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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Virginia Lawmakers Conspicuously Silent In Gun Debate

In the wake of two deadly shooting in the last several weeks, many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are refusing to even have the conversation about changing U.S. gun laws.

UMD Student Pleads Guilty To Charges Stemming From Violent Threats

After posting threats to go on a shooting spree, University of Maryland student Alexander Song has pleaded guilty to minor charges.

Voters Face Stark Choice In Virginia Special Election

The race for the House of Delegates seat in Virginia' 45th district is heating up — Republican Tim McGhee and Democrat Rob Krupicka are a study in contrasts.

Ground Broken On I-95 HOT Expansion In Virginia

Groundbreaking has begun on an expansion of the high-occupancy toll lanes on the I-95 corridor in northern Virginia, which will sport a similar private-partnership to the soon-to-be-completed 495 HOT Expansion.

D.C. Region Readies For 29th Annual National Night Out

The 29th Annual National Night Out is tonight, when communities in the D.C. region are encouraged to come outdoors and engage with neighbors and police.

FAA Suspends Procedure That Led To Near-Collision Over National Airport

Following a near-collision between three planes in the air above National Airport, the FAA is changing the procedures that led to that incident.

Wilson Bridge Done At Last, But Miles More To Go

Transportation officials from two states celebrated the completion of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project yesterday, but the larger question of how the D.C. region will best expand all of its transportation options remains up for debate.

Virginia Elections Board Won't Investigate Voter Registration Nonprofit

The Virginia Board of Elections has opted not to investigate mailings sent to state residents by a D.C.-based nonprofit after the Romney campaign had called for the investigation after reports of the mailings being sent to ineligible voters. 

Montgomery County Gets $40M For Walter Reed Transportation Improvements

Montgomery County will get $40 million to make transportation improvements around the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, an area which has seen increased traffic since Walter Reed merged with the National Naval Medical Center there. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Drought Warning Issued For Most Of Eastern Shore

Lower than usual levels of rainfall have prompted the Maryland Department of the Environment to issue a drought warning for much of the Eastern Shore.

Local Sikh Community Reacts To Wisconsin Shootings

The Sikh community is still struggling to process the deadly shootings that killed six of their own on Sunday. Local leaders from the community try to offer support and answers.

Program Looks To Attract New Farmers To Montgomery County

A new program being proposed in Montgomery County would offer mentorships for new farms just starting up in the area, and also match up would-be farmers with land owners looking to lease.

Generators Cited For Baltimore Carbon Monoxide Poisonings

Nearly 60 people were sickened early Monday with carbon monoxide poisoning, which firefighters are now attributing to generators.

Maryland Casino Returning Slots, Citing Declining Revenue

The casino in Perryville, Md. is returning a third of their 1,500 slot machines to the state, saying that the new casino in Anne Arundel County is siphoning off their revenues.

Lane Openings Unencumber Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Motorists finally got to see the fruits of the $2.5 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge improvement project on Monday, with five lanes going in each direction doing much to alleviate the traffic bottleneck.