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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Police, AAA: Drivers Should Take It Slow Over Memorial Day

Law enforcement authorities and AAA are expecting record-high traffic volumes for Memorial Day weekend, and both groups are urging drivers to slow down as they enjoy the holiday.

Flood Waters Starting To Recede In Prince William County

Prince William County is drying out this morning after heavy rains caused flooding in some areas yesterday and overnight. Authorities are watching the weather closely while possible rain showers still loom, however.

Montgomery County Rapid Bus System To Cost $1.8B

Montgomery County's planned rapid bus transit system is expected to cost nearly $2 billion to implement, according to the newest figures. 

D.C. Police Official Warned Of 'File Burn'

Members of the city's police and firefighters' unions are wondering why dumpsters full of documents, some of them appearing to be personnel records, were found on fire last week.

After Thomas Gore's Guilty Plea, More Charges?

After a former campaign treasurer for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud and destroying evidence, some are wondering whether the investigation will yield more fallout.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Alexandria To Exceed Debt Limits

The proposed Potomac Yard Metro Station is pushing the city of Alexandria, Va. into borrowing money. Some are warning that any additional borrowing could compromise the city's stellar credit rating.

Bipartisan Bill Bolsters Foreign Tech Entrepeneurs

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner was part of a bipartisan group pushing a new immigration bill that would encourage highly-skilled immigrants to stay in the U.S. and open businesses in the fields of science and technology.

Analysis: Ninth Circuit Conference Draws Further Fire To Federal Travel Budgets

A planned conference for the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in Hawaii has further raised the ire of lawmakers who want to see federal travel budgets slashed, as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains.

Maryland, Delaware Rank Highly In Bike-Friendliness

The Bike League released their 2012 rankings of the most friendly states for bicycling, and while Maryland, Virginia and Delaware failed to take top honors, they all registered higher than average.

Maryland Tax Cheat Investigation Nabs Six Nightclubs

A joint operation in Prince George's County busted as many as six nightclubs for tax evasion and licensing violations, potentially recovering more than $1 million in lost tax revenue for the state.

Blood Pressure Screenings Focus Of Virginia Initiative

As part of the "Million Hearts Challenge," healthcare providers all over the Commonwealth of  Virginia are tasked with trying to perform one million blood pressure screenings by the end of May.

A Walk In Their Shoes: Leaders Shadow Residents With Painful Commutes

Thousands of people in D.C. face transportation challenges that make it difficult to get to and from work, and one local nonprofit is working to make their commutes a little easier.

NY Man Accuses D.C. Police Of Excessive Force

The Metropolitan Police Department is facing a backlash after a New York man says he was the victim of excessive force from officers this weekend.

Work Group To Hash Out Prince George's Casino Proposal

A group of Maryland legislators and administration officials will meet over the next month to examine the possibility of allowing a casino to be built in Prince George's County.

Thomas Gore, Vincent Gray's Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty

A former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud and destroying evidence for his role in the Mayor's 2010 campaign. Lawyers believe other campaign officials may wind up facing charges as well.