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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Maryland Tax Cheat Investigation Nabs Six Nightclubs

A joint operation in Prince George's County busted as many as six nightclubs for tax evasion and licensing violations, potentially recovering more than $1 million in lost tax revenue for the state.

Blood Pressure Screenings Focus Of Virginia Initiative

As part of the "Million Hearts Challenge," healthcare providers all over the Commonwealth of  Virginia are tasked with trying to perform one million blood pressure screenings by the end of May.

A Walk In Their Shoes: Leaders Shadow Residents With Painful Commutes

Thousands of people in D.C. face transportation challenges that make it difficult to get to and from work, and one local nonprofit is working to make their commutes a little easier.

NY Man Accuses D.C. Police Of Excessive Force

The Metropolitan Police Department is facing a backlash after a New York man says he was the victim of excessive force from officers this weekend.

Work Group To Hash Out Prince George's Casino Proposal

A group of Maryland legislators and administration officials will meet over the next month to examine the possibility of allowing a casino to be built in Prince George's County.

Thomas Gore, Vincent Gray's Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty

A former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud and destroying evidence for his role in the Mayor's 2010 campaign. Lawyers believe other campaign officials may wind up facing charges as well.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Housing First For The Homeless, Says Maryland Group

A community outreach is bucking conventional wisdom in addressing homelessness in Maryland by first placing people in housing before trying to remedy their more complicated issues.

Arlington And Alexandria Await Courts Study

A study is being conducting in Northern Virginia to assess the caseloads being tackled in the Alexandria and Arlington circuit courts, with an eye towards merging the two.

NAACP Calls For Blacks To Support Same-Sex Marriage

The NAACP is calling for the black community to support same-sex marriage laws like the one passed in Maryland, citing the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

Archdiocese Of Washington Challenges Contraception Mandate

The Archdiocese of Washington is suing the federal government to challenge the mandate that birth control be included in healthcare coverage for religious-affiliated institutions.

Maryland Set To Ban Arsenic In Chicken Feed

Maryland is set to move forward with a plan to ban arsenic-based chicken feed in the state.

Analysis: Sketching The Conflict Over The Defense Authorization

The House version of the National Defense Authorization is $4 billion different than the White House plan. CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings says that compromise is almost inevitable, but it might not come for months.

Christian Group's Campaign Targeted Gay Judge Nominee

A powerful Christian advocacy group's lobbying efforts may have been a big part of why openly gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland was denied a judgeship he was nominated for in Virginia last week. 

Gray Aide Faces Campaign Finance Charges

Thomas Gore, treasurer for Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 camapign, has been charged in a federal investigation for campaign finance fraud and also faces a felony obstruction charge for destroying evidence related to that fraud.

D.C. Area Gas Prices Nudge Lower

Thanks to downward pressure both domestically and abroad, gas prices for D.C. area drivers continues its downward trend.

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