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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Breathalyzers Could Be Back In D.C. Next Month

D.C. is expected to pass legislation today that would restart the District's breathalyzer program for drunk driver testing and lower the threshold for drunk driving among commercial vehicle drivers.

Washington Monument Could Be Closed For Repairs Until 2014

The National Park Service is ready to move ahead on repairs to the Washington Monument after an earthquake damaged it in August of 2011, but it means bad news for tourists. 

VDOT Compromises On E-ZPass Fees

Current E-ZPass users in Virginia won't immediately be slapped with new fees being proposed by the Virginia Department of Transportation, but the surcharges will apply to new customers and new tags.

Gay Rights Advocates Get Support Of Latino Groups In Marriage Campaign

Latino groups around the country are supporting a campaign to increase acceptance of gay rights and same-sex marriage among Hispanic Americans. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 10

Afro Blue and America like you've never seen her before.

Battle Between D.C. Restaurant And Neighbors Continues

A public hearing is scheduled this week dealing with a dispute between a D.C. restaurant owner and neighbors over noise.

D.C. Council To Vote On Capital Gains Tax Breaks

D.C. Council votes on a bill Tuesday that would offer tax breaks and assistance to local start-ups like LivingSocial to stay in District.

Repairs May Close Monument Until 2014

The Washington Monument may be closed until 2014, due to repairs needed from the damage caused during last summer's earthquake.

D.C. Activists Push For Campaign Finance Reform

A group of activists cleared a major hurdle in campaign finance reform, but more work still needs to be done.

Gray Donor Pleads Guilty To Conducting 'Shadow Campaign'

New details are emerging in the hearing for PR executive Eugenia Harris, who has been charged with making straw contributions to candidates, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and participating as well in a "shadow campaign."

Frustration With Pepco Continues In Montgomery County

The president of the Montgomery County Council is frustrated with Pepco and wants to create a county-owned utility company.

Analysis: Republicans Propose D.C. Abortion Bill; Thaddeus McCotter Resigns

Republicans seek to favor their political base with the proposal of a controversial abortion bill for the District. Meanwhile, over Congress's recess, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) resigned from office.

Metro's Heat-Related Speed Restrictions Suspended

Metro trains are running up to speed after a weekend of restrictions caused by the extreme heat. WMATA has also repaired a 1,000-foot section of track that buckled Friday in the heat.

Local Leaders Track Progress On Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

The region's top lawmakers will today assess their progress on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay

Police Arrest Laurel Man In July Fourth Shooting

Police have made an arrest in the July Fourth shooting that killed one and seriously injured three others.