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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

D.C. Settles Lawsuit Alleging Faulty Breathalyzers

The D.C. government has settled the case of several people who say they were wrongly convicted of drunk driving based on faulty breathalyzer equipment.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fuel-Efficient 787 Dreamliner On Display At National Airport

Aviation aficianados, take heed. Boeing is showing off their high-tech and fuel-efficient new 787 Dreamliner this week at Reagan National Airport.

Montgomery Lawmakers Fear 'Doomsday' Even With Special Session

A special session of Maryland's General Assembly will be held next week to try and avert $500 million in automatic cuts. Faced with some of the compromises they'll have to make, some local lawmakers would rather take the cuts.

Environmental Groups To Protest Dominion's 15-Year Plan

Environmental groups plan to protest a meeting of the State Corporation Commission in Richmond Tuesday, calling out Dominion Virginia Power for their lack of support for wind and solar power.

South Capitol Street Shooters Found Guilty

The families of victims reacted with relief after a jury found five defendants, accused of perpetrating a deadly spate of violence around South Capitol Street in 2010 that claimed five lives, guilty of murder.

Students Injured In Prince George's School Bus Crash

Nearly two dozen Prince George's County school children escaped a serious brush with danger Monday morning, after a utility van struck their school bus. The driver of the van, however, was not so lucky.

Investigation Into Adelphi Hit-And-Run Continues

Police are continuing the investigation of deadly hit and run accident in Adelphi, Md. last Saturday.

Protesters Fight For Immigration Rights

Protesters unhappy with how deportation cases are being handled will be voicing their concern at immigration offices across the country today.

Prince Harry Visits The District

A member of the British royal family visits Washington today to accept an award and visit with wounded soldiers.

Economic Picture Improves For Blacks In Virginia, Report Finds

The earnings gap between blacks and whites in Virginia persists, although it's improving, according to a new study.

Priest Dies After Maryland Church Shooting

A priest from Maryland has died after a shooting at her Howard County church late last week.

Virginia Man Arrested For Alleged Obama Death Threats

A man who allegedly threatened to kill the presidents is in custody in Virginia today.

D.C.'s Affordable Housing Options Decrease

The number of affordable rental units in the city decreased by half over the past decade, according to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute's new report.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fairfax County Split Over Route 1 Progress

A new survey shows Fairfax County residents are pleased with progress along the Route 1 corridor in the Mount Vernon area. But some say the pace of progress is way too slow.

Lawmakers Pushing To Reform Hatch Act

Lawmakers in the region are pushing to reform a law that bars all D.C. city workers from running for elected office.