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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Virginia Waterways Show Some Improvement In Pollution

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality shows that 9 out of 10 rivers, streams, and lakes show some level of pollution, but even that represents an improvement over previous years.

AAA: More Traffic Camera Enforcement Unfairly Targets Drivers

D.C. wants to expand the use of traffic cameras throughout the city, but AAA Mid-Atlantic says that unfairly targets non-D.C. drivers. The group is also raisin red flags about a proposal to change the process for contesting traffic tickets.

Wind Power Bill Passes Maryland House Committee

A bill to pave the way for wind energy in Maryland has cleared one hurdle, and will now move on to the full state House.

Political Donor Jeffrey Thompson Resigns From Firm

Documents have been released showing that Jeffrey Thompson, D.C. political donor under investigation by federal authorities, has stepped down from his accounting firm.

Virginia Senate Passes Budget Bill

In a special session on Monday, Virginia's State Senate succeeded at passing a budget, which includes measures from both sides of the aisle, including funding for Metro's Silver Line to Dulles.

Plugged In: Area Businesses Opening Up To Electric Vehicles

An activist in Maryland says he has a plan to spark the local electric vehicle movement, by encouraging hotels and and parking garages to offer low-costing charging to their customers.

The Impacts Of The High School Dropout Crisis

The economic prospects of the District could be greatly increased if more of its students graduated from high school, studies show. To help address the dropout problem, several schools in the city are working to give dropouts a second -- and maybe their last -- chance at graduation.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Maryland Black Legislative Caucus Protests Racial Profiling

Members of the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus donned hoodies in the state capital on Monday, to protest the systemic racial profiling that they say has been highlighted in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Bank-Robbing 'Blonde Bandit' Expected To Plead Guilty

The Virginia woman known as the "blonde bandit" after allegedly executing a rash of bank robberies all around the D.C. region, is expected to plead guilty to 6 counts of bank robbery.

Suspect Arrested In Hate-Fueled IHOP Shooting

Police in D.C. have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting that occurred at a Columbia Heightsin what has been described as a crime motivated by homophobia.

Aftershocks Continue Months After D.C.'s 5.8 Quake

Virginia is continuing to experience aftershocks from last summer's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

Polls Open For Arlington County Board Seat

Arlington voters are headed to the polls for a special election.

Vietnam Memorial Celebrates 30 Years Since Groundbreaking

Ground was broke on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 30 years ago today, and America's relationship with the memorial for that controversial war has only deepened in the intervening decades.

CQ Roll Call: Capitol Police Take On More Responsibility, Disagreement May Delay Eisenhower Memorial

In the past year, Congress has taken a more active role in handling tourist hotspots around the National Mall and Capitol, but that means access to those areas may be limited.

Montgomery County's Bus Transit Plans May Require Tax Hike

Montgomery County will likely have to raise property taxes in order to pay for a new bus rapid transit system, according to recommendations from a county task force. 

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