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Saturday, July 7, 2012

House Lawmakers Divided Over Farm Bill

House lawmakers face the farm bill when they return from their July 4 recess.

'Heat Kink' Likely Cause Of Metro Derailment

Metro investigators say a "heat kink" was the likely cause of Friday's train derailment on the Green Line.

Maryland Lawmakers Continue Gambling Talks

Gov. Martin O'Malley will not call a special session next week to discuss gambling expansion, even though a decision has not been made.

Ocean City Considers Smoking Ban

Ocean City officials are considering joining the non-smoking trend.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Green Line Train Derails

Metro is experiencing significant delays after a train derailed on the Green Line.

Spiritual Leader Hands Out Hugs

An Indian spiritual leader is drawing thousands of people into an Alexandria ballroom... all of them coming for one thing: a hug.

Record-Breaking Heat Hits D.C. Area

The D.C. area experienced record-breaking heat on Saturday, as temperatures reached 105 degrees.

Public Hearing To Be Held On Pepco's Storm Performance

D.C.'s Public Service Commission is planning to hold a public hearing for residents to weigh in on Pepco's performance after last week's storm.

Metro Stations Closed, Weekend Delays Continue

Metro riders, brace yourselves. It's going to be a hot weekend filled with Metro delays.

Fairfax County Gang Member Gets 10-Year Sentence

A gang member from Fairfax County received a 10-year prison sentence for his role in trafficking local high school girls.

Analysis: Utility Companies Face Criticism After D.C. Area Storm

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of the utility companies' performance in handling last Friday's storm.

Shenandoah Fires Under Control

Two forest fires sparked by lighting last month in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is slowly getting under control.

Virginia's Voter ID Law Takes Effect

Virginia's voter identification law went into effect this week after dominating discourse in the state for the better part of this year's legislative session.

Woodbridge Trailer Park Residents Evicted By County

Dozens of people found themselves stranded yesterday when Prince William County evicted them from their homes in the Holly Acres trailer park in Woodbridge. The eviction comes after a protracted fight between the owners and the county.

Talk About Timing: Pepco Rate Hike On Maryland PSC's Docket

In what could be the most unfortunate timing ever, electric utility Pepco's proposed rate hike will come up for a vote at the Maryland Public Service commission next week — just days after the region's massive power outages.