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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

UVA Board Votes Unanimously To Reinstate Sullivan

The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors voted unanimously Tuesday reinstate President Teresa Sullivan, who was abruptly ousted earlier in June.

Two Children And One Adult Shot While Walking From Camp

A 7-year old, an 8-year-old and their camp counselor sustained non life-threatening injuries after they were hit by gunfire in Southeast D.C. Monday.

Signatures For Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Top 150K

Opponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage law have now submitted more than 150,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot on November. 

Some In Montgomery County Slow To File Ethics Reports

Montgomery County officials and government employees are falling behind on their mandatory financial disclosures, according to an analysis of the county's ethics activities.

D.C. Campaign Finance Reform Could Ban City Contractor Donations

A campaign finance reform bill in D.C. could include a ban on government contractor contributions and a ban on money order donations of more than $25. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Virginia Remembers On War Of 1812 Bicentennial

Virginia has set up a special state commission to remember the commonwealth's significant role in the War of 1812, waged 200 years ago this June.

Opinions Divided On Immigration Ruling In Maryland

The Supreme Court ruling on the controversial Arizona Immigration law has divided opinions in Maryland. Some feel the ruling will hinder efforts to stop racial profiling, while others want to see similar laws enacted.

Virginia Civil Rights Advocates Disappointed By Immigration Ruling

Civil rights groups in Virginia are disappointed with part of the Supreme Court Monday that upheld the mandate for police to detain suspected illegal immigrants, which they say was modeled on Prince William County law.

No Energy Tax Relief In Sight In Montgomery County

A gloomy fiscal outlook in Montgomery County next year makes it appear to some on the county council that the county's energy tax is unlikely to be rolled back as originally planned.

Records Shows Misuse Of Government Aircraft By Virginia National Guard

According to a Pentagon investigation, the former leader of the Virginia National Guard and his assistant misused a government aircraft.

Sentencing For Gray Aide Scheduled For September

Howard Brooks, the former campaign aide to Mayor Vincent Gray who pleaded guilty to making payments to a rival candidate, is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Police Arrest Herndon Teen For Animal Slashings

Fairfax police have arrested a 17-year-old Herndon teen in connection with a series of attacks against therapeutic horses and petting zoo animals over the last several months.

Analysis: Congress Continues Talks On Student Loans, Highway Bill

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, discusses the latest on the negotiations surrounding the student loan interest hike and funding to transportation.

Arrests Over Marijuana Bust In Virginia Pending

Additional arrests in Virginia are pending in connection to a drug bust that led to the confiscation of more than 700 marijuana plants.

Sea Level Rising Faster In Mid-Atlantic

Sea levels in the mid-Atlantic region are rising faster than in other parts of the world, according to a new study.