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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Want Supreme Court Review Of DNA Case

A group of Maryland state lawmakers is urging the Supreme Court to review a case that overturned a law allowing law enforcement to collect DNA samples from violent criminals.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Federal Loan For Silver Line May Provide Toll Reprieve

If MWAA is able to secure a federal loan for Silver Line construction, as one area Congressman thinks they may, the burden borne by drivers on the Dulles Toll Road may be signficantly reduced.

Agreement Reached For Commercial Space Flights Out Of Virginia

Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport will operate commercial flights as part of the state's push to develop the facility as a premier site for space programs.

FBI Aids Investigation Into Mosque Vandalism

The FBI has lent its weight to a local investigation in Harrisonburg, Va., after an area mosque was the target of vandalism.

Council Members Call For Increased Funding For Homeless Families

D.C. Council members Jim Graham and Michael Brown expected to be greeted warmly as they announced a plan to direct funds to District family shelters, but they were met instead with anger and frustration.

Offshore Wind Development A Step Closer In Virginia, But Still A Way To Go

A deal is close to lease areas off of Virginia Beach for the construction power-generating wind turbines, but supporters of sustainable energy insist the government needs to be proactive about subsidizing wind power.

Metro Adds Rush Hour Exception For Folding Bikes

As part of its effort to become more bicycle friendly, Metro has announced that folding bicycles are now excempt from the ban against bikes during rush hour.

Analysis: Congress Works On Stopgap Measure, Lawmakers Return To Campaign Trail

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest issues for lawmakers this week.

Voter Registration Cards To Be Sent To Virginians

The Virginia State Board of Elections will mail about 4.7 million voter registration cards as part of a public awareness campaign for the new voter identification rules.

D.C. Council Tackles Education Issues And Camera Fines

The D.C. Council returns this week after a summer recess, and a couple of items on the agenda include traffic camera fines and additional full-time teachers in schools.

Moody's Threatens To Downgrade U.S. Credit Rating

The U.S. credit rating is once again in danger of being knocked a notch lower, which could threaten the credit ratings of Virginia and Maryland.

Park Ranger Recounts Civil War Battle of Antietam

This year marks 150 years since the Civil War Battle of Antietam. The 12 hours of fighting that day were the deadliest in U.S. history, as 23,000 men were killed or wounded.

D.C. Councilmember Has Had Driver's License Suspended Five Times

D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown has had his driver's license suspended five times due to traffic violations and unpaid tickets.

National Zoo Welcomes Panda Cub

The National Zoo's giant panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth to a panda cub Sunday night.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Congress Tackles To-Do List After Conventions

Congress is back in session after a summer break, but it won't be long before they head out of Washington once again.