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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

McAuliffe Draws Criticism For Backing Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe  has thrown his support behind a $5 billion, 550-mile natural gas pipeline on the Atlantic Coast, which has drawn the ire of environmentalists.

ShotSpotter Sensors Record 249 Gunfire Incidents Near D.C. Schools

A new report from the Urban Institute finds that During that gunshot-detection technology used by D.C. police identified 249 sounds of gunfire within 1,000 feet of a public school during the 2011-12 school year.

Campaign Ads Are Coming: Maryland Gubernatorial Race To Ramp Up Shortly

Elections in Maryland are only two months away, which means residents can expect to start seeing more campaign ads as the gubernatorial race heats up.

Boil Water Advisory Affects 100,000 In Prince George's County

A break in a 24-inch pipe late Tuesday has compromised water to more than 100,000 WSSC customers in Prince George's County, who should boil their water for the next day or two.

Senate Lawmakers At Impasse On Redskins Name Change

The Washington Post's editorial board has joined a growing chorus of media organizations that have opted to stop using the "Redskins" name for Washington's football team, but on Capitol Hill, it looks like there's little else that can be done.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jury Deliberation Continues In McDonnell Corruption Trial

Jury deliberation continues Wednesday morning in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, who face 14 charges and up to 30 years in prison.

Review Says Little Could Have Been Done To Prevent Rudd's Disappearance

Six months after 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was last seen alive, a review of her case has concluded that there was little that could have been done to prevent her disappearance from the D.C. General homeless shelter where she was living.

Washington Post Gets New Publisher, Severing Final Tie With Graham Family

The Washington Post announced this morning that long-time publisher Katharine Weymouth will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, a former aide to Ronald Reagan.

More Homeless Families Expected In D.C. This Winter, Straining Shelters

The number of homeless families in D.C. is expected to jump 16 percent this winter, further straining the city's capacity to house them during the coldest days of the season.

UVA Researchers Pioneer Less Invasive Treatment For Benign Breast Tumors

Removing benign breast tumors can leave a scar, but a new technique being pioneered at the University of Virginia might do away with that.

D.C. Police To Crack Down On Littering

Littering has long been against the law in D.C., but new rules make it easier for police to cite pedestrians seen dropping trash.

Labor Day Heralds End Of Summer, 'Terrible Traffic Tuesday'

In August, traffic is typically lighter on the roads and its easier to find a seat on the Metro. Now that Labor Day is behind us, expect the usual annual crush.

Push To Revamp Federal Testing Requirements Unlikely To Gain Traction

Local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle would like to see changes to federal laws mandating standardized testing, but legislation is unlikely before the midterm elections.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Group Sues To Stop Purple Line On Behalf Of Shrimp-Like Species

The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail are moving forward with a lawsuit to halt the Purple Line in order to protect several endangered species of amphipod — a tiny freshwater invertebrate native to the area.

D.C. Area Children More Likely To Receive Measles Vaccinations

Rates of vaccination for the measles are above the national average in Maryland and D.C., but with a record number of measles cases across the country, there is room for improvement.