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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Virginia Legislature Approves 'Conscience Clause' On Gay Adoption

Virginia's state senate has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Hill: Race Underway For Senate Republican Whip

As Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper discusses, the race for the position of Senate Republican whip could have big implications all the way through the 2016 presidential elections.

Northern Virginia Property Values Show Second Year Of Growth

While real estate in much of the country continues to remain stagnant, property values in Northern Virginia are back in the black for the second year running.

Survey: Name The Silver Line Metro Stations

Think WMATA comes up short when it comes to naming Metro stations? They're asking for input from residents for the names of the new Metro stations along the Silver Line.

Gas Prices Up 10 Percent Over Last Year

According to Triple-A Atlantic, gas prices in the D.C. region are up as much as tenth over the last year, and only promise to get higher as the weather gets warmer.

Virginia Democrats Push For Budget Concessions

Democrats in Virginia's state senate say they are unlikely to pass a budget unless Republicans agree to concessions, which could leave the commonwealth without a budget.

Guardian Angels Raising Awareness Of Recent Street Crimes

D.C.'s Guardian Angels are out in force to raise awareness about a recent string of street crimes in D.C.

GPS Tracking Bill Fails In Virginia Senate Committee

A bill that would have made it illegal to track someone using a GPS device without their knowledge has failed in the Virginia Senate.

Maryland Senate Committee To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage

A Maryland Senate committee could clear the way today for a vote on legislation to allow same-sex marriage in the state.

Norton Opposing Bill Banning Some Abortions In D.C.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is fighting an attempt by Republicans to restrict abortion in the District.

D.C. Council Chair To Introduce Anti-Cursing Bill

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown will introduce legislation that tries to enforce a measure of civility on council members.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Freak Car Accident Leaves One Diner Dead

In a freak accident in Prince George's County, a diner at restaurant was killed after a car inexplicably veered off a road and through a plate glass window.

Maryland Considers Natural Gas Export Facility

Dominion Power has expressed an interest in building an export facility for natural gas in Maryland, which area environmental activists oppose because of the impacts of the controversial fracking process that is used to produce it.

Maryland Speed Cameras Draw Scrutiny

Maryland residents and lawmakers alike are voicing displeasure with speed cameras in construction zones, which have resulted in more than 1 million tickets in just two years.

New Dental Clinic Bolsters Access for D.C.’s Low-Income Patients

A new dental clinic in D.C. is offering access  to citizens of the District for whom a visit to the dentist was once an unaffordable luxury when Medicare and Medicaid wouldn't foot the bill.