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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Prince William Co. Searches For Master Gardeners

Prince William County is seeking out so-called "master gardeners" for a program that would help instruct area residents about the intricacies of proper plant and lawn care.

Sen. Mikulski To Speak At Democratic Nation Convention

Senator Barbara Mikulski joins a growing list of D.C. Metro politicians that will occupy high-profile speaking spots at political conventions in the next few weeks.

Ellicott City Cleans Up After Coal Train Derailment

Ellicott City residents are still trying to pick up the pieces after the CSX train derailment that shut down the city's main thoroughfare earlier in the week.

Maryland Court Exempts 'Cross-Breeds' From Pit Bull Ruling

The Maryland Court of Appeals exempts pit bull cross-breeds from the "inherently dangerous breed of dog" liability provisions, citing confusion as to what "cross-breed" really means.

Maryland Panel Looks At Gun Access For Mentally Disabled

A Maryland task force is examining access to guns for people with mental disabilities, as well as gun regulators' access to people's mental health records.

Federal Court Rules Against EPA Downwind Pollution Rule

A federal court has ruled that the EPA cannot crack down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air quality in plants' neighboring states. 

Task Force To Look At Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park Flooding

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has appointed a task force to determine what can be done about the flooding that plagues the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods in Northwest D.C. during heavy rains.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Virginia Voter ID Law Tame By National Standards

There's a lot of misunderstanding about how Virginia's new voter ID law will affect residents, but according to officials, nothing much will have changed for the vast majority of voters.

NTSB: Cause Of Ellicott City Derailment Unclear

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment of an 80-car train in Ellicott City, but haven't yet identified a cause.

Maryland Flags At Half Staff To Honor Fallen Officer

Flags were at half staff Tuesday in honor of the Prince George's County police officer who was killed in a chase on I-95. Police have arrested one of the occupants of the car he was pursuing.

Former Redskins RB Clinton Portis To Announce Retirement

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis will formerly announce his retirement Thursday, after an injury functionally ended his career in 2010.

Virginia Researchers Explore Link Between Brain Injury And Crime

A recurrence of of anger, frustration and violence often leading to criminal behavior has been linked to those who suffer from traumatic brain injury — something all too common for active-duty service members.

Local Service Members Among Recent Deaths In Afghanistan

Service members from Virginia and Maryland are among the recent war dead, one in the fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week and another a victim of a 'green on blue' attack.

Virginia To Consider Restoration Of Parental Rights

Virginia lawmakers want to explore the possibility of allowing parents or guardians to restore their parental rights after they have been terminated — provided they can prove they can actually care for their child. 

Victims Identified In CSX Train Derailment

A coal train derailment in Ellicott City, Md. early this morning has resulted in the deaths of two 19-year-old college students who were in the area at the time of the crash.