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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Va. Lawmakers Hope To Renew Offshore Drilling Effort This Fall

Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get billions of dollars in revenue by allowing drilling off its coast, but the proposal is stalled in Congress and the state's congressional delegation still can't agree on whether to drill at all.

Person With Gun Reported At Virginia Tech

Update, 2:45 p.m.

Authorities have lifted the alert. Police will remain on campus the rest of the day.

Earlier this afternoon, campus authorities cancelled classes for the rest of the day at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., after juveniles on campus for a camp reported seeing a man possibly carrying a gun.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Secret Service Detain Homeless Man For Scaling White House Fence

D.C. police are holding a homeless man who's accused of jumping a fence Tuesday evening at the White House.

BWI Breaks Passenger Records Yet Again

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is reaching passenger records despite the rough economy.

Milton Whitley: Facing His Fear Of Learning To Read

Milton Whitley dropped out of school at age 14 and was not able to read or write for the first 52 years of his life. He ended up homeless -- without any real hope of learning to read -- until he met a tutor in a Montgomery County public library. His education re-started in 2005, when he visited a dental clinic.

14th Street Bridge Construction Finishes This Weekend

A bit of good news for commuters who travel into the District from Northern Virginia: construction is soon to be complete in the northbound lanes of the 14th Street Bridge.

Virginia DA Seeks Law Enforcement Authority On Medical Fraud Cases

Investigators in Virginia's Attorney General's office are seeking greater powers to catch suspects committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Montgomery Co. Launches Program To Support Wounded Veterans

A new project in Montgomery County called "Serving Together" is designed to reach out to military veterans and their families.

Judge Says Evidence In Blackwater Trial Is Shaky

A civil trial is underway in Alexandria for the company formerly known as Blackwater, which just recently relocated to our area.

North Old Town's Transformation Brings Fresh Challenges

Few neighborhoods in Northern Virginia are experiencing as much transformation as the north end of Old Town Alexandria right now, but those changes aren't coming without challenges.

Baltimore Uses Grand Prix Race To Promote Safe Driving

Baltimore is about to host a world class auto race for the first time, and local authorities are using it as an opportunity to promote safer driving.

Two Transgender Women Attacked In Two Weeks On NE Block

District police are investigating an attack on a transgender woman that took place just a block away from where a transgender woman was murdered two weeks ago.

Maryland Recognizes Officers For Federal Gun Enforcement Program

Local law enforcement officials took time yesterday to reinforce the benefits of Project Exile, a nationwide crime fighting tool.

Maryland Lawmakers Call For Eliminating Tax Loopholes

Even though the nation's borrowing limit has been raised, the battle over Washington spending has only just begun.

Tuskegee Airmen's Plane Takes Final Flight

Nearly 100 surviving veterans of the Tuskegee Air Corps gathered in Washington to mark their 70th anniversary. The reunion coincides with the donation of an important piece of their history to the Smithsonian museum.

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