campaign Funds

D.C. Council member Michael Brown explained reports that a member of his campaign had embezzled his campaign funds. That former campaign member is now firing back.

Young Virginia Voters Could Tip Balance Between Kaine And Allen

The race between Tim Kaine and George Allen for Virginia's vacant Senate seat has been at a dead heat almost since it began, and experts are saying the race may hinge on independent groups like young voters.

Virginia Loses Some Funding For Chesapeake Restoration

The federal government is withholding $1.2 million in funding slated for the Chesapeake Bay restoration in Virginia, citing the commonwealth's unwillingness to address runoff.

Virginia Conservation Efforts Face Calls For Reform

Despite the success of conservation efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, some critics say the process needs to be adapted to funnel money to the most high-priority projects.

High School Student Shot And Killed In Capitol Heights

An 18-year-old high school student was shot and killed this morning in Capitol Heights, Md. Investigators are looking for suspects in the shooting.

Montgomery County Weighs $2.1M Bikeshare Plan

Montgomery County is trying to decide whether to implement a $2.1 million plan to bring Capital Bikeshare to some of the county's most populous neighborhoods. 

Memorials, Day Of Service Planned To Commemorate 9/11

Events are planned around the D.C. area to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks, including a day of service at Freedom Plaza and a moment of silence at the Pentagon. 

Democrat Wendy Rosen Withdraws From House Race

Wendy Rosen, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland, abruptly withdrew from the race Monday after party officials learned she had voted in two different states in past elections.

Michael Brown On D.C. Ballot Despite Petition Challenges

Incumbent at-large D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown will be on the ballot in November, as the Board of Elections reviewed two challenges and ruled that he met the petition requirement by less than 200 signatures.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Arlington Adds 111 Affordable Housing Units

In response to rising property values that are rapidly gentrifying areas of Arlington like the Columbia Pike corridor, the county has opened a renovated low-income apartment complex.

Dominion Looks To Extend Two Energy Conservation Programs

Dominion Power is looking to extend two successful energy conservation programs with permission from the commonwealth.

Capitol Bomb Plotter Promised 'Martyrdom Payments'

Amine El-Khalifi, the 29-year-old Moroccan immigrant implicated by the FBI in a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol, was allegedly offered so-called "martyrdom payments" to compensate his family.

Mother Pleads For Information In Amber Stanley's Murder

The murder of Amber Stanley in her family home in Upper Marlboro rocked her community, and Prince George's County Police are hoping for any information from the public in solving the crime.