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Monday, December 19, 2011

Virginia Drops Ball On Licensing For Autism Treatment

Virginia legislators have failed to establish a licensing procedure for autism therapy, which could leave many families paying for treatment out of their pockets.

MPD Bust Nets $7.1M In Drugs, 160 Guns

In a partnership with the ATF, the Metro Police Department concluded a year-long sting operation, confiscating $7.1 million in methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as 160 weapons from a Mexican drug cartel.

Virginia Governor Unveils $84.9B Budget Proposal

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled his first state budget Monday -- a $84.9 billion proposal that features major contributions to the state retirement system and major adjustments to education funding.

Search For New City Manager Underway in Ocean City

Ocean City, Md. is undertaking a nationwide search to find the next city manager for the popular coastal resort town.

Alleged White House Shooter Detained Pending Trial

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the accused White House shooter, will be detained pending his trial for the attempted assassination of President Obama and his staff.

Closings Hit Dulles Toll Road In Virginia

The bad news: there will be closures on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road tonight. The good news: the work will restore the left lane of travel ahead of schedule.

CQ Roll Call: Lawmakers Still At Odds On Payroll Tax Cuts

House Republicans are holding up a deal on the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions after a deal seemed imminent last week. 

Investigation Ongoing In Prince George's Police Shooting

Authorities are still investigating a fatal shooting involving a Prince George's County police officer Dec. 17. The victims family says he was not armed at the time of the shooting, but police have a different account.

National Zoo Gets $4.4M Donation For Pandas

The National Zoo is going to be getting an early Christmas gift -- a donation that funds its panda program for the next five years.

Maryland Wants To Bring FBI Headquarters To Prince George's

Maryland officials are working to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Prince George's County. The FBI's current headquarters in downtown D.C. is outdated and needs to be replaced.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Eyes New Power

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is gearing up for a busy 2012, given his newly vital role as the tie-breaking vote in the Virginia Senate.

11th Street Bridge Opens

The long-awaited 11th Street Bridge project is beginning to open in Southeast D.C., although D.C. officials say the biggest change will come next year when its third span opens.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homeless Prince William Co. Dog Needs Help

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is seeking help for ten-week-old Chihuahua mix Louie, in need of an operation to repair a large hernia in his abdomen.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Van Hollen Opposes Saving Defense Department From Budget Cuts

Republicans are stepping up efforts to protect the Pentagon from budget cuts, but Rep. Chris Van Hollen says that won't help the economic situation at all.

Virginia Republicans Wait To Weigh In On GOP Candidates

Virginia Republicans have to wait two months before they can weigh in on the GOP race for the White House.