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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Virginia Oyster Population Rebounds, Still Far Off Highs

Oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay are a far cry from what they once were, but recent conservation efforts have made significant impacts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Maryland Comptroller Opposes Gas Tax Hike

Governor Martin O'Malley's proposed gas tax increase in Maryland has found opposition within his own party in the person of comptroller Peter Franchot.

Loudoun Co. School Board Expected to Vote on Budget

Facing a $36 million budget shortfall, Loudoun County's school board is considering some cost-cutting measures, such as bumping bus drivers and teachers assistants to part-time positions.

D.C. Council Shoots Down Internet Gambling

The D.C. Council voted on Tuesday to repeal a provision legalizing internet gambling in the District, though another bill explicitly calling for gambling is reportedly in the works.

File Taxes For Free In Virginia

Virginia offers two programs for residents of low-to-middle income citizens of the commonwealth that allow them to file their state income taxes for free.

Officers Suspended Pending Investigation Of Gun Discharge

Two police officers in Prince George's County have been suspended pending the results of an investigation into an incident in which an officer may have inappropriately fired his weapon.

Flyer Sent Home With Maryland Students Raises Concerns

Some parents are raising concerns about a flyer sent home with high school students in Montgomery County from a group that works against homosexual agendas being taught in schools.

Ft. Washington Family Found Unconscious From Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide poisoning struck again this week at Prince George's County firefighters found a family unconscious in their Fort Washington home due to exposure to the odorless gas.

Ehrlich Campaign Consultant Goes To Court On Robocalls

Former Maryland political operative Julius Henson is defending himself against charges of voter fraud in the state's 2010 gubernatorial elections.

Gas Prices Reach Unseasonable Highs In D.C.

Gas prices are creeping up in the D.C. area -- something that's unusual for the cold winter months. Some analysts say the tenuous situation in Iran is to blame, and it could make matters worse going forward. 

Virginia To Repeal Limit On Handgun Purchases

Most Virginia residents are restricted to one handgun purchase per month -- something that lawmakers are moving to change with the repeal of a 1993 law.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Probe Implicates D.C. Employees In Unemployment Fraud

A D.C. probe has found that as many as 130 people in the District's employ have received unemployment benefits while on city payrolls going back to 2009.

Sulaimon Brown's Traffic Charge Trial Rescheduled

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, who was set to go to trial on a charge of driving without a valid license, will have to return to court.

Julius Henson Back In Court For Using Robocalls In Maryland Election

A political operative accused of using robocalls to suppress turnout among black voters during the 2010 gubernatorial election in Maryland is back in court today.

Police Make Third Arrest In Lenny Harris Murder

Police have made a third and final arrest in the murder of Alexandria civic activist Lenny Harris, who was honored in a memorial service in NE D.C. on Monday morning.