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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Analysis: Renewing The Push To Release Maryland Resident Allen Gross From Cuban Prison

Maryland resident Allen Gross remains in a Cuban jail for allegedly bringing restricted communications equipment into the country. Senator Ben Cardin is leading a renewed push to see him freed.

Virginia Senate Candidates Clash On Sequestration

George Allen and Tim Kaine debate.

Sequestration could have disastrous consequences for Virginia's economy, so naturally, George Allen and Tim Kaine oppose it. Where the Senate candidates differ is on how to approach a budget deal.

PreCheck Program Speeds Up Security At Dulles

TSA administrator John Pistole

Frequent fliers can now submit to screenings well in advance of their flights, allowing them to use new dedicated security lines at airports like Dulles, skipping length waits altogether.

Mayor Gray Says Inauguration A Platform For D.C. Autonomy

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Tuesday that city leaders plan to use next year's inauguration ceremony as an opportunity to spread the call for autonomy in the District to a nationwide audience.

AP Test Participation, Passing Rate Up In DCPS

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The number of students in D.C. Public Schools taking and passing Advanced Placement courses for college credit is on the rise, due in part to a push to require schools to offer more of the classes.

Prince George's Delegate Has Law License Suspended

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A Prince George's County delegate has had her law license suspended indefinitely after allegedly violating a professional code of conduct and being found guilty of misconduct in her office as a lawmaker.

Council Of Governments Hosts Conference On Gangs

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Police officers, gang experts and othes from around the D.C. area meet this week in Silver Spring to discuss how to tackle gang violence in the region, which does not obey state boundaries.

Court Rules For D.C. In Online Travel Sites Case

A court has ruled in favor of the District in its fight with online travel companies over hotel room taxes. The companies are required to pay the 14.5 percent hospitality tax on the full retail price of the room, a court ruled. 

Ballot Finalized For General Election In Virginia

Virginia has finalized its ballot entries for the general election, and there will be three other candidates for president challenging President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Montgomery Voters Will Decide On Police Bargaining Initiative

Among the many statewide initiatives Mongtomery County voters will have on their ballots in November, there will also be one county referendum dealing with how Montgomery County negotiates with the local police union.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Maryland PRC Reconsidering Storm Outage Charges

Pepco customers weighed in Monday at the Maryland Public Service Commission about a policy that lets utility companies charge customers during the first 24 hours of an outage.

BRAC A Hot-Button Issue In Alexandria City Council Election

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Residents of Alexandria are still smarting from the City Council decision that has added thousands of federal employees to federal roads as part of the BRAC process. The issue could wind up swaying November's election.

Virginia Students Score Above National Average On SATs

Test results released by the Virginia Department of Education today will have public school teachers in the state cheering.

Pepco Workers To Vote On Contract Wednesday

Members of the Electrical Workers Union employed by Pepco will vote Wednesday on whether to except a new contract, or try to force the utility's hand with a strike.

Police Decline To Release 911 Tapes Of Shooting At Family Research Council

FBI agents at the scene of the FRC shooting

The D.C. Police Department has declined requests to release the 911 tapes made after August's shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Chinatown.