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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Deadline Looms For Virginia To Request Storm Damage Funds

The deadline for Virginia officials and state non-profit groups to request federal aid for storm damage is Sept. 13.

Montgomery County Steps Up Efforts To Prevent Teen Violence

As a new school year approaches, Montgomery County officials are stepping up efforts to prevent teen dating violence.

Obama Campaign Scheduled To Visit Virginia

Obama is scheduled to campaign in battleground Virginia this week.

Old Water Mains Could Affect Maryland Buildings

Over a thousand buildings in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties are dangerously close to large water mains that could burst.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bethesda Honors Its Three Olympic Heroes

Bethesda, Md., was lucky enough to be represented by three Olympians in the 2012 games in London, including 15-year-old gold medal winner Katie Ledecky, and the town turned to celebrate.

Accused FRC Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of a shooting a security guard at the Family Research Council last week has pleaded not guilty to charges on Friday.

Candidates For Virginia's Second District Pitch Bipartisanship

In a Congressional District that defies easy categorization, both the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger are touting their ability to compromise as a major selling point.

Virginia Firefighters Raise Funds To Help Family Of Fallen Marine

A Virginia marine was killed last week in Afghanistan by one of the local police he was working to train. A group has banded together near his hometown to raise money for his wife and four children.

VDOT Warns Of Construction Delays On I-66

Progress on the 495 Express Lanes project his weekend will bog down traffic on I-66 westbound approaching Capitol Hill.

Weekend Track Work Snarls Red, Orange Lines

Metro track work will be less pervasive this weekend than in weeks past, with buses replacing trains on a stretch of the Orange Line and two areas of single tracking on the Red Line.

Analysis: Gray To Push Statehood At DNC, Virginia's Voter ID Law Draws Concerns

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about D.C.s push to get statehood an issue ahead of the national conventions, and why NIH's battle with a resistant superbug is just now becoming public.

History Comes Alive At The Bladensburg Visitors Center

The Battle of Bladensburg was not America's finest moment in the War of 1812, but it's important part of D.C. area history, and one residents can learn about at the new visitor's center.

Prince George's Officer To Be Honored At Redskins Game

A Prince George's County police officer that was killed in a crash last Monday, will be honored at Saturday's Washington's Redskins game.

Virginia Community Unites For Fallen Marine

The small community of Altavista in Virginia is coming together to honor a fallen marine, and give his family a hand.

Virginia's SNAP Schedule To Change In October

In an effort toward a more effective distribution, Virginia officials are changing when they distribute SNAP benefits.