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Monday, February 20, 2012

Maryland Considers Natural Gas Export Facility

Dominion Power has expressed an interest in building an export facility for natural gas in Maryland, which area environmental activists oppose because of the impacts of the controversial fracking process that is used to produce it.

Maryland Speed Cameras Draw Scrutiny

Maryland residents and lawmakers alike are voicing displeasure with speed cameras in construction zones, which have resulted in more than 1 million tickets in just two years.

New Dental Clinic Bolsters Access for D.C.’s Low-Income Patients

A new dental clinic in D.C. is offering access  to citizens of the District for whom a visit to the dentist was once an unaffordable luxury when Medicare and Medicaid wouldn't foot the bill.

New D.C. Bus Services Available In Time For Cherry Blossoms

When visitors flock to the District for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival this year, they'll have more transportation options for touring the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery.

Energy-Efficient Items Tax-Free In Maryland

It's the last day to take advantage of a tax holiday in Maryland for certain environmentally friendly purchases.

Metro Track Work Continues On President's Day

Track work is under way on the Metro, which is already on a weekend schedule, causing extra delays for those who are still commuting to and from work on President's Day.

CQ Roll Call: Republicans Block Routine Appointments, Race For Maryland 6th District Heats Up

The Congressional divide continues on Capitol Hill, while the race in Maryland's 6th Congressional district heats up.

Woman Dies In Takoma Park Fire

A Takoma Park woman died in a fire in her apartment building last night, despite efforts by her grandaughter to save her from the deadly blaze.

Crime Continues To Rise In The District

D.C. police are trying to get a handle on a spike in street crime that began late last year, but despite their efforts, the incidents are still continuing.

Same-Sex Marriage Heads To The Maryland Senate

The Maryland House approved a same-sex marriage bill last week but the measure still needs to pass muster in the Senate, and eventually with Maryland voters on the November ballot.

Jury In Huguely Trial To Begin Deliberations Wednesday

Jury deliberations in the George Huguely trial are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va. 

Questions Surround MPD's High Homicide Closure Rate

The Metropolitan Police Department touts a 94 percent homicide case closure rate for 2011; but all those cases solved in 2011 weren't necessarily for crimes committed in that same year.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Businesses Waiting On Lawmakers To Extend Tax Breaks

Businesses in the region are hoping lawmakers in Congress can come together and extend a series of tax breaks they rely on.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 20

Presidential harmony, monumental drawings, and The Language Archive.

Commentary: Maryland's Energy Consumption

How much can a small state like Maryland do to make a difference in climate change? Commentator Mike Tidwell says state lawmakers need to take action on legislation that minimizes the environmental impact of energy consumption.

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