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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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. 

Marion Barry's Former Drug Supplier Tied To Jeffrey Thompson Network

The investigation continues into the vast political donor network of D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, and new documents released show a connection between Thompson and former Mayor Marion Barry's one-time drug dealer. 

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 25

Honing your craft with abstract drawings, still-lifes, and portraits.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Virginia Republicans Push For Offshore Drilling

Virginia House Republicans continue to try to pressure the Obama Administration to open up Virginia's coast to offshore oil and gas drilling.

Supporters Of Former UVA President Plan Vigil For Board Meeting

Thousands of faculty members and staff rallied in support of ousted president Teresa Sullivan, two days before UVA's board is scheduled to meet to vote on her reinstatement.